Samsung just introduced a wildly ambitious, $2,000 foldable phone — here’s how it works

  • On Wednesday, Samsung finally unveiled its long-rumored folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold.
  • It’s billed as a two-in-one device: a smartphone and a tablet. As such, it costs nearly $2,000.
  • So how does it work? Let’s see!

After months of leaks and speculation, Samsung’s folding smartphone was finally unveiled on Wednesday.

The new device, the Galaxy Fold, is promised to be two devices in one: a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. As such, it comes with a hefty price tag, $1,980.

So what are you getting for all that money? And how does it work? Let’s find out.


First things first: Yes, it folds. Here’s what that looks like.


The idea is simple: The Galaxy Fold operates like a normal smartphone until you open it, at which point it becomes a small tablet.

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The Galaxy Fold was demonstrated at a Samsung press briefing on Wednesday.
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The Galaxy Fold literally folds. Here’s the hinge when the device is closed, in smartphone mode.

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Three cameras? Yes, three cameras.
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And here’s the opposite side of the phone, where it opens into a tablet. Notice the volume buttons and a fingerprint reader on one side, and a SIM tray on the other.

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Notably, the inner screen doesn’t stay on all the time, nor does it turn on as you open the device (like this demonstration appears to show). This does, however, offer a good look at the screen mid-fold.

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And here’s the device being used as a smartphone.

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Of note: When it’s being used as a smartphone, the Galaxy Fold has a shockingly small screen: just 4.6 inches. Make no mistake, those are extremely large bezels above and below the screen.


It’s worth noting how very large these bezels are! In a world of flagship phones with increasingly slim (or nonexistent) bezels, it’s hard to unsee the massive black bars above and beneath the Galaxy Fold’s main screen.

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Please excuse my very scientific markup.
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When the Galaxy Fold is in tablet mode, the bezels are far slimmer — it looks like a pretty standard tablet device.

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The tablet screen is 7.3 inches, which is standard for a small modern tablet like the iPad Mini or Galaxy Tab lines.
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Since the Fold aims to combine smartphone and tablet functionality, the tablet form is a larger version of the smartphone side.

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As you might’ve guessed, the tablet form of the Galaxy Fold is a larger way to interact with the same content you would on a smartphone.

As such, if you’re watching a video on Netflix or using Google Maps on the smartphone side of the Galaxy Fold and open into tablet mode, Netflix or Google Maps will follow you.


There’s some added functionality when the Fold is in tablet mode, like the ability to run three apps at once.

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As you can see above, the Galaxy Fold can run three apps simultaneously; a web browser (that is smartly suggesting a Business Insider article), a YouTube video, and a text message are split into three frames.


Samsung says the Fold will go on sale on April 26 and cost $1,980. Here are the nitty-gritty specs, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Six cameras! Six!
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No one outside Samsung has used the Galaxy Fold just yet, but the company has released two videos demonstrating it. Here’s the first.


But you want to see it actually being used, right? Good news: It was demonstrated on stage on Wednesday, and you can see that demo here.