Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Futuristic, but compromised

The Galaxy Fold is not lacking in performance. Like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (and every other flagship Android phone of the year), the Galaxy Fold is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip. It’s also got tons of RAM (12GB) and storage (512GB). No, there’s no microSD card slot for adding more storage.

Geekbench 5 puts the Galaxy Fold’s CPU on par with the Note 10, but still in the rearview mirror of the A13 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

The Galaxy Fold and Android 9 with Samsung’s One UI works fine for regular phone things like web browsing, watching videos, and playing games. I wish it shipped with Android 10, though; the gestures work way better.

But even with so much RAM, I experienced a good number of glitches. Apps like Feedly and Twitter frequently froze and and required a force quit. And many apps just aren’t optimized for the Galaxy Fold’s flexible screen so they end up looking stretched out or buttons are cut off.

The Galaxy Fold’s battery life is also pretty average. Despite having a 4,380 mAh capacity from two batteries, the Galaxy Fold sucks quite a bit of power. Constantly opening and closing the Galaxy Fold drained its battery quickly. I found myself always needing to charge it up before leaving the office around 5:30 p.m. or else it wouldn’t last the hour-long train ride home.

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