For the past few days, I felt like an unofficial ambassador for Samsung. I have been answering questions from curious colleagues and friends, demonstrating how things work and giving them my take on the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the first foldable smartphone from a major manufacturer. Based on their responses and those who have seen and tried the Fold, I believe that the future of foldable phones is indeed bright. For one, almost everyone is impressed by the Fold. Perhaps the delay of the Fold (originally planned for April) due to hardware issues has lowered their expectations. Predictably, the limelight was on the folding mechanism, which unfolds the phone like a book to reveal its main 7.3-inch display. The action feels snappy and natural. It also closes securely with a gentle click of its magnetic clasp. I must admit it can be rather addictive to open and close the Fold. This could eventually be a problem as Samsung has tested the folding mechanism to be good for around 200,000 folds and unfolds (or five years if done 100 times a day), a figure that could be exceeded by a zealous user. Samsung has also addressed the issues that surfaced in April,… Read full this story
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