2019 will be the year of the folding smartphone and Samsung has revealed a revolutionary device. The Galaxy Fold has the potential to completely redefine the smartphone experience in the same way the iPad changed what we thought a tablet could be.
If you track the change in smartphone technology from the release of the first Galaxy smartphone a decade ago through to today, you can see the evolution as screens became larger and clearer, processors became faster and new features were added each year.
Those changes happened in small steps - we didn't leap from 4-inch screens, mobile payments, great cameras and AI in one fell swoop. But the Galaxy Fold is, in my view, a quantum leap forward. It's a device that points to a single device future for many of us.
Here's everything you need to know.
Samsung Galaxy Fold specifications
|Operating system||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Display||Main display: 7.3” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)
Cover display: 4.6” HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)
|Camera||Cover: 10MP Selfie Camera (F2.2)
Rear: Triple camera system with 16MP Ultra Wide Camera (F2.2), 12MP Wide-angle Camera (Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.4) and 12MP Telephoto Camera (PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom)
Front: Dual camera systems with: 10MP Selfie Camera (F2.2) and 8MP RGB Depth Camera (F1.9)
|Body||74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g)|
|CPU||7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor|
|Memory||12GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 512GB and MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)|
Samsung Galaxy Fold Australian price
Official pricing hasn't yet been revealed for Australia but we do now that it will start at US$1980. That's about $2800 locally and then you'll need to add GST.
In other words, the Galaxy Fold will cost more than many of the notebook computers on the market.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Australian release date
During the Unpacked 2019 event, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Fold will be released on 26 April 2019. That's a USA release date but we can safely assume Australia will be in the first group of countries that see the release.