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Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Fragile, but a total head-turner

It's a novel, innovative concept and more of a collector’s item.

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Nov 02, 2019, 11.47 PM IST
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You get all the latest flagship features from Samsung in the Galaxy Fold that opens like a book.
Get it for: Rs 1,64,999
Highlight: Foldable display

Bringing back memories of the Nokia communicator in 2019, Samsung has finally managed to launch the Galaxy Fold. It took eight years, thousand prototypes and a faux-pas or two for the phone to finally land. It’s a bold first attempt and Samsung must be applauded for the innovations. However, it is not a completely perfect phone.

You get all the latest flagship features from Samsung in the Galaxy Fold that opens like a book. The device folds centrally and there’s a magnetic lock at the edge of the side panel.

When folded, there’s a 4.3-inch cover display with a dedicated selfie camera. Whenunfolded, the majestic 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display is strikingly good. It’s a head-turner of a device and can dazzle you.

With App Continuity, you can continue to simply unfold apps like Google Maps, Netflix and others to run on the big screen with ease.
With App Continuity, you can continue to simply unfold apps like Google Maps, Netflix and others to run on the big screen with ease.

The 4.3-inch cover display is too small to type messages. And when its unfolded, the 7.3-inch 4.2:3 square aspect ratio display is too large for daily usage as it feels heavy at nearly 300 grams. The only time you would absolutely love the large screen is while watching movies or playing games.

As far as multi-tasking is concerned, the display can be divided into three parts to run three separate apps. This means, you can watch a video on YouTube, text people on WhatsApp and browse the internet as well, all simultaneously.

With App Continuity, you can continue to simply unfold apps like Google Maps, Netflix and others to run on the big screen with ease.


The Galaxy Fold is powered by 7nm Exynos 9825 octa-core processor with 12GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage. There are a total of 6 cameras: three at the back, one at the centre and two on the front. The Samsung Galaxy is powered by a 4380mAh battery with fast charging and wireless reverse charging support.

The Galaxy Fold also has another first against its name: it comes with a dedicated list of dos and don'ts. Like, you do need to clip your nails or you shouldn’t put too much pressure on the flexible display, especially while gaming.

The Galaxy Fold is expensive, fragile and the Rs 1.64-lakh question is what happens when the novelty wears off? It's a novel, innovative concept and more of a collector’s item. Go for it if you want a totally head-turner of a device. Or else, there’s always the more practical Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

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