Samsung has unveiled the final design and name for its cutting-edge Galaxy Fold phone that has a screen that folds in half and costs $1,980.
The new device will be released on 26 April in the US and 3 May in Europe, after nearly a decade in the making.
The Galaxy Fold literally folds in half like a book to use as a phone with a 4.6in screen on the outside, and unfolds to reveal a large 7.3in screen to use as a tablet on the inside.
The Samsung senior vice-president for mobile Justin Denison said:
“With the Galaxy Fold we’re giving you powerful smartphone and a revolutionary tablet.”
Available in 4G and 5G versions, the phone is seen as a crucial product for Samsung as it tries to maintain its position as the biggest smartphone manufacturer against stiff competition from its Chinese rivals.
The Fold has a powerful and smooth hinge with hidden gears, a split battery and a new software system called app continuity that switches between the screen as you open the phone.
It also comes with 12GB of ram and 512GB of storage, making it one of the most powerful smartphones available. It also has six cameras: three on the back, two on the big screen and one on the front screen for selfies when the phone is closed.
DJ Koh, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, said:
“We are pushing past the boundaries of technology to inspire renewed innovation and interest in the smartphone industry.
“To those who say they’ve seen it all, I say, buckle your seatbelt, the future is about to begin.”