A few weeks ago we had reported the India launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold in this column. We spent over a week with the Fold, one of the most innovative tech gadgets of this year.
Never judge a book by its cover. That’s what Samsung will tell you about the 4.6-inch external display on the Fold. This one almost borders on retro but you’ll end up using this screen only for calls and text replies, almost like a pre-smartphone era device. But flip it open and it’s another world. A gorgeous 7.3-inch AMOLED display that’s great for video consumption, large-screen gaming (We tested PUBG on this device) and flipping through e-books. A sophisticated hinge with multiple interlocking gears keeps this device safe. You will see a fold especially when you’re on white-screen mode with an e-book but it’s something that barely bothers you while catching videos. The camera cut-out is not that easy to ignore though but put this display against any other smartphone and it comes out on top with its extra screen real estate.
It’s a hardware beast, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of Internal memory. The hardware prowess extends to the camera with six-lenses in the mix. The Fold is in the same league as Samsung’s other flagship cams of 2019 like the Note 10+ and delivers across scenarios including lowlight and videos. At 263 gm, it’s certainly no lightweight; part of that heft can be attributed to a 4830 mAh battery. The device doesn’t disappoint on the battery life front but it’s still no match for the Note 10+. The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t come cheap but that’s true for any cutting edge tech. The Galaxy Fold, give us a peek into this not so distant future, yet it’s too early to say if the foldable display is here to stay or just a flavour of the season. (Rs 1,64,999)