London Samsung brings with Galaxy Fold on May 3, its first smartphone to double in the trade. But what good is that? And who needs it?
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the start of a new class of smartphones. It's not a smartphone, but more than a tablet. And it combines the advantages of both device classes. You can also fold the device, which will be available for about 2000 euros from March 3rd. Maybe it's even the next evolution of the smartphone.
At the heart of the Dobra is the internal foldable 7.3-inch display, called Infinity Flex. Can be folded almost flat, only a small space remains on the hinge. There is a smaller display on the outside.
This design offers users completely new possibilities. Thus, the fold can be used as a normal smartphone with a narrow and high screen. When deployed, it's a handy tablet with a 4.3-inch diagonal display in the 4.2: 3 format. Both modes allow you to switch from one to the other without major interruptions.
If you look up an address on the map on the small screen, for example, a larger section of the map with more detail will be displayed on the large screen immediately after opening. Or the Instagram feed shines in a hitherto unknown beauty. If you prefer, you can also place up to three application windows simultaneously and side by side on the display. So no one needs to switch between apps to get data. Even in video games or when shooting a near perfect change between small and large display is possible.
Until launch, most Android applications support this change of views.
A smartphone to fold raises many questions. How hard can it be? In the practical test on London filing date, the fold is a stable impression. Closed and open, it fits firmly, the parts of the device move only minimally. Up to 200,000 times, the hinge should fold without grunting.
In addition, the screen should not be damaged by opening and closing. The fold of polyimide plastic screens is almost invisible in everyday life. You can feel them, sometimes with a bit of backlight. According to the manufacturer, even a flat unfolding would be possible. Then the twist would be much more noticeable.
And what's inside? First of all, two batteries, one in each part of the device. Smartphone batteries can not be folded yet. There is a Qualcomm chip, which also allows use in future 5G networks, 12 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory. The fold is unlocked by a fingerprint scanner at the edge of the device.
There are six cameras available for photos. The main camera is the trio of wide-angle, normal lens and zoom, which is also in the Samsung Galaxy S10. A dual camera for selfies and videoconferencing juts out onto the big screen. Above the external screen is a single camera.
In the test, the station wagon is good. Switching between operating modes is intuitive, multi-app mode offers real added value. Galaxy Fold is surprisingly stable. Once the hinge is engaged, it sways only with a little violent shaking. The flexible display has surprisingly good picture quality. Color and stability of the viewing angle are correct.
An unknown in the Falt equation is probably the surface of the Flex viewer. It's just plastic, and it's debatable how prone it is to scratches compared to glass monitors. Especially in the long run.
Should Folding Phones Prevail? The market research institute Gartner sees above all the high price as inhibiting threshold for many buyers. Also Samsung sees enough chances with the clientele with the bag a little thicker. Technology enthusiasts who also buy 8-inch TVs are said.
Up to five percent of the high-priced segment, analysts give the folding smartphones by 2023. And with Huawei Mate X is already the first competitor for Galaxy Fold in the starting blocks. The announced also for this year device should cost about 2300 euros. In the medium term, Gartner expects more model diversity and lower prices – as with all new technologies so far.