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Samsung reveals more detailed glimpse of its foldable phone

The company's first foldable smartphone is due to hit the UK on May 3.

Samsung has offered a more detailed glimpse of its forthcoming Galaxy Fold smartphone in action, following a limited preview of the device last week.

The Korean company showed off its first ever foldable phone during the launch of the Galaxy S10, but is yet to allow anyone other than its own executives to hold the new device.

A new four-minute video reveals a clearer picture of how the Galaxy Fold looks, ahead of its UK release on May 3, featuring the hinge and how apps such as Google Maps switch from a large display when the device is unfolded, to a traditional smartphone set-up when closed.

It also demonstrates the handset’s wireless charging capabilities, allowing users to power to other devices by laying it on the Galaxy Fold, as well as Samsung DeX, providing a more desktop-like experience when connected to a display using a USB-C cable.

The Galaxy Fold uses a traditional 4.6in (11.7cm) smartphone screen, with a second, larger display housed inside its body, which opens up to form a 7.3in (18.5cm) AMOLED Infinity Flex display.

Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold in its two different display modes (Samsung/PA)

Many standard smartphone features are included on the device, including a fingerprint scanner, but it also boasts six cameras in total – three on the rear, two on the inside and one on the front of the device.

The battery comes in at 4380mAh – one of the largest available in a smartphone.

UK pricing is yet to be officially announced for the Galaxy Fold, but in the rest of Europe it will cost 2,000 euro (£1,738).

The foldable form is the newest smartphone trend for 2019, with Chinese manufacturer Huawei unveiling its own take on the idea, known as the Mate X, at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) technology show in Barcelona on Sunday.

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