Galaxy Fold vs. Galaxy S10: How do the new Samsung compare?

Galaxy Fold vs. Galaxy S10: How do the new Samsung compare? Hiner / CNET

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 Royole FlexPai), it is certainly the biggest brand in entering the arena.

That's why when Samsung presented its Galaxy Fold During 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 due to its price, its uncommon design and limited availability. Instead, Samsung's flagship cell phone, the Galaxy S10It 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.

Opening the Galaxy Fold.


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.

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The rear cameras of the Galaxy S10.

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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.