Samsung Fold: The Next Era In Mobile

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Image: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Livestream

Update: July 3, 2019 – Samsung has apparently completed redesigning the device, reengineering the hinge in the process. While there is no new launch date set yet, stay tuned for further details!

A phone with a foldable screen? Who ever thought that would be reality? 10 years after the first Galaxy phone came to market, here it is.

Based on Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2019 presentation that took place on February 20, 2019, here’s what we know so far:

Canada Release Date TBD April 26, 2019
Canada Price Starts At $1,980 USD so we would expect it to be at least $2,600 CAD
Variations 5G & LTE
Comes with Galaxy Buds
Colours Cosmos Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, Space Blue
Cover Screen Size 4.6″ OLED
Open Screen Size 7.3″ OLED
Front Cameras 10 MP Wide, 8 MP RGB Depth
Rear Cameras 16 MP Ultrawide, 12 MP Wide, 12 MP Tele
Cover Camera 10 MP
Batteries 2 for total 4380mAh
RAM 12 GB
ROM 512 GB (UFS 3.0)
Processor 7 Nanometer Chip

 

Canada Release Dates & Prices By Carrier

February 21, 2019: Please check back shortly, these details will be updated as they become available.

Telus TBD
Rogers TBD
Fido TBD
Bell TBD
Freedom Mobile TBD

Samsung Fold
Image: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Livestream

 

The unveiling of the Samsung Fold has been a breath of fresh air in a mobile industry that was starting to feel stale. Innovation like we’ve never seen before, the new Fold starts a new era in mobile devices. While some are already balking at the price, which is a little pricey starting at $1,980 USD (Over $2,600 CAD), we’ll reserve judgement on that. Innovation like this is not seen often. Also, keep in mind that the Samsung Fold comes with the Galaxy Buds which will release on March 8 starting from $129 USD.

Available on April 26th, in 5G and LTE variations, the device doesn’t just look pretty, it is on the leading edge with its 5G capability. It’ll come in 4 different colours, cosmos black, space silver, maritian green and space blue and you’ll also have the ability to personalize the hinge colour. The hinge itself is a sophisticated system that is hidden away, robust enough to withstand 1000s of opens and closes. The fold sports 6 different cameras (yes 6!) – 2 on the front, 3 on the rear and 1 on the camera. The device is comprised of a 4.3″ OLED screen on the cover and a 7.3″ Infinity Flex OLED Display which Samsung develops themselves. Providing power to the device are 2 batteries, one on each side of the fold, for a total power of 4,380mAh. Two notable features that we got a glimpse at during Unpacked:

3 App Multitasking: The ability to run 3 apps at the same time.
App Continuity: Screens work seamlessly together, you can be using an app on the cover screen and unfold it to see a larger version, the app seamlessly transfer onto the larger screen. Neat!

Samsung has worked with Google and the Android developer community to optimize the experience on the Fold for popular apps such as WhatsApp and YouTube

Samsung Fold App Continuity Closed

App on cover screen


Image: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Livestream

 

Samsung Fold App Continuity Open

App continues onto larger screen once opened


Image: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Livestream

 

Disclaimer: The above is for informational purposes only and is subject to change.

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Shawn Gant

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