Samsung Galaxy Fold Set to Be Available in UK on April 26: £1799by Anton Shilov on March 25, 2019 2:30 PM EST
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Samsung UK said on Monday that its flagship Galaxy Fold smartphone will hit the UK market on April 26. The foldable handset will be available directly from Samsung online and retail stores as well as from EE.
The main feature of the Galaxy Fold smartphone is its dual-screen form-factor: the device has a 4.6-inch cover display and a foldable 7.3-inch main screen. Besides the foldable AMOLED display, Samsung had to develop a durable mechanical hinge that the company claims will survive for years. The handset is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC that is accompanied by 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM as well as 512 GB of UFS 3.0 NAND flash storage.
Besides the two screens, the Galaxy Fold smartphone also has two batteries with a total capacity of 4,380 mAh. Meanwhile, just like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Fold has premium imaging capabilities. The main camera comprises of a three-stack 12 MP RGB sensor with adjustable aperture, a 16 MP wide angle module, and a 12 MP telephoto module. Besides, the phone has a 10 MP selfie camera.
|Samsung Galaxy Fold|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 (CA55) @ 1.80GHz
7.3" 2048 x 1536 Foldable Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)
4.6" 1680 x 720 Super AMOLED (21:9)
|Front Camera||Cover Camera:
10MP f/2.2 "Selfie camera"
10MP f/1.9 4K video recording
Dual Pixel PDAF
|Primary Rear Camera||77° Regular Angle
12MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PDAF
Tri-stack CMOS Sensor (Embedded DRAM),
4K60, 1080p240, 720p960 high-speed recording
Adjustable aperture f/1.5 or f/2.4,
OIS, auto HDR, LED flash
|Secondary Rear Camera||123° Wide Angle
16MP 1.0µm f/2.2
|Tertiary Rear Camera||45° / Telephoto lens 2x zoom
12MP 1.0µm f/2.4,
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MU-MIMO, BT 5.0 LE,
|Launch OS||Android 9.0|
|Launch Price||$1980 / 2000€|
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available from Samsung at a recommended price of £1,799. EE will announce its price separately. The handset will be bundled with the Galaxy Buds and a protective Kevlar case. In the US, the smartphone will cost $1,980.
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shabby - Monday, March 25, 2019 - linkCan't wait for all the "Look at the crease!" videos on YouTube.
Jorgp2 - Monday, March 25, 2019 - linkI wonder if the warranty doesn't cover creaaes
shabby - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - linkIt'll probably say that a crease might form and it's normal, therefore not covered by warranty.
Mikewind Dale - Monday, March 25, 2019 - linkWow, almost $2000m? I'll stick with my foldable ZTE Axon M then.
Mikewind Dale - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link* $2000
Solandri - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - linkThe Motorola MicroTac (first flip phone) was $2500 in 1989. Inflation-adjusted that's $5100 today.
The Motorola StarTac (first clamshell phone) was $1000 in 1996. Inflation adjusted that's $1650 today.
So $2000 isn't really that outlandish for a completely new form factor phone. Especially considering you're basically getting 2.5 to 3x the screen area of a current flagship phone. Yeah it's going to be priced to high for most people. But still remember the first flat-screen TV costing over $15,000. HDTVs wouldn't be where they are today (size, quality, and price) without having first gone through that early high-priced phase to recoup R&D costs. It just remains to be seen whether this form factor is a harbinger of the future, or will be forgotten as a footnote in history.
airdrifting - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link$2500 in 1989 adjusted to $5100 today with inflation? That number can not be right. $5100 today is more like $2500 in 2003, I remember when gas was $1.39 a gallon and eggs were $0.50 a dozen.
close - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - linkThe phones you mention as an example represented technological breakthroughs in multiple practical aspects. They didn't cost that much because they could fold (or flip). They were some of the first examples of mobile telephony, an almost untapped field at the time.
The current crop of foldable phones are no breakthrough as far as the phone is concerned. It's still a regular phone with a screen that folds. And while that in itself is an achievement, it is not in the same practical vein as the ones above.
Bring me a phone with current day top specs but a battery that lasts 1 week without making the phone look like a brick. That's a technological advancement. Otherwise between this and an iPad Mini (for example) there not *that* much of a difference in portability terms. Still need to basically fit 2 phones in one pocket.
Tams80 - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - linkIt's not about your perceived value of it; it's about how much it cost to develop, costs to produce and how much they think people are prepared to pay for it (which goes beyond just you).
close - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - linkI just highlighted that the comparison to phones like MicroTAC and StarTAC is not really appropriate.
And the price of a product is what the market is willing to pay for it and has nothing to do with development or manufacturing costs, etc. You can very well sell a product at a loss (famous example, Xbox), or with an obscene profit margin (famous example Shkreli's Epipen).