Is Samsung's Galaxy Fold the Phone of the Future?
At a certain point over the past 10 years, we accepted that our cell phones would be slender, refined rectangles capable of running (or ruining) or lives. A steady stream of updates offered better cameras, more storage, and longer battery, and that was more or less it. But if there is one area in which the technology industry truly excels, it is upending the norm.
The Galaxy Fold opens from a slender compact form to a 7.3-wide screen, much like a book.
Samsung’s latest innovation, the Galaxy Fold, is a phone and tablet in one, with a slim, remote control–like form that unfolds from a 4.6-inch screen into a 7.3-inch screen thanks to technology called Infinity Flex Display. When closed, the front display works exactly like any smartphone, with texting, calling, navigation, music, and, yes, Instagram available with the tap of a finger. But, unfold the screen, and the apps seamlessly “jump” onto the second, larger screen.
The immediate benefits of a large display are obvious when it comes to watching a movie or reading a book, but the Galaxy Fold is also able to run three applications simultaneously without having to swipe in and out of them. If you are throwing a dinner party, for example, you can open up a recipe, adjust your Spotify playlist, and text directions to guests all in the same window. Samsung developers have coordinated with Google and other major players to optimize Android apps for the phone’s new dimensions. The screen can even fold halfway securely, allowing you to type e-mails keyboard-style. Smoothly opening and closing the phone—a motion inspired by how we open books or fold wallets—is made possible by a sturdy hinge that slides inside itself.
The phone will come in four metallic colors: space silver, cosmos black, martian green and astro blue.
Besides its flexible engineering, the Galaxy Fold is completely kitted out for 2019, with six cameras and an Instagram-specific mode for taking influencer-worthy photos and two batteries for extra-long life (It can even charge itself wirelessly on-the-go). It also comes with Galaxy Bud headphones that can charge wirelessly on the phone, yet another impressive perk. It almost goes without saying that it contains more storage space than most of us could possibly ever use.
The color choices, Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue, are highly reflective metallics that come with a silver or gold hinge (currently the gold is only available with Martian Green and Astro Blue), and more closely resemble something designed by Virgil Abloh than Silicon Valley. And that is precisely the point. According to Samsung, it is high time we re-think how cellphones should look and act, to have some fun with them. “It took over a thousand different concepts to land on this one,” Paul Guzek senior manager of Samsung's product marketing told T&C. “We wanted to innovate, not just for innovation’s sake, but to do something different in a space that felt tired. We asked ourselves, ‘Can we create a personalized, luxury design object that makes people excited about their phones again?'”
It seems as though the answer to Guzek and Samsung’s question is, Yes. Though a first generation device of any sort is bound to run into some snags, now that the Galaxy Fold is here, it is clear that this is the phone for 2019 that we didn't know we were eagerly awaiting.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors