The Samsung Galaxy S10 is arguably the most innovative and unique consumer smartphone on the market at the moment. With its industry leading display AMOLED technology, camera lens manufacturing and hardware design, the S10 has become the modern smartphone to beat. But of course Samsung being Samsung, their MWC 2019 show had one more legendary premiere in store. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, a tablet capable of folding (literally) into an average sized modern smartphone. The flexible display technology Samsung teased the month before was now in a consumer ready, market ready and competition ready device.
The main highlight of the Galaxy Fold is that it has two displays, one on the outside and another that’s revealed when you open the phone up. The outer display is a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The inner/main display of the Galaxy Fold is a large 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dyanic AMOLED canvas with a form factor of 4.2:3. You can use the outer display for anything you’d regularly use your phone for, including texting, making calls, spending endless hours on Twitter, you name it. However, the big draw to the Galaxy Fold is that you can open it up and get a tablet-like experience in a device you can easily fit in your pocket.
Samsung spent months developing its unique hinge mechanism to fold and unfold the Galaxy Fold. Samsung claims the Fold opens up with precision and a smooth “book like” feel. Likewise while closing, the Galaxy Fold turns into a smartphone with a “satisfying click”. The mechanism itself is a miniature gearbox utilizing interlocking gears to provide leverage and accuracy to the Galaxy Fold.
The potential of a device like the Galaxy Fold is really exciting, and based on what we’ve seen so far, Samsung’s doing everything it can to get the absolute most out of it.For one thing, when you’re using the Galaxy Fold with its main 7.3-inch display, you can get up to three apps simultaneously at once. Even more exciting, Samsung’s using the Galaxy Fold to introduce a new feature called “App Continuity.”
Let’s say you’re using the Galaxy Fold with its 4.6-inch display to browse Twitter and come across a video you want to watch. If you open the Galaxy Fold to access its larger screen, Twitter will automatically open up right where you left off to tie the whole experience together. Its a unique experience un-matched by any other electronic device out there right now. The Fold might not be prefect but its certainly a step in the right direction.