Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The device that piqued our interest in a foldable phone future

Update, August 10, 2020: The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is here. Read our ongoing coverage. Below is our review of the Galaxy Fold, originally released on October 3, 2019.


It’s unusual for a new phone like the Galaxy Fold to be so battle-worn. Over the course of its short life, the foldable phone has gone from the height of the hype for our collective mobile future to a cautionary tale about companies rushing to sell radical and little-tested technology. (Here is a brief history of What went wrong with Samsung’s delicate plastic display?.)

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Now, having tested and used two versions of the Galaxy Fold: the original model and this redesigned version that corrects Samsung’s biggest design flaws – everything wonderful and terrible with the $ 1,980 (£ 2,000, AU $ 2,950) Galaxy Fold is crystal clear.

As a model of how foldable phones could be truly useful, it is undeniably successful. There is something physically satisfying about using the Fold and its 7.3-inch screen is a dream for watching movies, viewing photos, and reading anything. Wanting to multitask felt natural to me, and more than once I used the Fold as a second screen that was easy to fold and fit into my jacket pocket by the time I was done.

But a big favor as the Fold does for all types of foldable phones in proving that yes, we do Do want to see where foldable phones go, the Fold itself is still lacking when it comes to comfort.

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The Galaxy Fold has its own charm and some tricky points too.

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Microsoft has given a twist to this foldable awakening by introducing an amazing dual-screen phone. Although we will not see the Surface Duo for one year, Microsoft’s dual-screen phone throws the gauntlet against the Galaxy Fold and foldable design in general: why use such a problematic foldable screen when you can only have two displays?