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What it`s like to use the Galaxy Fold, Samsung`s 2,000 foldable smartphone that comes out this month from Ayman's blog

Samsung Fold

  • Samsung`s Galaxy Fold is the company`s first smartphone to come with a foldable display, enabling it to seamlessly switch between phone and tablet mode.
  • Given its large 7.3-inch screen, I found the Fold to be most useful in tablet mode.
  • Here`s a closer look at how it works and what it`s been like to use it. 
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

Samsung is just days away from releasing its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, which will start at 1,980 when it hits stores on April 26.

With the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is hoping to establish itself as a pioneer in the foldable phone space, a form factor that`s new to many consumers but is quickly catching on among device manufacturers. Following Samsung`s debut of the Galaxy Fold in February, phone makers like Huawei and Xiaomi made announcements about new folding phones of their own.

The Galaxy Fold feels like a tablet first and foremost. Its 7.3-inch inner display is just the right size for reading, watching video, and playing mobile games, while its 4.6-inch front display feels too small for most of these tasks. The phone is powered by a 7-nanometer 64-bit processor and includes 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage space, and a 4380mAh battery that should last all day. 

At nearly 2,000, the Galaxy Fold is undoubtedly a luxury purchase. But after spending a limited amount of time with the device, the benefits it offers over a traditional smartphone are starting to become clear.

Here`s a closer look at what it`s been like to use the Samsung Galaxy Fold. 

SEE ALSO: 3 features we`re expecting to see on Apple`s new iPhones that Samsung`s Galaxy S10 already has

The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch screen when folded, which feels small compared to other modern smartphones.

At a time when most phones offer screens larger than five inches, the Galaxy Fold feels tiny as a smartphone when closed.

While apps work adequately on this front screen, I can see myself using it primarily as a cover that I`d occasionally glance at to check the time or read a notification. It doesn`t seem to be ideal for anything more than that.

 



At first glance, it also looks like there`s a lot of unused real estate on the front of the device.

Because the AMOLED displays Samsung uses for its smartphones are capable of delivering deep blacks, it almost looks like the screen is floating in the center of the device`s cover.

But Samsung intentionally kept the display from occupying the entire front of the device to maintain a 21:9 aspect ratio. Elongating the screen to match the size of the phone itself would likely make for an awkward experience when using apps. 



As a phone, it also feels much thicker than what I`m accustomed to.

It`s chunky for a smartphone, but I imagine most people who purchase the Fold will be using it in tablet mode more often.

Unlike many newer smartphones, there is a fingerprint sensor along the side of the device. 



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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