Leaked Galaxy Fold hands-on video shows everything, display crease included


Even though the Galaxy Fold was introduced at MWC 2019, Samsung is treating its release with quite a bit of caution. At last month’s event, the South Korean giant didn’t allow any interaction with the device and instead locked it away inside a secure glass box.
Access to the premium device will also remain limited once released because Samsung plans a very short production run and won’t make the phone easily available inside its stores.

Despite all of this, the company did publish an official 4-minute video of the Galaxy Fold last month. It’s also released a range of press renders which, as you’d expect, showcase the phone from all the best angles. But today, a new hands-on Galaxy Fold video has shown up online (via SamMobile).

There's a very visible crease in the middle of the display


The Samsung Galaxy Fold depicted in the video is the AT&T-bound model. As expected, the smartphone displays the usual Samsung animation followed by AT&T’s own branding during the power-on process. Once complete, it proceeds to the lock screen and triggers the animation for the butterfly-inspired default wallpaper.

The angle of the shot and lighting conditions in the video also provide a good look at the Galaxy Fold’s display crease. Samsung did its best to hide this during MWC 2019 with strategic lighting placements and obviously didn’t include it in official press renders. But there’s no denying it’s there.

As a result of Samsung’s chosen design, and unlike the Huawei Mate X, the Galaxy Fold’s crease faces inwards rather than outwards. This means that, in terms of day to day use, it might not be that noticeable. In fact, some could argue that it’s like having a curved edge in the middle of the panel.

Another noticeable design feature is the lip that surrounds the front display. Due to the panel’s foldable nature and the need to maintain a constant level of tension, Samsung has extended the panel into the outer frame slightly. When closed, this stops the display from being folded completely flat, which in turn should help prevent long-term damage.

The Galaxy Fold's hinge seems pretty sturdy


After a quick look through the Galaxy Fold’s UI, the user handling the smartphone proceeds to close it. This process is quite seamless and, as visible in the video, a rather loud snap can be heard suggesting Samsung’s hinge definitely provides the rigidity it promised.

The small external display works as possible and is accompanied by the other external features Samsung listed – a triple-camera setup on the rear and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

On a separate note, a few images have been embedded into the video. These confirm the presence of Android 9 Pie and One UI, and also list SM-F900U as the AT&T variant’s model number.

Samsung Galaxy Fold price, release date, and availability.


In terms of this video’s veracity, the 2-minute clip appears to have originated in Vietnam. Samsung manufactures quite a few of its smartphones in this market and also conducts a lot of its R&D development efforts there, so the device in question could easily be a pre-production unit.

The Galaxy Fold, as some of you may know already, will first reach consumers on April 26th. The 4G LTE variant of the smartphone (which will be available on AT&T and T-Mobile) will cost a whopping $1,980 upon release, but Samsung has confirmed the launch of a 5G variant too. Unfortunately, the retail price of the latter remains a mystery.

Prior to the release on April 26th, Samsung has committed to holding a separate event a few weeks earlier that will properly introduce the smartphone to the world. Once launched, the company hopes to offer a concierge-like service.

According to the South Korean giant, owning a Galaxy Fold will be a “very personal experience.” It’ll also entail “intensive aftercare” which will presumably reduce the possibility of long-term damage.

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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(32h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1935; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Quite underwhelming, to be honest. Thick, strange raised side bezels and notch on the inside, small external screen, overall an odd shape with too many compromises.

2. thxultra

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The small external screen is my biggest problem with it. For the most part I wouldn't want to bother unfolding it. It is also crazy thick. Too many compromises for that kind of cash.

3. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Great try at a 1st. Think next year Galaxy fold 2 will fix those issues sooner of y'all have. Early adopters is what they should've called this one

4. irakliv

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Sadly, it’s so ugly only a mother (and an extremely early adopter) could love it. Samsung would be better advised if they had taken few more years to polish the design before unleashing this ugly duckling upon the tech universe. Like everything released prematurely, this ruined the whole thing ;)

5. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Samsung laughed at Pixel notch and bang, they've made the biggest one on their most expensive phone ever. The second screen is ridiculously small with huge bezels. And inside you get this ugly notch so the real screen estate is even smaller. What's the point of this device?

6. j_grouchy

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I think we are a LONG way off from a folding screen that I would be willing to buy into. I appreciate the ingenuity, but I'm just not even close to interested as this is not very practical right now.

8. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Maybe realistically 2 or 3 years probably for me. I already like concept, the execution is just a bit off. Once they're able to make the outside screen edge to edge alongside with the whole inside, than I'm sold.

7. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Still better than the unpractical huwei spyware which also has the crease. This has a much more luxurious look and feel as well compared to that.

9. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I like it.... I want it...an early adopter I be. Off topic, but Umbrella Academy was playing in the background of the first half of the video. Great show.

10. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

This is like the first bag cellphone back in 1990s. In five years you will see extremely thin and practical uses of fold displays.

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Samsung's first try at the foldable phone could have been better. Xiaomi and Huawei's designs are much better.

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