As impressive as it is, the Samsung Galaxy Fold won't bring growth back to the smartphone market right now

As impressive as it is, the Samsung Galaxy Fold won't bring growth back to the smartphone market right now
As you most likely know by now, Samsung has introduced the long awaited Galaxy Fold. While not the first foldable handset as it was beaten to the market by the Royole FlexPai, it is the first foldable phone from a major manufacturer, and is certainly well spec'd. The phone is cool, exciting and while early adopters will no doubt line up to purchase it, at nearly $2,000 we have no expectations that this phone will provide an immediate lift to the currently struggling smartphone industry.

First of all, in the U.S., which remains a major smartphone market, the Galaxy Fold will be compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon and Sprint subscribers will have to sit this one out, or make a switch. That's another reason not to expect the Galaxy Fold to change the complexion of the smartphone market right away. Sure, you might have made the same argument when Apple released the iPhone in June 2007; after all, it was an AT&T exclusive in the states for nearly four years. But times were different, smartphone penetration was lower, and the iPhone was more of a quantum leap than the Galaxy Fold is.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold features an external 4.6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 840 x 1960. Open up the device like a book, and it becomes a 7.3-inch tablet with a flexible AMOLED display carrying a resolution of 1536 x 2152. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and features 12GB of RAM and 512GB of native storage. The device is equipped with a total of six cameras, and two batteries that add up to a capacity of 4380mAh. Android 9 Pie and Sammy's One UI will be pre-installed.

The Billion Dollar question for Samsung and others


The Galaxy Fold can display up to three apps at the same time on the open, full-sized display. Speaking of multitasking, users can have a video call going on and still use other apps. It also offers reverse wireless charging, and can even charge itself and a second device (wirelessly) when plugged into an outlet.

It's an impressive bit of kit to say the least. But with current handsets offering screens as large as 6.4-6.5-inches, will the average Joe pay an extra $1,000 bucks for the Galaxy Fold? The billion dollar question for Samsung and other manufacturers expected to offer foldable phones, is whether these first generation units show enough promise in the marketplace to warrant continuing production for a second and third generation. If so, we would eventually see lower prices. If that proves to be the case, it could still take a couple of years before foldable phones have an impact on the global smartphone market. If the foldable phones don't resonate with consumers, the devices could end up as a curiosity, a conversation piece that ends up buried in a future time capsule.

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh

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31 Comments

1. andrewc31394

Posts: 268; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

who on Earth is dumb enough to think that Samsung made this phone to bring growth to the smartphone market? it is obviously an early adoption type of device, hence the large price tag. do you guys even try with your articles anymore?

5. notfair

Posts: 661; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Apple would try and lie about the growth it will bring. The phone at the moment is an epitome of technology and not many will buy it at that price tag but I like that innovation is still a thing in mobiles.

13. maherk

Posts: 6540; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Typical of PA if you ask me, they'll find any positive news about anything not named Apple, and somehow find a way to make sound like it's bad news.

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2209; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

“Koh said the aim of the launch was to “to recharge growth for our industry.”” The CEO and President of Samsung literally said that’s what the purpose was today...

21. almostdone

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Well if we go by the pricing of the s10+ 12GB ram with 1TB SSD @ $1599 and Galaxy S10+ with 8 GB RAM, 128GB storage for $999.99. Please can we have a slightly lower spec Fold for $500 less as I don't need 1TB storage. lol

22. Settings

Posts: 2941; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Clearly someone's not reading the article, and it's andrew31394.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6276; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This won't be buried away in a time capsule no way. Finally some much needed disruption to the industry!! Using it as a regular phone throughout the day with those two batteries would be kickass.

29. tempdogg74

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Indeed lucky there are no Sprint Version I'll have it as a 3rd line will be my LTE tablet. Till tha next Galaxy Note 10 event and they unveil the Note XL Fold fingers crossed.

3. dimas

Posts: 3215; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm sure samsung is still treating the fold as baby project. Even edge design was not into mainstream until s7 edge. For now, fold is for niche market.

4. kryme

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Why the bezels.... sigh not like I’m gonna buy it anyway

11. htcisthebest

Posts: 423; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Not like you can afford it anyway

6. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

First of all the author compared it to an iphone and was fast to point out that the 1st iphone was way more disruptive than this. So what followed in the article was as predictable as reading an Apple fan's usual commentary. Second, dismissing it as a normal smart phone is a huge mistake. With declining tablet sales and a large bunch of customets still on the fence when it comes to hybrid devices, this could be the answer. Agreee its expensive. But a 512gb ipad pro wfi+cellular costs about 1,400+ today. This comes with a 12gb ram, foldable and a much more versatile form factor. In future,as the design improve, smaller bezels + larger screen, give us multiple options with diff price range - I would go for this rather than a tablet. Esp with samsung dex getting better, i see this form factor as the best bet for next gen hybrid device/user experience as well.

15. emjoigently

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

I think the iPad Pro is its competition. For this money, it has to be an "I don't need a laptop anymore" device to sell in bulk. Or just accept this is a version 1 test that just attracts gadget fans with lots of money.

7. Vogue1985

Posts: 285; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

By Samsung introducing the Galaxy F, along side the Galaxy W (it's the flip phone with big features) and the Galaxy S10 5g,all this are premium phone with premium over the top specs hence the premium price. I'll assume the Note 10 will have so called special addition version maybe even 5 or 6 cameras, lol. Anyways, but when you compare the IPhone Xs max and Huawei Mate 20 Porsche are more then $1500 or $2000+ in Manny markets. The Galaxy F, trumps in all areas.

8. odachek

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

at least they created a foldable phone so premium & chic, unlike those chinese maker FlexiPai, so cranky can throw away.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2033; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Samsung is lucky to sell less than 10,000 of these units. LOL! Their isn’t a need for a fodable phone, but only try and look cool or just to say the consumer is first. At $1k they could sell over 2-3 million. At $2k good luck selling less than 100k them until substantial discounts are applied. Bottom line is that Xoami and Huawei will substantially under cut Samsung and sell tons in a China, while Samsung will continue to focus on the 10e as their key phone to drive sales.

10. p51d007

Posts: 694; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

To me, this is a GIMMICK. Or, to the people that actually buy one, leave it in a box, untouched for 5-10 years hoping it will go up in price after it fails.

12. CDexterWard

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

When the smartphone market is stagnating and shriveling with phone prices going higher and higher, a $2000.00 phone was never going to bring growth, no matter how new or innovative.

16. Charlie2k

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Author keep complaining that the Fold is expensive... Yet it is at the same pricelevel as the iPhone XS Max 512gb. And that is a sick comparison, sine the Fold is top specced while the Xs Max is equivalent to a midrange phone.

17. pupkin

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Wow I'm hearing this Samsung fold phone for while now, i’m really not into it. But now that i see how it looks and what it can do, I'm really curious how much this new tech will grow. I will probably will able to buy this a year from now so it would be a lot cheaper. Will definietly try it.

18. OneLove123

Posts: 590; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I will get one because I like it.

19. miketer

Posts: 472; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I don't think I agree to what this article says.

20. perry1234

Posts: 613; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Compared to what Apple offers for $1000, this, to me, seems fantastic value for money, especially considering the hardware on offer.

25. tempdogg74

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Exactly I'm loyal to the Note Series hopefully there will be a foldable Note Series in the future.

23. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I will have to see it in person. It will be this phone or the note 10 for me, more then likely the note 10. If this phone would have had the s-pen with it , it may have won me over.

24. tempdogg74

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Let it been a foldable Iphone phone arena you would of said something totally different. It's the 1st. Hopefully the Galaxy Note will get a Foldable XL series soon. That's what in waiting for.

27. Kbcity

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

Well its the first of its kind and it can only get better and sleeker by the year i let's give this device 5yrs tops its gonna be the new trend.

28. S4NDY

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Where is the headphone jack here 2K bucks brick

30. Vancetastic

Posts: 549; Member since: May 17, 2017

I can’t believe the amount of butthurt this device is already causing...and it’s not even out yet!

31. Knownhost

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

I had a buddy that swore his Blackberry was as good as iPhones and Androids. When he finally switched (an old S4 of all things), he was shocked by how much better the experience was. I expect that doubters will feel the same way about this phone. I am a recent Note convert, so I have no plan to buy this device, but if I were in the market for a new phone, I would buy it day one.

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