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    • Today, Samsung announced their new $1980 foldable phone, and it looks pretty amazing. Some of the more remarkable technical achievements are that there is no bezel in the large screen, and the current app switches seamlessly between the folded pocket mode and the larger tablet mode.

      If you haven't seen it, you should check out the unveiling video:

      The sticker shock is pretty extreme, but normal smartphones are hitting up above $1000 now, and so are high end tablets. Replacing a high end phone and a high end tablet with a high end folding phone might end up saving money, and be pretty convenient to boot.

      One of the bigger features they showed off is the ability to have multiple apps on the same screen. This wasn't really that exciting from the standpoint that it doesn't really have anything to do with the foldable phone, but it is kind of a cool feature I guess.

      This sort of tight integration with interaction mode between hardware and software was a huge success with the Nintendo switch, so I'm hoping that it will play really well in the phone space as well.

      When I first heard about this I felt like it was a solution in need of a problem, but with the Galaxy Fold and seeing how well executed it is (or at least it seems)... I think it might be worth considering when the current phone kicks the bucket.

      What do you think? Would you buy a folding phone?

    • It is very beautiful. My bigger question is will having multiple apps open on one giant screen lead to increased typos and errors? One could use a stylus for precision, but that would seem to be a big challenge for typing / texting on the go.

    • Wow. This is technically impressive, but I just don't know.

      This thing's gonna be chunky and heavy in your pocket. If you want to use it one-handed it's gotta be folded to hold comfortably, but the aspect ratio when folded is awkwardly long and narrow and the folded screen size is smaller than typical phones these days (and the screen when folded doesn't cover much of the actual device surface).

      It does look great in tablet mode, but it's still a small tablet, which makes this kind of a weird (and expensive!) compromise. I feel like I'd rather just have a big phone than a foldable phone that's awkward when folded and not much bigger than a big phone when unfolded. Or a small phone plus a tablet in my bag.

      Screen sizes for comparison:

      Galaxy Fold (folded): 4.6 inches
      iPhone XS: 5.8 inches
      iPhone XS Max: 6.5 inches
      Galaxy Fold (unfolded): 7.3 inches
      iPad Mini: 7.9 inches

      I wanted to compare weights too, but I can't find any information on what the Galaxy Fold actually weighs. 🤔

    • the aspect ratio when folded is awkwardly long and narrow

      From the video, it looks like they "fixed" this by not using the entire height when folded. There is a fairly substantial black segment at top and bottom.

      but it's still a small tablet

      Maybe we need to wait for the four fold version 😂.

      Joking aside, I do feel like this is a pretty great first step, but still a first step. I think it's going to be bulky and suboptimal, but it will be really interesting to see how the technology progresses.

    • While it's interesting I wonder how awkward it will be to hold? How thick is it? I suspect 2 generations down it will be different.

    • I should really not comment till I've actually used one, but I'm pretty sure this is not for me. Baroque excess. Six cameras? Three simultaneous (tiny) windows? $2k? Nah, good design is simple and and this is not. I don't mean to dismiss the engineering accomplishments, but I don't really see the need this is addressing--it's more like "because we can."

    • I think it is a necessary first step in the nascent history of folding phones. This is a first generation product and as such is bound to be pretty rough around the edges. But getting it out in the market and into people's hands will held them get feedback and improve it over the next few generations. And while being first doesn't guarantee that they will continue to lead in this space, it will definitely give them an edge over other competitors. Smartphone evolution is pretty fast and I think it would not be outrageous to say that 5 years down the line foldable phones might be the norm. Of course, it could also crash and burn and maybe people will go back to using flip phones instead..