After launching the first of its 2019 flagships — the Galaxy S10 series — South Korean tech giant, Samsung, is working hard to make arguably the most anticipated smartphone of the year, the Galaxy Fold, a reality. The foldable display phone has already been shown off by Samsung and has also been confirmed for launch in India by its President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Divisions, DJ Koh.
But even as interest builds up for the upcoming foldable device, the first reported Geekbench listing of the Galaxy Fold has appeared, showing it is as a rather unremarkable device. The listing also gives insight on the core hardware of the device — something that we had little clue about up until now.
As per the Geekbench listing, it is the international variant of the Galaxy Fold that has been spotted as the model number of the benchmarked device is SM-F900F. However, what’s interesting is that unlike most global variants of Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Fold is not powered by a Samsung Exynos SoC, but rather sporting Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855.
The listing further reveals that the chipset will be paired with 12GB of RAM to help the device smoothly handle any and every app users throw at it. However, if the scores of the listing are to be believed, all this top-of-the-line hardware hasn’t helped the upcoming Samsung Fold enough as the device scored quite unimpressively on Geekbench.
As per the report, the Galaxy Fold achieved a single core score of 3418 and a multi core score of 9703. Now, this is quite disappointing as even the most affordable of its flagships this year, the Galaxy S10e has scored more than 4257 and 9837 points in these tests.
Why things could improve
Having said that, it is also important to take into consideration the fact that this benchmark test has been conducted using a Galaxy Fold device with a developer version of the software installed. Since the Galaxy Fold is still a work in progress and its software not the final, users can expect better performance when the phone finally hits the market with a stable build of the software installed.
Galaxy Fold in India
Galaxy Fold, which will be available globally on April 26, comes with the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display that is capable of opening up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display.
The internal screen does not merely bend. It folds smoothly and naturally, like a book. As Galaxy Fold opens and closes, apps will automatically show up where you leave off. The company has already confirmed that the device will “soon” make way to India.
“India is an important market for Samsung and we have brought several innovations first here as promised last year. Galaxy Fold 4G will definitely come to India,” Samsung’s DJ Koh told reporters here on the sidelines of launching the Galaxy 10 in the country.