Samsung's first Galaxy Fold is an extremely cool idea, but not everyone can afford to spend two grand on a smartphone, and that's where a brand new foldable phone idea might come into play.
Earlier this year, at its Developer Conference, Samsung showed a different foldable phone design and today, for the first time, we see leaked real-life pictures of this next-gen device: a clamshell Samsung foldable that looks a lot like the new Moto Razr, and its idea is that when folded it is extremely compact, while when you unfold it, it actually has the size of a regular smartphone.
These first images of the new clmashell Samsung foldable show a prototype allegedly spotted in the wild in China, and it rocks a design with a punch hole camera in the middle (something that Samsung refers to as Infinity-O design), much like the latest traditional Samsung handsets. The screen is a tall one, seemingly with a 21:9 aspect ratio and we can also see the familiar Samsung One UI interface.
The photos also reveal a tiny ticker screen that is active when the phone is folded. It shows the time and will also probably show missed notifications.
We have previously heard rumors about such a Samsung clamshell foldable and sources have speculated that it might be a lot more affordable than the $2,000 Galaxy Fold, so more people can jump on the new foldable form factor. This, however, might also mean that just like the Moto Razr, you will not get the fastest chip and other components on this phone. The Razr for example settles for a Snapdragon 7xx series chip, slower than the top-tier Snapdragon 8xx series.
Samsung's new foldable phone
So when is this new Samsung foldable coming out? Rumors say it might get officially unveiled at the MWC tech conference in late February 2020, while the actual release date might be a bit later on in time.
How do you feel about this clamshell foldable phone design? Do you prefer it over the phone-to-tablet folding idea of the original Galaxy Fold?