Another festive treat: Samsung Galaxy Fold to be available in India before Diwali
The smartphone will be available for purchase via the pre-booking mode.
After tackling initial hinge design issues, the South Korean giant has ironed out those issues and the hinge mechanism now holds up well.
With any Gen 1 innovation, hardware and software issues do crop up but as the time progresses - and R&D gets refined - it not only becomes a disruptor but also prepares the market for the next big revenue generator - at a time when smartphone users have reached a threshold for new technology and applications.
In its standard form, Galaxy Fold gives you a 4.6-inch screen experience for normal day-to-day task but as you unfold it - the cross-screen functionalities are seamless on a bigger, 7.3-inch form factor as the plastic OLED (P-OLED) display can bend like a book.
"Samsung can surely leverage this as the real innovator of the form factor, since this will be the only device in the market for the next few months," Navkendar Singh, Research Director, IDC India, told IANS.
However, considering that the expected price for Galaxy Fold will be upwards of Rs 1.5 lakh along with novelty of the form factor, Samsung will not be expecting huge volumes out of this, Singh added.
The smartphone-cum-tablet (12GB RAM and 512GB ROM) that offers split-screen multi-tasking, houses six cameras (three for selfies and 3 at the rear), Android 9 with One UI on top and Snapdragon 855 chipset.
According to Gartner, foldable phones will account for 5 per cent of high-end phones by 2023 - nearly 30 million units.