Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Galaxy Fold, available in Korea on September 6, followed by select countries including France, Germany, Singapore, U.K., U.S., and more, in Cosmos Black and Space Silver.
The luxury Android device was originally scheduled to go on sale in April, but it was delayed after multiple early tests found the screen to have severe reliability issues. Samsung said in July that the phone would relaunch in September, but it had not previously provided an exact date.
When closed, you can access your essentials on the cover display with one hand, and when opened, you can explore new ways to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more, on its 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display.
During the past several months, Samsung says it has improved the Galaxy Fold’s design and construction, but also "took the time to rethink the entire consumer journey."
“The category-defining Galaxy Fold is a device that defies the barriers of traditional smartphone design. Now, we’re excited to release this pioneering mobile technology, and allow consumers to experience it for themselves,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action.”
Samsung worked alongside partners to create a new UX that will take full advantage of the foldable design with its cover and main displays.
When closed, you can shoot a quick video, and then simply open the device to watch it on a larger screen—with App Continuity, the video transitions from the cover display to the main display. With Multi-Active Window, you can run multiple apps at once in real-time and effectively multitask: Edit footage, browse through the photo gallery for still shots, and read emails from friends and co-workers, all at the same time.
With a 5G-ready option, Galaxy Fold users in select markets can take full advantage of their carriers’ fastest speeds. By allowing us to do more with the 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, the Galaxy Fold could change the way we consume content and multitask.
Samsung has also designed a new premier service to help people discover the capabilities of this device. The company is introducing the new Galaxy Fold Premier Service to give you direct access to Samsung experts who can provide you tailored guidance and support over the phone any time, any day. This includes an optional one-on-one onboarding session to walk you through every feature packed into the Galaxy Fold and demonstrate how best to navigate this device.
In South Korea, the Galaxy Fold will be offered in only one configuration -- with 512GB of storage, 12GB of RAM and fifth-generation cellular connectivity -- by SK Telecom, KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. South Korea’s carriers said the sticker price for the Fold will be 2.39 million won ($1,980 US price) with a bundled free Montblanc luxury case. 5G will be an option in some other markets.
Samsung also confirmed that the Galaxy Fold will be available in Cosmos Black and Space Silver starting September 18, 2019, in countries including France, Germany, Singapore and the U.K., with the U.S. launch to follow. A 5G-ready option will also be available in select markets/
Last month, Chinese rival Huawei Technologies delayed the planned September launch of its own first foldable phone, its second postponement this year, as it battles a U.S. trade blacklist that threatens the tech giant’s access to crucial U.S. technologies such as Google's Android operating system.
|Dimension & Weight||
Folded: 62.8 x 160.9 x 15.7mm ~ 17.1mm
|Camera||Cover Camera||10MP Selfie Camera: F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 80˚|
|Front Dual Camera||10MP Selfie Camera: F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 80˚
8MP RGB Depth Camera: F1.9, Pixel Size: 1.12μm, FOV: 85˚
|Rear Triple Camera||
16MP Ultra Wide Camera: F2.2 ,Pixel size: 1.0μm, FOV : 123˚
|AP||7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor (2.84㎓ + 2.41㎓ + 1.78㎓)|
|Memory||12GB RAM with 512GB internal storage (UFS3.0)
*Actual storage available may depend on pre-installed software
|Battery||LTE model: 4380mAh (typical) dual battery
5G model: 4235mAh (typical) dual battery
|Charging||Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless*
*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC, Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
**Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with WPC Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy Note10, Note10+, S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S6, S6 edge, S6 Active, S6 edge+, Note9, Note8, Note FE, Note5, and wearables such as Galaxy Watch Active2, Galaxy Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Buds. May not work with certain accessories, covers, or other brand devices. May affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.
|OS||Android 9 (Pie)|
|Network||LTE model: Enhanced 2X2 MIMO, 6CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
– Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload5G model: Non-Standalone (NSA), Sub6
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax HE80 MIMO, 1024QAM
|SIM Card||LTE model: one eSIM and one Nano SIM
5G model: one Nano SIM
|Payment(Samsung Pay)||Credit & debit cards: supports MST and/or NFC
Membership cards, Gift cards, Transit cards, Reward point service Payment solutions and available features may vary depending on country, carrier, and service providers.
|Sensors||Capacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: Fingerprint sensor, Face recognition
*Galaxy Fold has a Capacitive Fingerprint sensor on the side.
Stereo speakers and bundled Galaxy Buds
|Video||Video playback format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
TV connection: Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30fps) / Wired: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter. (DisplayPort 4K UHD at 60 fps)
|Security||Knox protection: real-time monitoring and protection.
Virus, malware prevention. (Powered by McAfee)
Secure Folder: a secure space on the device to keep content such as apps, photos and videos, secured by fingerprint scanning.
|In the Box||Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Buds, Data Cable, Travel Adapter, Ejection Pin, USB Connector (OTG), Quick Start Guide, Aramid Fiber Cover|