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Samsung Galaxy Fold release date, news and features

TechRadar logo TechRadar 4 days ago John McCann
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The Samsung Galaxy Fold gave us our first real taste of a foldable phone when it launched on February 20, 2019, and the handset is now just weeks from being available to the general public.

Arriving alongside a trio of new Galaxy S10 handsets, the Fold arguably stole the show as Samsung showed off the dual-screen, flexible display-toting handset for the first time.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first foldable phone from the firm, but brace yourself. Samsung has made it clear that the Galaxy Fold is a premium device, and it certainly has the price tag to back up that claim. 

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Update: The reservation list for the Samsung Galaxy Fold in the US is full, so either the prospect of a foldable phone has really piqued the interest of the American public, or Samsung has limited the number available. We expect Samsung will be keeping numbers manageable for its supply chain.

It also has its work cut out, as the Huawei Mate X launched just a few days later, offering up a potentially more tantalizing foldable proposition for a similarly sky-high price.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold isn't a device for everyone – you'll really need to be committed to owning the next generation of smartphones and accept any shortcomings it may have - but it does mark the start of an exciting new smartphone form factor which could explode over the next couple of years.

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Samsung's not let anyone touch the Galaxy Fold just yet, but we've got all the details you need to know about the phone right here.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung's first folding smartphone
  • When is it out? April 26 (US), May 3 (Europe)
  • What will it cost? $1,980 (€2,000)

Samsung Galaxy Fold release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy Fold price is a staggering $1,980 (€2,000), making it comfortably more expensive than pretty much every other mainstream smartphone on the market. 

Those are the only official prices we have right now; depending on whether you convert from USD or Euros you're looking at a price in the region of £1,500-£1,700 in the UK, and AU$2,800-AU$3,200 in Australia.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold release date is April 26 in the US and May 3 in Europe. 

In the US, Samsung already opened up pre-order reservations, a list which is now full, which means you'll need to wait if you haven't already signed up.

You can opt to be notified when the Galaxy Fold reservation list re-opens, but there's been no indication from Samsung US when this may be.

Meanwhile, in the UK and Australia you can sign up to "pre-registration" which will just keep you updated with Galaxy Fold news, rather than placing a reservation for you.

Samsung Galaxy Fold design and displays

On the front of the Samsung Galaxy Fold there is a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) display, but open the phone up and you'll find a 7.3-inch QXGA+ (QHD+) Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3) Infinity Flex display which transforms the phone into a tablet.

The Galaxy Fold will be available in four colors; Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue. Depending on the color you choose, you will also be able to personalize the color of the hinge.

When folded in phone-mode, the Galaxy Fold certainly looks chunky, which could make it a little tricky to slip into a pocket. 

There a stereo speakers, tuned by AKG, which should provide decent sound

On the side of the device you'll find a fingerprint scanner, while inside there's a battery (combining to offer 4,380mAh) in each half of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which work together to offer one power source.

The Galaxy Fold can be charged wirelessly, and it supports Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to charge another device wirelessly by using the Fold as a charging mat.

Samsung says a luxury device needs luxury packaging, and it'll include a pair of its new wireless buds in the box.

Samsung Galaxy Fold specs and interface

The Samsung Galaxy Fold packs 12GB of RAM and a high-end 7nm processor, making it one of the most powerful phones on the market. 

It also comes with 512GB of internal storage and support for UFS 3.0 (Universal Flash Storage), allowing the handset to read data even faster. There is no expandable storage option, though.

The Galaxy Fold runs Android 9 Pie, the latest software from Google, but Samsung has developed a unique interface over the top to work especially with the screens.

The large folding screen supports three app multi-tasking, allowing you to have three apps open on the display at the same time.

App Continuity allows you to continue your app experience as you fold between the two displays. 

Apps such as WhatsApp and Microsoft Office have been specially adapted to work with the Galaxy Fold's 7.3-inch display.

It has a total of six cameras, with three on the rear (16MP + 12MP + 12MP), a 10MP selfie snapper on the front and two (10MP + 8MP) above the 7.3-inch display inside the fold.

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