Galaxy Fold hands-on impressions: Samsung thinks the future is foldable and so should you

Galaxy Fold hands-on impressions: Samsung thinks the future is foldable and so should you

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Galaxy Fold is immediately distinguishable for its clamshell-like design (Image: Express Newspapers)

Design and display

The Galaxy Fold is immediately distinguishable for its clamshell-like design that easily fits in the hand.

When folded, the Samsung handset shows a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED display that has incredibly thick bezels above and below it.

Samsung told this publication the panel’s 4.6-inch size is intentional and was used to retain a familiar aspect ratio for Android fans.

The borders above and below the display are incredible noticeable, especially for those that have used or own a traditional smartphone with an all-screen design.

The biggest benefit of the smaller display is the fact the user is able to reach every corner of it with one hand.

At the top of the cover screen sits the phone’s earpiece and a single 10-megapixel front-facing camera.

On the product’s rear is a triple-camera system that is exactly the same as found on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+.

That means you get an incredibly diverse camera system capable of taking stunning shots that is formed of a 12-megapixel main, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle and a 12-megapixel telephoto system.

It is worth noting when folded both sides of the phone do not sit flat on each other; a gap between them is present towards its hinge.

The hinge that allows the device to fold is remarkably complex; Samsung is calling the mechanism a “dual virtual axis hinge” that has cogs inside it to allow for a smooth transition between the phone’s folded and unfolded form factors.

During our hands-on session with the pliable product, Samsung representatives iterated the flagship has been designed to withstand 200,000 folds in total.

This amounts to five years of usage if the Fold is opened and closed 100 times a day for five years.

The South Korean tech giant appeared incredibly confident about the structural integrity of the Fold; employees conducing demos for the device were not reserved about opening and closing the flagship, instead they nonchalantly transitioned the device between its two form factors.

Just like most Samsung devices, the Fold oozed a premium and sturdy feel that left us incredibly confident in its build.

Unfolded, the Samsung device boasts a huge 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that is HDR10+ certified and looks absolutely stunning.

Although such a size sounds humungous, we found it to be more palatable than we thought; the Fold’s small bezels are raised that not only protects the device when it is folded, but it also acts as a place to rest your fingers when using the product.