Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: new design and form factor seemingly confirmed


Samsung unveiled the original Galaxy Fold in late February and hoped to start shipments in April. Unfortunately, hardware issues related to the new form factor forced Samsung to delay the phone's release until September and spend months fine-tuning its existing design. But as it turns out, the company was also working on an entirely different foldable device the entire time.

It folds vertically and replaces the notch with a punch hole


Following months of leaks and rumors, the South Korean giant has just shown off a completely new foldable smartphone concept at the annual Samsung Developer Conference. The company didn't reveal the phone's name but its design suggests it's probably the long-rumored Motorola Razr competitor that's codenamed 'Bloom' and often referred to as the Galaxy Fold 2.

Samsung itself claims the images shown in the video are "for illustration purposes only." The actual product design is still "subject to change" but it seems unlikely the brand will stray away from the all-new design presented today. Taking this into account, it seems fairly certain at this stage that next year's second-generation Galaxy Fold will use a tall, punch-hole display that folds vertically, much like traditional clamshell phones. 

The dimensions of the OLED display haven't yet been revealed but rumors suggest Samsung is looking into either an 8.1-inch panel or a more compact 6.7-inch screen that'll be paired with new ultra-thin glass which should make the product noticeably more durable than the current-generation Galaxy Fold. Speaking of durability, Samsung's next foldable appears to feature an updated hinge design which can keep the phone securely closed, ensure it stays open when required, and maintain a 90-degree angle so that you can use the top and bottom of the display separately. Samsung demoes the latter in the video above with the camera app.

It's unclear at this stage what sort of rear camera setup the Galaxy Fold 2 will feature but the lack of a camera bump on the phone depicted today suggest Samsung hasn't yet made a decision. What do seem more certain, however, are the internal specifications. After all, the next-gen foldable phone will be positioned as a premium product and, therefore, will probably be powered by Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 865, 12GB of RAM, and at least 256GB of internal storage.

Regarding software, Samsung's expected to ship the product with Android 10 and One UI 2.1 pre-installed. Support for 5G networks is to be expected as standard too, as is compatibility with Samsung's 45W fast charging technology which itself will be combined with two separate batteries. Rumors suggest one of these will feature a 900mAh capacity while the other's size is yet to be determined.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 release date and availability


Unlike the original Galaxy Fold which is sold in only a handful of markets and in limited quantities, the second-generation model is expected to be available worldwide and should benefit from a higher production rate. The release is expected to take place in April, which means the official introduction may happen in February, and the phone is reportedly going to undercut the $1,980 Galaxy Fold by a significant margin.

Samsung itself is betting heavily on the device and is currently looking to sell around six million foldable smartphones next year, the bulk of which will be Galaxy Fold 2 units. The company isn't believed to have plans for a third foldable model at the moment but Samsung's end goal apparently involves merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups into one and introducing foldable smartphones in August rather than Galaxy Note models.

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18 Comments

1. SyCo87

Posts: 325; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Regular clamshell design. I like it.

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yes just exactly like the Motorola razer foldable phone.

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

True but that basically means that 2 in 1 devices (smartphone and tablet) will not come anytime soon. Clamshell is not as useful as a folded tablet in my view. However, a clamshell will be for sure an eye catcher.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ll be passing on the foldable tech for years to come. It just doesn’t grab me at all.

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1157; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This. I'm super impressed by Samsung and their constant effort to innovate, and trying new things. I know it doesn't work all the time but Samsung is the only mainstream OEM (outside Chinese OEMs) that is willing to try new things. That being said, I'm gonna pass on Fold for another couple of generations. I'm looking forward to S11 plus.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, I’m waiting for the Note 11.

9. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

" I know it doesn't work all the time but Samsung is the only mainstream OEM (outside Chinese OEMs) that is willing to try new things." You don't think that all the OEMs are trying all kind of things? I'm sure they are. They just don't think it's worth of release. They come to market when the time is right.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

How subtle...

15. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1157; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Midan : No I don't think they're trying hard enough. Look at Google and Apple. Apple is still sticking with that ugly notch and a three years old design despite sitting on a pile of cash. iPhone charging speeds are nothing to write home about. A13 is the only one amazing thing about iPhone. Everything else is nothing ground breaking. Google on the other hand, just find new ways to screw up Pixel every single year. iPhone and Pixel are still very capable devices however they lack the excitement, especially when you're paying $1000 + for s**ttty 64GB base storage.

12. Krazyass69

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

Either that or you just can't afford it

6. OneLove123

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I'm enjoying my fold.:)

8. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Not Fold 2 but W20 5G ( China/ south Korea exclusive)

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

This style appeals to me more than the fold out tablet size thing.

13. phljcnth

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This new clamshell design is pointless when 6.8-inch phones are already pocketable. Samsung is already in the right direction with the Galaxy Fold and must focus all its effort in making foldable displays more durable, fitting proper screen sizes, and improving the user interface. They should take advantage of their lead before other companies steal the spotlight away from them with a more polished version.

16. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

is long phone or different

17. TadTrickle

Posts: 97; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

"Samsung's end goal apparently involves merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups into one and introducing foldable smartphones in August rather than Galaxy Note models." That's the 2nd time I've read that now

18. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

Not trying to sound mean, but as a power user, the S11+ or Note11+ sound waaaaay better. I'm not interested in the fold because of one thing : NO SD card slot.

20. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

No SD Card slot = No buy

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