by TANKISO KOMANE
WITH a whopping R43.999 price tag, Samsung Galaxy Fold is officially the world’s most expensive smartphone.
And if you thought that the price tag is outrageous enough for South Africa’s conscious consumers, think again! South Africa’s elite lot clearly have no qualms parting with their hard-earned cash, as long as it whets their tech savvy appetite.
Samsung announced at the weekend that the first batch of Galaxy Fold pre-orders is already sold out. The news came just days after Samsung South Africa hosted a “Fold” reveal party at Taboo in Sandton on Thursday.
“Samsung South Africa is currently working on increasing stock levels to keep up with demand. Even after a delayed-release, there is clearly an appetite for this pioneering devic,” the company said.
Officially on sale on Friday (October 18), the Galaxy Fold will cost R10,000 more than the most expensive iPhone, the Pro Max 512GB – which is priced at R32,399 in South Africa.
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Debuting 8 years after Samsung’s first flexible display prototype in 2011, the Galaxy Fold is said to have cost over $130 million in total to develop. Reaffirming its position as the king of smartphone hardware, it offers a powerful new way to multitask. Whether it’s texting, making calls, browsing the internet or streaming video games and watching movies.
- Tablet-like experience
Boasting a 4.6-inch display when folded, users will be greeted with the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display when opens up for a tablet-like experience. Although slightly heavier than your average phone, it’s a dream come true for gamers – thanks to its wide screen which also comes in handy to tablet users looking to put the multi-task functionality to good use.
- Multi-camera functionality
Coming with a total of six cameras, the idea is that no matter how you hold it – folded or unfolded – you should be able to take pictures. In that regard, there are three cameras on the back, one on the front and two inside.
The two cameras inside are equipped with a 10-megapixel selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth camera – when the phone is unfolded. The front also has a 10-megapixel single selfie camera – when the phone is folded.
The three rear cameras uses a 12-megapixel sensor, while the ultra-wide lens has been paired with a 16-megapixel sensor and the telephoto lens uses a 12-megapixel.
The 2GB RAM is powerful enough to handle this massive gadget and run as many as 3 apps at once. While it has no microSD, there’s also no need to worry about running out of storage space as it comes with 512GB of in-buit storage.
Interestingly it comes with a 2 batteries; one on each side of the foldable phone. Depending on the model you choose, the battery comes in two sizes; 4,380mAh for the LTE and 4.235mAh battery for the 5G.