Samsung Galaxy Fold: the phone that thinks it’s a paperback

Will the story of Samsung’s £1,500 foldable device have a happy ending? Mick Sharp reports.


Pity, if you will, the poor mobile-phone designer. Every year your boss comes to you and says he wants you to come up with something "totally different" from what has gone before. If you're honest, you probably can't think of anything that hasn't already been tried, and you start to ponder whether the technology world has reached "peak mobile".

Advertisement - Article continues below

Samsung's boffins' solution to this hi-tech head scratcher is to give the world its very first mobile phone with a foldable screen; I sense for no other reason than no one's done it before. Imaginatively named the Samsung Galaxy Fold, its development was shrouded in mystery and the mobile comms world was abuzz with leaks and rumours about how a foldable screen could work. Available this month, the Fold has a 7.3in screen that bends over itself when you store it away. "The image is very sharp," says Charlie Floyd on, "and is the size of a small tablet or e-reader. Ideal for travellers."


Samsung believes its breakthrough technology will mark "a massive change in the market", says Aaron Brown in T3 magazine. "If you've cracked the foldable screen, you might as well put them in everything." Will a bendable 4K TV be next?Then there's the very thorny issue of price somewherein the region of £1,500.

Jaws dropped in Cupertino in the US last September when Apple unveiled the £1,000-plus iPhone XS Max. Now Samsung is upping the ante even further. Admittedly, you get a high-end processor, 12GB of RAM and a triple-lens 16MP+12MP+12MP camera as well as that relatively large screen. There are plenty of "early adopters", keen to be seen with "the flashiest tech in town", says Aatif Sulleyman on, "and the Galaxy Fold is certainly that". Perhaps the bigger question is whether people will actually

go for the foldable screen, or regard it as a "gimmick". "There hasn't been huge consumer demand for flexible displays," adds Floyd, who feels the latest development has really been "driven by the industry".

Price: £1,500;Size: 7.3in folding dynamic;Amoled screen Memory: 12GB RAM, 512GB storage;Available late April; pre-register at



Alternative investments

Today's art markets are a paradise for bargain hunters

Now is an ideal time for collectors to go shopping at the art auctions. 
29 Nov 2019
Alternative investments

Investing in art: where to find the best value in the art market today

It’s been a record-breaking ten years for the art market – even Old Masters of questionable provenance are selling for hundreds of millions. But where…
15 Nov 2019
Alternative investments

Ancient art sparks controversy

Who has the right to own art treasures that were originally pillaged? Chris Carter reports.
12 Jul 2019
Alternative investments

Marceau Rivière and Desmond Morris: two ace art collectors sell up

Some intriguing art is appearing on the market for the first time, says Chris Carter.
28 Jun 2019

Most Popular

Global Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: James Ferguson on the virus, the lockdown, and what comes next

Merryn talks to MoneyWeek regular James Ferguson of Macrostrategy Partnership about what's happened so far with the virus; whether the lockdown was th…
28 May 2020

As full lockdown ends, what are the risks for investors?

In the UK and elsewhere, people are gradually being let off the leash as the lockdown begins to end. John Stepek looks at what risks remain for invest…
29 May 2020

Can the UK housing market escape a slump?

The Bank of England is predicting a 16% slump in house prices.
29 May 2020