Samsung’s Galaxy Fold provides us with a hint of what the future of foldable smartphones will be like for us. With its 7.3-inch screen and plenty of power to get the job done, you’ll be able to edit photos easily, tackle challenging games, and share spreadsheets with ease.
What are the Galaxy fold’s camera specs? The device has 6 cameras in total consisting of a front cover 10MP camera. The two front-facing cameras include a 10MP Selfie Camera and an 8MP RGB Depth Camera. Then there are the three rear cameras which include a 16MP Ultra Wide, a 12MP Wide, and a 12MP Telephoto.
The Galaxy Fold offers not only those impressive camera specs, but it is also a phone that works as well as a tablet. Plus, since this phone is foldable, you’ll love the feeling of carrying around a small phone with you again. Since there isn’t a lot of information available today on the Galaxy Fold, we created this article to give you a one-stop guide to everything that is Galaxy Fold.
What the Galaxy Fold Offers
The Samsung Galaxy Fold brings you a compelling camera option similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus. However, it doesn’t include all of the photo and video modes that you’ll find in the Note 10 Plus. So while Samsung is usually known for creating phones that lead the industry with their camera power, that might not be the case with the Galaxy Fold.
Also, the battery life on the Galaxy Fold isn’t at the head of the pack, either. The first time we tried this phone, we played with it for about one full day and realized the battery was drained. So, while the battery lasts a few hours, there is nothing overly impressive about it compared to other smartphones today.
While the Note 10 Plus still boasts a stronger camera and you won’t get any stylus with this phone, you’ll wind up with the latest in smartphone technology and the first foldable smartphone. So, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to consider the Galaxy Fold as your next smartphone, although it is likely to cost you a small fortune to purchase this phone.
The primary feature that so many people find attractive with this phone is that it is foldable. That’s been making the Galaxy Fold the biggest smartphone sensation since the first iPhone was introduced. If you are one of those people that’s dying to have the latest and greatest technology and you want a foldable phone, then you’ll be taking a $2,000 gamble on it when you purchase the phone.
Here are a few things you’ll want to consider before buying the Samsung Galaxy Fold:
- The Samsung Galaxy Fold costs twice as much as most flagship phones. The price right now is listed at $1980.
- The Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched in September in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Korea.
- The original release date for the Samsung Galaxy Fold was April 26, 2019. However, the phone was not released, and those waiting eagerly for the phone had to kill another five months before the new release date.
- You can now purchase the Samsung Galaxy Fold in one of two colors; you can buy either Cosmos Black or Space Silver. Other colors like Martian Green and Astro Blue did exist, but they’ve been cut out of the offering line-up since then.
Is the Price Worth It?
You’re probably wondering if the price of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold is worth what you get. Since the release data on the Samsung Galaxy Fold was moved back, the phone made its debut in the US on Friday, September 27. The phone was first released in South Korea on September 6 and then later released in the UK on September 18.
Since these phones have just been released, it’s been hard to find them. Demand for the Samsung Galaxy Fold has been very high, regardless of the phone’s high cost. At $1980, the Samsung Galaxy Fold costs twice as much as an iPhone 11 Pro.
Trying to figure out of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is worth the price will be up to what you’ll want and need to get out of your smartphone. However, to help you make an informed decision, we’ll cover some information about the Samsung Galaxy Fold so that you can make the choice that’s best for you.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Specs
We love how well this phone handles when you close and open it. It feels effortless and smooth to open and close, and when you close it, you’ll hear a magnetic click as if you’ve closed up a book. Once you understand that click, you know your Galaxy Fold is closed and locked.
If you remember what it was like to have an old flip phone in your pocket, that’s about how small the Galaxy Fold feels when you put it away. When you fold it, the Galaxy Fold measures 17.1 mm thick and weighs 276g. By comparison, Note 10 Plus is 7.9mm and 196g.
The Galaxy Fold is much narrower than what you’d expect once you fold it. It’ll fit easily into a jeans pocket or other types of clothing pockets you can’t fit your other phone into in most cases. However, in your pocket, the Galaxy Fold will make it look like you are carrying two phones next to each other in your pocket.
When the Galaxy Fold is not folded, it’s about 7.6mm thick. It includes a fingerprint sensor, power/Bixbykey, and a volume rocker on the right. You can access all of these items easily when your Fold is open or closed. Also, you’ll find two speakers at the top and bottom of the Fold.
If you’re wondering about all of the specs that make-up the Samsung Galaxy Fold, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve added a list that covers all of the Galaxy Fold’s specs.
- Weight: 276g
- Folded: 62.8 x 160.9 x 17.1mm
- Unfolded: 117.9 x 160.9 x 7.6mm
- OS: Android 9
- Main screen size: 7.3-inch
- Resolution: QXGA+ (2152 x 1536)
- Cover screen size: 4.6-inch
- Resolution: HD+ (1680 x 720)
- CPU: Octa-core
- RAM: 12GB
- Storage: 512GB
- Battery (4G): 4,380mAh
- Battery (5G): 4,235mAh
- Cover camera: 10MP
- Front camera: 10MP + 8MP
- Rear camera: 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
The speakers on the Fold are powerful Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, which work well when you are playing games or watching videos. Also, your apps will rotate with you quickly on the screen as you move, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Once you’ve closed the Fold, you’ll see the all-glass design covering up the outside of the phone. You’ll need to be careful with your phone at this point because the glass is slippery. However, the Fold itself is straightforward to hold onto while using. We also loved how easy this phone was to use as we tested it.
So, if you are the type of person that wants a big screen but can’t stand carrying around large, bulky phones, this phone might be for you. Since it’s foldable, you’ll get a big screen but a phone that becomes small so that it’s easy to carry.
Let’s break down what the Galaxy Fold has to offer you when it comes to camera specs.
- The Fold comes with one Cover Display camera, two hidden front cameras, and three rear cameras.
- The Cover Display camera is 10MP, the two inner front cameras are 10MP and an 8MP, and the three rear cameras are 16MP, 12MP, and 12MP.
- The overall quality of the cameras on this phone is similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus.
- The Fold takes excellent photos with fun filters, but it isn’t one of the “best cameras” you’ll find on the market today.
So, as you can see above, each Samsung Galaxy Fold gives you six different cameras. These cameras are similar to the five S10 Plus cameras, as well as the four Note 10 cameras.
Cover Display Camera
The Cover Display camera on the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a single 10 MP selfie camera. It has an f2.2 aperture, a pixel size of 1.22 microns, and a field view of 80 degrees. This set-up is the same as that offered by the Note 10’s front camera. However, the Galaxy Fold can’t shoot Live Focus video from this camera like the Note 10 can. On the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Live Focus photos are slightly below average in quality.
Dual Front Cameras
You’ll find the dual front cameras on the front of the Galaxy Fold once your phone is unfolded. These cameras feature a 10 MP selfie camera and a 9 MP RGB camera (f1.9, 1.12 microns, and 85-degree FoV). That means you can use the camera for depth-sensing, much like the S10 Plus dual camera hole-punch. The double front cameras work well for Live Focus selfies that you want to add fun filters to for additional entertainment.
Three Rear Cameras
You’ll find three rear cameras on the back of your Galaxy Fold. They all are very similar to what you’ll find on the S10 Plus. You’ll get a 12 MP regular camera (f/1.5+f/2.4, 1.4 microns, 77-degree FoV), a 12 MP telephoto camera (f2.4, 1 micron, 45-degree FoV, and the 16MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2, 1 micron, 123-degree FoV.
With the Samsung Galaxy Fold, you will be getting one of the best ultra-side cameras on the market. However, the iPhone 11 does offer a very similar 120-degree camera in a phone that’s listed at half the price. Unfortunately, the Fold doesn’t include the upgrades we see in Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, but much about this smartphone is similar to previous Samsung models.
Also, the app you’ll use with the cameras is straightforward to use, so you’ll get plenty of usage out of these cameras just by using the phone. Plus, you’ll get plenty of extra fun filters to use with your pictures if you want to spice things up a bit.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold also brings a fantastic screen into the mix that seems like a real bonus on top of the foldable design. Here’s what you can expect with your Samsung Galaxy Fold screen:
- You’ll get a 7.3-inch central display inside and a 4.6-inch cover display outside.
- You can read, browse, and do your gaming with ease using the 4.2:3 aspect ratio
- The movies you’ll watch on this phone use letterboxing in the 16:9 aspect ratio.
- You’ll get fantastic HDR10+ and excellent brightness.
Overall, the central display screen on the Samsung Galaxy Fold is attractive, although there are a few areas where we found room for improvement. First, the 7.3-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy Fold means web browsing is now 1.4 times larger than when you use the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. So, many videos and games look 2.2 times larger, as well.
The larger screen and increased line of vision are some of the primary reasons why many gamers and movie buffs want to own foldable phones. However, keep in mind that video in the usual 16:9 aspect ratio will only be 1.3 times more massive. You’ll also have black letterboxing at the top and bottom of the screen.
It’s much easier to read with the screen on the Samsung Galaxy Fold when compared to other Samsung products. It’s also much easier to use a Multi-Active Window Mode with this phone. You can easily use three apps at once and swap from app to app with the large screen you’ll have on this product.
Another thing we like about the Samsung Galaxy Fold is its HDR 10+, which makes the contrast ratio amazing on the screen for supported video content. That HDR 10+ feature also makes it much easier to look at your phone and watch videos while you are outside. Most of the time, the glare shines right on the middle crease, but after some time, this factor is easy to ignore.
One thing that does leave some room for improvement is the uneven refresh rate you’ll find with the Samsung Galaxy Fold. When you scroll through webpages of text, you’ll probably notice that the words will shift unevenly from time to time. This issue hasn’t been the usual case with Samsung and their smartphones, but this is a first-generation product.
You’ll get an excellent interface with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, including:
- Easy-to-use app continuity so that you can transition easily between screens when needed.
- You’ll get a multi-active window so that you can open and use three apps at once.
While the folding hardware in this phone is incredibly neat, that’s only part of what makes the Samsung Galaxy Fold such an excellent product. The software on this phone can transitions from a small phone screen to a larger tablet screen with ease. Because the Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with App Continuity, it performs well when moving from a big screen to a small screen.
The Apps Continuity in this device is pretty impressive. With it, you’ll be able to browse websites like Chrome, Yelp, and Google Maps with the phone folded. If you want a larger screen, you can then unfold the phone and open those apps on a larger screen. You won’t need to worry about losing any information or having to restart your apps. The entire process works very seamlessly.
You can enable your apps to go from the big screen to the small screen when you use the Samsung Galaxy Fold. For example, apps you can enable include Clack, Messages, Google Maps, and Chrome. When you are done, you can swap to the cover display, which will show things that are always on, like the time, date, and battery life.
One of the things Samsung loves to advertise about the Galaxy Fold is the endless possibilities you’ll encounter using the Multi-Active Window. While we can’t agree that you’ll get “endless” options, you will be able to keep three active apps open at once. While your screen might feel cramped when you do this, you’ll be able to manage the use of up to three apps at a time when you need to.
The last thing we want to cover about the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the performance you’ll get out of the phone.
- The Galaxy Fold is as fast as the Galaxy Note 10, but the less expensive iPhone 11 series is still faster by comparison.
- You’ll get 12 GB of RAM with this phone, so the phone can easily handle three apps running at once.
- You’ll also get 512G of internal storage. However, there is no microSD slot on this phone if you need additional storage space. So, if you do need extra storage space, you’ll probably need to sign-up for a Cloud drive.
When you purchase the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the primary thing you’re paying for is the innovative screen and not necessarily the performance. There are still phones out there that perform better than the Galaxy Fold, like the iPhone 11 series, which also costs much less than the Galaxy Fold.
However, if screen innovation is what you want and need in a phone, then the Samsung Galaxy Fold still might be your best bet.
If you’re considering purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Fold, make sure you do the necessary research into the device to find out if it’s right for you. Since this phone requires a substantial monetary investment, it might not be right for everybody. However, if you need that innovative screen design, then the Samsung Galaxy Fold might be the right phone for you.