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    Samsung did it: It’s the first to globally release a foldable phone

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    Last updated: April 16th, 2019 at 16:28 UTC+02:00

    It's happening. In a little under two weeks from now, the world's first foldable smartphone will go on sale. The Galaxy Fold is a groundbreaking device that marks a new chapter in smartphone form factor, one that combines a tablet and smartphone into one. Many of our readers feel this new form factor is unnecessary, but I'm pretty sure that a few years down the line, everyone will want to own one (of course, lower price tags will help once the foldable form factor becomes more mainstream).

    Samsung's the first with a foldable phone you can actually buy

    So what makes the Galaxy Fold special? Well, in my eyes, innovation has to be the biggest reason. There was a time when Samsung loved rushing to market to be the first, but for the Galaxy Fold, the company took its time and decided to release a finished product. Sure, the device will be produced in limited quantities, but it will be available in more than just one or two countries right off the bat. Samsung even worked with Google on the software, and we can see that collaboration proved to be a benefit based on our initial impressions of the Fold.

    As the owner of SamMobile, I started using Samsung smartphones a long time ago, and the Galaxy Fold makes me very excited. It's not a regular device by any stretch of the imagination but a step into the future of mobile, a new way of interacting with a device that you always carry with you in your pockets no matter where you may be.

    Unless you've been living under a rock or not following mainstream coverage about the mobile industry, you have probably about Huawei's foldable device, the Mate X. But, as I've said earlier, I believe Samsung's implementation of a foldable phone is way smarter. The Mate X may look considerably more futuristic, but it's hard to sell devices to consumers based on just that angle alone. The Galaxy Fold doesn't look as futuristic as the Mate X, but its book-like form factor is more practical.

    Galaxy Fold sets the bar incredibly high

    The Galaxy Fold is even harder to produce because of the way it folds, yet Samsung is the one that has its foldable device ready to go while Huawei is yet to offer a concrete release date, proving it's still leading the industry when it comes to display and hardware design. And we're lucky enough to already have a Galaxy Fold here at SamMobile, which we will be thoroughly exploring in the days to come to tell you how it is in daily use or when you're out and about on trips; we'll also tell you how it fares a few months later.

    And while there's a chance I'll find the Galaxy Fold doesn't live up to my expectations, I love that Samsung has been able to beat the competition with the first commercial foldable phone. The Galaxy Fold is a device that sets the bar for what's possible, and it makes me very proud as a Samsung fan.

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