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    DeZire

    The first Samsung smartphone, transforming into a tablet due to the bending screen, caused a lot of noise. Despite the postponement of the date of the sale of this model, we continue to study the test device. The screen of our sample is safe and sound. We are ready to tell you what it is like to use a 7.3-inch wonder-gadget.

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    Future here and now

    It's one thing to see concepts at trade shows, and quite another to bend and extend the display in half with your own hands every day. Galaxy Fold gives emotions that can not be compared with anything.

    When you move around the city, pay for purchases or look through messages in messengers, you naturally use the external screen of the smartphone when folded. It is convenient for calls and typing messages, photographing and daily operations that need to be done quickly and with one hand. For example, a swipe on the fingerprint sensor opens the Samsung Pay payment system on a mini-display. It remains only to touch the fingerprint scanner integrated into the button again and attach the case in the folded state to the payment terminal.

    If you went to a cafe, you open the gadget like a book and get a huge screen at your disposal. In this form, the novelty completely replaces the tablet - it is convenient to read, edit documents, view PDF or YouTube videos. An aspect ratio of 4.2: 3 is comfortable for work and entertainment. Confused only by the area of the cameras, eating off a part of the display area. However, a couple of days later, you stop paying attention to her. 

    The very same main screen Galaxy Fold pleases not only with flexibility and size, but also quality. This is a great AMOLED-matrix with elegant color reproduction and high contrast. The display has a special protective film on the outside, which some review authors have tried to remove. You can not do this. The manufacturer claims that the screen is designed for 200,000 flexings and extensions. That is about five years of use. Whether he lives so much without breakdowns in reality - time will tell. In our test copy, the display laid out at a right angle, looked at as a whole when viewed. A slight difference in brightness on the "fracture" is noticeable only when looking at the display from the side.

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    The controversial nuance was revealed in the process of fast scrolling pages with text. There is a slight wave effect - it seems that the right half of the screen slightly (in milliseconds) draws a picture. The effect resembles the disabled vertical synchronization in computer games - it looks unusual on the phone but does not interfere with the work and the surfing.

    Bonuses in the box

    The Galaxy inscription turned inside out on the front side of a large box immediately hints that inside is a complicated device with an unusual bundle. Indeed, in the package, in addition to the proprietary fast charger, Type-C cable, adapter Type-C to USB, there is a treasured white case labeled Sound by AKG. Yes, these are the same Samsung wireless headphones for the price of an average budget smartphone. When first turned on, the gadget recognizes the headset in the Smart Things application and gives enhanced control access: sound settings, remote touch controls, charge information, and unusual stereo microphone operation modes.

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    With the included preset "Dynamic" headphones paired with the Galaxy Fold give a surprisingly great sound that is not often found among wireless devices. Good, but not dominant bottoms, nice detailed mid and upper frequencies. Due to the in-channel design, the headset provides excellent sound insulation from external noise, does not fall out and does not press, and also holds a surprisingly long charge — enough for a day and a half of active listening. Headphones are recharged unusually and without wires: just drop them in the case on the surface of the phone case, after turning on the function of reverse wireless charging. They are accompanied by several earpads designed for different size of the ear canal. There was a place in the set for silicone rings on the body. They allow you to adjust the fit of the headphones so that they do not fall out of the ears even while Jogging, and do not press on the ear.

    There is no need to look for a case for such a unique device: Samsung has put both accessories in the kit. Yes, the cover consists of two halves-pads. They can not just put on your smartphone, but also to stick for reliability (inside — adhesive layer).

    Smartphone, tablet and ... computer

    Why equip your phone with 12 GB of lpddr4 RAM, a powerful eight-core processor, and a fast 512-Gigabyte UFS 3.0 drive? Not every laptop has such characteristics. And here it seems to be a mobile phone that not only flies in any Android-applications but even has an excess supply of performance. As you might guess, Samsung doesn't do anything just like that. The gadget will easily replace a desktop PC — and all this without docking stations. Through any Chinese adapter, the smartphone is connected to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. In this case, the device automatically switches to the Samsung DeX mode, simulating the interface of a full desktop OS. Working with it is almost no different from Windows 10. Supported multi-window, there is an analog of the "start" button and even the usual keyboard shortcuts in place. In addition, the display itself in the unfolded state functions as a huge touchpad. So the mouse isn't necessary to connect. Skeptics, of course, say that on Android will not go far: serious programs may not be enough. However, in this case, there is a solution. On Samsung flagships in DeX mode, you can use a full Linux. However, at the time of testing the installer of a special version of Ubuntu for Galaxy Fold has not yet appeared in Google Play.

    As for the basic format of working with a smartphone, then, anyway, the lion's share of time you use the gadget in the unfolded state. Still, with a large display is nicer. In this case, switching between the external small and the main screen is without brakes. You can start the application on the external display, open the device and immediately continue in the full-screen version on the other — without crashes and restarting the SOFTWARE.

    There is no problem with full multitasking. The phone does not unload programs from memory, allowing them to function in the background. Plus supports simultaneous work with four Windows of programs — three fixed and one floating. Conveniently parallel to surf in the browser, write notes and watch YouTube. Heard in the live broadcast useful information — recorded. You look for something in the search engine — copy and paste lines in the window with notes.

    Of course, the gadget is great for viewing photos and videos. The latter is especially nice, because of the sound of the built-in stereo speakers quality.

    Games without any difficulties perceive a non-standard screen. At WoT on maximum settings with the included HD-textures — confident 60 fps, PUBG at maximum speed — 38-45 fps. This is what gaming looks like on the expanded display:

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    Assorted Cameras

    Save on cameras Samsung Galaxy Fold clearly did not. None. And them, for a second, the whole six. In short, the device contains all the achievements of mobile photography. The quality of images improves artificial intelligence, digital and optical stabilization work perfectly, manual mode and RAW format are supported. You get a super wide-angle lens, a standard lens, and a TV set. Shirik allows you to fit into the frame most, conveying a sense of space, the breadth of the landscape. He is able to do it both with the fish-eye effect and with the digital correction of geometric distortions - it is useful when shooting architecture.

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    The main camera gives the usual human eye viewing angle and excellent quality in all lighting conditions. All thanks to the adjustable aperture: f/1.5 for better night shots and f/2.4 for maximum sharpness on day shots.

    The third eye, TV, gives optical approximation without loss of quality and is suitable for reportage and portrait shooting.

    Front-end modules are also not easy — they are of good quality, support portrait modes with background blur.

    In short, the abundance of cameras Samsung Galaxy Fold can literally get lost. But they all shoot perfectly:

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    With video, the situation is the same as with the photo. Everything is supported: 4K, 60 fps, stabilization, switching between three cameras without stopping recording, smooth zooming, HDR-video, alternative codecs and many other options and effects with the ability to combine them.

    Two halves — two batteries

    Each half of the body is equipped with a battery. So it was possible to make both parts of the device with the same weight while providing such a technological gadget with a total energy reserve of 4380 mAh.

    It takes 2 hours 7 minutes to fully charge. As a result, you get a day and a half of Autonomous work with mixed use of the device (8-9 hours of the screen on). And this is with watching YouTube on the big screen, listening to music through wireless headphones, photo, and video, active surfing, and correspondence in messengers. In this regard, the autonomy of the Galaxy Fold is not inferior to other models.

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    With active load, for example, playing PUBG, consumed 18% of battery per hour.

    In computer mode (DeX), when the device is connected to an external monitor, the battery charge lasts for 4.5 hours of watching movies, solving office tasks and surfing the web.

    New Samsung plays video in airplane mode on the expanded display for up to 20 hours.

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    In the scenario with the predominant listening to music the phone in the folded state spends only 3% per hour, and complete headphones — about 5% per hour. In short, there are no problems with work time. Moreover, in the test of autonomy Geekbench smartphone gaining 7580 points — it is significantly more than the Galaxy Note 8 (5000 points) and many other flagships.

    Specifications

    DISPLAY

    7.3 ”, Dynamic AMOLED, 2152x1536, 362 ppi  4.6”, Super AMOLED, 1680x720, 399 ppi

    CHIPSET

    Snapdragon CPU 855  GPU Adreno 640

    RAM MEMORY  AND DRIVE

    12 GB  512 GB

    MAIN CAMERAS

    16 Mp (f / 2.2), 16 Mp (f / 1.5 - f / 2.4), 12 Mp (f / 2.4)

    FRONT-CAMERA

    10 Mp (f / 2.2) + 2 Mp sensor, external 10 Mp (f / 2.2)

    BATTERY

    4380 mAh

    Test results

    ANTUTU

    367 210

    GEEKBENCH 4

    3494 single-core  10 820 multi-core

    WORLD OF TANKS (MAX)

    60 fps

    AUTONOMY

    more than 5 hours of 3D gaming  more than 19 hours of video playback

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    Results

    Samsung Galaxy Fold is really surprising, causing children's delight. Yes, the device is thick in the folded form, and the place of bending of the screen at a certain angle is noticeable. However, this is a truly new device that is already changing the industry. Even a simple job with the online maps on the Galaxy Fold perceived differently. You start to use your smartphone more often for work on the road, reading and thoughtful web surfing. It is hoped that soon the gadgets with such a form factor will be massive, and the technical difficulties and the issue of the high cost of production will be fully resolved.

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