Yesterday, at its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in San Francisco, Samsung Electronics led the press conference with its Galaxy Fold smartphone announcement although the star of the show should have been the Galaxy S10.
Yes, Samsung’s first foldable device with a flexible display not the Galaxy Round joke of a phone from a few years ago (2013), or those clam shell devices Samsung keeps on releasing even in 2018-2019.
Galaxy Fold features a 4.6-inch display on the outside (when the phone is closed like a book), while on the inside there is a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that folds. To be able to fold it, Samsung developed a unique hinge with gears that the company says it will last for hundreds of thousand of folds without breaking a sweat. Also Samsung will allow clients to customize the colour of the hinge.
Before going into software details about how the UI has to work to properly switch from one screen on the outside to the larger one on the inside without a glitch, lets talk about the hardware. Galaxy Fold packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, it has 12GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage (eUFS v3.0 technology), and two batteries instead of one, because you can’t really make a flexible battery yet, which amounts for a total of 4,380 mAh.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold runs Android Pie with One UI and what the company calls App Continuity, which pretty much translates into whatever you are viewing / app accessing on the external display, it will be accessible and open instantly on the larger screen once the Fold is open. To perfect this transition Samsung developers worked closely together with Google’s Android developers.