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Topic # 247762 21-Feb-2019 14:10
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Bundled in with today's announcement of the S10 was the Galaxy Fold, a combination phone and tablet, that quite seriously may become a new category.
The $3000 (est) price tag means it won't be for everyone, but is certainly something I will consider. The comments I have seen about the phone screen being too small don't seem to get it. It only has to be a phone screen, you open the device up when doing things that need more real estate. If it had an s-pen it would be even better.

At the moment I carry around my S8 and have my 8" Tab S2 (wifi) in my briefcase. The idea of this combo being in one device and fitting in my pocket is appealing. As well as being able to easily use one 4G data connection without hotspotting.




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  Reply # 2184869 21-Feb-2019 14:40
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I am looking afford to the fold (most probably will buy it ,just say it's another 1100 from the s10+ ),is there any hands on videos yet other than the official video from the event .




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  Reply # 2184883 21-Feb-2019 15:06
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I wonder how well the hinge and screen will stand up to constant opening and closing?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2184885 21-Feb-2019 15:07
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cokeman2: I am looking afford to the fold (most probably will buy it ,just say it's another 1100 from the s10+ ),is there any hands on videos yet other than the official video from the event .

 

When you say it like that it's not a bad price

 

s10+ (say 2k) plus a 4g tablet at 1k all in 1 device :P

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2184888 21-Feb-2019 15:08
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MurrayM:

 

I wonder how well the hinge and screen will stand up to constant opening and closing?

 

 

Ah warranty or the CGA will cover that if it stuffs up


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  Reply # 2184894 21-Feb-2019 15:17
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I am disappointed that not once has anyone mentioned about 'coming into the fold'. I can certainly see for people doing a lot of mobile business, this could be a boon.

 

Color me interested to see if this a game changer, or dead duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, how it unfolds... I'm done


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  Reply # 2184895 21-Feb-2019 15:19
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The comments I have seen about the phone screen being too small don't seem to get it. It only has to be a phone screen, you open the device up when doing things that need more real estate.

 

Yeah, I do 'get it' in that you believe that that size is an acceptable size for a phone screen.

 

But I don't.

 

I would see going back to checking and sending texts, for example, on a 4.6" screen a backwards step, and a compromise I'd not be willing to make.

 

Equally, I would not want to feel obliged to open it up fully simply to get that extra real estate for such tasks.

 

Therefore I'd find it a seriously compromised device, and as such I remain quite happy to carry a 6.2" phone and dig out my iPad or laptop when I need something larger, plus of course have the benefit of spending that money on something far more useful (like a Zero 10 scooter!).

 

Don't get me wrong - amazing tech, and definitely a glimpse of what future phones may be, but I'm not interested until the 'phone' screen is larger.


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  Reply # 2184898 21-Feb-2019 15:22
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Wow that's eye watering expensive.

 

Also I cant stand the design of the 'notch' type thing in the top right corner. Cant believe nobody's mentioned that yet.

 

Seems like other compromises are baked in too like the return to thick bezels, these combined make it look old fashioned some how.

 

 

Will have to wait for the technology to be iterated on, maybe see what the Chinese phone makers come out to copy with.

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  Reply # 2184902 21-Feb-2019 15:28
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Dairyxox: Wow that's eye watering expensive.
Also I cant stand the design of the 'notch' type thing in the top right corner. Cant believe nobody's mentioned that yet.
Seems like other compromises are baked in too like the return to thick bezels, these combined make it look old fashioned some how.

Will have to wait for the technology to be iterated on, maybe see what the Chinese phone makers come out to copy with.


I think theres a Huawei announcement in a few days might be foldable from them as well looking from there teasing pic releases




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  Reply # 2184906 21-Feb-2019 15:39
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I would bet that the next iteration will come with a S-Pen, it would be silly not to. Hence Iā€™d feel a bit stink if I got this and the next model did. Also I think it would be wise imo to hold off and see what comes out of other manufacturers whether they improve on anything or do anything at all. No real advantage of being an early adopter just yet. Looks good I must say though.

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  Reply # 2184919 21-Feb-2019 16:02
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It has always interested me that you read in sci-fi books and see in sci-fi shows where they talk about a lower fore arm mounted, landscaped oriented, communications devices either the size of today's standard phone or even today's plus size phone. They are even ever so slightly curved. And I am not talking about watch size products!

 

Some even have flip up screens with a QWERTY keyboard on the arm. Some are purely Siri/Alexa operated. And of course they are audio/video communications capable. Some come with specific built in bio or environment or task related sensors.

 

How come they haven't arrived on the market as a standard product category ? even with plug-in (add-on) bio or environment or task related sensors.

 

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  Reply # 2184996 21-Feb-2019 19:10
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I feel like we nailed hinge tech a long time ago

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  Reply # 2185117 21-Feb-2019 23:29
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In the video presentation, you could see when light went across the screen  the fold in the middle appears to cause a bit of distortion in the plastic of the screen. But IMO it is more of a prototype, and not something that I would even consider in the first generation. I think that is why they introduced it first, because they probably know that it isn't likely to be a big seller for the first gen.  In some ways I think it looked a bit rushed, as the single side version was like a $20 smart phone, it the big top and bottom bezels.  Usually these things improve over time and the costs then drop. I am wondering if a roling screen instead of folding one wouldn't be better, as you wouldn't the distortion of plastic in the middle, which is where the wear occurs. With rollin gthe screen across a hard surface you wouldn't get this, and a rolling screen it could be integrated into a folding phone.


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  Reply # 2185119 21-Feb-2019 23:33
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gehenna: I feel like we nailed hinge tech a long time ago

 

Samsung will be aware of the demand for this product, and they can't afford another battery type recall, so I am pretty confident, as you say, that the hinge tech is the last thing to be worried about. 

 

I'm way more worried about reliability, battery life, and general use type issues from a new form factor.

 

 


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  Reply # 2185163 22-Feb-2019 07:39
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any preorder yet?





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  Reply # 2185181 22-Feb-2019 08:47
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according to stuff.co.nz

 

 

 

"Samsung has no plans to bring the Fold to New Zealand"

 

 

 

Sounds like you'll have to import one if you want it


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