Samsung announces the Galaxy Fold, a luxury device starting at $1,980

Feb 21, 2019, 01:01
Samsung announces the Galaxy Fold, a luxury device starting at $1,980

Samsung is hoping the Galaxy Fold will spur more people to upgrade their phones and reverse a recent slump that saw its smartphone sales fall eight per cent past year.

Samsung is still the global smartphone market leader with about 19 percent share but it underperformed the market, which was itself down. However, Samsung is the largest phone manufacturer to unveil a blockchain feature in a phone to date, and unlike either of its competitors, may see the widest distribution.

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"It's a smartphone, tablet, and camera", Samsung Senior Vice President of Mobile in the U.SJustin Denison said during the Unpacked keynote.

Moreover, the panel in question is flat, meaning it does not come with Samsung's signature curved design.

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The world's second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, is also expected to announce a folding phone in Barcelona at the end of February, while US-based Chinese firm Royole launched a developer prototype of its FlexPai folding phone past year.

Verizon Communications Inc will be the first carrier to offer service for Samsung's 5G phones.

The Galaxy S10 comes with a 6.1-inch AMOLED display that has a 1440p resolution and Samsung's signature curves on its edges. There are six cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Fold: one on the front, two on the inside, and three on its rear. Those models start at US$900 and US$1,000 respectively.

Samsung senior vice president of product marketing Justin Denison announces the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone during the Samsung Unpacked event on February 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

Usually, I'd say we have to wait for Samsung to announce details about its upcoming devices. Adam Mosseri, head of Facebook Inc.'s Instagram photo-sharing app, announced that an Instagram mode would be integrated into the new camera application. And specs are powerful enough not just for productivity apps but also Unity-powered games through adaptive performance.

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Even with Apple's strong market share in regions like the USA, the new Samsung line could pose a serious challenge to the iPhone maker.

Plus, the screen also has a cutout for the phone's front-facing camera.

The USP of both devices will, however, be the triple rear camera setup, which is the same in both. Its bezels, like the iPhone XR versus the high-end iPhone XS line, are also slightly thicker.

Along with the folding phone, Samsung also provided an update to its decade-old Galaxy series of phones, adding new cameras and a 5G version. In the US, it will debut as an exclusive to Verizon Wireless Inc., and it will later expand to other carriers. AT&T and T-Mobile plan to sell it in the US. From the moment that we learned the Galaxy S10 would feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, we were curious how it might affect screen protectors, or whether or not the Galaxy S10 and S10+ would be able to use screen protectors at all. Additionally, the tablet part of the Galaxy Fold can multi-task with up to 3 apps at a time.

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