If you have been on the internet the past week or so you will no doubt know about the Samsung Galaxy Fold! The way between Apple and Samsung has really heated up the last few years and this is what Samsung is hoping to be a knockout punch to finally win over iOS users.
Samsung is saying that their new Samsung Galaxy Fold is the biggest evolution to hit the smartphone since the smartphone itself was conceived! Quite the bold statement, but when you look at this thing it is near impossible not to be seduced by this phone and to start thinking of how you can afford one.
Let’s start with the most obvious and that is the gorgeous folding screen that this thing has. It has a very impressive 7.3-inch AMOLED screen which is the largest screen to ever be on a smartphone. The screen is not your typical screen and it is made from a “revolutionary polymer material” which is what allows the screen to fold.
From the reviews that I have seen this screen looks like a million bucks. Both when it is full and when it is folded in half. The fact that we are talking about a phone that can fold in half is just insane to me. It in a way eliminates the need for people to have both a tablet and a smartphone and that is part of the reason why I am so interested in this.
When I first saw this, I was worried about the folding mechanism. Now I know that comparing something like this to a Nintendo 3DS that costs like 100 bucks are a stretch. However, in my experience tech that has some kind of fold to it 99/100 will see the folding mechanism became weak and flimsy over time.
On the official site, you can actually see the Samsung Galaxy Fold hinge tests that they did and it does look quite promising. I am not an engineer by any means; however, it does seem like they have put a lot of thought into the hinge mechanism and that it is going to be in it for the long haul. Samsung says that the tested the hinge for up to 200,000 folds which in theory should be a lifetime of use.
As amazing as the Samsung Galaxy Fold appears to be, I do have a couple of concerns. While I love what they are saying about that hinge, I do still wonder how it is going to be during everyday use Also the screen from what people who have tested it have said is more plastic than before. There is also a protective layer on the screen which some reviewers tried to pull off with disastrous results. To be fair though this has to go down as user error.
Then there is the biggest stumbling block that the Samsung Galaxy Fold has and that is the price. Currently, the price is being touted at close to 2 thousand dollars! That is no small chunk of change. You could buy an Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and a TV to play them on for that kind of money!
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is not for everyone that is for sure, but there is no doubt that the technology that this thing has is impressive. It makes you wonder how long it will be before other companies such as Apple try their hand at something like this. Also, when will smaller companies make more “affordable” versions of smartphones with a folding screen?