Samsung 'postpones release of the world's first foldable smartphone'

Samsung has reportedly pushed back the release date of its highly anticipated foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone.

The £1,800 Galaxy Fold looks like a regular phone until it unfolds, butterfly-like, into a beautiful 7.3-inch tablet.

The South Korean tech firm first delayed the release of the flagship folding phone after review models dramatically broke down whilst being tested.

Now a Samsung spokesman has told the Korea Herald that the gadget will not be released in July – contradicting previous statements from senior staff at the firm.

It was originally meant to go on sale at the beginning of May.

Rumours suggested Samsung would hold a launch event in June ahead of a July release but has now released a statement which contradicts this claim.

‘If we are running such a media event this month, we should be doing something by now,’ a Samsung official said.

‘Nothing has progressed since the April delay.’

Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Fold so far.

Two Screens

As well as a traditional 4.6-inch smartphone screen, the Galaxy Fold houses a second, larger display inside its body.

When unfolded and open, users can take advantage of a flexible 7.3-inch AMOLED Infinity Flex display.

The fold is powered by a new hinging mechanism engineered by the tech giant which uses multiple interlocking gears housed in a hidden enclosure.

Hardware

The Fold contains features common in most flagship smartphones – including a fingerprint scanner in the side of the device.

It also includes six cameras – three on the rear, two on the inside and one on the front of the device.

The Fold also appears to have space for more battery power. It will contain a 4,380mAh battery – one of the largest available in a smartphone.

App Continuity

The larger screen of the Fold is able to display up to three apps at once for multi-tasking purposes.

The device also supports what Samsung calls App Continuity, which allows users to transition between the two screens seamlessly – as the Fold opens and closes, apps will automatically show up where you left off.

Price and availability

The UK-specific price has not yet been confirmed but the Galaxy Fold will go on sale in Europe (including the UK) on May 3.

The European price is an eye-watering 2,000 euros so there’s a high chance the phone could land in the UK with a price tag of up to £1,800.

Source: Read Full Article