Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold, the company's first foldable smartphone. The device features a groundbreaking hinge system with multiple interlocking gears—you can't even see it from the outside—that lays perfectly flat when opened. The Galaxy Fold is a completely new type of hybrid device unlike anything else out there.

The latest Galaxy Fold news

March 25, 2019 - Galaxy Fold coming to the UK, pre-orders go live April 26

Samsung on Monday announced it has teamed up with EE to bring the Galaxy Fold to the UK this spring. Pre-orders for the much anticipated foldable device will go live on April 26 ahead of its retail launch on May 3.

Samsung's new foldable device promises to introduce users to an entirely new category of smartphone, with a groundbreaking design that can be folded in half. The Galaxy Fold features a breakthrough hinging mechanism, making the device tough and flexible.

Samsung UK and Ireland Vice President, Conor Pierce, voiced his excitement about offering the Galaxy Fold in partnership with EE:

With the Galaxy Fold, we didn't just change the shape of the phone. We pushed the boundaries of innovation to change the shape of tomorrow. We are so proud to have defied convention to pioneer a new category of smartphone, one that adapts effortlessly to today's demands for multi-functional handheld devices. We're a decade on from when we launched the first S Series phone; the aspirational design of the new Galaxy Fold will help define the next ten.

Users can pick up the Galaxy Fold for £1799.

February 24, 2019—Samsung Galaxy Fold showcased in lengthy video

Update: The video has been removed.

Samsung has released a captivating video that showcases the Galaxy Fold in the real world. If you had any doubts that the Galaxy Fold was just a concept and not something Samsung could execute, this video will put any fears to rest.

There's no commentary attached to the video. Instead, Samsung allows the Galaxy Fold's striking design do the talking. Compared to traditional candybar phones currently on the market, the Galaxy Fold truly is unlike anything else out there.

It's so mesmerizing to watch as the phone is unfolded. It all works so seamlessly—at least in the video. You can check it out above.

February 20—Samsung Galaxy Fold launches April 26 for $1,980

When the Galaxy Fold is closed, it features a modest 4.6-inch display (840 x 1960). Open the device up to unveil a 7.3-inch (1536 x 2152) Infinity Flex display—the device is half smartphone and half tablet. This is a new era of the "phablet," and it looks fabulous.

"In order to make a brand new type of smartphone, we had to come up with all new ways to design and manufacture," said Justin Denison, SVP of product marketing, Samsung.

All the big details

While the Galaxy Fold offers a large 7.3-inch display when open, it's worth noting that there's a rather large notch in the top right corner, which might be a problem when watching video. But that might not matter, considering you can do three-app multitasking on this thing.

Samsung said it worked with companies to optimize apps for the device, including Office apps. Samsung also said that Galaxy Fold owners will get access to YouTube Premium for free, which is a nice little offer.

The device supports a feature called "App Continuity," which will allow users to use an app on the front display and continue where they left off when the Fold is opened. In the demoes Samsung shored on stage, the experience look seamless and quick.

On the inside, the device features a state-of-the-art 7nm processor and 12GB of RAM, ensuring optimal performance. The device also sports 512GB of storage, so you'll never run out of space. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fold comes equipped with two batteries on each side of the fold, which required a special engineering process.

Galaxy Fold specs

Category Features
Display Main display: 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3); second display: 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)
Camera 10MP selfie camera, 16MP ultra wide, 12MP wide-angle, 12MP telephoto
Processor 7nm 64-bit Octa-core
Memory 12GB RAM, 512GB of storage
Battery 4,380mAh
OS Android 9.0

Users will unlock the Galaxy Fold through a fingerprint sensor that's located on the side of the device, which means lefties will be forced to hold the Fold a certain way.

The Galaxy Fold also sports six cameras: three sensors on the back, two sensors on the inside, and one final sensor on the front. No matter how you slice it, the Galaxy Fold is a powerhouse, equipped with some incredible specs and ideas, including 5G (there is also an LTE version).

You'll be able to get your hands on the Galaxy Fold when it launches on AT&T and T-Mobile April 26 for $1,980 in Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, and Astro Blue.