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Samsung Galaxy Fold may completely change how you think about your smartphone


Samsung senior vice president of product marketing Justin Denison speaks on stage about the new foldable phone during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in San Francisco. (JOSH EDELSON / AFP/Getty Images)

The future of the smartphone is here. And it’s bigger than anything you’ve ever seen. Sometimes.

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Fold, announced on Wednesday, due out later this year – and set to turn the smartphone (and maybe the tablet) world upside down (or at the very least, get it to unfold). The Galaxy Fold can look like any other smartphone when it’s in your back pocket, but thanks to what Samsung calls its “Infinity Flex Display,” the Fold literally “unfolds” into a tablet with a 7.3-inch display. It will retail for $1,980.

It’s an innovation that could completely change how you think about your smartphone – and an innovation that Samsung is driving. Several other companies are working on ideas similar to the Fold, but Samsung is first to market. It also promises to be a wildly powerful phone, with 12 GB of RAM that can drive PC-like performance, and a potent battery.

The display isn’t clunky, either; it’s a Dynamic AMOLED display that should deliver Samsung’s traditionally potent darks and bright colors, making this potential Netflix-binging heaven. Add in a host of cameras (five in all) and it’s hard not to love what the Fold could bring.

It’s a first-of-its-kind smartphone that pushes the game to new levels. In 2012, Sony was actually the first to attempt a fold-up tablet, delivering a little-known device called the Tablet P. It was a clunky clamshell with too much bezel between its screens and a sluggish interface, but the device definitely had some unique charm.

Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Seven years later, though, Samsung seems poised to deliver a far more premium and potent device, one with special elegance. It comes at a good time, too, because really, smartphone innovation seemed at a dead stop recently. The Galaxy Note was solid last year but saw no game-changing innovations, and Apple’s pushed its software farther but seen few changes to its chassis in recent years.

The Fold? That’s a big change – and one you’ll want to watch for in 2019.