Samsung has launched a very unique product for the world’s 3.2 billion (including over 36 million Nigerians) smartphone users – the world’s first foldable phone. Other innovators such as Huawei and Oppo unveiled prototypes but Samsung beat them to the market with the Samsung Galaxy Fold in April 2019 after years of rumours and leaks. The April outing proved to be a mislaunch – the battery of the new foldable Samsung Galaxy emptied in minutes and the screen was very blurry. Samsung went back to the drawing board and reengineered the Galaxy Fold, launching it in September 2019.
The phone is available in Nigeria but you wouldn’t know because it is not on display. You have to order from a Samsung store and have it delivered to you in 2 – 3 weeks. The Galaxy Fold is likely to be very popular with CEOs and senior professionals because of its productivity-enhancing functionality but also because it obviously a power accessory that sets them apart. It looks like Nokia Communicator resurrected – with 2 batteries and 6 cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a stunning beauty that features a 7.3 inch dynamic AMOLED inner display with a 2, 152 X 1,536 screen resolution, which was made with a revolutionary material called Polymer that enables the flexibility of the phone.
The uniqueness of the tab-like screen permits unlimited multi-tasking thus enhancing productivity. You can open more than one app on the screen, edit photos conveniently, enjoy games, read spreadsheets easily … and do much more.
Meanwhile, the 4.6inch outer display of the phone still allows you to function like your regular smartphone – make calls, send text messages, surf the net etc. Really, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a mobile phone in a tablet that solves the problem of carrying a tablet with a phone. With the Samsung Galaxy Fold, you can use either your phone or your tablet anytime, anywhere you want.
The Fold comes with a total of six powerful cameras, flexible enough to capture stunning pictures from any angle. It has three cameras at the back, two on the side and one in front.
Rear Camera 1 — 16MP Ultra Wide | f/2.2
Rear Camera 2 — 12MP Wide-Angle | f/1.5 – f/2.4
Rear Camera 3 — 12MP Telephoto | f/2.4
Front Camera 1 — 10MP Selfie | f/2.2
Front Camera 2 — 8MP Depth Sensor | f/1.9
Cover Camera — 10MP Selfie | f/2.2
The phone doesn’t come with a MicroSD slot. To complement the absence of this vital feature, the fold comes with an impressive memory of 12 GB RAM and a built-in storage of 512 GB.
Samsung went all out with the power-capacity of this phone. The Fold is packed with dual batteries of 4380MAH capacity for the 5G model and a 4280MAH for the 4G LTE, which is Samsung’s best so far. This powerhouse also uses and recharges both cells to prevent overcharging.
The Fold doesn’t come with a headphone jack but a pair of Samsung earbuds and built-in display protection. Unlike the Galaxy S10 that uses an ultrasonic, in-screen fingerprint reader, the Fold has its fingerprint scanner on the right side, the bottom part when the fold is closed. When the phone is open, you just slot your thumb in and unlock the Fold.
The Fold is not dust and water-resistant. The manufacturers have also warned that the device contains magnets and should be kept far away from any device that might be affected by magnets such as credit cards, and medical devices. Also, the fragility of the screen calls for extreme caution when handling the device.
The device is now available in Nigeria at Samsung stores for N840, 000.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Spec
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie
Samsung One UI
2152 x 1536
720 x 1680
|Processor||7nm 64-bit octa-core
2.84GHz + 2.41GHz + 1.78GHz
|Security||Capacitive fingerprint sensor
|Battery||4,380 mAh (LTE model)
4,235 mAh (5G model)
|Charging||QuickCharge 2.0 wired charging
Fast Qi wireless charging
|Dimension Folded||62.9 x 160.9 x 17.0mm|
|Dimension Unfolded||117.9 x 160.9 x 7.5mm|