Foldable smartphones such as Samsungpoint to a bright future for the mobile world. But that does not mean you should now get on the gang.
Samsung finally offered a longer, more gentle look at the Galaxy Fold, a smartphone that unfolds as a book to reveal a second, larger display. This is the material of Sci-Fi magic and opens the door to a new world of different designs and devices. Most importantly, it leaves the Apple iPhone franchise, which has not had a big facelift for more than a year, in the dust.
Samsung Draws Galaxy Fold at Unpacked
Galaxy Fold can be impressive, but maybe there will be no more perfect illustration of the dangers associated with early adoption. Samsung's credit is available for placing a folding phone on the market before competitors, but from our brief look at the device, it is clear that much more Polish and development is needed before it is ready for the average consumer. After all, the gadget actually appeared on the scene for a few minutes and was not available for demonstrations, although was the launch of the phone.
"Folding the galaxy is not meant to be a mass-market product, at least it's not yet," said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Techsponential. "This is a halo product for Samsung targeting early users."
Indeed, Samsung's hardware enthusiasts and gadgets will be delighted to join the first one that will own this device. They will be beta testers in this brand new folding adventure.
Samsung knows this, so the saferline along with Plus, 5G and budget options serves as meat on . For most users, these devices will be more than enough for their needs.
But if you think of Galaxy Fold, here are some reasons you need to rethink.
Do you think the starting price of $ 1099 on the iPhone XS Max is expensive? The Galaxy Fold will start on April 26 with an amazing $ 1,980.
To Fold, the Galaxy S10 of $ 899 and the larger $ 999 Galaxy S10 Plus are trades. Though they are harder.
At a time when smartphone prices are higher than ever, Galaxy Fold breaks off its new position in terms of its eating potential in your portfolio.
Justin Deninson, Samsung's marketing executive, said the best: "This is a kind of luxury device."
Samsung said it had to rethink the software and the user interface to take advantage of the two displays. It's great that the company took care to consider the new design, but Samsung has a mixed record on the software.
The first days of Touch Wiz were unbelievable, and although Samsung's experience has gone a long way, it still lacks cleaner interfaces found on competing devices like Google's Pixel phones or OnePlus devices. promising. The device will be able to run three applications at a time, and the seamless flow between the smaller display and the larger one works well in demos. But we will not know for sure until we get to the gadget.
Given what niche this device will be, app maintenance should be at first glance. Google said it would support folding devices with its next Android update, but it will not come until the second half of the year. For now, Samsung highlights Google Maps and Video from Netflix as examples of applications that will benefit from the larger screen.
We will not know how long the battery of the Galaxy Fold will last until we do the right tests, but the requirements of not one but two displays – including a massive folding – do not bode well for the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung seems to know this, and pointed to the inclusion of two separate batteries working with the device.
The downside of a folding phone is, well, it folds. Two halves mean a device that will be thicker than the bulk smartphones. This comes at a time when phone manufacturers shave millimeters of their devices and talk about elegant design. The Galaxy Fold looks less bulky than the prototype Samsung showed in November, but it's still twice as fat as your standard phone.
So just wait until you try to put it in the side pocket of your skinny jeans.
To folding pioneers
If you are a person who needs to have the newest and greatest thing, no matter what – well, why are you even reading this story? Concerns like cost and battery life are probably not too critical, as this is not your only phone.
"It will sell and become a status symbol," said Patrick Moorehead, an analyst at Moor Insight.
So, to those who are ready to take on the new world of folding phones, which ultimately lead to more polished products for the rest of us, I congratulate you.
But for now I will stick to my boring rectangular plate of glass and metal.
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