“The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first foldable display smartphone with a large 7.3-inch screen in an unfolded form”
Samsung has announced the availability details of its ultra-premium Galaxy Fold smartphone outside the US. The handset with the foldable display was introduced last month alongside the flagship Galaxy S10 series. The Chaebol has now confirmed that the handset will be available for sale in 15 European markets, including the UK from May 3rd with its pre-order starting from April 26th. The Galaxy Fold will retail with an ultra-premium price tag of £1,799 (~Rs 1,64,000), while in Europe it’ll be available for EUR 2,000 (~Rs 1,55,000).
Interested buyers can grab the Galaxy Fold in Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, and Astro Blue colour options from Samsung online and retail stores as well as from EE. As an early bird offer, the handset will ship with a pair of wireless Galaxy Buds (review), a protective Kevlar case, and one-year damage cover through Samsung Care+. In the US, the handset releases on April 26th.
Besides this, XDA Developers’ Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman managed to get in touch with Galaxy Fold’s early adopter and know their experience. According to one such tester, the handset is driven by Snapdragon 855 SoC and the performance is somewhat similar to the Exynos Galaxy S10+ smartphone, but with some hiccups. The battery life is said to be good and the switch between the large foldable screen to smaller screen is slightly delayed, at times paused while web pages re-render in Chrome browser. While games run fairly smooth on the device, most apps fail to adapt to the change in screen resolution automatically.
We expect to learn more about the device as and when it’ll start shipping. In the meantime, here’s a recap of Galaxy Fold’s specifications: the phone ships with a 7.3-inch foldable Infinity flex display, a 4.6-inch cover display, 12GB of RAM, 512GB (UFS 3.0) storage, and triple cameras at the back, dual cameras atop the bigger screen, and a single 10-megapixel selfie shooter on the front when the Samsung Galaxy Fold in folded up. On the software front, the handset runs Android Pie-based OneUI out of the box.