Samsung Galaxy Fold Set for September Launch Following Delays
Following months of delays, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is now set for an official launch this month. The Korean company says that previous issues have been fixed.
The next big step in phone evolution appears to be foldable phones. This is a great advancement that is owed mostly to developments in screen technology. The development means that you will be able to unfold your smartphone into a little tablet – something which will make playing games, watching movies, and generally just playing around on your device much more entertaining.
But there are some obvious drawbacks. First of all, most people are actually quite nervous about what essentially looks like trying to snap your US$2,000 phone in half every time you want to make a photo bigger. This is why the phone has been delayed so much. Samsung wants to make sure that the Galaxy Fold doesn’t have any technical issues (i.e. breakages) once it’s released.
They’re not alone in this, either. Huawei have also had to delay the release of their major foldable phone project – the Huawei Mate X – for similar reasons. You’d be forgiven for skipping these phones for now and waiting until more foldable handsets are created. Why not let the early birds be the guinea pigs for Samsung?
Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy Fold?
Well, if you just can’t get enough of cool tech, then you’ll probably want to stop waiting and get right into the latest new gizmo. What’s more, if you have the money to afford the $1,980 price tag, then you can probably afford good insurance, too. And if not, then you seriously need to sort your priorities out.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is set to be one of the biggest launch events for a phone in a long time – even though this isn’t actually the first launch… If Samsung really have sorted out all of the potential issues, then the phone should be on the shelves later this month.
Being on the front line of new technology is always a rush, so if you’re looking to get your hands on something genuinely cutting edge this year, then the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the way to go. Just be prepared to sacrifice a fair bit of cash in the process.
September launch, then?
Seeing as the original launch for the Samsung Galaxy Fold was in March, it may come as a relief to many excited consumers that the second launch is finally coming around. We can expect Samsung to reveal all the tweaks that they’ve made to the Galaxy Fold, as well as the date that pre-orders can be made and when it’ll hit the shelves.
We’re pretty excited at this stage for what is set to be the biggest Samsung phone (literally) to be released. Ever. This really is the pinnacle of phone design and something that Samsung will be extremely proud of.
Ten years in the making
Samsung has been developing the Galaxy Fold for more than ten years and there been close to 1,000 different prototypes of the smartphone. Obviously, it’s been a huge effort that has involved hundreds, if not thousands, of people.
The phone is completely unique in its design. Samsung and Huawei are currently the forerunners in this new technology and the two companies have chosen to take very different approaches to their foldable handsets.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Design
The design of this smartphone is obviously the major selling point. There is a 4.6-inch screen on the outside of the folded phone, which you can use as you would any regular phone – although, we have to admit that this looks pretty odd considering the huge notch on either side of the mini display.
From a side angle view, it’s essentially two phones stuck together that unfold into one. The unfolded bit is where the phone comes to life. You sort of open it like a book, which feels pretty cool and makes sense as a way to open your phone.
Once the phone is open, the display gets rocked up to a full 7.3 inch AMOLED screen that supports HDR10+. In other words, it looks extremely sharp – the best there is on the market. After all, it’s the screen that you’re paying almost two thousand dollars for, so you want it to be the best damn screen there is.
The one major drawback about the design of the phone (aside from the fact that the unfolded version looks like something that would have been used in The Matrix) is the crease running straight through the middle of the unfolded display. This is, of course, where the phone is folded.
Samsung has confirmed that the fold won’t get more prominent over time, but it will also never go away. Unfortunately, you can’t really do anything about this and will just have to live with it. When you’re looking straight at the phone, it isn’t actually that noticeable, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Using the phone
Using the Samsung Galaxy Fold is actually quite a breeze. Apps that you’re using when the phone is folded will automatically open when it’s unfolded, which saves hassle. App developers will have to throw in some extra work to make all their apps compatible with the large 4:3 screen, however, but as this is likely going to become more common, it shouldn’t be much of an issue.
There are some cool features plugged into the Galaxy Fold. Once the display is unfolded, users can have two apps open at the same time, which means that you can watch YouTube videos while doing something else without video playback ending. That’s a neat little surprise, and something that the company will probably end up doing something about if everyone starts using foldable phones. For now, they can rest easy because the cost of the thing so high.
Playing games and watching stuff is great on the device, although you can’t really make the most of the massive screen for watching videos due to the square ratio of the display. Still, using social media and messaging is great, and technical tasks like editing photos and video is made easier, too. Also, reading the news of e-books is a much better experience.
Overall, using the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a pretty unique thing and you certainly look ahead of the curve (almost a pun?) when using it.
The wrap up
With the official launch event on September 6th and the date the phone will hit the stores (or possibly news of the next delay) to be announced, those with the means to do so might want to get saving for the world’s first major foldable phone.
This will be an exciting event for sure. If you’re looking to compare the Galaxy Fold to the competition, then check out our article on the Huawei Mate X, which is also due for release later this year. Both phones are priced around the same area, although the Huawei one has some seriously cool tricks up its sleeve.