Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-On: Satisfying despite the crease

  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • Samsung is gearing up to launch its long-teased foldable flagship and after months of hype, we're finally getting a chance to actually touch the Galaxy Fold. If you're interested in dropping the cool two grand that Samsung is asking for the Fold come April 26th, you're probably wondering what it looks like and whether it's worth the money. Well, at first glance, I can tell you that it definitely has a crease and seems quite sturdy.

    Read more:

    Subscribe to Engadget on YouTube:

    Engadget's Buyer's Guide:

    Get More Engadget:
    • Like us on Facebook:
    • Follow us on Twitter:
    • Follow us on Instagram:
    • Read more:

    Engadget is the original home for technology news and reviews.
  • Science and Technology Science and Technology

Comments • 359

  • James Armijo
    James Armijo  2 months back

    I do not mind a gap. I like the commentl

    • But We
      But We  6 months back

      No way! Not going near this

      • 3rdman
        3rdman  6 months back

        No headphone jack. No business from me.

        • Alberto aka Turtleman
          Alberto aka Turtleman  6 months back

          damn it now i want one

          • Arch Yeomans
            Arch Yeomans  6 months back

            Is it ready for porn?

            • Keyshawn #IsSnatchedAsf
              Keyshawn #IsSnatchedAsf  6 months back

              The fugliest reviewer out there. You should fire this person, she doesn't sound credible.

              • stephen Kobby
                stephen Kobby  6 months back

                Some people are complaining about the foldable phone meanwhile nothing is perfect in the world so big ups to Samsung Company because it's not easy to do stuff like this

                • Adonis Top of Men
                  Adonis Top of Men  6 months back

                  great phone .......

                  • xi jjinping
                    xi jjinping  6 months back

                    Made in China is the worst

                    • vnq
                      vnq  6 months back

                      $1980 ... lol okay bud

                      • B Moon
                        B Moon  6 months back

                        Apple will come out with foldable phone om 2030.

                        • Justin DeMatteo
                          Justin DeMatteo  6 months back

                          FOLD phones are going to be the new thing! Crazy. This is the future

                          • ImN0tInsane
                            ImN0tInsane  6 months back

                            There's something really satisfying about seeing your app opened in the front facing screen and then enlarged in the full unfolded screen inside.

                            • Dewa Ruci AB
                              Dewa Ruci AB  6 months back

                              Expensive tablet with crease

                              • Tech guy
                                Tech guy  6 months back

                                It looks really cheap with that crease, like a toy tablet.

                                • Ed Towel
                                  Ed Towel  6 months back

                                  I want one so bad but that price!

                                  • Roborav
                                    Roborav  6 months back

                                    The 4'7 display is small and squashed they fucked it up. And also not worth it too expensive. It's just a gimmick phone after a year the crease will be very visible, I mean you can already see it.

                                    • planetzito
                                      planetzito  6 months back

                                      Good thing about Galaxy Fold is that a protective case is in works by companies like Spigen. Since it folds inwards, you can use it open or closed seamlessly. Samsung must of considered this when deciding to make it inward folding. As for Mate X, due to outward folding, there isn't a practical solution for a protective case unless you have to take out of the case each time if you want to use it unfolded as tablet. That sounds quite cumbersome for $2600 investment. Galaxy Fold is the smarter investment for $600 less.

                                      • IMHO
                                        IMHO  6 months back

                                        plastic screen with crease - no, thanks.

                                        • Overbite Games
                                          Overbite Games  6 months back

                                          I'm going to be honest - I own an S9+ and I don't really see a need for my phone nor this one. I'm glad that I can replace a laptop and most non-expensive cameras with my phone but with the screen that small it's clear that the nearly only use-case for this is a tablet. So.. it's a really expensive phablet that can fold to fit into your pocket. If it gets much bigger it'll be hard to type on (or use one handed in general) and multitasking on a phone is, let's face it, only really useful for taking notes or + Video watching (which doing over a data network isn't great currently but maybe data caps will get less painful).. so why not just get (this hurts me) an iPad to go with your phone?

                                          I just gotta be honest. If you're in any way usefully productive with tech you need a keyboard and the equivalent of more than one screen - whether that's multiple screens, ultra-wide, 4k, whatever - and a decently powerful machine powering it. I guess if you're a social media warrior and prefer to be out and about ?

                                          This clearly isn't for me. And for that reason, I'm out. c;

                                          But in all seriousness it's a damn shame that desktops are falling out of favor due to a lack of exposure. Stepping down from a workstation isn't a thing that I can do. You could give me an all-powerful laptop and I'd still just shove it off into a corner, plug in the power cord, and hook up keyboard + Mouse and multiple displays. It's just not terribly ergonomic or very helpful to have a "lap" top. Not for long-term use. And as someone with a partner who fought me tooth and nail when it came to replacing her laptop with a desktop, I'm comfortable in saying that this is definitely a "try it first" scenario. The long term productivity gains easily allow for being productive enough to leave your work behind (or just take a phone) and take real breaks instead of "I'm constantly working but I exist in different spaces" (which, imo, doesn't make sense except for social media workers - whether that means twitter or emailing a client as a support / assistant).

                                          • Martin Ong
                                            Martin Ong  6 months back

                                            Thought she's from CNET? and I am seeing a video from Engadget now? hmmm...

                                            • Anthony
                                              Anthony  6 months back

                                              So when apple finally copies and comes out with their imitation version they will look so stupid saying we have new emojis and new colors and new ridiculous old innovations and the i-sheep will all oooh & ahhh like fools. Galaxy's are #1..

                                              • kevin kevin
                                                kevin kevin  6 months back

                                                Samsung is available for purchase. Mate X is still not production ready due to technical issues.

                                                • kevin kevin
                                                  kevin kevin  6 months back

                                                  Giovanni John-Blackett ....more like user issue. Need to make the screen fool proof.

                                                • Giovanni John-Blackett
                                                  Giovanni John-Blackett  6 months back

                                                  Samsung has technical issues now

                                              • kevin kevin
                                                kevin kevin  6 months back

                                                That’s crease is small compared to mate x which has huge crease.

                                                • tonebonetones
                                                  tonebonetones  6 months back

                                                  I truly despair at the number of so called serious YouTube tech reviewers totally clueless about the engineering reason for the small gap at the hinge. It's actually frightening. We are going to be nations of morons here in the west within a generation.

                                                  • Malik Number 12
                                                    Malik Number 12  6 months back

                                                    Sorry gonna close my wallet for this one

                                                    • CuzitoLGD shhnhh
                                                      CuzitoLGD shhnhh  6 months back

                                                      Obviously in not gonna close entirely there is a display

                                                      • Per Nicolaisen
                                                        Per Nicolaisen  6 months back

                                                        I've watched numerous fold reviews by the 'big' youtube reviewers. This one has the best run through. Well done.

                                                        • Christopher Evans
                                                          Christopher Evans  6 months back

                                                          One half can be the on screen keyboard and other the document screen.

                                                          • Tavares Melton
                                                            Tavares Melton  6 months back

                                                            How do you stand that muthafuka up to watch movies it got a kickstand or wat

                                                            • chicho
                                                              chicho  6 months back

                                                              can someone else review the phone?

                                                              • mrk107
                                                                mrk107  6 months back

                                                                As time goes by it will in-crease in value.

                                                                • Lamar Taylor
                                                                  Lamar Taylor  6 months back

                                                                  Giant crease, giant notch, no headphone jack, no expandable memory, and very limited app support...once Samsung can solve those issues by year 2 then this device will be great. Right now it's a mid range phone and a Galaxy Tab that isn't water resistant and is easy to break.

                                                                  • Roborav
                                                                    Roborav  6 months back

                                                                    Not worth spending money on.

                                                                • Chen Liang
                                                                  Chen Liang  6 months back

                                                                  I use apple and android device, but this .... prove samsung is now the leader in innovation. Its actually not too expensive tho if you consider they are both a phone and tablet at the same time. Well a flagship phone and tablet if you purchase each alone will cost almost the same.

                                                                  • David Big
                                                                    David Big  6 months back

                                                                    Yes, comparing to $200 unfolding Iphone without any innovation

                                                                • Everton C
                                                                  Everton C  6 months back

                                                                  Do yourself a favor and go see Mr. Mobiles video.

                                                                  • Manoj Kale
                                                                    Manoj Kale  6 months back

                                                                    No excitement in tone? Bad reviews

                                                                    • HipHop Viray
                                                                      HipHop Viray  6 months back

                                                                      If Apple made this device all the tech reviewers would be splooging themselves. Let's be real lol

                                                                      • HipHop Viray
                                                                        HipHop Viray  3 months back

                                                                        @Noa Cebalo lol like the butterfly keyboards?

                                                                      • Noa Cebalo
                                                                        Noa Cebalo  3 months back

                                                                        Yeah because it wouldn’t be a piece of garbage

                                                                      • HipHop Viray
                                                                        HipHop Viray  6 months back

                                                                        @aotero u and it would be the year 2025 when Apple would show their brand new foldable tech

                                                                      • aotero u
                                                                        aotero u  6 months back

                                                                        at least it would't stop working after one day I suppose

                                                                    • friedrich nietzsche
                                                                      friedrich nietzsche  6 months back

                                                                      Cellphone is a toxical and radioactiv Device!!! Not for Childrens!!!

                                                                      • friedrich nietzsche
                                                                        friedrich nietzsche  6 months back

                                                                        One Cellphone today, Smartphone is extremely toxicals Material, very danger Device!

                                                                        • friedrich nietzsche
                                                                          friedrich nietzsche  6 months back

                                                                          The PROFIT closed our critical opinion about Cellphones and their toxics Material!!!

                                                                          • friedrich nietzsche
                                                                            friedrich nietzsche  6 months back

                                                                            The Profit and big Money, are the only last Language the World today!!! We don,t tal king with Friends more, ( people with people together ) only with Cellphones! The mo
                                                                            dern Technology killing us, around the World! Nikola Tesla,s Tehnology! No Tesla, no
                                                                            Cellphones, no Satelits, no Tablets, no Electricity, no Wifi, no Drones, nothing!!!

                                                                            • Kotoko !
                                                                              Kotoko !  6 months back

                                                                              2:14 we need better reviewers

                                                                              • friedrich nietzsche
                                                                                friedrich nietzsche  6 months back

                                                                                The Cellphones kills the people too, with Wifi and cancer! 10 Fish today, 7 Fish are full
                                                                                with Plastic, but Microplastic! And We eatn this Microplastic today. Bumerangefect!!!

                                                                                • friedrich nietzsche
                                                                                  friedrich nietzsche  6 months back

                                                                                  Our Cellphones today, Worldwide are nothing more, than toxics Trash!!! Same witch
                                                                                  Company, samne witch Name of Company. The Cellphones are very dangerous, Wifi
                                                                                  Technology - Cancer and toxics Material too. And the Oceans are full with our Trash!

                                                                                  • Bernard P. Spiteri Meilak

                                                                                    Did Samsung provide a reason as to why the front screen is so small? Why couldn't it be a full screen?

                                                                                    • Adam Smith
                                                                                      Adam Smith  6 months back

                                                                                      Is it cool? Yes. Is it $2000 cool? No

                                                                                      • Eman M
                                                                                        Eman M  6 months back

                                                                                        All that hype about the headphone jack only to drop it

                                                                                        • Genya Lyons
                                                                                          Genya Lyons  6 months back

                                                                                          drop it in water. Woops. its died. this phone is not even water proof but that is to be expected

                                                                                      • Kamikaze Hound
                                                                                        Kamikaze Hound  6 months back

                                                                                        Bruh I been waiting for this phone since 2011. I was in 9th grade then now Im Junior in college. I couldnt be any happier about this phone. Cant wait to test designing shirts on here.