Ten days to go until the consumers in the USA can put their hands on the first foldable phone of Samsung. The catch that early adopters have to dip really deep into their pockets, and for a 5G-enabled piece they have to import from Korea.
Smartphone caterpillar morphs into a butterfly of tablet
There is a saying that for the members of Z generation the latest smartphones, not cars, are the new prestige items. The initial price of the Samsung Galaxy fold is $1980, you can get an entry-level used car for that money in some places.
And what do consumers get for that price? A 4,6 inch screen smartphone that can be folded into 7,3, which is at the lower end of tablet sizes. The AMOLED display of the Galaxy Fold offers a resolution of 1680 x 720 pixels as folded and 2152 x 1536 as unfolded. The available colours are black, silver, green and blue.
The larger the screen is, the more convenient is the use of various apps, games and other functions (in other words, the more time people will spend with messing with their phones). Another appealing option that the two sizes of a folded phone offers is better for multitasking.
Galaxy Fold was the star of Galaxy Unpacked event of Samsung in February. Among the service carriers of the US market, AT&T accepts online or in-unit pre-orders now, and the foldable smartphones will be in the stores on Friday, 04.26. AT&T accepts a $66/month instalments with 30 months of eligible service.
T-Mobile plans to start online and on-the-spot sales on the same day. The Galaxy Fold won’t be not available by Verizon for a while and Sprint likewise seems to skip the first rush.
A deceit in order
Galaxy Folds come in two versions; one with 4G LTE and one with a proper 5G-enabled chipset and antennas. The specs AT&T lists for the pre-order devices say that Galaxy Folds will able to connect to the 5G Evolution network, where available. But this network is just a re-branded and updated version of the current 4G LTE of the telecommunications company. Galaxy Folds with the 5G chipsets are sold in South Korea.