This year is officially the year in which foldable phones have taken a definite role. During the MWC 2019, for example, we learned a lot of new folding telephone ambitions from companies such as Huawei, TCL and Motorola. And although Samsung was not the first to launch a folding phone for the mass market (that honor will go to the), it is certainly the biggest brand in entering the arena.
That's why when Samsung presented itsDuring an Unpacked event in February, the flexible phone stole most of the attention from the other four that it presented (s, four, including a 5G phone). Although many are intrigued by the Galaxy Fold, not many can buy it , its uncommon design and limited availability. Instead, Samsung's flagship cell phone, the It is probably the Galaxy phone that most people buy.
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Still, we didn't blame you if you were seriously considering both devices. The Galaxy S10 can be reliable and familiar, but the Fold represents something bolder and exciting.
Design: The Galaxy Fold announces a new era
The biggest difference between the two Galaxy phones is their design. While Samsung slightly modified the design of the Galaxy S10 compared to the S9 (more on this later), the Galaxy Fold represents a new form factor.
The Fold, if that is not obvious by name (fold means fold), it has a folding OLED screen. When closed, it has a secondary screen of 4.6 inches that serves as its "cover", with all the usual features that are expected in a telephone. When you're ready for something bigger, the Fold opens like a book to expose a 7.3-inch tablet.
To achieve this design without a line visible on the screen, the Fold has what the company calls an "Infinity Flex Display". Essentially it is a screen made of a luxury plastic material that can flex and bend hundreds of times without breaking. With the help of Google’s operating system, applications will also switch smoothly between screen sizes.
The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, adopts a more traditional telephone aspect. Although the design is familiar, it is not exactly boring, it still has an elegant glass cover and the thinner bezels make the screen larger than its predecessor (from 5.6 inches to 6.1 inches). It also comes in a variety of new colors (although not all of them are available for all markets), including vibrant yellow, pink and iridescent white.
Camera: Multiple cameras everywhere
The Galaxy S10 has a total of four cameras, which for many casual users is more than enough. There are three cameras in the back and one in the front. The rear configuration includes ultra wide angle, wide angle and telephoto lenses, while the front has a 10 megapixel camera.
The Fold, meanwhile, has a total of six cameras. Six sounds like an excess of cameras, but if the idea is that users should be able to take a picture no matter what configuration the phone is in, it makes sense that the Fold has so many.
On the back, the Fold has the same triple camera configuration as the Galaxy S10. The camera on the front is also a 10 megapixel camera. When you open the Fold in its tablet form, you will find there two additional cameras: a camera for selfies and a camera 8 megapixels deep.
This second camera is used for depth detection, which means that using the second lens, not software algorithms, to generate a portrait image with a blurred depth of field effect.
Price: Expensive and very expensive
When Samsung introduced theLast year, many shouted in the sky for its price of US $ 1,000. But then the Galaxy Fold appeared and Samsung revealed that it would cost a whopping $ 1,980 (s, almost $ 2,000).
In a way, it is understood why Fold costs so much. The novel design, two screens, a few times of cameras and a larger battery make costs rise. In fact, now that people spend more time on their phones, such an innovative aspect may be enough for users to justify an expensive update these days. In the end, it's also like I have two products: a phone and a tablet in one.
But the reality for most users is that they cannot pay, or they will be too afraid to use a $ 2,000 phone. For that amount of money, you can go through two generations of Galaxy S phones (if prices remain relatively equal), or finance the next updates of your phone for up to eight years (if you update every two years) with four Moto Z phones of $ 500.
If you want to continue with a Samsung device premium, the Galaxy S10 will be the most "friendly" option of the two. (Although I hesitate to call a phone with an initial price of US $ 900 "affordable." For a cheaper Galaxy S phone, you can consider theof US $ 750).
Since the Galaxy S10 has the same processor and most of the first level specifications as the Fold, it will not become more obsolete than the other. Well, except for the fact of not having a futuristic folding screen, anyway.
Other functions: 5G, memory, battery and fingerprint sensor
- 5G: The next generation of high-speed mobile data is being implemented throughout 2019 and 2020 and many phones will be compatible with 5G. The Galaxy S10 has a different variant known as the Galaxy S10 5G that will run on that network (we still don't know its price). Also, the Galaxy Fold will also have two versions, one that works in 4G and another for 5G.
- Fingerprint sensor: Although it looks untraditional, the fingerprint reader of the Galaxy Fold is in a rather traditional place: the power button on the side. That way, users can access it whether the phone is open or closed. But the Galaxy S10 scanner is integrated into its screen, a fairly new innovation that phones like the , the , the Vivo X20 Plus UD and others.
- Storage: While the Galaxy S10 has two storage options (128GB and 512GB), the Galaxy Fold only has the latter. Nor does it have expandable storage, while the Galaxy S10 can store an additional 512GB. That means that if you buy the S10 and the appropriate SD card, you can hold twice as much storage (more than 1TB!) Than the Fold.
- Battery: Both products have wireless charging and can charge other devices (including phones), but with its larger screen, the Galaxy Fold, as it is logical, has more battery power: 4,380mAh through two batteries compared to the individual battery of the Galaxy S10 3,400mAh. However, we do not expect the S10 to be a weakness: every year, Samsung's flagship cell phone tops our list of devices with the best battery life.
Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy Fold
|6.1 inches AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels||
4.6 inches Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA + Dynamic AMOLED
N / A
|5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in||
N / A
|149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm||
N / A
|5.53 oz; 157 g||
N / A
|Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI||
Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
|16 megapixels (ultra wide angle), 12 megapixels (wide angle), 12 megapixels (telephoto)||
16 megapixels (ultra wide angle), 12 megapixels (wide angle), 12 megapixels (telephoto)
Two cameras of 10 megapixels, 8 megapixels 3D depth
N / A
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 eight-core||
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 eight-core
|Up to 512GB||
|On the screen||
In the power button
N / A
N / A
|Wireless PowerShare; notch on the screen; water resistance (IP68); fast wireless charging 2.0||
Flexible screen; Wireless PowerShare; fast wireless charging 2.0