Samsung Galaxy Fold

Official Price in USA

€ 537.23 / $ 1,399.99 (approximately)

First Release:February 2019

Status: ✅ Available

Colors: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, Astro Blue

Versions: SM-F900F (Global); SM-F900W (Canada); SM-F9000 (China, Hong Kong)

NETWORK
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE (unspecified)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/150 Mbps; 5G (2+ Gbps DL)
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH
Announced 2019, February
Status Available. Released 2019, March
BODY
Dimensions Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm
Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 mm
Weight 263 g (9.28 oz)
SIM Nano-SIM, Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
Nano-SIM – 5G model
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
DISPLAY
Type Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 7.3 inches, 162.6 cm2 (~85.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1536 x 2152 pixels (~362 ppi density)
HDR10+
Cover display: 4.6″, Super AMOLED, 720 x 1680 pixels (21:9)
PLATFORM
OS Android 9.0 (Pie)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
MEMORY
Card slot No
Internal 512 GB, 12 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA
Triple 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µm
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@60/240fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps (gyro-EIS), HDR10
SELFIE CAMERA
Dual 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm
8 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1.22µm, depth sensor
Cover camera:
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm
Features HDR
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
SOUND
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Dolby Atmos/AKG sound
COMMS
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
ANT+
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Po 4380 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 15W
Fast wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
Non-removable Li-Po 4235 mAh battery – 5G model
MISC
Colors Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, Astro Blue
Models SM-F900F, SM-F9000, SM-F900W
SAR 0.49 W/kg (head)     1.58 W/kg (body)
TESTS
Performance Basemark OS II: 8072 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 4527
Basemark X: 45154
Display Contrast ratio: 185000:1 (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 70dB / Noise 73dB / Ring 90dB
Battery life Endurance rating 90h

Samsung Galaxy Fold Highlights

The Galaxy Fold was the “one more thing” at Samsung’s MWC event this year and what a thing it was! A smartphone with a massive foldable AMOLED screen, a second AMOLED on the outside for mundane tasks, a bunch of trendy cameras all over – these wrapped within a unique body with a sophisticated hinge. And being a first of its kind, the Galaxy Fold promised one thing – to show you the future if you are ready to pay the price – and a steep price it is.

The foldable handsets, once known as flip-phones or clamshells, have been around for years, though lately, they’ve been out of commission. Not anymore though. While Xiaomi and Motorola were experimenting with sliders Samsung has taken a different path, one that was charted way back in 2013 when the maker launched the one and done Galaxy Round with a flexible display. But while both LG and Samsung tried to play the flexible card, it wasn’t the thing the users wanted. But if you can flex it, why not fold it, right?

 

Fast-forward five and a half years and we are holding the gadget we really wanted back in 2013 – a foldable smartphone. But the one and done curse may just be striking again, as by the time we finished this review Samsung had already recalled all Galaxy Fold units because of broken screens and postponed the launch for an unknown period of time.

The good news is Huawei Mate X is just around the corner and Samsung might be pressured to fix the Galaxy Fold. But the Galaxy Note7 fiasco was not so long ago and Samsung may decide not to risk another one and cuts its losses.

 

Anyway, whatever happens, we are here to give you a glimpse of what’s coming or what could have been. Either way, the Galaxy Fold is an incredible piece of technology worthy of experiencing. Because it might be the next big thing, whether it goes on sale or not.

Samsung Galaxy Fold specs

  • Body: Foldable, display folds inwards on itself. 160.9×62.9×15.5mm folded, 160.9×117.9×6.9 mm unfolded, 263g; Space Silver and Cosmos Black essential colors, Martian Green and Astro Blue with Gold or Dark Silver hinges.
  • Display: Primary: Foldable 7.3″ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex Display, 1536x2152px, 4.2:3 aspect ratio, 362ppi. Secondary (cover): 4.6″ Super AMOLED, 720x1680px, 21:9 aspect ratio, 399ppi.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length (77° FoV), dual pixel PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 12MP, 1/3.6″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length (45° FoV), PDAF, OIS. Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 12mm equiv. focal length (123° FoV), fixed focus.
  • Front camera: Main: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture, 25mm equiv. focal length (80° FoV), PDAF. Secondary (depth only): 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 85° FoV, fixed focus lens.
  • Cover camera: 10MP, f/2.2 aperture, 25mm equiv. focal length (80° FoV), PDAF.
  • Video recording: Rear: up to 4K 2160p@60fps, EIS up to 2160p@30fps, slow-mo up to 1080p@240fps, super slow-mo 720p@960fps for up to 0.4s (12s playback at normal speed); HDR10+ recording. Front: up to 4K 2160p@30fps with EIS.
  • OS/Software: Android 9.0 Pie, Samsung One UI.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7nm): octa-core CPU (1×2.8GHz & 3×2.4GHz Kryo Gold & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 485 Silver); Adreno 640 GPU.
  • Memory: 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, no microSD card slot.
  • Battery: 4,380mAh total, Li-Ion (sealed), 2-piece, 15W wired charging (Adaptive Fast charging, QuickCharge 2.0 compatible), 15W Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM – one nano, one eSIM (where available); LTE-A, 6-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0. USB Type-C (v3.1), no 3.5mm jack.
  • Misc: Capacitive side-mounted fingerprint sensor, doubles as Bixby button; stereo speakers.

The Galaxy Fold employs every cutting-edge piece of technology available on a smartphone – the most current Snapdragon 855 chip, enhanced with 12GB of RAM, a half a terabyte of teh fastest flash storage there is, a triple camera on the back, a dual-camera on the inside, and even an extra autofocus selfie camera on the outside. There is also a large battery, a ton of connectivity options, stereo speakers, and whatnot.

The one thing the Galaxy Fold can’t do is withstand water. But it would have been a second technology miracle to capsulate the phone against water.

But before we unfold the Galaxy Fold, and we promise the puns end here, let’s see what’s in its box.

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