In one of the biggest shake-ups to its product line in years, Samsung unveiled a foldable smartphone together with its new flagship Galaxy S10 phones on Wednesday. When folded up, it's got a 4.6-inch screen so that you can quickly do things like respond to messages, play and pause music, and answer calls without unfolding the device.
It also challenges the notion of what a phone can cost, debuting at almost twice the price of current top-of-the-line models from Apple and Samsung itself.
The Galaxy Fold is expected to hit stores on April 26.
Meanwhile Telstra has focused on pioneering the mobile phone market in 5G, last month hinting that it had "exclusive" agreements with unnamed handset manufacturers for the first 5G devices in Australia.
Fans in Singapore who have been wowed by the newly revealed Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones can pre-order the devices from 12pm on Friday (22 February).
S10 5G, the exact launch date for which has not been disclosed, features the largest-ever Galaxy S series screen with 17cm display and 3D depth camera.
As an added bonus, all of these plans come bundled with a bonus pair of wireless Galaxy Buds if you sign up before March 7.
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The Galaxy Fold uses Samsung's new screen technology, the Infinity Flex Display, to allow the phone to be folded and unfolded hundreds of thousands of times without degrading the quality of the screen.
Verizon Communications Inc will be the first carrier to offer service for Samsung's 5G phones.
Testing has indicated the new 5G mobile network would be capable of going at 30 times faster than the National Broadband Network and 60 times faster than current 4G mobile networks.
With the 5G versions of its flagships, the Korean electronics maker looks to have beaten Chinese rivals in the 5G race, although the device will operate only on the small number of networks launching later this year.
Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Chinese startup Royole showed off what it claimed is the first foldable smartphone, which can fit into a pocket but unfold into a full-sized tablet computer, which is available in China and the USA for some $1,300. Consumers who want to hold on to their phones for several years before upgrading may be tempted to buy a 5G phone now so that it will be able to take advantage of those networks later, said Bob O'Donnell of TECHnalysis Research. Two years from now?
The tech giant said the Fold can open up to three active apps simultaneously.
The Galaxy 10 series needs to appeal to consumers who are reluctant to upgrade for only incremental technological improvements in performance. It also falls into the same pricey category as Apple's iPhone X which retails around $1,000.