Samsung just introduced a wildly ambitious, $2,000 foldable phone - here's how it works
- On Wednesday, Samsung finally unveiled its long-rumored folding smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
- The device is billed as a two-in-one: a smartphone and a tablet. As such, it costs nearly $2,000.
- So, how does it work? Let's see!
After months of leaks and speculation, Samsung's folding smartphone was finally unveiled on Wednesday.The new device is known as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and it's promised to be two devices in one: a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. As such, it comes with the hefty price of $1,980. Advertisement
So, what are you getting for all that money? And how does it work? Let's find out:
First things first: Yes, it folds. Here's what that looks like!
The idea is simple: The Galaxy Fold operates like a normal smartphone until you open it up, at which point it becomes a small tablet.Advertisement
As seen here, the Galaxy Fold literally folds. Here's a look at the hinge when the device is closed, in smartphone mode:
And here's a look at the opposite side of the phone, where it opens into a tablet. Notice the volume buttons and a fingerprint reader on one side, and a SIM tray on the other.Advertisement
Notably, the inner screen doesn't stay on all the time, nor does it turn on as you open the device (like this demonstration appears to show). This does, however, offer a good look at the screen mid-fold.
And here's a look at the device being used as a smartphone.Advertisement
It's worth noting how large these bezels are — they're very large! In a world of flagship phones with increasingly slim (or altogether non-existent) bezels, it's hard to un-see the massive black bars above and beneath the main screen on the Galaxy Fold.
When the Galaxy Fold is in tablet mode, the bezels are far slimmer — it looks like a pretty standard tablet device.Advertisement
Since the Fold aims to combine smartphone and tablet functionality, the tablet form of the Fold is a larger version of the smartphone side.
There's some added functionality when the Fold is in tablet mode, like the ability to run three apps all at once:Advertisement
Samsung says the Fold will go on sale starting on April 26, and it will cost $1,980. Here's a look at the nitty gritty specs if you're into that kinda thing.
No one outside of Samsung has used the Galaxy Fold just yet, but the company released two videos demonstrating it. Here's the first.Advertisement
But you wanna see it actually being used, right? Good news: It was demonstrated on stage on Wednesday, and you can see that demo right here.
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