Sheikh Hamdan Got A First Look At The Galaxy Fold

By GQ Middle East
17 April 2019
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Image courtesy: Instagram/@faz3
The Crown Prince of Dubai offered his 7.8 million Instagram followers a glimpse of the world’s first bendable smartphone

There can’t be too many more influential social media accounts in the region than that of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. So a reveal of the much awaited Galaxy Fold via the Instagram account of @faz3 – with 7.8 million followers – was ensured to send the Middle East’s techies into all kinds of meltdown.

While Sheikh Hamdan is known to be an early adopter of technology – often sharing his experiences on his social media accounts – the posts marked something of a departure for a man rarely seen as a fan of the South Korean brand. However, through a series of Instagram Stories he showed the world’s first bendable smartphone in action… from open to closed.

@Faz3

What prompted the posts? Well, it’s either the mind-blowing tech on offer or simply a spot of truly inspired marketing by a company known to be well-versed in the powers of the influencer.

Either way, the phone itself is one fit for headlines of its own – at least in novelty value. Opening out into a 7.3in Dynamic AMOLED display – it’s so big you can operate three apps at once – you also have six professional cameras and 512GB of built-in storage. A pack coming with the phone includes the usual suspects, although a cover and set of Galaxy buds – the brand’s answer to Apple’s AirPods – are nice additions.

The question is whether this type of innovation will ultimately be seen as short-lived novelty or genuinely useful. Early reviews elsewhere appear a little mixed, also raising a questions about the thicker size of the phone when folded along with its unusually long frame. 

No matter where your head is on this, deep pockets of one form or another will be required if you have your heart set on the Galaxy Fold – it’s set to retail around the $1,980 mark.