Samsung Galaxy Fold Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, by Samsung

- Analysis by KJ David

Pitched by Samsung as a smartphone and a tablet folded into one, the Samsung Galaxy Fold's innovative (as of this technical review) foldable mechanism delivers a 7.3-inch QXGA+ (2152 x 1536) Dynamic AMOLED display alongside a 4.3-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 21:9 cover display. This means that, unlike most other high-caliber phablets, the Galaxy Fold can either be used in its folded form for one-hand use or in its opened form for reading digital magazines or movie-streaming.

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A couple more of its display pros include the Multi-Active Window Mode that lets users open three applications simultaneously on its display and the App Continuity feature promising to provide seamless transitions when juggling between the phone's cover and main displays.

Despite its auspicious design elements, however, the Galaxy Fold is by no means a flawless smartphone. For starters, its lack of a microSD card slot might come off as a huge con for some multimedia junkies, although it does come with a hefty 512GB inbuilt memory. Also, its 4380mAh battery capacity does not sound that reassuring, taking into consideration its dual display technology and its premium-class hardware specs.

Speaking of hardware, the Galaxy Fold is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 7nm engine , consequently making it one of the fastest phones available as of this Phonerated write-up. The aforementioned chip consists of a one-core 2.84GHz main cluster, a triple-core cluster peaking at 2.41GHz, and a quad-core 1.78GHz cluster for undemanding applications and day-to-day operation. The Fold also flexes some ultra-high-end muscles with its whopping 12GB LPDDR4X RAM -- one of the highest RAM counts on the market as we were looking into its pros and cons.

Another big advantage that this foldable Android has versus most other 2019 flagships is that it comes with six distinct cameras. Its main camera is a triple-lens setup consisting of a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. Installed on the corner of its 7.3-inch main screen is a dual-lens selfie cam made up of a 10-megapixel f/2.2 lens and an 8-megapixel RGB depth sensor. Lastly, a lone 10-megapixel camera is perched on its cover display, enabling users to snap quick photos without having to pop the phone open.

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Joining the Fold's pros and cons are the brand's signature Bixby mobile assistant, the Knox security suite, and the Android 9.0 Pie ecosystem, all of which top it off as a solid choice for tech-savvy users looking to play around with a foldable productivity-driven phablet.

** This phone is also known as: Samsung Fold

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