Samsung Galaxy Fold 

price₹ 164,999 onwards

launchOct, 2019

89.5

excellence score

35.2

value for money score

Croma

Rs. 164,999

2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 13+ Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Futuristic head-turning design in a never-before-seen foldable form factor - the Galaxy fold is not really a phone, but a tablet-phone - and one thing is for sure, wherever you go, people will be asking you what "that" is
  • The most exciting part about holding the Galaxy Fold in your hands and casually flipping it open to reveal that big 7.3-inch tablet-like display is that it just feels like the future
  • The idea is simple - everyone wants bigger screens but tablets are not the easiest to carry around freely - the Galaxy Fold addresses this problem in the simplest way of letting you have your cake and eat it too: have the big screen when you want or need it, and have a smaller device that better fits in one hand or your pocket when you don't
  • It does make a lot of sense in some fundamental ways - with two hands wrapped around it, you feel focused and in control of everything happening on the screen with both thumbs at the ready - hop into two (or even three) apps at a time with the split-screen multitasking view, and you can really get a lot accomplished - the ergonomic split keyboard is actually very easy to type on, and the expanded home screen lets you make liberal use of widgets but also fewer app folders
  • But what really lets this big folding screen design work is Samsung's decision to add the "cover" screen on the outside of the Fold - along with having the added benefit of letting the main screen fold inward to protect it in your pocket, the cover screen is critical for one-handed usability - even though it's easy enough to browse and read with one hand on the opened Fold, you can't do much else without the addition of the second hand - the cover screen saves you from having to open up the Fold for simple tasks — it's kind of like a lock screen, but more capable - being a fully-featured view of the phone you can use apps and anything else like you would on any "normal" phone, but because of its size you typically just use it to quickly manage notifications, hit a quick message or two, manage media playback and then flip open the screen as soon as you have a second hand free to get more done with the big screen
  • Seamlessly switching back and forth between using the cover screen and main screen quickly becomes second nature, even though it seems like it would be confusing at first
  • Thick, heavy and cumbersome - the thickness is obviously a concern when the Fold is closed, because it makes the cover screen tougher to reach around and manage even though it's quite small - the weight doesn't cause problems most of the time, but is very noticeable in your pocket and when trying to use the Fold while laying down
  • The size of the hardware in general detracts from what would otherwise be highly positive experience with this type of folding form factor - the thickness, weight, considerable bezels on both displays, awkward fingerprint sensor placement, and large display notch all remind you that this is still an early version/beta sort of product
  • Another side effect of having a phone that folds in half is that the phone .. shifts around and makes noise when you use it - we've gotten so used to phones being entirely solid-state devices with zero moving parts, that it's rather disconcerting to all of a sudden have the sensation that the device you're using moves and creaks and rattles like it's 2005
  • Sometimes typing sessions can be briefly interrupted by the phone folding inward a tad, causing you to mistype and then flatten the screen back out again - and the small amount of slack in the hinge when closed isn't the most reassuring as you grip this heavy (and expensive) phone in one hand
  • The screen crease is also hard to stop noticing
  • It's far from water or dust proof, and particles may easily get under the screen
  • Finally, there are some very real screen fragility concerns - a lot of reviewers have reported inadvertently breaking or damaging the display - this is a device you will need to be "particularly" careful using

Display

  • Massive, high quality AMOLED, 7.3-inch main screen for content viewing
  • The external 'cover display' is another high quality AMOLED 4.6-inch panel with a long 21:9 aspect ratio
  • The main display is a size that doesn't take long to make complete sense - the 7.3-inch display at a (roughly) 4:3 aspect ratio immediately feels natural like small tablets and e-readers have in the past, both in the way that it physically works in your hands and how the software formats on that shape of screen - because it's relatively close to a square shape, you will usually be using the Fold in portrait mode
  • The main display is excellent for watching videos, photos and reading, and it makes for an excellent second screen - it proves that a foldable phone can be truly useful and not just a gimmick
  • Because the main screen is covered with a plastic protective layer rather than glass, the screen doesn't look quite as brilliant as it does on Samsung's usual AMOLED phones

Software

  • Samsung's OneUI works well, and split screen multitasking is especially pleasurable on the big display - there aren't any Fold specific customizations yet but hopefully the software experience can, and will, evolve to make even better use of the screen space over time
  • Unfortunately the Android ecosystem doesn't have too many tablet-optimized apps that would work well on the Fold, especially when you start going beyond the main players - so basically what you often get is the phone UI on the main 'tablet' screen, which tends to usually be a waste of space
  • Samsung's App Continuity software is sometimes buggy - it is meant to ensure that whatever's happening on the phone's tiny outer screen keeps happening on the big one, when you open it - and it works well for most apps, but for some apps, opening the Fold reveals a standard smartphone-sized app window flanked by big black bars (this might get sorted through software updates)

Performance

  • Flagship grade specs, and flagship grade performance (the internals are similar to the Galaxy S10+) - making for one of the fastest and richest hardware packages around

Camera

  • Excellent cameras for both photos and videos - very similar to the Galaxy S10+ - which means top-grade in the current smartphone space

Audio

  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good, dependable battery life - just a little worse than the very good battery life on the Galaxy S10+ - not bad considering the extra screen real estate the Fold has to power
  • Fast charging & wireless charging support

More

  • Dedicated customer support
  • Included case and Galaxy Buds

Verdict

  • The Galaxy Fold has amazing, path-breaking potential, of that, there is no doubt - and it sets the wheels in motion for folding phones tech over the next few years - tech that might change the smartphone world in very fundamental ways
  • But ultimately the Fold right now is potential and promise, not a product
  • As a consumer-ready device, it comes up short with far too many compromises and poor app ecosystem support to justify the exorbitant price
  • It is one very fragile device, super susceptible to dust and other particles which may enter the space under the foldable screen and annoy you forever
  • Even outside of the screen's potential durability and longevity, the Fold has a level of compromise and number of fundamental usability issues that put it well into the "hard to recommend anyone buy this phone" column - smartphones are so good nowadays, with every company standardizing on efficient processes and very mature technology, that facing the reality of giving up modern conveniences in order to get a unique feature (like a folding screen) will not be worth it for 99.9% of the people
  • In summary, the Fold is a profoundly cool device, but almost no one should actually consider buying one

Expert Reviews

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  1. The Fold is like a prototype device you can buy a few months (or years) before its completely ready and it will show you a glimpse of the future....Perfect it is not, but a perfect show off it truly is
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy Fold makes a convincing case for foldable phones, but wait for Samsung and others to fix inherent problems that keep it costly and plague the screen
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A lot of money for a prototype
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Represents a potentially exciting future for a stagnant smartphone space - but that future is just not here yet
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Galaxy Fold delivers a ‘wow’ factor that no other phone offers today, and yet we’d only recommend it to early adopters with a penchant for impressing their peers, and who have money to burn
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Galaxy Fold is a very innovative and exciting foldable phone, but Samsung doesn’t quite justify the high price for this first-generation device
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Potential and promise, not a product
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  10. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  12. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size7.3 inches
Screen Resolution1536x2152 pixels (~ 362 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Display Features
  • Flexible Dynamic AMOLED
  • Secondary Display (Outside): 4.6 inches; HD+ Resolution; Super AMOLED
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
RAM12 GB
Memory
Internal Memory512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4380 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight263 gm
Thickness15.5 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Variable Aperture; 26mm Focal length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS
  • 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; Autofocus; OIS; 2x Optical Zoom
  • 16MP: F/2.2; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide)
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera10MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • 10MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF
  • 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; Depth Sensor
  • Cover Selfie Camera: 10 MP: F/2.2 Aperture
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Bixby
  • Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support)
  • Fast Wireless Charging
  • Flexible Chassis, UFS 3.0 Storage
  • Dolby Atmos
  • AKG Sound
  • ANT+ Support

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