Samsung Galaxy Fold Review: Features | Specifications | Pricing

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The Galaxy Fold presents the first step forwards into the brave new world of folding phones. There's some fine engineering here, but it's hard to justify what you get for the steep price you pay.

7.3 inches

Display size

1536 x 2152px

512GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP + 16MP

Rear camera

4,380 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 7.3 inches
Resolution 1536 x 2152
Pixels per inch (PPI) 362
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.4 + f/1.5-f/2.4 + f/2.2
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 10MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2 + f/1.9
Dimensions mm x mm x mm
Weight 263g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
Processor
RAM 12GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

512GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 4,380mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging Qi
PMA
Launch price (RRP)$0
Launch dateQ2 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold

The good

  • Folding mechanism is genuinely fun to use
  • Continuity can work well
  • Possibly better battery life than other 2019 Samsung phones
  • App multitasking works better than any Android tablet

The bad

  • Way too fragile for a flagship phone
  • Lots of lenses, but a deeply ordinary camera experience
  • The crease is both visibly and physically obvious
  • Front display is annoyingly small for the money
  • No storage expansion
  • No headphone jack
  • No water resistance
  • Costs an obscene amount of money

It's been a long wait for the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It's all but unheard of for a phone maker to announce a new phone and have a full year's wait before it hits our shores, but that's precisely what happened with the Galaxy Fold.

The "first" generation of the Galaxy Fold was rather stillborn, with a US launch cancelled at the last minute due to some terrible durability issues with handsets issued to reviewers there.

So Samsung went back to the drawing board, did a lot of engineering work and the end result is the "new" Galaxy Fold, which has finally landed on Australian shores.

It's odd, though, because while Galaxy Fold presents the first in a brave new world of smartphones, it simultaneously has some elements that already feel oddly dated.

That's a function of its curious release schedule: announced at the same time as the Galaxy S10, there are features that have since been supplanted by the Galaxy Note10+, not to mention other phones. But none of those phones is foldable – or three grand to purchase outright.

That price hangs heavy over the Galaxy Fold, and whether it's worth buying.


Design

  • Fold retains its satisfying engineering click
  • Display crease is always apparent
  • Smaller external display isn't optimal
  • Supplied "case" is just plain ugly
  • No headphone jack or external storage support
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Camera

  • Rear triple camera with 16MP ultra wide (F2.2.), 12MP wide angle (Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5, F2.4) and 12MP telephoto camera (PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom)
  • Front 10MP selfie camera (F2.2), 8MP RGB depth camera (F1.9)
  • Cover camera (folded) front-facing 10MP (F2.2)
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Performance

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus 12GB RAM gives it plenty of power
  • Multi-window view is smartly implemented
  • App Continuity can be handy, but it's not 100%
  • Has to be folded shut for most phone calls
  • Smaller display isn't great for many apps at all
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Battery life

  • 4,380mAh battery provides very good battery
  • Wired or wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Verdict

  • It's a great engineering feat
  • But it's more a fashion statement than a phone.
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is available outright in Australia for $2,999. Samsung isn't directly selling it online, with selected Samsung stores and retailers offering the ability to buy in-store only.

The Galaxy Fold is also available on contract terms through Optus, Vodafone and Telstra.


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Alternatives

Until the Huawei Mate X lands on our shores – and since, at the time of writing, we're still waiting on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro to arrive, that's not a given by any means – there's no real "alternative" to the Galaxy Fold you can buy.

The closest in 2019 flagship terms would be the LG V50 ThinQ, which is more properly a dual-screen phone than a proper "foldable" phone.

Of course, for the $2,999 asking price of the Galaxy Fold, you could have any of 2019's flagship phones with change to spare and in some cases two of them. Check out our list of the best phones of 2019 to choose from any of them – they're all cheaper than the Galaxy Fold.


Samsung Galaxy Fold specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 7.3 inches
Resolution 1536 x 2152
Pixels per inch (PPI) 362
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.4 + f/1.5-f/2.4 + f/2.2
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 10MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2 + f/1.9
Dimensions mm x mm x mm
Weight 263g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
Processor
RAM 12GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

512GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 4,380mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging Qi
PMA

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