Galaxy Fold 2 'Bloom' to be launched in April... and Samsung is torn over the screen size

Galaxy Fold 2 'Bloom' to be launched in April... and Samsung is torn over the screen size
Remember those rumors that the Galaxy Fold successor will be a flip phone with a horizontal instead of a vertical crease? Well, despite the OG Fold hiccup, Samsung is hard at work on the Fold 2 already, and plans to release it according to schedule, tips Korean media today.

The Fold 2 will, surprise, surprise, be launched in 2020, claims the report again, but this time around it cites the exact month of April as the release timeframe, a month after the Galaxy S11 appearance on the shelves in March. Multiple parts industry players are mentioned as sources, and one was even quoted with the not-so-helpful (or maybe it's Google Translate) sentence:


This will be a bit more than six months after the original Galaxy Fold release, but not because Samsung is planning on bi-annual bendable phone model refreshes, just because the OG Fold was later than planned. 

The codename is reportedly "Bloom," signifying plans for general expansion of the foldable phones' market share, as opposed to OG Fold's "Winner" moniker, as it was meant to bring people around the bendy phone camp in the first place.

To 8-inch or not to 8-inch?


Not much else but the screen sizes that Samsung is deliberating over, is known about the Fold 2 specs at this point. We'd assume that it will be stuffed to the gills with everything the Galaxy S11 will have to offer, like Snapdragon 865 chipset with X55 5G modem, as well as periscope camera, and then some, though.

Initial rumors pegged that Samsung's 6.7" Galaxy Fold heir to bend around the horizontal axis, and have just a small 1" screen on the outside for date/time/notification icons. That's quite a clever and eventually cheaper to produce approach than the current Fold concept. With its next foldable phone effort, Samsung is reportedly gunning for portability instead of screen space.

There are forces inside Samsung, however, tips today's report that want a larger screen, arguing (rightfully) that this is the whole point of foldable phones - to give you much more extra canvas to work on when unfurled than regular phones. Given the 6.5" iPhone 11 Pro Max is 6.8" Note 10+ we have now, a 6.7-incher won't have a "wow" factor when announced, no matter the screen aspect ratio used.

The 7.3" Galaxy Fold is more in the tablet realm when unfurled, while its successor is supposed to be a fairly compact clamshell when tucked in your pocket, but some in Samsung now want it to have an 8.1" display when opened. This will be a longer display diagonal than even the OG Fold, so we'll see how Samsung will square that circle.

Galaxy Fold 2 release date


As for the Fold 2, Samsung will reportedly start sourcing its respective bendy display in November, indicating a mass production and launch timeframe for the first half of 2020.The display production is supposed to start next month, so Samsung still has some time left to make the ultimate decision. Despite the issues that plagued the Fold preview units, Samsung is reportedly far from giving up on the category, and is planning to separate its foldable phone efforts in a different class of its smartphone portfolio altogether.

If Samsung is prepping something along the RAZR 2019 vein, we can only commend its efforts, as, let's face it, nobody wants to lug around a pocket Bible of a phone with a visible crease in the middle that costs two grand to begin with. 

We would be pretty hyped to see a Galaxy Fold clamshell and not only for old times' sake but as an actual practical solution to our big-screen phone woes. When asked to comment on the Fold 2 release date, Samsung replied with: "It is difficult to comment on products that have not been released yet." Oh, well, just you wait for the leaks.

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17 Comments

2. MsPooks

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

"let's face it, nobody wants to lug around a pocket Bible of a phone with a visible crease in the middle that costs two grand to begin with" You guys must have missed the tech news: the Fold has sold out in e ery market in which it's been offered.

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That really doesn’t say much considering the initial batches were around 1000 to 2000 for a lot of these regions. India, for example, only got 1600 units in its initial batch. So “selling out” doesn’t equate to “selling a lot”.

14. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

But the point is, they’re selling. Meaning there clearly is interest, which is very much the opposite of ‘nobody wants to lug it around’.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don’t think he was being literal when he was saying “nobody”. It’s just used to emphasize a point. However, I don’t think you could suggest that the Fold is this massively marketable device in its current form. There’s a lot of cons that are keeping people away. So I believe the author was trying to suggest that if they produced a form factor like the rumored RAZR device then it would be more acceptable to a broader group of people.

18. outcast411

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

It wasn't created by apple... If it was then it would be the best design they have ever seen. They should change the name of this site to "iPhone-arena". They compare everything to the iPhone cause they have the ecosystem stuck up where the sun doesn't shine...

3. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

External fold, personally no thanks, internal folding much more practical even if we have to wait a few more years for a true fold with no gap.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Please don't make it 8". 5.5-6" would be the right size for the screen, and it will be nice and compact when folded. Would fit nicely in a pocket.

7. Georgio

Posts: 276; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Why would u want a galaxy fold with a 5.5 inch screen? Galaxy fold suppose to be a phone and a tablet ; so u don't have to buy both ( phone and a tablet) ; just one.

10. Cat97

Posts: 1972; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's not really a question of the display size, it's about being able to fitting the correct battery size, electronics, cameras, etc. It's a false assumption that they could release a small phone if they wanted, it is actually impossible.

5. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Different sizes for different tastes...I'm ok with that.

6. michaelny2001

Posts: 343; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

me too but i would want a little width, just long and thin does not work for me.

12. brasstax

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

That's what she said.

11. mr.joosue

Posts: 65; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

So like take a normal phone and fold it flip phone style? Hm If that's the case then 8" seems too big for a display, then again it folds to be more compact, but it'll presumably be thick. I imagine it like carrying around a little notepad, in terms of size

16. Jparker21417

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

Any device that is on your news feed almost every minute of the day (sometimes by more than one outlet) is doing pretty well, especially when they had defective devices from the get and then continue to sell every handset they make. I am very interested in later versions (after they work out the kinks) , however I want a tablet style for sure, not some clamshell 2005 style.

17. Jparker21417

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

If they make it like 6" and fold like the original, making an almost 12" with a samsung made belt clip for when it's folded I would be all over it. (yes I know I'm a minority demographic)

21. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

THIS is really the most logical og a flip phone design. Fold 1 - no thanks. Fold 2 - possibly. But not if crap specs (small battery, pathetic storage, old chip).

22. FreddieBoy

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Have u seen the projected Sony Expedia Note Flex. Killer, google It & ck out. Thx, FreddieBoy

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