Samsung executive explains why the company decided to have the Galaxy Fold close inwards
by Alan Friedman / Feb 26, 2019, 1:38 PM
Don't expect to find the Samsung Galaxy Fold sitting on the shelves at your carrier's local store. More details about the launch of the Galaxy Fold was mentioned in a story printed by The Verge, and it seems that only select retail locations will have the foldable phone in stock. The report quotes Kate Beaumont, director of product, services, and commercial strategy at Samsung U.K., as saying that another press conference related to the Galaxy Fold will be held in April. This event will take place just a few weeks before the April 26th release of the phone.
Beaumont added that supplies of the Galaxy Fold at launch will be less than the number of Galaxy S10 units available for that model's March 8th release. Calling the foldable phone a "super premium" device (and at $1,980 it surely is), the executive says that purchasing it will be a "very personal experience," with "intensive aftercare." Samsung isn't saying whether it will restrict the Galaxy Fold to high-end retailers, and more details will be revealed in April.
Samsung chose to have the Galaxy Fold close inwards compared to Huawei's decision to have its foldable Mate X close outwards. Beaumont says that Samsung tried a number of different options, but in the end it decided that having the larger 7.3-inch screen on the inside is the best way to protect the display. She says that "if you have the fold on the outside it doesn’t take quite the same amount of research and development to get that device to fold as it does something that is folding with a much lower angle degree on it."
Keeping with the idea that the Galaxy Fold is a special device, it will ship in premium packaging and include a free pair of Samsung's $130 Galaxy Buds.
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... "if you have the fold on the outside it doesn’t take quite the same amount of research and development to get that device to fold as it does something that is folding with a much lower angle degree on it." so basically charge more to justify this tactic... then makes you wonder why huawei is so much more expensive
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 1:46 PM 2
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Huawei's fold clearly was announced in a hurry because of galaxy fold. It can be seen from the unfinished touches, lack of r&d
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 2:09 PM 11
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It seems Huawei's, or rather BOE's R&D, comes from Samsung Display itself: https://asia.nikkei.com/Busine
I guess once Samsung works out all the kinks in the foldable display, BOE would have the final version stolen/copied from Samsung.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 5:24 PM 1
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Lol Huawei's one looks more futuristic and looks more R&D involved
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 2:40 PM 6
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exactly...Mate X looks like next gen compared to Fold.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 2:49 PM 4
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I can see Samsung showing more maturity here, you cannot sell a fragile piece of gadget to your consumers. Putting that scratch vulnerable screen on the inside is good first step.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 2:46 PM 12
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Remember the Note Edge from 2014? Samsung was testing the waters with curved displays that would ultimately become a common design for today's handsets.. It was a limited release just to gauge interest in a curved screen. The Fold is being treated the same way. The second gen device is the real test of where Samsung is on foldable display technology.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 3:32 PM 8
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Cant wait for the galaxy fold 2, that's when the real game will begin.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 3:38 PM 2
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In other words this is a beta device and those who purchase it will be beta testers
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 5:36 PM 1
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I like that manufacturers are trying new things ultimately. But I don’t see folding screens as the next big thing - maybe it’s my lack of interest in the concept - but it seems like an extra unnecessary effort nearly every time you want to use the device. Someone else said on here: the reason why devices didn’t get too far from the original iPhone design (candy bar design) is because practically this is the best design for quick and comfortable use. We still have our PCs even though there are laptops for decades now. We still have our iPads even though the phones are phablets now. I will admit wrong if this will be the next big thing. But I think it will come and gone, just like AR or VR headsets. I’d be surprised if Apple follows this trend. I still think the next big thing will be contact lenses. Just my opinion.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 6:10 PM 3
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Question is how long can this device last? 2yrs? 5yrs? I would buy if can last 5 yrs.
posted on Feb 26, 2019, 11:11 PM 0
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This is definitely the future. Just like the trend towards bezeless display to maximize screen estate while maintaining the smallest footprint possible. This will be no different. I don't want to carry a smartphone and tablet. Soon this can do both and possibly even replace a laptop too, all in tiny device. I love tech.
posted on Feb 27, 2019, 2:38 AM 0
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