Galaxy Fold dominated the Galaxy S10. Can it top MWC 2019 too?

CNET | 2/23/2019 | Shara Tibken
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When Samsung executive Justin Denison showed off the company's concept foldable phone back in November, it was almost anticlimactic.

The lights dimmed. Denison held the device with his right hand, and with his left, unfolded it for a short moment before folding it back up and putting it away. It was a brief and frustrating tease.

Wednesday - Galaxy - Fold - Day - Limelight

On Wednesday, the Galaxy Fold finally got its full day in the limelight, at the Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco. Samsung actually started its event with the unveiling of the device, rather than leading with its Galaxy S10 lineup. Details like the colors of the device brought oohs and aahs from the crowd. What also elicited a reaction: The $1,980 price tag.

Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh shows off the Galaxy Fold at Unpacked in San Francisco.

Galaxy - Fold - Smartphone - Tablet - Show

The Galaxy Fold, the first smartphone able to fold out into a tablet, stole the show. Never mind that it's nearly double the price of more mainstream products like the flagship Galaxy S10 or "budget" Galaxy S10E, never mind the Galaxy Watch Active or Galaxy Buds. If you're like the rest of the tech world, you're already obsessed with all things folding.

The bigger question is whether it continues to dominate the headlines with MWC Barcelona, the world's largest phone show, kicks off Monday. Heavy hitters like Huawei and LG, and scrappier players like TCL are looking to make noise of their own, rocking innovations like foldable designs and access to 5G.

Industry - Phones - Stagnant - Years - Change

This is all good for the industry, since phones have gotten pretty stagnant over the years. The biggest change since the first smartphone came out a decade ago has been larger screens that stretch across the entire front display. (Oh yes, and notches.) Some phones have ditched their traditional fingerprint readers, some boast fancy AR capabilities, and nearly all high-end models...
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