Samsung may have just unveiled the most exciting new phone in years. Or, it may have unveiled a nearly $2,000 disappointment that just so happens to have a flexible display.
We don’t actually know, because the company barely let us see the phone that’s supposed to herald a new era of smartphone design. Samsung kicked off its Unpacked event by cutting to the chase: it officially revealed the Galaxy Fold, a fold-up phone that doubles as a tablet.
It’s an impressive feat of engineering, to be sure. And the brief demos we caught a glimpse of onstage were certainly more impressive than the clunky and dimly lit demo we saw back in November. Samsung execs showed off the phone’s folding and unfolding abilities, and demonstrated a couple apps: Spotify and Google Maps, as well as three-way multitasking.
But that’s pretty much all we saw. As quickly as it came out, the phone was slipped back into Samsung president DJ Koh’s pocket.