Samsung Galaxy Fold will launch in India, confirms CEO
Galaxy Fold, Samsung's first-ever foldable phone, will launch in India as well, according to DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. The phone was announced at the company's Unpacked event in San Francisco last month. Priced at $1,980, the Galaxy Fold comes as Samsung's most premium device and will go on sale starting April 26. Here's more.
"Indian market is, I clearly said, most important market - not only investment and everything, my long-term commitment is towards the market. In this market, why will I not deliver my newest technology innovation? Yes, I will do," Koh said
The Galaxy Fold comes with two displays: a 4.58-inch HD+ (1960x840 pixels) external screen with 21:9 aspect ratio, and a foldable 7.3-inch QHD+ (2152x1536 pixels) Infinity Flex internal display which offers a tablet-like experience. The device features a new hinge system that uses "multiple interlocking gears" to create a fold that is largely concealed. Moreover, the Fold gets a plastic outer casing and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
To leverage both the screens, Samsung has introduced App Continuity feature which automatically opens the app in the main internal display when you switch to the tablet mode. Further, in the tablet mode, you can run three apps simultaneously for an impressive multitasking experience. Notably, Google is also working to optimize Android OS to support the foldable form factor.
In the folded state, the Galaxy Fold offers a 10MP camera which is housed above the external camera. In the unfolded position, the notch above the internal display houses a 10MP+8MP dual camera setup. Lastly, on the back, the device gets a triple camera setup comprising a 16MP ultra-wide sensor, a 12MP wide-angle sensor, and a 12MP telephoto sensor.
The Galaxy Fold is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 storage. It packs two batteries, one on each side of the hinge, for a combined capacity of 4,380mAh and supports reverse wireless charging as well. The device runs Android Pie, packs AKG-tuned stereo speakers, and supports LTE as well as 5G networks.
Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at $1,980. However, because of taxes, the premium device could arrive in India at over $2,000 or approx. Rs. 1,40,000. As for availability, the pre-orders for the phone are said to start from April 26. Hence, we can expect Samsung to bring the Galaxy Fold in India around the same time.