Samsung has hit the market with a bang by exposing a foldable smartphone which is the Galaxy Fold together with a 5G Galaxy S10 handset and three other Galaxy S10 mobiles.
The new Fold will go on sale just after two months after it came out or may be even earlier than that as what many are expecting.
The new Galaxy S10 5G has the firm’s largest ever non-folding phone display and assuresquicker data speeds when networks become available.
The S10 line-up also comprises of the introduction of a lower-cost model.
Samsung had formerly accepted that the cost of its S9 range had played a part to “lower-than-expected sales”.
Samsung has stated that the Galaxy Fold would open up to make a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet-like display and would be able to run up to three apps at one time.
A demo has presentedthe “app continuity” features by which the device transferred from one mode to another much more easily than had been the case with a previous foldable phone that was Royole’s Flex Pai.
The Galaxy Fold promises three-app multitasking
One example contained a Google Maps screen showing on the Fold’s reduced front display and then growing into a much larger view when the handset was unlocked following only a one-second pause.
Samsung further added that apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft Office would also be optimized to suit the new form-factor.
It also stated that it had created a new type of hidden hinge system that would survive hundreds of thousands of folds and unfolds and contained a battery on each side to encompass its runtime.
Adding to that, the huge South Korean firm mentioned that the phone comprises of six cameras – three on the back, two on the inside and one on the front – to guarantee it could take photos however it is held by the user.
A 4G version of this new Galaxy Fold is supposed to go on sale on April 26 and will start at the price of $1,980 that equals to £1,515. The firm has also promised a more expensive 5G edition in the coming future.
Samsung has described its recent launch as being a “luxury” item.
Fold is an experience that gives people who want a phone but also a larger screen with no compromise on the phone experience,” remarked Carolina Milanesian employee at the consultancy Creative Strategies.
“There’s a lot of tech packed in there. And it makes sense to have kept it under $2,000 even if only for the psychological effect that has.”
But another market watcher has showed his doubts and concerns related to this new invention.
“In theory, foldables are hugely attractive: they pack a giant screen into a small design,” mentioned Neil Mawston from the research firm called Strategy Analytics.
“But in reality, consumers don’t know exactly how they will work, and the applications for them are still fairly immature.
“You can look back at history at the dual-screen folder phones that ZTE and NEC and others release. They haven’t sold particularly well mostly due to price and lack of distribution.
“So, there’s good potential, but still a lot of uncertainty.”
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13 November, 2019