By: Nick Gambino
If CES taught us anything this year, it’s that every company involved in mobile tech has their own version of a foldable device in the works. From the small business to the large conglomerate, someone told these guys that what the public really wants is a phone that folds.
If you’re one of the targeted fold-craving consumers, then you’ll be happy to know, as of this Friday you can pre-pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Fold. No, I don’t have a stutter. You’ll be able to pre-pre-order the phone. That means you’ll be able to reserve a spot to pre-order once pre-ordering opens up. Seeing as though the phones will begin shipping on April 26th, you can bet on pre-ordering (not just pre-pre-ordering) becoming available soon.
Thankfully, to reserve an online spot, you won’t have to pony up any money. That should give you more time to knock over a bank or sell a kidney on the black market in order to come up with the $1,980 it’ll cost you to own this new breed of phone.
“Today, Samsung is writing the next chapter in mobile innovation history by changing what’s possible in a smartphone,” DJ Koh, Samsung’s CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, said of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold. “We created Galaxy Fold for those that want to experience what a premium foldable device can do, beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold sports a tablet-sized display (7.3 inches) that can be easily folded in half to resemble a size more on par with a smartphone (4.6 inches). Other than the hinge-folding mechanism, the Fold sports a list of specs that aren’t too much different than your average smartphone – 512GB Universal Flash Storage, Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor, 16 MP camera, etc.
So if a simple fold is worth an additional $1,000 to you, than I highly recommend pre-pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy Fold on Friday.
Personally, I’m interested in the just-unveiled Sharp foldable phone. It’s a smartphone that folds in half to more easily fit in your pocket. In other words, I’m excited about the newest innovation in…flip phones.