Second-gen Samsung Galaxy Fold could already be in the works with massive screen and S Pen

Second-gen Samsung Galaxy Fold could already be in the works with massive screen and S Pen
2019 was never supposed to be the year foldable mobile devices would break into the mainstream, but at the very least, we fully expected to see a couple of them commercially released in limited numbers in a few key global markets by the end of summer. That may not happen with either the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X, but even though the former project is plagued by build quality issues that forced a lengthy delay, also maintaining a general state of uncertainty regarding a revised launch schedule, rumors of an impending sequel are already ramping up.

At first glance, it doesn't make a lot of sense for Samsung to be working on a "second-generation" Galaxy Fold before the first edition is fully "stabilized" and properly rolled out to at least a handful of early adopters. But everyone from smartphone manufacturers to market research firms seems to agree foldable designs are the future of an industry that hasn't been doing particularly well in the last few years. 

Hence, we wouldn't be surprised if Samsung had (general) plans for several Galaxy Fold iterations eyeing commercial availability down the line. Production challenges will undoubtedly be overcome sooner or later, at which point the company needs to be prepared for the next stages of foldable smartphone evolution.

A larger screen, the same fold-in style, and a welcomed upgrade


Now that we've determined it's entirely possible that a Galaxy Fold 2 is already in the pipeline, we have to wonder why there's such conflicting gossip floating around the Korean media. A new report from The Elec (translated) contradicts almost everything ETNews "revealed" just yesterday, begging a pretty obvious question. Which inside sources might be accurate and which ones are making up stuff to get attention?


Of course, there's also a third theory we can think of. What if both devices are actually in the works? We're talking a smaller 6.7-inch model with a somewhat novel foldable implementation (similar to the one rumored for the reborn Motorola Razr) and a jumbo-sized 8-incher rehashing the "fold-in" (or in-folding) method used by the first-gen Galaxy Fold to keep the larger display concealed and rely on an external 4.6-inch panel for one-handed operation.

Unfortunately, we don't know if the Galaxy Fold 2 (that name is never actually mentioned in today's report, by the way) will employ an identical or perhaps larger "cover display" than its forerunner. What we do "know" is that Samsung plans to add S Pen support to the Galaxy Fold's extra-large sequel, which would basically make it a foldable take on the Note 10. We never really understood why the company didn't do that in the first place, otherwise throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Galaxy Fold. Well, better late than never, right?

Could the original Galaxy Fold be discarded?


Speaking of late and never, it's interesting to point out this "Galaxy Fold 2" is currently tipped for a release in December 2019 or the "beginning of next year at the latest." If Samsung were to actually meet that objective (which hardly feels guaranteed), that would leave a rather small window of time for the first-gen to go back on sale and ship around the world.


Given the skepticism surrounding this deeply flawed design, maybe the best course of action would be to simply scrap it and move on to a (hopefully) improved product with a larger main display and S Pen enhancements. At the same time, though, Samsung probably doesn't want to surrender its bragging rights to arch-rival Huawei, so there's still a chance the company will release a small batch of Galaxy Fold units sometime in August or September and then move on to a follow-up effort. 

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22 Comments

1. Mike88

Posts: 384; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Samsung says they'll launch both first and second generation same day and send it to youtubers to find out which generation has more issues

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 17, 2017

Question: why are you Apple fanboys so completely obsessed with everything Samsung does? I suppose it does balance out Techie and sgodsell...

12. LiveFaith

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Sammy is living rent free in some folks minds, me thinks.

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 17, 2017

I guess so...I don’t get it. Do they feel threatened somehow?

14. Mike88

Posts: 384; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

No it's because I was a Samsung user for years,, I had many of their phones but then they started betraying their loyal users.. They couldn't keep up with even a single thing for which we used to buy it over iPhones, iPhones kept getting better and now iPhone is what we always wanted from Samsung and Samsung is just like any other Chinese oem..

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 17, 2017

That was super believable! It still doesn’t answer my question, though. Why do you show up on every Samsung article if you don’t use their products? You sound like Samsung dumped you for a younger, better looking guy.

17. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Why do you follow him around?

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why do you care?

21. Mike88

Posts: 384; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I'm the one who dumped Samsung for a better chick, my sexy iPhone XS, my super pretty apple watch, a beautiful ultimate iPad pro with apple pencil and folio keyboard and a mac pro soon.. I still have their gear s2 classic platinum, a home theater and a qled TV so I haven't completely got rid of Samsung yet

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1263; Member since: May 17, 2017

If you think your phone is sexy, you may have a problem...

2. Rogerlebo

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

With S-Pen? Wow! My money is ready!

8. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Seriously, if they have S-Pen support and a bigger front screen, i'm replacing my unlocked Note 9.

3. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I doubt it would be that early. A yearly cycle for a foldable device would be too expensive in manufacturing and R&D. 2 years for each released device should help it reach more users and drive the price down.

4. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

If it looks like the folding phone in the commercial that makes sense.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

They haven’t fix the issue yet on the first gen and now we have rumors for Fold 2. Or maybe, Samsung just scrapped the Fold 1 because its so ugly and stupid for a big screen with a Notch.

9. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Probably also a $3000 or more price tag lol

10. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

A pen? Like the first one should have had? Is it gonna be ugly too? It is gonna have that ugly @$$ notch? Is it gonna have that ugly inside design? Is it gonna have all those cameras it doesn't need? Does WACOM now have a digitizer that can now bend with the screen and not have blank spots you can't write on?

11. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Remember when they used to release the original before the second?

16. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

No, they shouldn't incl spen, need to differentiate fold and note series

23. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I would say the fold differentiates them, it would make sense to add some utility to that large device

19. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Get rid of the notch, chin and forehead too

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