Huawei consumer business CEO Richard Yu was recently spotted using the Mate X in an airport. Three months after indefinitely delay the device, Samsung finally announced a revised September release date for the Galaxy Fold on Wednesday. Releasing a phone in September means getting a tough competition with iPhone but it also means getting in front of directly Huawei's Mate X. Huawei's take on the foldable smartphone also broke cover this week after being spotted in the hands of Huawei consumer business CEO Richard Yu at the Shenzhen International Airport, according to a Weibo post spotted by Gizchina.
Although we didn't get any details about when Huawei's competing foldable will launch. The last official statement suggested that the company will release it in September, the same month as Samsung. Huawei's device was due for release back in June but the company had to delay the release to be extra cautious. Huawei's delay was less publically visible. At the time company said that it was taking a cautious approach to release the Mate X. The company spent this time to conduct extensive testing to make sure it was ready for consumers.
As per Huawei it has made significant progress on the device since February but the company didn't reveal any details on what has changed. The hardware is basically the same as it was shown earlier this year. We may not have to long wait until the Mate X release. Samsung had to face PR embarrassment but Huawei's phone was never released for public use. Samsung may have to face the competition but Huawei's license is due to expire on August 19th and this has to clear that what will happen to its OS after that.
Flip phones were a thing about eight to ten years back when the Moto Razr ruled the smartphone kingdom with a slick design and a sexy fold. Phones have since evolved slowly into small powerhouses with gigantic screens and all sort of sensors on them, but one cannot quite undermine how beautiful and unique the phones looked back then. Samsung however, has not left out the design completely even from its latest smartphones. In fact, there's even a flip phone in China right now (W2017) that's running on Android Marshmallow, sports a Super AMOLED 4.2-inch 1080p touch-enabled display and is powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset!
Samsung is about to move a step further with a new design for its next flip smartphone, which will resemble any other brick style touch screen Android device in the market, but will also be capable of being folded like a traditional flip phone. The foldable display, assisted by a specialised hinge will make carrying a large-screen phone much more feasible and not to mention, a lot more stylish as well. Take a look at the renders to get an idea of the concept.
We are pretty sure that what we are seeing here is a result of Project Valley, announced back in March, 2015 by Samsung. Could this be the Galaxy X that we had been hearing about just a few months ago?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After years of hype and teasing of a foldable device, Samsung has done it. Samsung is ready to let us have some hands-on experience with the Galaxy Fold. If you are interested in spending two grand that Samsung is asking for the Galaxy Fold, you can have it after April 24. You probably wondering what it looks like and even if it has something that makes it worth the money. Preorders are already open in the U.S. This phone isn't cheap and definitely not for everyone. The price tag is approximately $2,000. It is actually $1,980. You are really getting two phones at this price.
The first thing people would like to know about with this 7.3" display is whether the crease is for real. Would it be visible? Would it damage the visual experience on this phone or not? The first impression is - yes, it is real. It is visible but not really too obstructive. It is kind of like reading a book that has a folded page. It is not going to stop you from getting the information you need. The other concern people have is that it doesn't close completely and there is definitely a noticeable gap. But if you try to slide a business card inside the phone, you will notice that it won't let you as the phone does close at the ends of the display. The phone when the fold is held together by pretty strong magnets.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the side of the phone but also is the Bixby button. The phone is almost double the size of Galaxy s10 Plus. But then fold it, and it's a lot skinnier but of the same height. The display is made of an advanced composite polymer material but it's not glass so that it can bend. It is not much different from the glass. It may be a little less bright and stunning but you won't feel any difference when it comes to screen clarity. There is also a USB-C charging port at the bottom although you will notice there is no headphone jack anymore. On the side, there are other buttons like power, the volume. There is a triple camera system on the back side. It is similar to Galaxy S10, both at 12MP, wide angle and telephoto. If you fold it, the screen will be of the 4.6-inch screen. Because of the tiny screen, you may feel it difficult to use, in that case, you can open the phone to get a huge 7.3-inch screen.
The crease isn't much obvious when you are watching something with a dark screen but it is a little obvious with light color or white background. So this is where the crease gets more annoying. The full-screen selfie is great when the phone is open. One of the biggest use of the big screen is having multiple apps opened at a time. You can open 3 apps at a time and work like a pro. These apps are resizable but having multiple apps opened there is not much space being left out for resizing. This is powered by dual battery setup and they add up to about 4,000mAh on the battery.
The Galaxy Fold is all set to be released soon in Korea (September 6) and if leakster @evleaks has it right, then the Fold will be released in US on September 27. The question is, will you be looking forward to owning the foldable wonder?
For the uninitiated, the Galaxy Fold will cost a whopping $2000 or above, depending on which variant you decide to get. Also, T-Mobile has backed out from selling the Galaxy Fold with a contract on its networks, which means that AT&T is your only hope of getting one from a carrier in the United States.
It remains to be seen whether Samsung has managed to iron out the various issues which had made the initial unveiling, quite a disappointment for a lot of fans who had been waiting for the first foldable smartphone from Samsung for years. Some of the observed problems with the prototype were as follows.
Bulky, hefty design
The huge fold gap
The high price which asks the question, why shouldn't you buy a phone and a tablet instead?
Those that will buy the phone will most likely be the ones looking to enjoy the novelty factor, because if what we saw back in February is any indication of what's to come this month, the Galaxy Fold is still not a practical device and will need a few iterations, before the issues can be ironed out.
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Fold in the US, and so far there are no big complaints. The company is also offering free screen replacement within the guarantee validation time period for the consumer which is rare offer for such an expensive device. The device was due on April earlier this year, but since the company had to review the design due to its complete PR disaster.
The phone was handover to some of the reputed journalists to review the phone but instead the phone broke and couldn't even survive for two days. Samsung spend all this time to repair and revise the design to integrity of the foldable screen. The phone has a 4.6-inch external display when folded and a 7.3-inch screen revealed when it is unfolded like a tablet. In other words, it's a smartphone tablet hybrid and onus is on Samsung to convince potential customers to convince that the Galaxy Fold justify its price tag.
The first thing you see when you unbox the Fold is a care instruction manual which among other warnings, alerts you to not to put excessive pressure to the screen. After some time of using the fold, you may see some crease at the center of the screen when watching the video but it is not too much distracting and may take some time for you to get used to it. Samsung is also offering the special support at no extra charge. You can contact the Samsung experts through a phone call or video chat. They will come to your home or your office according to your convenience. Even if there is no problem so far, the phone is expensive and it will be hard to sell.