The FlexPai 2 makes me think the Galaxy Fold 2 will be awesome, here’s why...
What we saw during the FlexPai 2 reveal was a foldable phone that was much more polished than the original. The new hinge leaves no gap when closed, the display itself looks much better and less plastic-y, overall, it looks like something you won’t be embarrassed to pull out of your pocket. The phone brings flagship-grade internals to the table as well: Snapdragon 865, UFS 3.0 storage, LPDDR5 RAM, everything you’d expect.
We already know a Galaxy Fold 2 is in the works. And, obviously, it will be better than the first one. But unlike regular smartphones, where we see relatively minor changes between generations since they’ve been around for a decade, foldables are still in the stage where each new model is a leap forward.
So what can we expect from the Galaxy Fold 2? Well, plenty, here’s the wishlist the FlexPai 2 inspired me to make:
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 features and changes I like to see
Shaving a few tenths of a millimeter from the body would also be welcomed as in folded mode the gains will be doubled.
More durable display
The original Galaxy Fold was delayed because of its fragile display and while that was somewhat acceptable for a first-generation device, Samsung can’t afford to repeat it with the Fold 2. The display on the Galaxy Z Flip is an improvement, but for its next foldable, Samsung should do one better. Hopefully, the all-glass bendable displays that we’ve been promised are ready for prime time when the Fold 2 rolls out.
A rumor popped up a while back that the Galaxy Fold 2 might come with an included S Pen. From a functionality standpoint, that makes total sense. The form factor is perfect for drawing and writing notes with a stylus. However, the tip of the S Pen is tiny and can damage a plastic screen easily, which brings us back to the previous requirement. If these two features come hand in hand with the next Fold, it will make it much more enticing for users.
Better outside display
Samsung needs to do some work on the outside of the Galaxy Fold 2, even if that’s not a priority for that type of device. The “external” display of the Galaxy Fold is so small, it’s barely useful. Besides that, it looks ridiculous floating in the middle of the panel like a window. I get that this display is not the designers’ main concern, but for $2,000 you should be getting a phone without compromises.
Now, some of you would put “Lower price” on the list and I get that, two grand is a lot of money for a phone. But let’s be real. The Galaxy S20 Ultra starts at $1,399 already and it's just a regular flagship with a fancy camera. There’s no way the next Fold will be cheaper than the current one. With the right improvements, however, more people will be compelled to shell out two Gs for the Galaxy Fold 2.