Samsung executive explains why the company decided to have the Galaxy Fold close inwards

Samsung executive explains why the company decided to have the Galaxy Fold close inwards
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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  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh

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27 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

... "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

16. MOTIVR

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Because Samsung make and supply their own flexible OLED panels. Huawei does not. they buy from BOE.

2. Lita9

Posts: 35; Member since: May 07, 2017

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

9. jinghuiwee123

Posts: 17; Member since: May 16, 2014

BTW Huawei Mate X on the show floor is still not a final production model more like a pre-production one that's why it's kinda not have the finishes touches

12. shm224

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It seems Huawei's, or rather BOE's R&D, comes from Samsung Display itself: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Samsung-supplier-indicted-in-leak-of-OLED-tech-to-China I guess once Samsung works out all the kinks in the foldable display, BOE would have the final version stolen/copied from Samsung.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's why they set the actual release date back to june.. They still need to do lots of work on it.

3. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I would say common sense tells you to make it fold inward.

4. chenski

Posts: 730; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Lol Huawei's one looks more futuristic and looks more R&D involved

6. alanrock

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

exactly...Mate X looks like next gen compared to Fold.

13. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Looks heh? Let's see which one scratches more and last longer in the years to come. But the Huawei looks futuristic, lmaooooo. A futuristic paper weight.

21. almostdone

Posts: 416; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

lol, more a like a toy that creases and bulges compared to an elegant, polished and futuristic product.

10. Hollowmost

Posts: 406; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

THE CREASE WAS HORRIBLE.

5. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

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.

27. DFranch

Posts: 490; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I agree about folding inward, but the notch has to go.

7. Blazers

Posts: 699; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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.

24. Cicero

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And Huawei adopted the edge Samsung trend.

8. Rocket

Posts: 613; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Cant wait for the galaxy fold 2, that's when the real game will begin.

25. Cicero

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

The same was with first iPhone. A lot of us than back still played with BlackBerry and Nokia phones. iPhone was software unpolished, slow, and networked 2G. But that gorgeous "big" screen and touch!

26. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

I just want to Moto to make that foldable Razr Concept. Looked awesome.

11. swarai

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Folding inwards can give you a "keyboar-with-a-screen" effect. Think about it, a keyboard, Skype and messenger all open simultaneously

14. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

In other words this is a beta device and those who purchase it will be beta testers

18. phljcnth

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Damn, you're so poor in comprehension.

15. Vokilam

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

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.

17. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

I wondered that too. You have to make another screen

20. odachek

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Question is how long can this device last? 2yrs? 5yrs? I would buy if can last 5 yrs.

23. MartinR

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

It can last 100 times folding for 5 years or 200.000 times....

22. almostdone

Posts: 416; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

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.

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