Samsung Electronics on Tuesday revealed the specifications of the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, including its weight and thickness, just a few days ahead of its launch in the United States.
The Samsung device weighs 263 grams, and it is 7.5 millimeters thick when unfolded and 17 millimeters when folded. Samsung had revealed the display specs when it announced the completion of the foldable device in February, but it had not disclosed the weight and thickness.
Huawei’s foldable model, the Mate X, weighs 32 grams more than the Samsung Galaxy Fold and is 11 millimeters when folded.
Samsung has already unveiled the Infinity Flex screen tech as well as the new One UI software features for foldable handsets. The main screen is a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Dynamic AMOLED Display with a 4.2:3 aspect ratio and 362ppi. The external screen is smaller, at 4.6 inches, featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio and 399ppi.
The phone features six cameras, including single-, dual-, and triple-lens modules. The Cover camera that sits atop the external display is a 10-megapixel shooter with a f2.2 aperture. On the inside is a dual-lens selfie camera that features a 10-megapixel lens matching the Cover cam, and a secondary 8-megapixel RGB depth camera with a f1.9 aperture. The triple cam on the back of the phone has a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens (f2.2), a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens (f1.5/f2.4, optical image stabilization), and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera (f.2.4, optical image stabilization).
A 7nm 64-bit octa-core powers the handset and the phone sports 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The flash memory is UFS 3.0, which means it’s even faster than the Galaxy S10.
Other features include eSim support, fingerprint sensor on the side, 4,380 mAh battery, wireless charging, and PowerShare reverse wireless charging. There’s no headphone jack, but the phone ships with free Galaxy Buds, which come in the box.
On Friday, preorders for the $1,980 Galaxy Fold were made in the US, which sold out in one day.
After the US market, the Galaxy Fold will be released in 15 countries in Europe on May 3. The foldable smartphone will be introduced to the Korean market as a device powered by the fifth-generation network in mid-May.
First Place in DxOMark Ranking for Galaxy S10 5G
In related news, Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G has received the number one spots in DxOMark’s camera rankings for both its rear and front-facing cameras.
DxOMark is an independent testing standard for mobile camera image quality.
The Galaxy S10 5G’s rear camera photo and video capabilities were both ranked number one on the DxOMark Mobile scale, achieving an overall score of 112, with 117 in photo and 100 in video, the first device to hit 100 bar. DxOMark’s testing recognizes that the Galaxy S10 5G’s rear camera features fast and accurate autofocus, capturing photos that have a good level of detail preservation, color rendering and exposure under various conditions.
The Galaxy S10 5G also scored first place on the DxOMark Selfie ranking for its front camera with an overall score of 97, receiving a score of 101 in the photo category, and 90 in the video category. To evaluate the Galaxy S10 5G’s camera performance, DxOMark tested Exposure and Contrast, Color, Autofocus, Texture, Noise, Flash, Artifacts, Zoom and Bokeh under low light, indoor and bright light conditions.
The Galaxy S10 5G features a camera set-up with a total of six cameras – two on the front and four on the back. Its Dual Pixel AF Selfie front-facing camera takes selfies, and the rear-facing camera benefits from Samsung’s Ultra Wide Lens. The Galaxy S10 5G also upgrades the smartphone camera with a neural processing unit (NPU), to help with the shot including the 3D Depth Camera. It provides depth information by measuring the length of time for a light signal to bounce off subjects to deliver bokeh effects with Live focus video, measure objects with Quick Measure.