Galaxy Fold Review: Foldable Smartphone

Galaxy Fold Review: Foldable Smartphone
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The Galaxy Fold should be the next innovation from Samsung. The foldable smartphone turns into a tablet as soon as you open it. The mobile phone with foldable display should cost 2,000 euros in Germany. The new device type ensures attention in the fiercely competitive market. US technology journalists are skeptical. Not only because Samsung has to postpone its progress.

Back in February, Samsung launched its new Galaxy Fold at Unpacked 2019, a glamorous product presentation in San Francisco. Now more details have become known. In addition to smartphones and tablet computers, the manufacturer is creating a new product category: the “foldable”. Characteristic is their 7.3-inch display, which is almost the size of an iPad Mini. When folded, the result is a compact device with a 4.6-inch display that fits into any jacket pocket.

According to Samsung, it took 8 years to develop a display that not only bends but kinks. A new polymer coating had to be designed to make screens up to 50% flatter than known devices. The material is flexible, durable and allows long life, it says in a message. To implement the kinking movement, a mechanism with multiple gears was integrated into the housing.

8 years of development have obviously not been enough, because Samsung has postponed the launch of the smartphone due to technical difficulties. US technology journalists had found deficiencies in test equipment. The new sales date will be announced. In Germany, the market launch was planned for May.

Multitasking with the new user interface

Samsung’s new smartphone is not just a design gimmick. When opened, the terminal offers a lot of space for users. You can start games, search by browser, watch videos or read digital magazines. At the same time, up to three apps can be opened – regardless of other programs in the background. In order to fulfill this desire of users, a new user interface (“Multi-Active Window”) has been developed.

To ease the workload, an app continuity is added: For example, if users have recently taken photos and shared via Instagram, these apps start automatically when reopening the Galaxy Fold. That popular apps like YouTube, WhatsApp or Facebook are compatible with the new interface is more a duty than a freestyle.

Powerful hardware

The use of several parallel processes is achieved by a powerful set of chips and twelve megabytes of RAM. Such components are already known from the Galaxy S10 Plus. Two batteries supply power to the system. These are so balanced that a Galaxy Fold fits well in the hand. And who continues to use his old smartphone, PowerShare loads two devices with only one power supply.

Another look at multimedia components. For optimal video playback, stereo speakers and the AMOLED display are included. If you prefer larger displays, connect your smartphone with the hardware component Samsung DeX to an external monitor. And a camera with six lenses, one on the front, two on the inside and three on the back, allow photos or videos in various situations. At the same time astonished that Samsung’s new device is not waterproof.

Cloud and AI applications

In communicating with users, Samsung is following a familiar strategy. Users can access a number of services via the cloud. With Samsung Health, they keep an eye on their activities, their diet or their sleep times. And Bixby, an assistant in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) recognizes the needs of the user. The Samsung Knox application provides more data security. The platform works with contiguous defense and security mechanisms to shut down malware, viruses or other threats.

Bad news from US technology journalists

Technology enthusiasts should look forward to the foldable smartphone. But shortly before the launch, news from the US is clouding the euphoria. Steve Kovach of CNBC, Dieter Bohn of The Verge and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg tested devices in advance. Their conclusion was devastating. Two of the technology journalists remove slides from the screen they considered to be protective. But it was part of the display. Samsung wants to react to this with further hints. In addition, a screen flickered, another was black, without there being causal connections to the slide.

It’s too early to consider a similar debacle as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Production errors led at that time to overheating, partly also explosions of the accumulator with the loading – and the largest recall action in Samsung company history followed.

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