Samsung’s new foldable phone is a pricey taste of the future

We won’t have flying cars and hover boards in 2019, but thanks to Samsung, we do have foldable phones.

The Galaxy Fold finally got its official unveiling today, and it wants to replace your phone and your tablet. Samsung calls it “a whole new world of mobile,” but it looks more like a prototype than a final design, and it doesn’t come cheap.

The Galaxy Fold is like a Nokia Communicator reborn for the modern world. In some ways it’s an incredibly innovative taste of the future that will blow your socks off, but in others, it’s an unfinished mess that makes its $1,980 price seem even crazier.

The Galaxy Fold puts a tablet in your pocket

That’s right — the Galaxy Fold starts at an eye-watering $1,980. It’s very nearly double the price of an iPhone XS, but for good reason. Samsung painstakingly redesigned almost everything about the smartphone to make it more than just a phone.

The star of the show is obviously the foldable display. On the front of the handset there’s a rather tiny (by today’s standards) 4.6-inch screen, but you can open it up to reveal a gorgeous 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display that’s big enough to replace your tablet.

Samsung’s software delivers a seamless switching experience. The app you’re using on the front of the phone will automatically adapt for the larger screen when you open up the Galaxy Flex, and for the first time on a phone, you can run three apps simultaneously.

Samsung has used a “revolutionary” hinge down the middle of the phone that’s neatly hidden away inside the Galaxy Flex. When it’s open in tablet mode, you won’t see it.

All-new chips for impressive performance

The Galaxy Flex is powered by a cutting-edge 7-nanometer processor — another world first — that promises blazing-fast performance and unparalleled efficiency. It has a whopping 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage as standard.

Galaxy Fold specs

You also get AKG sound, and six cameras — three on the back of the device, one on the front, and two inside for when you’re using it in tablet mode. You also get two batteries — one on each side of the device that work together as one.

It’s rough around the edges

The Galaxy Flex is an impressive achievement. We can’t argue with that. But it’s very much a first-generation device, which means you might want to hold onto your cash for now.

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