Samsung's bendy clamshell to be half the RAZR price, but it won't be the high-end Fold 2


UPDATE: A new leak claims that Samsung's Unpacked event clamshell will sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 10 MP selfie camera in the Premium Hole Infinity Display at the front. The fact that it won't have Snapdragon 865 like the Fold 2 in August pours more water in the midrange specs and cheap price rumor mill for whatever Samsung names its direct Motorola RAZR competitor.



All eyes may be on the Galaxy S11 (S20) series for Samsung's February 11 Unpacked event, but what the company means by tipping "innovative devices that will shape the next decade of mobile experiences," won't be just the S-line phones about to be unveiled then.

It will also be announcing its first clamshell phone with bendable display, the purported Fold 2 that Korean media tips today will be called something else while the real Fold 2 will be arriving in August as a true successor of the OG Fold, together with an eventual Note 11 (Note 20).

The Fold 2 will be with all the bells and whistles that one would expect from a 2020 flagship, but the spring chicken flip phone, whatever it gets named, won't have 5G or things like wireless charging, claim the insiders, to keep costs down.

Samsung's bendy screen clamshell won't be the Fold 2, but it may be the cheapest foldable phone


By how much? Well, just as we heard being claimed in another Korean report not long ago, today's leak tips a price of about $857 in local currency, which is a Benjamin shy of half-the-RAZR-price.

Motorola asks $1500 for its clamshell foldable with mid-range specs and Samsung will be significantly undercutting this, it seems, establishing a spring/fall release pattern for its foldable phones going forward.

Apparently, the spring chickens will be gunning for the mass market and quicker proliferating of the foldable phone concept, while the Fold-branded ones in the second half of the year will be aiming at early adopters of the latest and greatest the mobile industry has to offer going forward.

Besides the lack of 5G, wireless charging, or other modern accouterments, Samsung's spring clamshell won't be using the rumored ultrathin glass cover, but the good ol' polyimide film that the OG Fold uses, but with increased durability, again to keep costs in check . 

It will, however, feature dual rear cameras, and a 6.7" display that folds in half for a one very, very compact to carry phone that will also be the cheapest bendy handset you can buy in the spring. Take that, RAZR and any other Chinese maker that may have been eyeing foldable glory!

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h 3G talk time)
razr (2019)
  • Display 6.2" 876 x 2142 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2510 mAh

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14 Comments

1. KingSam

Posts: 1521; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

That should help a lot. Also learn from Moto hinge that stretches the screen for no seams.

2. LiveFaith

Posts: 518; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Yep, Moto did a good thing with that innovative hinge. Not to mention the appearance of that RAZR is spectacular. Especially compared to the "leaked" Fold 2 design.

3. bbslimer

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I just hope this helps drive down the price of the Razr and hopefully that exclusivity with verizon goes away

4. User123456789

Posts: 1352; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I prefer the mechanism from motorola over this one that body folds itself.

5. jmonteiro829

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Am I crazy or is it funny how people would complain in the past about unlocking your phone taking too long. Now you actually have to physically unfold it to use it. Seems to be going backwards in the convenience arena. The tech is cool but I don't see this phone as something I would consider.

11. bbslimer

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Who even locks their phone? I bet most people don't... This may not be for everyone, but for those older users that remember and loved their Razr... this has strong appeal... I'd love to have a small form factor... sounds like Motorola has a strong demand signal for this too as they are doing an additional production run to meet demand... by the way, lets not forget the RazR from 2011... it didn't fold, but was a great phone none the less... pretty advanced for its day...

6. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

"innovative devices that will shape the next decade of mobile experiences," - this is so NOT true. Juat regurgitated nonsense about what's coming - but it's hardly innovative as most Asian companies have already done whatever it is they try to get the USA market to believe it's "innovation" - meh. It will be more of the same from them the only competition they really have is Apple so there's no incentive for them to really do anything in the US market

7. odachek

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

They should have sell the first Galaxy Fold cheap in order to let consumers try out the new form factor of smartphone. Because Samsung needs to get enough feedback from all consumers instead of just the rich consumers, so that they can produce a better foldable phone in future.

8. joey18

Posts: 693; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

samsung looks more better

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 688; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

in terms of?

15. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Design

12. bbslimer

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Just let the sales numbers speak for themselves... I'm surprised Motorola is having such high demand at the price point. If samsung seriously undercuts that price, in a timely manner, they could steal some of the thunder... I'd just be surprised if samsung can get their product out fast enough to beat the initial wave of early adopters.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 2003; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

$750 would be a good price for that phone. This would definitely put a moto in a bind trying to sell the same thing for 2x the price.

14. bbslimer

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I just seriously doubt Samsung will be at $750... They want to maximize profit... they won't have lower prices to be kind to anyone... If they are smart they will price competitively to Moto... They also need to protect their brand, they don't want to be a budget phone on this leading edge tech.... I would bet we see a US price of $999 to $1299 form them... if not exactly match Motorola... They are in it to make money...

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