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Samsung Galaxy Foldable starts at just $1,980

Posted Feb 20, 2019 by Ken Hanly
The Galaxy Fold, Samsung's new foldable, is a clear attempt for Samsung to assert its place as being in the forefront of mobile's future. Samsung had more time displaying the device today than when first revealed.
File photo: Samsung folding smartphone concept from 2013
File photo: Samsung folding smartphone concept from 2013
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Earlier prototype revealed little about the device
When first revealed at a developer conference little was shown as the device was literally shrouded in darkness. As a report indicated: "The company sort of went out of its way to not really show very much. A prototype was onstage for about 45 seconds, and it was deliberately backlit to be intensely silhouetted. According to Tech Crunch, they previously “disguised the elements of the design to keep secret whatever secret sauce they have." The demonstration showed the folding method but little else.
Royole beat Samsung to the market with its own Flex Pai, but their product has had less than stellar performance reviews and is regarded as more of a developer device. When Samsung announced that their own device would soon arrive, this lent credibility to the idea that the foldable feature could be the future for a mobile industry that has shown signs it is flagging.
Details of the Galaxy Fold
More was revealed about the Galaxy Fold today. When folded the handset has a display that is only 4.6 inches, that takes up about three quarters of the front The company had to customize the software and had help from the Android team.
The Fold has a unique feature called the App Continuity. This allows the user to open an app on the small screen but continue work where you left off on the larger screen. When the device is in tablet mode you can have three separate app windows open at once.
A customized hinge is at the center. It is capable of closing many hundred of thousands times. The device has two batteries with one being on either side of the phone. Combined they make for 4,380mAh. You also get a large number of RAM, and a generous 512GB of storage.
Design is impressive
The Fold is as impressive and polished as others in the Galaxy line. However, it has only been seen on stage so far.
The device has a huge number of cameras, six in all. There are three on the back, one on the front, and two on the inside. You can't ever complain about having access to a camera.
Premium device means premium price
Not too long ago, $1,000 for a phone seemed wild. The Galaxy fold is almost twice that — the starting price for the phone is a whopping $1,980. Pricing for a 5G version has not been revealed as yet but no doubt will be even more.
The Galaxy Fold is set to be launched on April 26 with more information coming soon. There should be more revealed next week at the Mobile World Congress.