With Galaxy Fold still on the lam, Samsung's hard at work on a Fold 2

With Galaxy Fold still on the lam, Samsung is hard at work on the Fold 2
Remember those rumors that the Galaxy Fold successor will be a flip phone with a horizontal instead of a vertical crease? Well, Samsung may be hard at work on the Fold 2 already, hints a report from the Taiwanese supply chain today, citing unnamed industry sources. 

We'd wager to guess that these supply chain sources are none other than Taiwan's hinge makers, as they have apparently expanded capacity to accommodate the expected push into foldable phones from Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Motorola and others that are circling the wagons around the next-generation phone design. 

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Galaxy Fold 2 release date

The Fold 2 will, surprise, surprise, be released in 2020, claims the report and not much else but the screen size is known about its specs. We'd assume that it will be stuffed to the gills with everything the Galaxy S11 will have to offer, and then some, though.

Samsung's 6.7" Galaxy Fold heir will reportedly bend around the horizontal axis, and will reportedly 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, tipped the industry insiders.

The 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, and even when open the 6.7" display is exactly the size of the one on the Galaxy S10 5G. 

That's more like what we imagined a foldable handset would bring to the table. 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.

Samsung is planning to finally launch the Galaxy Fold in the summer, after the spring release fell through, and if it has indeed resolved the teething problems with the handset, we could be witnessing the dawn of a whole new era of cell phones.

As for the Fold 2, Samsung will reportedly start sourcing its respective 6.7" bendy display in November, indicating a mass production and launch timeframe for the first half of 2020. If Samsung is prepping something along the RAZR 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.

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