Update, April 17, 2019 (20:35 PST): We updated the article by including Samsung's reply.
Original article, April 17, 2019 (15:35 PST): After many years of complex prototypes at exhibitions such as CES and MWC, we finally got the first widely available sophisticated device from the best smartphones : Samsung Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Fold ̵
First of all, let's get specs off the path. The Samsung Galaxy Fold packes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of RAM. This is a completely crazy list of specifications, but if you're going to drop nearly two thousand dollars on your smartphone, you probably hope that it is worth its weight. This list of features makes the device almost equivalent to a full-fledged laptop. With a 7.3-inch display that you get from this phone, it can easily be used to replace something like the iPad Mini.
Other features include a 4380 mAh battery (or two smaller batteries, more precisely) for powering the internal tablet-style display, as well as a much smaller 4.6-inch screen on the front of the device. If we talk about a smaller display, then it's … weird. The used ratio of the screen-body is so small that the screen feels almost covered inside the set of large frames. During my time with the device, he left me wanting to use the phone unfolded. Although this style of use is ideally suited for such calls as phone calls, it is not so much for consuming content.
Samsung also put a whopping six cameras inside the Galaxy Fold. The front of the device has a 10 megapixel standard camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 12-megapixel headset and a 12-megapixel rearview camera on the back of the device, as well as a 10 megapixel lens with 8-megapixel depth sensor chamber. rather insubstantial recess from the inside. Samsung wants users to be able to take pictures in any orientation in which they use the device – with six cameras you have enough flexibility.
Six cameras have sufficient flexibility
In order to really fold back and forth, the Galaxy Fold uses a specialized loop lock mechanism. Samsung said it has survived hundreds of iterations of this mechanism before getting it right and there is a soundboth when deploying the device and when closing it again. This is the thing that I could probably have done if I own it, so it's probably good that Samsung says it's rated as a mechanism for hundreds of thousands of folds.
Due to its two-section design, the closed Galaxy Fold is about twice the thickness of a traditional smartphone and slightly higher. If you have standard pockets in your jeans, this should not be a problem, but there are some pants that you will not be able to put into this device. The phone even sticks a bit out of my pair of standard Uniqlo jeans.
In Collapsed Mode, the Galaxy Fold is a bit cumbersome to use through a small screen, but I really really liked holding it in my hand due to this narrower design. In this case, the device almost screams for use in tablet mode, because there really is magic with this phone.
In tablet mode, Fold is a joy to use. It's very nice to watch YouTube videos in such a large format, even if there are relatively large black bars in the upper and lower parts of the screen when viewing standard content 16: 9. During games, this device becomes even more awesome. We played Asphalt 8 on the Galaxy Fold during our time, and it was one of the best racing on a mobile device. The large cutout camera did not feel special in any of these experiences, and you can expect it to predominantly melt while consuming content.
A large tablet, similar to a tablet, is fantastic for gaming.
Samsung Galaxy Fold uses what is called Screen Continuity. This means that the content with which you interact on the primary display will also appear on the big screen as soon as you expand the device, and on the Galaxy Fold – really, very well. If you open an application such as Google Maps or YouTube on a small front display, deploying the device will cause the same application to appear on the large display as well. The transition between the displays was almost instantaneous during our briefing, and this helps make the experience as user-friendly as possible.
Deployed, there is a visible fold of the display, but it did not feel as big as you think. When you look at the head of the display, you really can not see it, and that's only when viewed from the angle that the fold grows. This is also something that you can feel a bit while running the display, but again, I did not feel it was a big problem while working with the device. Although the visible fold clearly indicates that it is a product of the first generation, I would not mind that during everyday use.
On the whole, I left today's briefing, feeling mostly positive about the future of sophisticated devices. Although the plastic screens are clearly not perfect, and the small front display is not very convenient to use, the magic of deploying a narrow device to uncover a huge tablet left me with a huge smile on the face. Unfortunately, as soon as I left my briefing and went back to social networks, I was struck by the thread of Tweets and articles that made me question the integrity of the device that I used in the last two hours.
miss: The Samsung Galaxy Fold display has already made way for reviewers
At the time of publication, at least four units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which were distributed to reviewers only two days ago, faced with big problems of the display. There are two separate reasons for these display issues, but both of them should cause some concern for potential customers.
is described as a user error, however, obviously this is an error. The Galaxy Fold internal display has a plastic glue that allows the screen to actually bend. Almost every current smartphone has an on-screen protector or at least a protective adhesive film that is intended to be removed after the customer has received the device, so it's entirely natural that people try to clean this adhesive after they come out. from your Galaxy Fold. . Unfortunately, this movie is needed to ensure that the Samsung Galaxy Fold maintains the structural integrity of its display, and removing it will result in the termination of proper operation of the device.
Samsung has problems in its hands. The Galaxy Fold model has a layer of film in the package, clearly declaring not to remove the film from the device, but the review blocks sent to journalists did not include this warning. However, something is so easily removed, probably will not affect the structural integrity of the device.
The second problem is that it is impossible to be called a user error. At the time of publication, at least two review units have ceased to work. More than The Verge, Dieter Bon had his screen bulge before becoming totally unsuitable for use, while Steve Kovac saw that his display develops a black line in the center and half of it flashes white . Given that over the past two days only a few Galaxy Folds have been available to reviewers, it is not very interesting for Samsung.
If you want to read more about the problems that have emerged so far, we have a special theme.
The Samsung representative responded to problems with the original message:
The limited number of early samples of Galaxy Fold was provided by the media for viewing. We received several reports about the main display on the samples provided. We will personally check these units to determine the cause of the case.
Separately, several reviewers reported that the top layer of the display was removed, causing damage to the screen. The Galaxy Fold main display has an upper protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen against unintentional scratches. Removing a protective layer or adding glue to the main display may result in damage.
Although I enjoyed my time with the Galaxy Fold, and it really felt like a future mobile device. However, it would be understatement to say that these questions are somewhat relevant. The people of the people have already pre-ordered the device, which will launch on April 26, and we try to find out if these problems are widespread before we can recommend the device.
We will be sure that you will be aware of all the news that surrounds the Galaxy Fold and stay with us for review in the near future.
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