In Samsung's defense, the Galaxy Fold does pack more components. In addition to the extra screen, bigger battery, wireless charging coil and dual AKG speakers, this device also has a total of six cameras to ensure all three sides -- front and back when folded plus the tablet side when opened -- are covered.
You have a main triple set consisting of a 16MP f/2.2 123-degree ultra-wide shooter, a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with optical stabilization, and a 12MP dual-pixel wide camera also with optical stabilization plus variable aperture -- f/1.5 and f/2.4. Then there's a dual selfie camera set on the tablet screen side: you'll be using the 10MP dual-pixel f/2.2 wide camera, which is assisted by an 8MP f/1.9 RGB depth camera. Sadly, this part eats up some of the screen space at the top right corner, but it's otherwise a near-all-screen tablet. Last but not least, when folded, you still have a 10MP dual-pixel f/2.2 front camera.
As announced at the earlier developer conference, Samsung has been working closely with Google to make sure users get the most out of this new mobile form factor. With App Continuity, this Android 9 device lets you switch between both screens while staying in the same app, as shown on stage using Google Maps and Netflix. Similarly, when an app notification pops up on the front display, simply unfold to launch the app on the larger screen -- though you may have to unlock the device first using the fingerprint reader on the frame.
We also saw a slick demo of Multi-Active Window. The demonstrator had WhatsApp, Chrome and YouTube running side by side (Galaxy Fold will be shipped with YouTube Premium, by the way), and he was able to enlarge one of those apps by simply dragging it into the larger window. It was indeed a good demo, but as always, we shall see how the device fares in real life -- it's all down to app compatibility at the end of the day.
So far, the Galaxy Fold seems to be a well-polished package with good intentions. The specs check out, the screen is apparently durable, the software seems slick, and there's no shortage of cameras no matter which way you hold the device. The only problem here is the price: at almost $2,000, the Galaxy Fold is clearly not for everyone, but you have to give Samsung credit for wholeheartedly pushing the envelope. And of course, the competitors -- which in turn become Samsung Display's potential clients -- are undoubtedly figuring out how to follow suit, which is exactly what this slowing mobile market needs right now.
Kris Holt contributed to this article.