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The first truly foldable flagship is finally here. Samsung officially on Wednesday announced its premium folding smartphone: the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which the company showed off at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, is a device with a 4.6-inch display when folded. But when the device is in “tablet mode,” that display unfolds to an impressive 7.3 inches.
The South Korean tech giant is using its new Infinity Flex Display technology to make it all possible.
The display itself is flexible and can be folded and unfolded without screen degradation.
The folding action is carried out by a hinge system with multiple interlocking gears, allowing the device to easily transform from phone to tablet.
While Samsung teased Infinity Flex Display back in November, we now know a bit more about the first device that will sport the next-generation display tech.
The Fold’s primary tablet display will run at a 1536 x 2153 resolution, while the smaller 4.6-inch display will run on an 840 x 9160 resolution. It will sport six cameras (three on the back, on the front, and two inside) and two separate internal batteries “combined” via software.
As far as other specifications, the Galaxy Fold will pack 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal flash storage, and an as-of-yet unannounced 7nm processor.
The software side of the Galaxy Fold has been tweaked as well. While it runs Android, Samsung said the the device can run up to three apps at once on its massive 7.3-inch display. The firm teased apps like WhatsApp, Microsoft Office and YouTube, and said it’s working closely with Google to ensure Android optimization.
The Galaxy Fold will be available in both an LTE and a 5G version. There will also be four color options available: black, silver, green and blue.
It’ll first become available on April 26, but it won’t come cheap. Samsung said the Galaxy Fold will start at $1,980.
Samsung isn’t the only OEM experimenting with folding smartphones, but it’ll likely be the first major firm to make one widely available. Whether the concept will actually take off remains to be seen, but it’s a breath of fresh air in a stagnant smartphone market.