Details on Samsung’s Next Galaxy Fold Leaks

Samsung’s first-gen Galaxy Fold is expected to launch later this month after the initial, botched launch of the product. The company has, however, already been working on a second-gen of the Galaxy Fold. Bloomberg is today revealing some details on Samsung’s next foldable phone, and it will be a whole lot different than the original Galaxy Fold.

According to the report, the next Galaxy Fold will feature a 6.7-inch display that folds inwards like a classic flip phone. When the device is folded, it turns into a pocketable square. The new device is expected to feature a thinner design and be cheaper than the original Galaxy Fold. Samsung is reportedly testing a new Ultra Thin Glass for the inner display of the next Galaxy Fold which will only be 3% of the thickness of the current glass that’s used to protect the display.

The new 6.7-inch panel means Samsung will also not need Android developers to update their apps to work better with the display’s aspect ratio, as all Android apps should work well in the new aspect ratio without needing to be updated like they need to be on the Galaxy Fold.

The device will feature a hole-punch selfie camera at the top of the inner display, and two cameras on the outside, too.

Samsung is also working with American designer Thom Browne on the new Galaxy Fold. The idea here is that Browne will bring in a luxury, high-fashion design that could appeal more to regular consumers than techies.

Bloomberg says the next-gen Galaxy Fold could arrive early next year, but that all depends on the success of the original Galaxy Fold, which is yet to go on sale.

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  • Lauren Glenn

    03 September, 2019 - 7:30 am

    <p>I still don't get this. It's like a "ooh, that's cool" thing that will get tired after a month or so. I'd rather have an iPad Mini be an actual cell phone (and not a VoIP one). Much like the Samsung S5e or S6 should be as a tablet. With bluetooth headsets prevalent, seems like an 8" tablet would make a nice phone with the headset being a nub in your ear. </p><p><br></p><p>I'd still rather have a larger tablet phone.</p>

    • wright_is

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      03 September, 2019 - 7:39 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#455505">In reply to alissa914:</a></em></blockquote><p>Except that an 8" tablet doesn't fit in my coat pocket, let alone my trouser pocket, when I'm out and about.</p>

    • dontbeevil

      03 September, 2019 - 9:08 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#455505">In reply to alissa914:</a></em></blockquote><p>you'll get that "ooh that's cool" forever thing, when apple will INVENT it … and the thurrot article suddenly will forget to mention that other competitors already are selling the same feature for a while</p>

  • proesterchen

    03 September, 2019 - 1:05 pm

    <p>I cannot see a way forward with a plastic-covered screen on a halo device.</p><p><br></p><p>The tactile experience of such a thing is simply rubbish. (to say nothing of the visual distortions in the folding area)</p><p><br></p><p>Is 3% of a current cover glass enough to remove that roadblock?</p>

  • Detective Polarphant

    03 September, 2019 - 4:58 pm

    <p>I don’t think they are intending to use a flexible screen with this device, since glass wouldn’t make any sense with a flexible screen. It’s more likely a dual screened device, which would be easier and cheaper to manufacture. In addition, the thinner glass would then make sense, since they can get away with it because the device is better protected when it’s not in use and folded.</p><p><br></p><p>I think a smartphone that folds in this way could intrinsically change the way people use their smartphone. Current smartphones are kind of fragile, and when left on a table or desk the large screen beckons the user to pay it attention – it’s a distraction. A folding device would have an implicit and tactile way for the user to end their interaction with it, in the same way that you close a book, magazine or laptop when you have finished using it. Also, since it folds, making it smaller and much better protected and durable, you could just chuck it your pocket and forget about it, rather than having to take it out of your pocket when you sit down, which I’m guessing is what most people do.</p><p><br></p><p>Just my viewpoint, but I figured it was worth commenting.</p>

  • BrianEricFord

    03 September, 2019 - 9:17 pm

    <p>Why on Earth would anyone ever buy the 1st generation Galaxy Fold — after its disastrous botched first attempt at release — but especially now that there appears to be a 2nd generation in the pipeline that (apparently) will, uh, see a release if the 1st gen. sells well?</p><p><br></p><p>Classic Catch 22.</p>


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