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Look but don’t touch: Galaxy Fold makes its MWC debut

Samsung’s February 20 event was supposed to be for the Galaxy S10 but the company kicked things off by unveiling the Galaxy Fold. It’s the company’s first foldable smartphone that we have been hearing about since the past few years. Samsung cut to the chase at the event and finally showed off the device at the event in San Francisco.

The company is being really protective of the Galaxy Fold right now. It didn’t allow members of the press to handle the Galaxy Fold at the San Francisco event. The Galaxy Fold is present at Samsung’s MWC 2019 booth in Barcelona but yet again, we were only allowed to look, not touch.

Samsung may have unveiled the Galaxy Fold earlier than Huawei’s foldable smartphone, but at least the latter has allowed some members of the press to play with the device. Royole allowed me plenty of hands-on time with its FlexPai foldable smartphone yesterday. The Korean conglomerate is keeping its device pretty close to its chest for now, and its official hands-on video is far better in terms of letting you see the device up close.

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The company has placed two big glass boxes at either end of its MWC 2019 booth. The boxes were roped off at a distance so you couldn’t get too close. It was only possible to take photos at a distance and the lighting wasn’t that conducive. It doesn’t take away from the fact that it did feel pretty cool looking at this device in the flesh.

Samsung hasn’t really said why it’s not allowing access to the device just yet. It’s not like this is an early prototype. The company has already confirmed that this $2,000 device will be available starting April 26.

We do hope that we’ll be able to get hands-on time with the Galaxy Fold in the coming weeks. Like many of you, we are also very excited about trying Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, which at least from a distance appears to be much better than the FlexPai.

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MagicalWingLT
MagicalWingLT

But I don’t want to just look at it… I want to touch it lol

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I suspect they are still finalizing their production models and there maybe issues with the software or hardware that they don’t want customers to see.

but given the mate x are getting hands on exposure to the press then this will go against samsung in general.

like i said in the other article the mate x be it not as robust of feature pack does look better than the fold.

Martin R.
Martin R.
Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

that is interesting around the mate x quality control but the actual physical size and form factor with no notch and thinnest is something to marvel at.

truth is that both models are version 1 and not many people will be buying. like the original note edge

Martin R.
Martin R.

You know what I dont mind that notch as the statusbar is there. Which you can see here at 2.23:

https://www.samsungmobilepress.com/stories/video-get-to-know-the-galaxy-fold

I still think I could handle this better than the wrinkles..

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Interesting from techradar how they describe the fold is v0 and the mate X is v1 in terms of how far they have come.

I think it will improve over the years and next few years it will move to the main form factor for the phones.

Martin R.
Martin R.

But all tech enthusiasts like the Huawei more and seem blind for it shortcomings.

And the screen is from BOE that stole tradesecrets from Samsung Display….

Only for that they may fail…

locarno
locarno

Samsung Galaxy Fold is better.

BOE is bad quality screens. Huawei is bad too. Just look at the P20 Pro display failure.

How do you know that BOE stolen secrets from Samsung ?

locarno
locarno

But there is not mention about BOE

Martin R.
Martin R.

1+1=2 my friend…. Dont you think it is strange that all the chinese can make these screens.

locarno
locarno

Yes. It is strange. But you know what is more strange ? That Huawei has grown so fast. They were weak company with weak phones. And now they are almost one of the biggest smartphone vendor on the world. I think chinese goverment helped Huawei with development. Huawei should be banned everywhere, not only in USA.

galaxyace123
galaxyace123

https://www.oled-info.com/south-korea-company-charged-leaking-sdcs-flexible-oleds-secret-chinese-display-makers

This article mentions BOE as one of the companies that bought the technology from Samsung’s contractor.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

fully agree that the screen technology and actually the general technology in the fold is superior in terms of quality and robustness. I think the reason why people are being blind to the mate x issues and fragility concerns is that it represent the design what people was hoping for in terms of a fold-able phone from an initial overview impression. It has the thinnest and the screen itself is full screen with no notch and when folded the screen on display is still phablet size. This will be something I believe the fold 2 or 3 will end up… Read more »

Cliff822
Cliff822

And then a year later all there phones ended up being curved on the sides. I’d love the note to become a tablet. But gotta keep the screen of the note.

kierownikk
kierownikk

If you look closely and carefully you can actually see that Samsunga screen is also wrinkled in the middle. And considering the fact that it folds a bit tighter than mate x you can expect Samsung’s wrinkle to get worse with time.