Samsung Galaxy Fold hands on review

Samsung Galaxy fold hands-on review we've been hands-on with the Galaxy polar before we begin we publish new videos every day so be sure to subscribe for more great content the Samsung Galaxy fold is one of the most exciting smartphones of 2019 and we've finally been able to get our hands on the foldable phone previously we'd only been able to see it on stage during its launch and at a distance and behind thick glass however just a few weeks before the Galaxy fold officially goes on sale Samsung decided the handset was now ready for its close-up with the media albeit only for a limited amount of time our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy fold are positive the folding mechanism feels secure the large 7.3 inch display looks great and the fact that you can pulled it in half and stick it in your pocket just about gets certainly cool it's not without its more controversial points though it's big and heavy and there's a noticeable crease in the screen when the device is unfolded however rather more alarmingly a number of review units handed out to media have developed faults with the main display and Samsung has promised to thoroughly inspect the Troublesome handsets watch on to find out what we made of the Samsung Galaxy fold Samsung Galaxy fold release date and price the official Samsung Galaxy full release date is April 26th in the US while in the UK and Europe pre-orders open on April 26th with the device available for May 3rd in the US AT&T is taking pre-orders now while t-mobile will start selling the phone online and in stores on April 26 in the UK you'll be able to buy the galaxy fold from the Samsung website and from EE the Samsung Galaxy fold price is $1,980 for 1800 pounds two thousand euros which makes it one of the most expensive smartphones on the market and pretty much matches the cost of the forthcoming foldable huawei mate X design Samsung believes the Galaxy fold has the most intuitive form factor for a foldable phone with the screen folding in on itself to provide protection much like laptop the company certainly hasn't taken the challenge of designing of its first foldable phone lightning this is a phone that's been 10 years in the making and has gone through over 1,000 different prototypes the book like folding action does feel like a natural way to open the handset and it's certainly easier to get to grips with than the huawei mate X Huawei has taken the opposite design approach to Samsung with the screen on the outside of its device when it's folded open up the galaxy pulled fully to reveal the 7.3 inch display in the xx Park dual access hinged locks into place preventing you from overextending the display past 180 degrees pulled it back up and the phone snaps shut with a satisfying sound giving me confidence that it won't accidentally unfurl itself in your back Samsung has spent a lot of time working on the dual axis hinge and it gives the device a tactile feel with a smooth movement between its two states it's been designed to withstand more than 200,000 folds and unfolds which works out at 100 opens and shuts a day for five years say it should last it certainly feels sturdy and capable of surviving repeated folding and unfolding and the nice touches the way the hinge disappears into the body of each half of the phone when it's fully open the fingerprint sensor is located on the right edge of the lower half of the device when it's closed falling nicely under thumb or finger and so it remains in that position when the phone is unfolded the sensor also acts as a big ski Launch button when pressed jumping you straight into Samsung smart assistant above the digit reader there are power lock and volume keys also in easy to reach positions while on the base of the fold you'll find a USB C port on one half of the bottom frame and a speaker on the other half there is however no headphone jack there are two speakers the second one is on the top edge of the phone providing stereo sound to buy a kg in boasting Dolby Atmos support as fun and futuristic as the galaxy fold design is however it's also big bulky Hevy the fold measures sixty two point nine by 160 point nine by 17 millimeters making it double the thickness of most smartphones that means it's not so easy to slide into pockets especially if you're a fan of skinny jeans it fits the scales at 269 grams making it one of the heaviest devices on the market for comparison the galaxy s 10 plus is 175 grams the iPhone 10's max is 208 grams and the huawei mate 20 pro comes in at 189 grams the Galaxy fold will be available in space silver cosmos black Martian green and Astro blue with the green and blue variants exclusive to Samsung's website in the hands of Gorilla Glass 6 covered galaxy full feel solid but it doesn't quite have the same premium appeal as it's asked 10 siblings which present a classier finish in the palm another thing to note is that the Galaxy fold is a huge fingerprint magnet you are constantly wiping the handset down during our hands-on time and the super reflective glass body shows off fingerprints clearly displaying the samsung galaxy bolt has two screens with the 4.6 inch HD plus Super AMOLED display on the front when the device is closed in phone mode feeling a little small by today's standards when most phones have screens which are at least 5 inches in size its me to feel smaller thanks to the sizable bezels above and below reminiscent of phones from around 10 years ago it's a trade-off that has to be made as the tech has to fit somewhere and the benefit of its diminutive size is that it can be easily used one-handed in terms of aesthetics though it's far from pleasing to the eye in a world where bezels are disappearing almost completely the look here is a real glass from the past and when you consider the asking price for the samsung galaxy phone some may argue that its appearance at least in phone mode doesn't quite match its premium price tag the small display is bright and clear though with Samsung's Super AMOLED panel providing plenty of color you can easily navigate Android and it's useful for checking notifications reading messages and controlling music playback the larger tablet display which comes into play when the phone is open features an advanced composite polymer layer that stuck to the body with a foldable adhesive allowing the display to bend it's also the thinnest display Samsung has ever made when the device is opened you're greeted by a 7.3 inch qxga plus qhd+ dynamic AMOLED display that's right clear crisp and colorful it also supports HDR 10 plus for an enhanced viewing experience with supported video according to Samsung the screen boasts the world's best contrast ratio and has excellent outdoor visibility we only got hands-on with the Galaxy fold indoors though so you'll have to wait for our full review to find out if it can live up to that latter claim however there is one fairly major point to note about this display the crease if you look at the display of an angle there's a noticeable crease running down the entire length of the screen in the middle where it folds it's not something that can be remedied or hidden and you'll have to learn to live with it if you do off to splash the cash on the galaxy Pole that sets the crease is much less noticeable when you're viewing the screen head-on it's still there though then when we fired up asphalt 8 for a quick race it disappeared from view as we focused on the game we came first naturally Samsung says the crease won't get more pronounced over the time so those hearing that it'll become more noticeable over time should be able to rest easy although we only really know how it holds up a year or two down the line interface and performance there are various ways you can use the Samsung Galaxy fold when closed the phone mode provides one-handed operation for tasks such as calls a music playback the 4.6 inch display operates like that of a regular smartphone so apps and games work as you'd expect although with a bigger screen just a quick unfold away working on the smaller screen can feel cramped open the device up into tablet mode and the larger screen makes social media messaging web browsing gaming and photo video editing much easier each time you transition from one screen to the other compatible apps will follow your usage patterns for seamless experience for example if you launch Google Maps in phone mode and then open the fold up Google Maps will automatically be displayed on the big screen every app that comes pre-installed on the Galaxy fold including Google suite of apps whatsapp in microsoft office supports continuity between displays and it'll be up to other developers to make their applications compatible samsung says it's easy to add the necessary functionality as it doesn't require developers to redesign existing apps they just need to add extra features they just need to add extra features but we'll have to wait and see how likely it's adopted it's also unclear how many apps will support the four to three aspect ratio of the galaxy folds tablet mode display as it's much squarer than the screens currently found on smartphones there may be a bit of a wait while for apps built-in support for this aspect ratio you can also use two or three different apps side by side on the large display in multi active window mode open up an app on the big screen then slide your finger in from the middle of the right side to open up a panel of compatible multi active window apps tap one and it'll gobble up half of the display alongside the app that's already open perform the same action to bring up the app menu again and tap a third choice and this app will then take up a quarter of the display below the second app which is also reduced in size to 25% you can then swap the positions of the apps by dragging and dropping them and you can adjust the width of the apps by dragging the central division line from side to side they all worked well during our time with the galaxy fold with apps opening and resizing promptly and we can see the benefits that being able to have multiple apps open on a large display will bring float up a game asphalt 8 in our case on the big screen and the Galaxy fold will automatically rotate the app 90 degrees forcing you to turn the device there's a clever reason for this though as it provides better orientation for the stereo speakers for an improved audio experience the samsung galaxy full has been optimized with the Unity game engine which means games which run on that platform will perform superb Lee here there's more than enough power under the hood with the galaxy fold packing a seven nanometers octa-core processor and 12 gigabytes of RAM it means Android 9 coated in Samsung's 1u I run smoothly under finger with apps opening swiftly you also get 512 gigabytes of storage inside the full providing plenty of space for apps games movies music photos and more and for most it will be more than you'll ever use for serious power users though it's worth noting that the galaxy fold doesn't offer any expandable storage so you're stuck with that 512 gigabytes and lets you off to send your data to the cloud cameras and battery the Samsung Galaxy fold comes with 6 cameras yes 6 the main trio are found on the rear of the device with a 1/2 MP main sensor at 1.5 F 2.40 I asked joined by a 1 2 MP telephoto lens at 2.40 is and a 1 6 MP ultra wide-angle lens at 2.2 this is exactly the same setup that you'll find on the samsung galaxy s 10 and galaxy s 10 plus the performance should be excellent although we weren't able to test them out on the galaxy fold as it wasn't running final software you get one 100 MTF 2.2 camera on the front of the galaxy pull above the 4.6 inch display for the odd gratuitous selfie or hastily arranged video conference while opening up the device reveals two cameras in a notch which eats into the top right of the display within this notch on one o MP camera with the same specs of the selfie camera if joined by an 8 MP F 1.9 depth-sensing camera which provides the information for Samsung's background blur live focus mode the benefits of having a large 4 to 3 aspect ratio display when it comes to photography are clear first up you get a sizable live preview giving you a clear indication of what your photo will look like before you hit the shutter button second the 4 to 3 aspect ratio matches the aspect ratio of the cameras and thus your final images which means that what you see on screen is exactly what will show up in your camera with the whole screen used and no black bars filling in wasted space turning to the battery and the Samsung Galaxy fold breaks with tradition again as it packs to power packs one in each half the two batteries combined to provide a total capacity of four thousand three hundred eighty milliamp hours which Samsung told TechRadar should provide all-day power although that will be heavily dependent on how you use the handset if you spend most of your time using the 7.3 inch tablet display we expect the battery will drain much faster but you'll have to wait for our in-depth review to find out just how it fares the Galaxy fold supports wireless charging and it packs the same wireless power share feature if the Galaxy S 10 and S 10 plus allowing you to charge other wireless charging compatible devices on the rear it even has a small magnet by the charging poil to keep devices such as the Galaxy buns in place which should hopefully avoid them slipping off easily in the box the Samsung Galaxy fold price is lofty but it does at least come packaged as a premium handset show the box is constructed with eco-friendly material and is emblazoned with Samsung's embossed bold graphics open it up and you get the phone charging block and cable but there's more Samsung is also bundling in a pair of galaxy buds wireless earphones MSRP $149 for 139 pounds for $249 along with a slim lightweight yet strong case for the galaxy pull for a bit of added protection every galaxy fold purchaser will also get a year's free insurance via Samsung Care Plus which covers you against the likes of accidental and water damage and finally there's a year's YouTube Premium Subscription bundled in it well early burden the samsung galaxy fold is an exciting entrant into the smartphone market breaking the static rectangle mold that we've become accustomed to and bringing its two displays two batteries and six cameras sure it's expensive but the first generation of any new technology is while people will point to its size weight screen crease and bezels around the smaller display of negative points and for some one or more of those maybe deal-breakers however the Galaxy fold is more than a standalone handset it along with the huawei mate X and others to come rushers in an exciting new mobile form factor which will only be refined improved and made more affordable over the next 12 to 18 months and you'll have this phone to thank for that if you want to be ahead of the curve sorry full the Samsung Galaxy fold can get you there right now and that in itself is impressive thank you for watching please make sure that you subscribe to get our latest uploads .

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