Samsung takes a look back at how the Galaxy Fold was designed

19 November 2019
The company's designers went through over 1,000 prototypes before settling on the final design.

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Everyone is like "OMG Moto RAZR beats this one up" even though

1 - Its not even out so we have no idea what issues that phone has and will come afloat through regular usage.
2 - Its not even the same type of phone. One is a tablet that turns into a regular smartphone, the other is a smartphone that turns into... a hand selfie camera without a dedicated key so you have to shake the whole thing to activate it?

Not to mention the specs are those of a midrange phone. Unless you are really uncomfortable with a 6" smartphone in your pocket and you are rich, paying $1500 for a midrange phone that also brings all the issues other foldable has is nothing but stupid.

Oflife, 19 Nov 2019And yet they totally utterly screwed up with the final resu... moreDo you realize that all the stuff you said are entirely subjective? I will give it to you on one or two but by no means Samsung "utterly screwed up with the final result". You should moderate yourself a bit more when venting your opinion.

The Motorola Razr 2019 has picked up some of the design elements from the Galaxy Fold. The 3 Part Hinge, is almost replica of the Fold, from the outside. Though I think the Razr has done some superb engineering of the curved fold on the inside (which is what I posted, the Fold should have done).

This seems to the only noticeable improvement the Fold can make. That and the calera setup on the inside should be more symmetrical.

  • Note9 User

CptPower, 21 Nov 2019These were prototypes, not units, and where does it say any... moreOkay, I guess what I'm trying to say is to judge each product on it's factual/ actual pros & cons.

Try not to be biased by bigging up your favourite brands, but trash the other brands, it won't change reality, just like chess moves are chess moves no matter whether you like or dislike the Grandmaster playing them.
Try not to hate, carrying hateful feelings is damaging to yourself and nothing is worth that.
Peace ;)

Note9 User, 20 Nov 2019These were prototypes, not units, and where does it say any... moreThese were prototypes, not units, and where does it say anything about throwing anything anyway?
Learn to read & stop posting hate fuelled garbage comments:

"Over 1,000 prototypes were made out of various materials, anything from foam board to fabrics was used. The design team looked at existing foldable objects you use day to day – from books to wallets.".

Man i am sorry but i dont hate because i want but for a certain reason.
These people i mean design team and researchers used everything which CEO of company would or could accept as a good enough.
If they would use brain like MC Gywer the would and should come with something a lot better than preproduct.
Even in chess proffesionals thinking many moves forwards but this wasnt the case so we got what we got.

  • Anonymous

While I applaud Samsung for the thoughtfulness that clearly went into ease of use one-handed while folded and maximizing user experiencing when unfolded, who was the bonehead who thought it was a good idea to have gargantuan bezels on the cover screen and the world's most hideous notch on the big screen? The whole debacle with the screen being easily removed also should never have happened if they had a team consisting of 7-year olds that could have identified such an obvious flaw.

  • Jason

Samsung pretty much single-handedly spearheaded folding R&D around 2010. I remember they were showing off flexible display prototypes to tease us about the foldable phones they were planning on releasing in the distant future.

Almost a decade later, we finally have the Fold. It's not perfect, but it's darn good and feels luxurious, so at least it's the most refined and matured conception of folding we have so far. Gen 2 will probably be more ready for mass market. The first iPhone was also sold in low numbers.

As a consumer I don't have the money to buy a Fold yet, but I'm at least thankful for Samsung for single-handedly carrying the whole foldable innovation forward for the last decade so that other companies can also follow in Samsung's footsteps for us customers.

  • Note9 User

CptPower, 20 Nov 20191000 untis thrown away to release a prebulescent product wh... moreThese were prototypes, not units, and where does it say anything about throwing anything anyway?
Learn to read & stop posting hate fuelled garbage comments:

"Over 1,000 prototypes were made out of various materials, anything from foam board to fabrics was used. The design team looked at existing foldable objects you use day to day – from books to wallets.".

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 20 Nov 2019More RAM then the Motorola, Better CPU, Bigger display wh... moreBoth are really bad, they waste their internal screens... Certinaly not the future (both designs die a horrible death)

1000 untis thrown away to release a prebulescent product which cant satisfy noone at the said price.

  • Anonymous

More RAM then the Motorola,
Better CPU,
Bigger display when opened,
Bigger and useful display when closed,
the hinge may not be to anyones liking but its a very hard component to make unlike the one in the Motorola.

The only thing the Motorola has is Nostalgia nothing else.

  • Anonymous

1000 iterations just to come up with an intrusive notch. maybe they should hire better designers.

  • Ubuntu meego

So that means Samsung design team started working finally....I think they made like a school drawing competition way......just design team draw some shit...they tried n floped....after resigned to better expensive shit

  • Anonymous

....in just a few paragraphs...

  • Karoko

Tonberry, 19 Nov 2019Well, if I could pick one, I'd prefer Samsung Fold rather t... moreExactly what the razr is about. Carry a real smartphone and fold it like a flip phone. Galaxy Fold is a tablet pretending to be a phone.

  • s-pen pusher

Oflife, 19 Nov 2019And yet they totally utterly screwed up with the final resu... morei agree with all of your arguments, especially about curved screens, except for having an s-pen on the galaxy fold. the s-pen uses a separate layer of digitizer on the galaxy note screen, so it would add to the rigidity of the screen if samsung added s-pen support.

Oflife, 19 Nov 2019And yet they totally utterly screwed up with the final resu... moreHere we go again. Expert reviews from the comment section flooding in.

Oflife, 19 Nov 2019And yet they totally utterly screwed up with the final resu... moreWell, if I could pick one, I'd prefer Samsung Fold rather than Motorola Razr, because Razr's screen when unfolded doesn't really have any advantages over many other non-foldable phones, it's still long and narrow.

  • m2k

Their designers are probably kicking themselves in the foot after seeing the Razr hinge design. I expect the next Fold iteration to have the same hinge design. This is an example of why competition is always good and why there's no right or wrong in imitating what works.

  • Anonymous

Samsung can't do it is a experimetal phone is very bad dont buy it
If the phone from start have problems it will have after