Samsung Galaxy Fold Review: A Step Towards Future

Today we will be telling you the review of galaxy fold.

General Information

With a power pack barely bigger than what’s in the Galaxy S10+ and a much larger display, battery life is a concern for me. You probably won’t be able to charge it as quickly as you can some newer phones either, thanks to the older Quick Charge tech. The strange aspect ratio of the main screen isn’t great for watching widescreen videos. Then, there’s the mechanical reality of the display. Samsung rates it good for 200,000 open/closes, which it says should be good for five years of usage.

It’s too expensive – Yeah, the Galaxy Fold also costs a staggering amount of money, so let’s take a step back and take stock of the shortcomings you’ll have to live with if you smash the piggy bank.

For most people, conventional smartphones will continue to be the more practical, less expensive choice for awhile yet. But we do think the Galaxy Fold is the future of smartphones, or at least the first example of what we think they’ll become because look, it just makes so much more sense to have a phone.

Design

The Galaxy Fold in an innie instead of an outie. That means when closed, it protects its big display instead of exposing it to damage on the outside. That screen is one continuous, flexible OLED that dominates almost the entire interior surface with the exception of an offset notch in the upper right corner for the twin interior selfie cameras. Fold that big, flexible panel back over itself, and you’ll find a much smaller touchscreen on the front outside cover.

Versatility is one of the most important features to me in a phone and the most potent illustration of the Galaxy Fold’s versatility. If you’re sweating the big bezels on the smaller screen, I sympathize, it’s kinda goofy looking, but as someone who’s used a lot of clamshell phones back in the day, I gotta say that kinda misses the point. This screen is for the quick-hit tasks, when you’ve only got one hand free. You’re not gonna spend a lot of time out here. When you have a second to sit down and unfold, you can take whatever you’re doing up front and spread it out across that main canvas.

In fact, there’s so much screen area here, compared to a normal phone, that you can run three apps alongside one another, if you want to. Then, when you’re done, you fold it back up and stick it in your pocket, like it’s a much smaller phone because now it is.

Features

Samsung had to make sacrifices to fit everything into the Fold’s form factor. The bezels we mentioned, the thickness of the design when closed, the lack of a headphone jack or microSD card or waterproofing, all standard on recent Samsung flagships. But it’s also noteworthy what Samsung didn’t sacrifice. There are three main cameras on this phone, the same wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto array that are on the Galaxy S10+, that’s in addition to those dual selfie shooters inside and a sixth camera for the cover, also for selfies.

There’s wireless charging on board, as well as reverse wireless charging to gas up your Galaxy Buds or Watch. And there’s enough horse power under the hood to satisfy power users across everything, from phone mode to tablet mode, to yes, PC mode with Samsung DeX.

Specifications

  • Body: Foldable, ‘innie’ – display folds inwards on itself. 160.9×62.9×15.5mm folded, 160.9×117.9×6.9 mm unfolded, 263g both folded and unfolded; Space Silver and Cosmos Black essential colors, Martian Green and Astro Blue with Gold or Dark Silver hinges.
  • Display: Primary: Foldable 7.3″ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex Display, 1536x2152px, 4.2:3 aspect ratio, 362ppi. Secondary (cover): 4.6″ Super AMOLED, 720x1680px, 21:9 aspect ratio, 399ppi.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length (77° FoV), dual pixel PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 12MP, 1/3.6″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length (45° FoV), PDAF, OIS. Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 12mm equiv. focal length (123° FoV), fixed focus.
  • Front camera: Main: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture, 25mm equiv. focal length (80° FoV), PDAF. Secondary (depth only): 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 85° FoV, fixed focus lens.
  • Cover camera: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture, 25mm equiv. focal length (80° FoV), PDAF.
  • Video recording: Rear: up to 4K [email protected], EIS up to [email protected], slow-mo up to [email protected], super slow-mo [email protected] for up to 0.4s (12s playback at normal speed); HDR10+ recording. Front: up to 4K [email protected] with EIS.
  • OS/Software: Android 9.0 Pie, Samsung One UI.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7nm): octa-core CPU (1×2.8GHz & 3×2.4GHz Kryo Gold & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 485 Silver); Adreno 640 GPU.
  • Memory: 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, no microSD card slot.
  • Battery: 4,380mAh total, Li-Ion (sealed), 2-piece, 15W wired charging (Adaptive Fast charging, QuickCharge 2.0 compatible), 15W Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM – one nano, one eSIM (where available); LTE-A, 6-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0. USB Type-C (v3.1), no 3.5mm jack.
  • Misc: Capacitive side-mounted fingerprint sensor, doubles as Bixby button; stereo speakers.

Camera

There are actually six of them — one for selfies on the front, three on the back, and two on the inside for even more selfies. The folding form makes some of the new camera modes possible, such as opening up to shoot with a wide tablet screen. So does owning a Fold make you look cool? TBD on that one. It’ll make you cool if you think early adopters are cool or if people who spend $2,000 on a phone are cool.

The front-facing cameras have 10 and 8 megapixels respectively. Samsung has done something really clever and lit up the edge of the display around the lens when you switch into selfie mode. So you know where to look when you smile as with the rear cameras you can also switch among the lenses and fit more people or scenery into the viewfinder.

The last thing we need to talk about with cameras is AR emoji. This is Samsung’s take on personalized emojis and it is much improved over last year’s. Customizations are better you can do more with them.