Samsung fixed the most hazardous errors to the Fold's display, the ones that caused the phone to stop working. But it didn't fix some more baked-in problems. The phone remains too expensive and too fragile, with some puzzling choices that give the inner screen an enormous notch and a plasticky bezel, and the outer screen a cramped keyboard that's just no fun to use.
Battery life is strangely shorter than it seems it should be, despite two cells (on on each side of the hinge) that forms the equivalent of a 4,500-mAh battery. It lasted an average of 12 hours, 15 minutes in CNET's looped video test in airplane mode, compared to over 21 hours for the.
In its defense, the Galaxy Fold was always greater than itself. It's a proof of concept meant to prime the pump for later devices. That said, Samsung clearly wanted people to buy the phone as a luxury device, a status symbol that early adopters with plenty of cash could casually unfold to wow their peers with an unusual, instantly recognizable design.
Unfortunately, that's backfired now. I'll argue with naysayers that, as a concept, the foldable phone has potential. Just as long as the industry figures out how to make a stronger screen, be it fromthat doesn't commercially exist yet to some other hardened plastic material.
But in the present tense, I don't recommend the Galaxy Fold specifically, even if you have cash to spare. More foldable phones are coming, from Samsung, Huawei and. Do yourself a favor and wait.
For more detail, here's a breakdown of the.
Galaxy Fold specs
|Display size, resolution||4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||Folded: 62.8 x 161 x 15.7mm ~ 17.1mm Unfolded: 117.9 x 161 x 6.9mm ~ 7.6mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||9.7 oz; 276g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI|
|Camera||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Front-facing camera||Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth|
|Video capture||4K (HDR 10+)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Fingerprint sensor||Power button|
|Special features||Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$1,980|
First published Oct. 3, 2019.