This is a tablet when unfolded and a smartphone when folded.
Samsung Electronics unveiled a foldable smartphone based on 7.3-inch display, dubbed Galaxy Fold, during its “Unpacked” event in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2019.
The innovative device comes with two displays, six cameras and mobile application optimizations. Samsung believes that the new gadget, which folds into a compact device with a cover display, will be a game changer.
“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone. Galaxy Fold introduces a completely new category that unlocks new capabilities never seen before with our Infinity Flex Display,” Samsung’s mobile chief Koh Dong-jin said.
“We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”
The Korean titan said that Galaxy Fold changes to the screen users need, the moment they need thanks to the unique user experience of the new model.
“Slip it out of your pocket for one-handed calls, texts, and more and open for endless multitasking and higher quality viewing on our largest mobile display for presentations, digital magazines, movies and AR content,” a Samsung official said.
“As Galaxy Fold opens and closes, apps will automatically show up where you leave off. When you’re ready to take a photo, make in-depth edits, or have a closer look at the feed, open the display for a big screen and fuller canvas.”
The official also said that Galaxy Fold enables users open up three active applications at the same time on the main display.
It remains to how end users respond to the unprecedented gizmo. Galaxy Fold, which is priced at $1,980, is scheduled to hit the market late April.
History of foldable phone development
It took longer than seven years for Samsung to come up with Galaxy Fold since it first demonstrated a prototype in 2011.
Rumors have constantly swirled that the Seoul-based company will disclose a bendable device soon. But it took the wrap off a foldable phone just a few days before its competitor does so.
Hwawei, the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker chasing global leader Samsung, is expected to show off its own foldable phone at the Mobile World Congress on Feb. 24 in Barcelona.
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