The future of smartphones has landed in Malaysia. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, after bit of a hiccup early in the year, is officially unfolding. Samsung Malaysia has announced that its new futuristic device will be available starting 9 October 2019.
If you can remember, due to the nature of the design, some media who had early access to the device after launch experienced various issues ranging from broken displays, foreign particles getting under the plastic screen, flickering, and even a bulge. The device’s fragility became a major concern and the question of how it would hold up in the longer term.
Samsung had to step in and put the initial 26 April sale date on hold to fix the Galaxy Fold’s fundamental issues.
The company took a couple of months to refine the design and construction; also to rethink the entire customer service including purchasing, unboxing, and post-purchase service.
Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics describes the experience, “From the moment you pick it up, to the moment you close it, Galaxy Fold unlocks a completely new way for you to use your mobile device. It’s designed to have a seamless experience folded or unfolded and optimised for the Android ecosystem.”
Galaxy Fold 2.0
And so, here we are. The Galaxy Fold, rebooted.
So, what is the Galaxy Fold exactly? Is it a phone? A tablet? A phablet? Perhaps it’s beyond categorisation. Samsung calls it “a new kind of device” and a “first-of-its-kind user experience.”
It’s small and “pocketable” when you want it to be. And when you’re ready for a more immersive experience where you can do more, you simply unfold it.
The front is a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Display (1680×720), and when you open the sandwiched slabs, you’ll be greeted by a 7.3-inch QXGA Dynamic AMOLED Display Infinity Flex Display (2152×1536). Yes, that’s quite a mouthful.
Weighing 276g, it isn’t the lightest device out there, but what exactly are you comparing it to?
The device packs a mind-blowing six cameras: 10MP f/2.2 selfie camera on the Cover Display; 10MP f/2.2 selfie camera + 8MP RGB Depth camera on the Main Display; triple-camera on the rear consisting a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 wide-angle camera with OIS, 12MP f/2.4 telephoto with OIS (2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom).
Under the hood, it gets the 7nm Exynos 9820 paired with a whopping 12GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard UFS 3.0 storage.
It gets a large 4,380mAh battery and of course supports fast-charging via USB-C and wireless fast charging.
The impressive hardware is one thing, but with the new form factor and new display, Samsung had to up to ante in terms of software. It has worked with major app developers including Google, Microsoft, and even game developers like Gameloft to take advantage of the new displays.
For more detailed specs, read the announcement post.
Pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at MYR8,388 and is available in Cosmos Black and Space Silver. This is slightly pricier than when it was first announced in February (~MYR8,051), possibly due to a more favourable exchange rate then.
How to pre-order
Time needed: 2 minutes.
Follow these steps:
- Pick your preferred participating Samsung outlet
- Walk-in to participating outlet to pre-order
- Place a MYR800 deposit
- Collect your device between 16-31 October 2019
Here’s the list of participating outlets.
The pre-order campaign runs from Wednesday, 9 October (10:00AM to 10:00PM). First come first served basis, and each customer is entitled to pre-order one unit Galaxy Fold only.
With each pre-order, you’ll enjoy Samsung Galaxy Fold Premier Service which includes a 24/7 Premium Careline, free on-site pick-up and delivery for Service Support within 12 months of purchase.
You’ll also enjoy Priority/Express Lane at Service Centre and one screen protection (1-time inner screen crack replacement within 12 months of purchase)
Visit the official Samsung Galaxy Fold Pre-order page for full details.
For official Galaxy Fold specs, visit this page.
Photos by SoyaCincau.