SAMSUNG plans to start selling its first-ever foldable smartphone in the UK on April 26 – but it’s only available on on network.
Anyone hoping to pre-order the device on contract will have to purchase it from EE.
EPA Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a foldable smartphone/tablet device
Pre-registration for orders of the new mobile have already begun, but pre-orders don’t kick off until late April.
And the handset will officially start shipping in the UK from May 3.
Sadly, anyone hoping to buy the device will be in for a big bill: the phone costs £1,800 SIM-free, and contracts will be seriously expensive.
The bendy gadget was unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event in late February alongside a range of Galaxy S10 smartphones.
Getty Images – Getty The strange gadget is going on pre-order in late April, before shipping on May 3
The Galaxy Fold is a tablet sized device that bends in half like a book.
It quickly folds down into a smartphone form that fits in your pocket.
“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone,” said DJ Koh, who heads up Samsung’s mobile division.
“We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.”
The handset is supposed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, and could revolutionise mobile design forever.
The technology is described as an Infinity Flex Display – in the form of a tablet that packs down to smartphone size.
And up to three separate apps will be able to run simultaneously.
Galaxy Unpacked Keynote 2019 – Samsung Galaxy Fold, S10e, S10, S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
You’re looking at a 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED for the main display, with a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED for the cover display.
There’s a triple camera on the back (just like the Galaxy S10), with a 10-megapixel f/2.2 snapper on the cover side.
You also get a front dual-cam for selfies to boot.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s 7nm Snapdragon 855 chip, and you’ll get 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS3.0 storage.
However, there’s no MicroSD slot – although the internal storage will be more than enough for almost all users.
There’s a 4,380mAh battery on board, which is actually comprised of two separate batteries that have been linked.
The phone supports both fast-charging and wireless-charging, and it runs on Google’s latest Android 9.0 Pie.
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Samsung has already been beaten to the punch by the Royole FlexPai, a bona fide folding smartphone seen at the CES 2019 tech show in Las Vegas.
If you want a more conventional smartphone, check out our list of the best Android phones you can buy today.
And if you have no idea what phone to buy, our iPhone vs Android guide may give you a helping start.
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