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    Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Desirable device is described as "the future" by Samsung but it will cost almost US$2000.
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    I like it, just not at this price whilst the concept of foldable phones excites me.

    Niche market at the moment at that price point I reckon.

    I'd prefer a smaller foldable phone, like the concept motorola razr folding.

    Will probably wait till gen 2 and lower prices. Once all the competition starts making the same, the market will lean towards more foldable phones, making them more affordable and innovative.

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Looks good, could see myself using one, however not a chance at that price and would like to see it thinner.
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Their release video just screams Apple. The whole thing reeks of it.

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Looks good but I'd want it thinner, more ergonomic and at a sensible price (by sensible I mean <£400). Maybe two or three generations down the line I'll have another look... My rate of technology adoption has slowed right down lately, I can see my Surface Book and Mi6 lasting a good few years yet as long as the battery holds out (which they are doing so far after 3.5 years). None of the recent releases seem to excite me...

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Yes!!!!!
    More of these, please!
    Eventually it will filter down to the cheaper models, whereupon I'll get one free with a £20 a month contract (might even stretch to £30 a month for this) and enjoy playing mobile games on a tablet sized screen.

    Not so bothered about the thickness so much as the HxW footprint, as I'm old fashioned and like to use archaic things like pockets for carrying stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    Their release video just screams Apple. The whole thing reeks of it.
    Surely one will still sue the other over copyright on the number of tenths of a degree that the screen hinges pivot, or something like that?
    TBH, every phone that has come out since the iPhone has reeked and screamed of Apple, just like every Sci-Fi since 1977 has been accused of ripping off Star Wars... Nobody else cares, so long as they get what they want at an affordable (or at least acceptably expensive) price.
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Interesting but, way beyond what I'm prepared to pay for a phone.

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    So if you consider the specs and that this is basically trying to replace a tablet and a mobile then the price does become more acceptable. When I get to replacing my tablet, if it aligns with replacing my phone, I'll consider this kind of device. They're obviously trying to get some of their R&D costs back at this kind of price but that's the cost of being an early adopter.

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Just thinking about this a little further, I wonder how the case manufacturers might design around this? We could see some interesting cases on the market.

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    Just thinking about this a little further, I wonder how the case manufacturers might design around this? We could see some interesting cases on the market.
    A lot more elasticated leather and Cordura™ materials being used. I might even find one I like!!
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    £2,000 for an android phone (or any phone for that matter) no thank you, unless it has a 10 year life.
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    £2,000 for an android phone (or any phone for that matter) no thank you, unless it has a 10 year life.
    Not even for a 10 year life. £2000 is a stupid price to pay.

    Unless of course they make one that'll also do my ironing for me....

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Quote Originally Posted by Iota View Post

    Unless of course they make one that'll also do my ironing for me....
    Give me 2 grand and I will come around and do your ironing for you!
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    £2,000 for an android phone (or any phone for that matter) no thank you, unless it has a 10 year life.
    Quote Originally Posted by Iota View Post
    Not even for a 10 year life. £2000 is a stupid price to pay.

    Unless of course they make one that'll also do my ironing for me....
    It is a functioning commercial prototype. We're used to generic phones being between 200 and 1000 for what we consider a "standard smartphone".

    But this is by and far not a standard smartphone and is just above a demonstration prototype. This is meant for early adopters who want the latest and greatest, not for general consumption.
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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    I mean the way they did the notch is not complete horror anymore and the specs looks nice... but wtf $2k.
    You have to be a lunatic to pay that.

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    Re: Samsung reveals the Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch AMOLED display

    Quote Originally Posted by Nifl View Post
    I mean the way they did the notch is not complete horror anymore and the specs looks nice... but wtf $2k.
    You have to be a lunatic to pay that.
    Probably, but if you're going to buy a high end phone, tablet and e-reader anyway with perhaps a camera on there also.... You're well on your way there price wise but with something pocketable.I think you also have to take into account the specifications are such that this will last a while. My tablet is running a Snapdragon 800 and still works just fine about 6 or so years since it was bought. The limitation is the NAND storage which was purposefully limited by Amazon at the time as they wanted you to buy their streaming services and not store a load of films on there (fair enough, it was cheap). Now extend that out to something like this and the BIG question is software support. Samsung has a decent history here with high end devices where hardware is not the limitation.... do I trust them enough to spend £2k on this?

    That is the big question for me. The hardware is potentially multiple devices in one. The camera set up is frankly ludicrous and I'll lose track of what I'm doing and what camera has what features (I shake. A lot. I need OIS... for anyone with a memory who remembers I also own guns and shoot on a regular basis? Beta-blockers are the answer you're looking for and why I can't enter competitions). I think it'll probably be decent now but what if this isn't the screen config that takes off? Will software devs support it for years? Will Samsung? Will it have a small take up due to the price making it exclusive? A smartphone works because everyone has one and software works on them all and so it's worth developing for... if you need to make a special effort for this multitasking malarky and the uptake represents <0.1% of the smartphone population, you're just not going to bother. For an app that might reach 100,000 people you might lose 5 customers... tragic. Move along now.

    I don't think the hardware is the issue. The issue is the price makes it exclusive, the form factor is new and so there is little trust that this will be supported properly in software in even two years and so on.

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