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Damn, Could the Samsung Galaxy Fold Be Worth It?



If you are a heavy multitasker, things can only be better if you can swipe in the right side of the screen to get a little row of apps that let you open up to three different apps at once. Thanks to the ability to pop out one additional app inside a floating window, the Fold's true multitasking app count stands at four.

855 processor, 512GB of storage, and a whopping 12GB or RAM. As a bonus, like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Fold features Qi wireless charging along with Samsung's PowerShare tech that lets you juice up your other devices. Though, in terms of real-world durability, the Fold not having any water resistance is a bummer.

Now to be clear, the folds ability to switch apps between screens, what Samsung calls App continuity, is still very much in its early stages. This sort of multi-app functionality isn't as natively available on Android yet (it's coming in Android Q), though Samsung has worked with Google and other partners to ensure that major first and third-party apps look good on the big flexy screen. But that's not always the case for less popular apps, or some games, which resort to 16: 9 letterboxed view.

However, despite featuring two batteries that are joined together to form a 4,380 mAh power pack, you still have wonder if the Galaxy Fold has enough longevity to keep that big display and everything else running. But that's a question I should be able to answer once I've had a chance to spend more time with it.

Because of the Galaxy Fold's design, instead of putting a fingerprint reader on the front or back, Samsung puts the Fold's fingerprint sensor on its side.
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

The Fold also comes with six total cameras. In front, there is a 10-MP cam above the cover screen, while a second 12-MP selfie cam and an 8-MP depth cam to help with portrait-style shots live on the inside. However, on a regular phone, the real camera talent resides in the back, with the Fold offering a 16-MP ultra-wide camera, a 12-MP wide-angle camera, and a 2x telephoto cam.

The Galaxy Fold has a noticeable increase, but when you're using it normally, it's way less distracting than I anticipated. Generally, it fades away, potentially becoming less annoying than even a scratch on a screen. But depending on the situation and available ambient light, you may still notice it when watching a video. It's impressive, but Samsung did not magically defy the material, and doubtless, for some people, the imperfection will be seen as a failure.

Similarly, the thickness of the device will remain controversial for some people. Personally, I think it wouldn't bother me in the long run but some of my colleagues who insist on tiny pants, the thickness will be a dealbreaker.

And even if that crease and that thickness don't wind up being too annoying, there is still one more reality people will need to get over: $ 1,980 is a serious chunk of money, especially for a V1 device. This thing is likely to only be found with people who value keeping up with the absolute bleeding edge of tech.

After a short time with the device, I was charmed by the package as a whole. I found myself imagining the fold fitting into my life with almost zero adjustment.

But the question remains, would you pay nearly $ 2,000 for the chance to own one? We are not sure but stay tuned for our full review very soon.

Depending on which of the Galaxy Folds four colors you choose, you may also be able to select what color the hinge is.
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

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