Samsung's Galaxy Fold is an ambitious but flawed first attempt at what could be the future of smartphones

Business Insider | 4/19/2019 | Lisa Eadicicco
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Samsung's Galaxy Fold proves that foldable phones are more than just a gimmick; it offers a large, beautiful screen that fits in your pocket with battery life that lasts for days.

But it's far from being perfect, making it hard to justify the nearly $2,000 price tag. Screen malfunctions aside, the crease is still very noticeable and there are some aspects of its design that require you to trade-off some convenience for that extra screen real estate.

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Still, it's an ambitious first look at where the smartphone industry may be headed.

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Samsung has been flaunting its flexible display technology for years, but the company finally showcased the culmination of those efforts with the Galaxy Fold, its $1,980 foldable smartphone that goes on sale April 26.

The Fold features a 4.6-inch cover display on the front, which unfolds like a book to reveal a larger, tablet-sized 7.3-inch screen. Cameras are located on the front, back, and inside of the device so that you can take photos whether the phone is open or shut. The device supports facial recognition, so you can unlock the device just by looking at it, but there's also a fingerprint sensor located along the side of the device near the volume keys and the button that launches Bixby, Samsung's virtual assistant. It comes with a case and Samsung's new $129 Galaxy Buds in the box.

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With the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is first in a category it clearly believes will represent the future of smartphones. It's a welcome change of pace for a market that's felt stagnant in recent years, with many new smartphone models bringing incremental upgrades like camera enhancements and larger screens.

But being first can come at a price. A small number of reviewers reported that the screen had broken after just two days of use, a...
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