News: Everything You Should Know About Samsung's Crazy, Innovative Galaxy Fold

Everything You Should Know About Samsung's Crazy, Innovative Galaxy Fold

After years of rumors and waiting, Samsung's first foldable smartphone is here. While it lost the title of the first foldable phone to the Royole FlexPai, this is a far better design and a phone whose hardware and software will help carry the new form factor into the future. It's a bit wild, but it could end up being one of the most influential devices in years.

Thinking of Samsung Galaxy Fold in the same fashion as the Samsung Galaxy S10 is unfair. With this new form factor comes growing pains, particularly the software, which is currently not fully optimized for a bendable display (though Samsung did work with Google to ensure Android would still be fairly cohesive). So like the early days of Android, the Galaxy Fold is a solid phone, but one designed more for first adopters than those looking to replace the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+.

Jump to a section: Standout Features | Dates | Storage | Price | Body | Basics | Software | Skin | Display | Performance | Battery | Front Camera | Rear Camera | Audio | Media Formats | Sensors | Connectivity | Security | Box Includes | Accessories

Standout Features

The Galaxy Fold is the first foldable phone from Samsung. In addition to being a 4.6-inch phone that can fold out into a 7.3-inch tablet, it sports some amazing specs, including 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage.

Important Dates

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was announced alongside the Galaxy S10 lineup on February 20, 2019. Samsung said it will "be available" starting April 26, but this is likely just the preorder date, so expect it to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2019.

  • Release date: Q2 2019
  • Preorder date: April 26, 2019
  • Announced: Feb. 20, 2019

Storage Capacity

The Galaxy Fold comes with 512 GB of storage. It uses the new UFS 3.0 standard which offers over 2x the bandwidth per lane, which is once again two.

  • Storage available: 512 GB
  • Expandable storage: no

Price for Everything

Remember when $1,000 was considered a lot for a phone? Think again. The Samsung Galaxy Fold will launch at an outlandish $1,980. While this price tag will provide top-tier specs across the board, it might be the most expensive phone to release this year (with the exception of special edition variants).

  • Price: $1,980
  • Manufacturer protection: unknown

Body

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will come in four colors: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, and Astro Blue.

  • Frame: unknown
  • Finish: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, or Astro Blue
Image via Samsung

Basics

We currently don't know the exact dimensions of the phone/tablet. We do know it only be available through AT&T and T-Mobile.

  • Height: unknown
  • Width: unknown
  • Depth: unknown
  • Weight: unknown
  • Dust/water resistance: unknown
  • Supported carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Infrared blaster: no

Software

The Galaxy Fold will run Android 9.0 Pie, the latest version of Android. There are over 40 changes with this new version, including a focus on improving privacy and security.

  • Version: Android 9.0 Pie

Skin

Running on top of Android 9.0 Pie is Samsung's One UI 1.0. This skin is the successor to Samsung Experience and brings a dramatic new design to the UI, one that better reflects the design language of stock Android. Nearly every Samsung app has been redesigned with this new look, including the phone app and the messaging app.

  • Version: One UI 1.0

Display

When folded, the Galaxy Fold is has a rather small display of only 4.6 inches. This screen also has a low resolution of at 1960 x 840 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. However, when unfolded, you will find a 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. It has a resolution of 2152 x 1536 with an aspect ratio of 4.2:3.

  • Screen size: 4.6 inches (when folded), 7.3 inches (unfolded)
  • Screen resolution: 1960 x 840 pixels (folded), 2152 x 1536 (unfolded)
  • Total pixels: 1,646,400 pixels (folded), 3,305,472 (unfolded
  • Pixel density: 420 ppi
  • Screen type: Dyanamic AMOLED
  • Notch: no
  • Screen-to-body ratio: unknown
  • Aspect ratio: 21:9 (unfolded), 4.2:3 (folded)
  • Minimum brightness: unknown
  • Maximum brightness:unknown
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz (also 60 Hz for touch-sensing)
  • Color temp: unknown
  • Color gamut: unknown
Image via Samsung

Performance

As for the processor, it supports the SoC of choice for 2019 flagships, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This is Qualcomm's first 7nm SoC and is noticeably faster than last year's 845.

  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Chip size: 7 nanometer
  • CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1 Gold) + 2.42 GHz (3 Golds) + 1.8GHz (4 Silvers)
  • CPU cores: 8 (4 Gold + 4 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 640

Battery

By combining two batteries, Samsung is able to adequately power the Galaxy Fold while not having to invent bendable batteries. These two batteries combine to offer an impressive 4,380 mAh. It also supports fast charging via Samsung Adaptive Charging and fast wireless charging.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a powerhouse with 7 nm Octa-core processor (which is either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820) and 12 GB of RAM. The latter will come in handy when taking advantage of three-screen split screen mode, allowing you to interact with three apps at the same time.

  • Battery: two rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Capacity: 4,380 mAh
  • Wired charging: yes, Samsung Adaptive Charging.
  • Wireless charging: yes, fast wireless charging
  • Reverse Wireless charing: yes

Front Camera

The Galaxy Fold has a front-facing camera for whatever orientation you are using. When folded, there is a 10 MP camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture. However, when unfolded, you get access to a dual front-facing camera. There is a 10 MP camera and 8 MP RGB Depth Camera which have apertures of ƒ/2.2 and ƒ/1.9, respectively.

  • Resolution: 10 MP (folded) + 10 MP and 8 MP (unfolded)
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2(folded) + ƒ/2.2 and ƒ/1.9 (unfolded)
  • Zoom: unknown
  • Flash: unknown
  • Image stabilization: unknown
  • RAW support: unknown
  • Object detection: unknown
  • Formats: unknown
Image by Samsung/YouTube

Rear Camera

On the back is a triple camera array. The main camera is a 16 MP ultra-wide lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture. The second camera is a 12 MP wide-angle lens with OIS and variable aperture (ƒ/1.5 or ƒ/2.4). This lens has Dual Pixel autofocus. Finally, there is a 12 MP telephoto camera with OIS, ƒ/2.4 aperture, and 2x optical zoom. This lens uses phase detection autofocus.

  • Resolution: 16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP
  • Sensor size: unknown
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2 + ƒ/1.5/2.4 + ƒ/2.4
  • Zoom: yes, 2x optical
  • Flash: unknown
  • Image stabilization: yes, wide-angle and telephoto
  • RAW support: unknown
  • Lens cover: unknown
  • Object detection: unknown
  • Formats: unknown

When it comes to video recording, Samsung hasn't released any specific specs, but we'll update this page as soon as we know more.

  • Resolution: unknown
  • Max frame rate: unknown
  • Slow motion: unknown
  • Time-lapse: unknown
  • Photos: unknown
  • Zoom: unknown
  • Flash access: unknown
  • Image stabilization: unknown
  • Object detection: unknown
  • Autofocus: unknown
  • Audio: unknown
  • Formats: unknown

Audio

The Galaxy Fold will have AKG-tuned stereo speakers, just like the S10 lineup.

  • 3.5 mm headphone jack: unknown
  • Stereo speakers: yes, AKG-tuned
  • Mics: unknown
  • Max speaker volume: unknown

Sensors

We currently don't know what sensors are included in the Galaxy Fold, but we'll update this section as soon as we do.

  • Accelerometer: unknown
  • Ambient light: unknown
  • Barometer: unknown
  • Color temperature: unknown
  • Compass: unknown
  • Gravity: unknown
  • Gyroscope: unknown
  • Hall: unknown
  • Infrared: unknown
  • Laser: unknown
  • Pedometer: unknown
  • Proximity: unknown

Likewise, we currently don't know what location sensors are included in the Galaxy Fold. As a US phone, it's safe to assume GPS will be included, but other similar systems for countries overseas can't be confirmed at this time.

  • GPS: yes
  • aGPS: unknown
  • Glonass: unknown
  • BeiDou: unknown
  • Galileo: unknown
  • QZSS: unknown

Connectivity

The Galaxy Fold support up to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and is backward compatible with older wireless standards. It also supports Bluetooth 5.

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/ 5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • Bluetooth: 5
  • NFC: yes
  • Cellular: nano SIM
  • Port: USB-C

Security

The Galaxy Fold uses a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, similar to the S10e. This way, you can easily unlock your device when folded or unfolded.

  • Fingerprint scanner: yes, side-mounted
  • Face scanner: no
  • Iris scanner: no
  • Manual authentication: password, PIN, passcode, pattern, swipe

Box Includes

We don't know yet what will be included in the box of the Galaxy Fold, but we'll keep you posted.

Cover image via Samsung/YouTube

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it's a great phone but useless at the same time

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