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The foldable is here

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold finally arrives in South Africa this weekend. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK takes another look

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For example, open Google Maps on the front page and it will show your location in a relatively small map area. Fold open, and the same location is displayed with far more of its surroundings in a far bigger map area. Or, see the same location in far greater detail. Open Netflix on the front, start a movie, and then unfold the handset to carry on watching the movie in a somewhat larger format.

The inside screen can be split into three separate app areas, with one large and two small app spaces. This means one can watch a video or play a game in the larger space, chat with a friend via instant messenger in one of the smaller spaces, and write a document in the third space.

This opens the way for the Fold to join the Galaxy Note as both smartphone and productivity tool, and ultimately a replacement for laptop computers.

That is the real promise of the fold: a digital working surface that is also an entertainment and communications device, and that can be slipped into a pocket.

As with app continuity, the three segments “speak” to each other, in that a browser or app in one window can be dragged to another if one wants to see it in a larger or smaller format.

The specs of the device were also a pleasant surprise: 12GB of RAM, which Samsung says makes it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. It has a massive 512GB of storage space onboard, and support for universal flash storage, meaning content can be accessed significantly faster than with regular handsets.

Click here to read about the other innovations that make this device stand out.

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