Samsung has unveiled its highly anticipated Galaxy Fold device, which unfolds “like a book” from a smartphone into a tablet. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold , which went on sale in May sits in its its own technology category – wavering between the two different devices. Unfolded, the device has a 7.3-inch size and functions as a tablet, however when folded in half it can be used as a regular touch-screen smartphone with a 4.6-inch screen, and is retailing for 1,980.00.
It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone,” said Samsung. “Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display.
Instead of bending like its more rounded concept design appeared to, the new device folds – described by Samsung as “a more intuitive motion, and a more difficult innovation to deliver.” The design features a hinging mechanism with multiple interlocking gears, concealed within a hidden enclosure to create a “seamless” look. This system allows the device to open “like a book” and close flat with a “satisfying click.
The phone’s screen is made from a composite polymer rather than the traditional glass screen. According to Samsung, it is the “world’s first” Infinity Flex Display with an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen that allows for a faster, higher definition display. The electronics brand revealed its design of the Galaxy Fold today at a series of its unpacked events held across London and New York. After ten years in the making, the new fold-able device has just debuted in the U.S., and will go on sale in Europe in late June.
The phone also has six camera lenses – three in the back, two on the inside and one on the cover – to ensure that users are ready to capture an image at any moment. The Galaxy Fold is available in a variety of colors including Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue, with Samsung’s logo engraved on the hinge of each device.
By Lenz Pierrelys