Samsung's working on a Motorola Razr-like foldable phone

Samsung's working on a Motorola Razr-like foldable phone
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 concept renders

The Galaxy Fold is now just weeks away but it seems Samsung is already preparing another foldable smartphone that’ll introduce a totally new design. Its release, however, depends largely on the success of Samsung’s first offering.

Samsung's second foldable could look like a flip phone


According to Bloomberg, the South Korean giant is developing a new foldable with a 6.7-inch display that shrinks into a square when folded inwards like the upcoming Motorola Razr. This will feature a small punch hole for the selfie camera much like the Galaxy Note 10 which will be paired with a dual-camera setup that sits on the outside of the phone. The latter will face the rear when opened and the front when folded shut.

The majority of people currently interested in foldable smartphones are tech fans. Because of this, Samsung is reportedly collaborating with American design Thom Browne on the device to help broaden its appeal and attract consumers that are more interested in fashion and luxury. One person familiar with the matter also suggests Samsung’s next foldable will be more affordable and noticeably thinner than the Galaxy Fold. To help achieve this the company is reportedly testing Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) for the 6.7-inch display although the phone’s reliability is the main priority.

Samsung’s second-generation foldable will reportedly launch in early 2020 if everything goes to plan, perhaps alongside the Galaxy S11 series. The phone’s release is yet to be greenlit, though. That’s because it may depend largely on the success of the Galaxy Fold after its launch later this month.

It’s unclear at this stage what internal hardware Samsung has planned for the phone but Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 865 paired with 5G support seems very likely. This should be paired with Android 10 straight out of the box and Samsung’s One UI 2.0 update which recently leaked. Also, due to the second-generation model’s typical aspect ratio, apps should work perfectly in their native form rather than requiring extensive reworks as is the case with the Galaxy Fold.

When will the original Galaxy Fold be released? What does it offer?


Months after discovering serious design flaws and subsequently delaying the Galaxy Fold’s launch indefinitely, Samsung finally seems to be preparing for device shipments. The South Korean giant recently opened up registrations in a handful of countries including the US but is yet to confirm the exact release date. According to tipster Evan Blass, though, the launch will take place on Friday, September 27

Samsung’s first foldable, for those of you that aren’t aware, features a 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display which supports HDR10+ content and a 2152 x 1536p resolution. This is paired with a compact 4.6-inch, 21:9 Super AMOLED panel that boasts a 1680 x 720p resolution. 

The Galaxy Fold’s premium $1980 price tag is unsurprisingly paired with a long list of premium internal hardware. Specifically, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 coupled with 12GB of RAM and an impressive 512GB of internal storage. But unlike most of Samsung’s other smartphones, microSD expansion isn’t supported. 

In regards to the camera department, the Galaxy Fold is equipped with a total of six cameras. Three of these sit vertically on the rear and are identical to the Galaxy S10’s rear sensor. This means there’s a primary 12-megapixel camera accompanied by a 12-megapixel telephoto snapper that supports 2x zoom and a 16-megapixel one coupled with an ultra-wide-angle lens. All of this is joined by a 10-megapixel selfie snapper and 8-megapixel depth sensor that sit inside the display’s corner notch and another 10-megapixel camera which sits above the exterior display.

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26 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Should have done it already. Book style is huge flop. Cant be phone, cant be tablet.

9. MEeee

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I don't think so. Book style is the way to go. A phone and tablet in one. Note 10+ can fit in my pocket, why would I want to pay $500 more to have it fold in half.

12. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Galaxy fold Folded: 4.6" 21:9 is too small. The area must be almost as small as iphone SE screen Open : almost 12 cm , too big to be hold with one hand. But smaller than ipad mini which is small for tablet already. It does not replace a phone. It does not replace a tablet. It cost more than both together.

17. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

When it's folded, the primary uses are just calls, texts, and checking notifications. Then opened up it gives the users more than enough room to do up to 3 tasks simultaneously which is more than most would need it for. Sure it's not a 9" tablet but it's more than sufficient.

22. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You can't explain tech worthiness to a person who isn't truly technically inclined and are just here to troll. The main and only true issue with the Fold is its price point. There is nothing that suggests a wroth price of $2000. PERIOD. if a folding display is this expensive, then we don't need it.

21. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You're criticizing a device not made for you. It's still bigger than a typical phone screen. And yes the price is certainly ridiculous. It does replace a phone and it does replace a small tablet. You're just not smart enough to see how. Since I have a Samsung phone, then owning a Samsung tablet if pointless. But the Fold gives the benefits of both in a pocket-able form factor. According to you, a mult-device like a scanner/fax/printer which has been converged into a single device, doesn't replace either. Not everyone wants to walk around with a 7: or 10" tablet. The Fold would give you a tablet-like experience. And it does replace the phone because it also is one. You sound as dumb as Tm Cook when he said the Surface sucks as a tablet or a laptop, then they went and shove a keyboard in front of the iPad and now the iPad has mouse support. So I guess the iPad does suck at being a tablet of a laptop because Timmy says this is a better computer?

27. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 687; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

This! Say it again for the people in the cheap seats!

3. Pcworld1976

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

better why these useless don't know how to make fold

6. Tipus

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Why don't you show these useless how to do it? :)))

8. Wazupmrg

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Meanwhile, Apple is still trying to figure out that complicated dual charging pad thingy. Lol

20. FLOGROWN

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Apple don’t waste their time in things that flops like the fold

23. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Yet Apple is working on a folding smartphone. Hmmmm. Apple will simply wait for Samsung or Huawei to work out all the bugs and deal with revision 1 and 2. Once revision 3 comes and its a solid device for the masses, Apple will then make something similar and gain all the benefits of others hard work. And then yet still get it wrong. Look how long it took for their Apple Watch to be decent But when you consider, Apple delayed it for 3 years and Samsung was up to its 3rd revision of the Gear S, which was a solid timepiece overall, it was BS that Apple's very first was not a much better offering.

10. surethom

Posts: 1689; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

External folding is horrible but cheaper & easier to do than internal folding.

24. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That is false. Either way its folding. It doesn't matter either way. Especially when you consider, Huawei's device is more expensive. A bending display is expensive regardless. You can bend them in either direction. Your claim is false!

11. Mike88

Posts: 385; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It’s been 6 years now when this same patent news was published first, then it repeats after every 2-3 months. But the actual fold which came out was a failure. Apple was also rumored to be working on a similar foldable phone then Moro razr and now Samsung. Stop trying to fool people and invent some truly useful things. All the tech people and scientists are busy with politics these days that’s why inventions have stopped coming out.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1895; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is something I'd be interested in. But the price is going to have to come down quite a bit. I don't really like paying more than $600 for a cell phone. I'd maybe pay ~$700, assuming everything works properly (great camera, current gen processor, plenty of RAM). That is probably a couple generations away, but I'm patient.

14. Knownhost

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

I miss the days when phones did not crowd out everything else I normally want to keep in my pocket. This design makes much more sense, to me at least, than the Galaxy Fold.

15. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Foldable phone looks cool but it's not practical, the screen can be scratch easily and prone to burn-in.

18. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The design is to actually fold inwards so the display would be hidden when not in use. I'm not sure why the paired image shows off the outwards fold which would keep the Display exposed to countless issues. Samsung knows better than to take Huawei's approach of the Mate X

26. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Burn-in? Where and when and how? I've never seen screen burn-in on any phone or laptop I have ever owned. This isn't 1980 bruh. You must be living in an alternate reality.

16. Derekjeter

Posts: 1483; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Somebody needs to let these companies know that foldable phones are not the answer to try and increase sales. They just need to lower the price to what they are truly worth. iPhones XR $399 iPhone XS $599 iPhone XS Max $699. Note 10 $699 Note 10 + $799. Anything above that is just greed. There’s nothing innovative that’s worth $1000 or more.

19. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I said this before, and I'll say it again - a clamshell foldable phone doesn't present any practical use when a display as big as the Galaxy Note 10+ can comfortably fit in the pocket. Samsung is in the right direction with the Galaxy Fold since it aims to become a 2-in-1 device. What they just need to do is improve the tech to fit larger screens at least as big as the iPad Mini's and a Galaxy S10e's while being more pocketable. That will be the sweet spot.

29. CEDEOTB

Posts: 413; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Why does it fold outwards. I'd rather have the plastic screen protected

30. AlienKiss

Posts: 152; Member since: May 21, 2019

NO SD CARD SLOT = NO BUY! I don't care if it has 15 cameras or 200GB RAM, no SD card slot = not interested. It's that simple! For such a huge device it should even have 2 slots, not one. Reading this Sammy?

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