This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info. 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is one of the most exciting smartphones of the year, and we’ve finally been able to get our hands on the device for the first time since its February 20 unveiling.

Our first, very quick impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Fold are positive. The folding mechanism feels secure, the large 7.3-inch display looks great and the fact you can fold it in half and stick it in your pocket is certainly cool.

We’re spending more time with the Galaxy Fold, and we’ll be updating this hands on look with more findings very soon.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy Fold release date is April 26 in the US, while in the UK and Europe pre-orders open on April 26 and the Galaxy Fold will be available from May 3.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold price is $1,980, £1,800 (€2,000), making it one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, pretty much matching the cost of the foldable Huawei Mate X.

Design and display

Samsung feels the Galaxy Fold is the most natural form factor for a foldable phone, with the screen folding in on itself to provide protection – much like laptop.

It does feel like a natural way to open it up, with many years of book opening behind us we’ve become pretty adept at the action, and it’s certainly easier to get to grips with than the opposite fold of the Huawei Mate X.

Open up the Galaxy Fold fully to reveal the 7.3-inch display and the 20-part, dual axis hinge locks into place, preventing you from over extending the display past 180 degrees.

Fold it back up and the Samsung Galaxy Fold snaps shut with a satisfying sound, giving you confidence that it won’t accidentally unfurl itself in your bag.

It spent a lot of time working on the dual-axis hinge, clicking open and shut for a tactical feel during use, with a smooth movement between its two states. It’s been designed to withstand over 200,000 open and shuts, which works out at 100 times a day for five years.

The fingerprint sensor is on the side of the device, where Samsung says it’ll fall naturally under your digit.

The Galaxy Fold will be available in Space Silver Comos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue, with the green and blue variants exclusive to Samsung’s website.

The display features an advanced composite polymer layer, which is stuck to the body with a foldable adhesive, allowing the display to bend, flex and stay on the device. It’s also the thinnest display Samsung has ever made.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Image Credit: TechRadar 

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 and music playblack.

Open up into ‘tablet mode’ though, and the larger screen makes social media, messaging, web browsing and photo/video editing much easier.

Every time you transition from one screen to the next, apps will follow your usage patterns for a seamless experience. For example, if you open Maps when in ‘phone mode’, opening the Galaxy Fold up Google Maps will also be displayed on the big screen.

Every app that comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Fold will support this continuity between displays, but it will be up to app developers to make their applications compatible. 

Samsung says it’s easy to add the functionality, as it doesn’t require re-writing existing apps, simply just adding extra features to them – but we’ll have to wait and see how widely it’s adopted.

You can also use up to three different apps side-by-side on the large display with multi-active window mode on the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info.



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