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Samsung Officially Unfolds

Smartphone eight years in the making makes its debut

After much teasing, Samsung officially unveiled its folding smartphone on Wednesday, the 7.3-inch suitably named Galaxy Fold.

The device’s Infinity Flex AMOLED display — which is also the company’s largest phone display — has an interlocking hinge system that lets it fold into a compact device with a cover display for one-handed calls and texting. When folded, the cover display measures 4.6 inches.

Samsung said it took eight years to develop the Fold, which features a new polymer layer and display meant to be 50 percent thinner than the typical smartphone display. It has a fingerprint scanner on its side, two batteries, 12GB of RAM and AKG speakers. 

It also has six lenses: three in the back, two on the inside and one on the cover.

An updated UX lets users open up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display.

It will be available through AT&T and T-Mobile in Q2, starting at $1,980.

Samsung provided the following specs:

Display Main display: 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)
Cover Display: 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)
Camera Cover Camera: 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2
Rear triple camera: 16MP Ultra Wide Camera, F2.2; 12MP Wide-angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.4; 12MP Telephoto Camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom
Front Dual Camera: 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2; 8MP RGB Depth Camera, F1.9
Processor: AP 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor
Memory: 12GB RAM(LPDDR4x), 512GB (UFS3.0) (No MicroSD slot)
Battery: 4,380 mAh (typical)
Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)