Samsung Galaxy Fold is here in India. On Tuesday, Samsung launched its Galaxy with a foldable screen in India. The phone will be available in India in limited quantities with its price set at Rs 1,64,999. Not only the Galaxy Fold is an extremely high-end phone with top hardware inside it, it is also a sort of experimental phone for now with its main screen that can be folded like a book, and a separate screen that users can work on when the main screen is folded.
The Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase in India from October 4, with the deliveries starting from October 20.
In India, the Galaxy Buds earphones will be bundled with the Galaxy Fold. “Galaxy Fold consumers will get a never before experienced new standard of premium customer care in the mobile space, with a dedicated 24×7 expert on call. Consumers who buy Galaxy Fold on Samsung India’s online store, Samsung Shop, will get their device delivered to them through a concierge,” said a Samsung spokesperson.
So, what do you get when you buy this expensive Galaxy? Let’s first detail the hardware of the Galaxy Fold. The phone has a main screen that measures 7.3 inches. It uses AMOLED Panel. This screen can be folded to turn the phone in to a much narrower, regular device. When it is folded, the users of the Galaxy Fold will see and use its outer screen, which measures 4.6 inches. This too uses OLED panel.
On the back, the Galaxy Fold has a hinge or spine along which its screen is folded. Inside the phone, there is Samsung’s own Exynos 9825 processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, and support for dual SIM cards. There are a total of six cameras on the phone.
On the rear, there are cameras: a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel regular camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto aka zoom camera. Then there are two front cameras when users have the device unfolded. These two cameras are: 10-megapixel selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth-sensing camera. Finally, there is one front camera when the phone is folded, above the 4.6-inch screen. This camera has a 10-megapixel sensor.
The phone currently uses Android 9, albeit customised by Samsung with its own software tweaks, features and user interface. In the case of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has worked on optimising software better for the foldable screen, as well as seamlessly content and app continuity between the large screen and the smaller screen on the front.
Inside the phone, there are two batteries. The total capacity of the batteries is 4380 mAh.
HC Hong, President and CEO of Samsung Southwest Asia said, “With Galaxy Fold, we have pushed beyond what’s possible, and redefined the mobile category, introducing a device like no other. Samsung is setting an entirely new benchmark for smartphone design, and we will continue to take consumer experience to the next level.”
The big appeal of the Galaxy Fold is its “foldable screen”. It essentially gives users a devoice that is tablet-like with its huge screen but can be turned into a small and compact phone when it is folded.
The Galaxy Fold was showcased way back in February and its initial rollout started a few months later. However, when the Galaxy Fold reached early users, problems about its foldable screen and the hinge were reported. In many cases, the screen proved to be not durable enough. This led to Samsung delaying the launch and re-looking at the design.
Earlier in September, the company said that it was ready to re-introduce the Galaxy Fold to consumers. “During the past several months, Samsung has been refining the Galaxy Fold to ensure it delivers the best possible experience. Not only we improved the Galaxy Fold’s design and construction, but also took the time to rethink the entire consumer journey,” noted the company.
While there are a few more phones with foldable screens out there, including one by Huawei, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first such device to launch in India.