Every few years, the sea of black rectangles is parted to make way for an incredible new smartphone design. This year, it’s the entry of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that has cut through, with its incredible new folding design. The new Samsung Galaxy Fold is set to hit stores today. Here’s where you can get your hands on it!
A new benchmark
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in Australia.
Samsung has worked hard on improving the design of the highly anticipated Galaxy Fold and has ended up with a product that is deserving of the term ‘iconic’.
The device starts off as a compact smartphone that fits in one hand, and with the new Infinity Flex Display, unfolds into a game-changing 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED masterpiece. Complete with six pro-grade cameras, you’re guaranteed to get amazing photos from every angle.
The six cameras include a zoom lens for great close-ups; a wide-lens to capture more of your life; an ultra-wide lens for all your rich landscapes and more for selfies! And with loads of power and built-in storage, you can snap till your heart’s content.
The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display extends beyond its bezel with additional reinforcements to protect the device. Compared to its previous iteration, the hinge has been strengthened with new protective caps; additional layers of metal have been added under the Infinity Flex Display to make it stronger, and the space between the hinge and the body of the device has been made smaller.
Prioritising the user journey, Samsung has optimised apps for an ideal foldable user experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will go on sale in select Telstra retail stores from 30 October 2019.
All Telstra-branded stores can order the Galaxy Fold for customers. To get hands-on with the Galaxy Fold, the following stores will be offering demonstrations:
Adelaide; Chadstone; Chermside; Hobart; Melbourne Discovery; Perth Hay St; Queens Plaza; Southland, and Sydney Discovery.
The Galaxy Fold will be available from $2999, which works out to $124.95 a month when you add it to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months, or $83.30 a month when you add it to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan cost.
The Galaxy Fold represents yet another landmark in phone design for Samsung.
Through the launch of Samsung’s first foldable mobile phone, Galaxy Fold, let’s revisit some of our favourite phone design evolvements of years gone by.
Samsung Galaxy Note
As small, black rectangles started to saturate the mobile space back in 2011, Samsung decided to supersize the concept with the company’s very first Galaxy Note, giving rise to the term “phablet”: where a phone and a tablet would be blended together into the one pocketable device.
Compared to phones of today with displays over 6-inches, the Galaxy Note looks positively tiny with its 5.3-inch WXGA display. But at the time, the Note went up against the relatively diminutive iPhone 4S.
The Note also popularised the built-in stylus for the smartphone generation. While PDAs had styluses, the Note made them easier to use than ever and evolved it into the essential S-Pen platform we love on the Galaxy Note10 range all these years later.
Motorola RAZR V3
The Motorola RAZR V3 was the first phone to truly go viral. At its core, it was a simple feature flip phone, but what it represented was more important than what it could do. For millennials, the RAZR V3 was the phone to be seen with, thanks to its striking colours and comparatively thin clamshell design.
It was the phone that Hollywood got around with too, after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences included them in the gift bags for the 77th Academy Awards.
Before phones had app stores and seemingly endless storage, gaming on the go was considered almost impossible. That was, unless you had 2003’s hottest device: the Nokia N-Gage.
Packing a 2.1-inch TFT display and a four-way directional pad, the N-Gage was the first gaming phone fusion. It was able to connect to gaming multiplayer services via the N-Gage Arena platform, and if you and a friend had a device each, you’d be able to game over Bluetooth together.
The N-Gage saw 58 game titles come to the system, including Call of Duty, Civilization II and The Sims, among others.
The HipTop 3 – also known as the Sidekick as it was sold in North America – was an iconic phone for its time. Sold exclusively in Australia by Telstra in 2006 and built by Danger and Sharp, the HipTop 3 featured a trackball for navigating the menus and a screen that flipped 180-degrees, revealing the full raised QWERTY keyboard deck that made it perfect for messaging your mates.
It improved on previous iterations of the HipTop/Sidekick range by packing in a 1.3 megapixel camera (up from the previous mode’s VGA camera), and featured MP3 playback via the cutting-edge MicroSD card slot support. It also featured a web browser and an amazing data plan that allowed users to browse to their heart’s content via Telstra’s 2G network.
The HipTop 3 was so iconic that it got its own designer iteration from the likes of Diane von Furstenberg!