Samsung improved its Galaxy Fold smartphone to bring us an expensive device that should end up in history under title "God knows why this was made."
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So, the Fold is one of the most expensive phones ever. In the U.S. you'll have to spit $1,980 for it, across the Atlantic it is in the UK. In other words, that's double the price usual flagship smartphones cost. In other words, Samsung's own S10 Plus starts with $999. The model model with 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM costs $1,599. To put it in perspective, the iPhone 11 Pro Max with 512GB of storage costs $1,449. So, you are paying a great price to be able to fold. But can it?
The Fold has a sophisticated, 20-part, dual-axis hinge, intended for you to open if easily, transforming it from a phone to a tablet. It should last 200,000 foldings but some tests show it will not that long. Or maybe it will. We don't know. What we do know, is that aside the folding ability, the Fold has plastic on the main display. Plastic. For $1,980 phone. There is a metal layer beneath the screen. Which is plastic. On $1,980 phone.
When folded and closed, the Fold looks like an old phone, tall, narrow and heavy. OK, the thickness must be bigger but's it's about double iPhone 11 Pro Max. The device may be Space Silver or Cosmos Black. There is no headphone jack, but Samsung includes wireless Galaxy Buds in the box. There are also caps to the hinges and some other improvement to make it more durable. The 7.3-inch display is OK but the smaller 4.6-inch screen is, well, smaller. Too small for today's standards. And the phone that costs $1,980.
The Fold comes with Galaxy Fold Premier Service, which gives you access to 24/7 dedicated support for the device. You can choose from phone, video chat or in-person visits. Then there's a one-year limited warranty, and a one-time $150 screen replacement fee if a wrecked display is your fault. Battery is 4,380mAh but something it lasts longer, sometimes less long. All in all, this is an exercise in smartphone making that you should not even try in the store to see is it good. Spend $2,000 on something else. Anything. ■