30 October 2019
As Samsung is currently busy preparing for Galaxy Fold sale after a long delay, a new Bloomberg report has emerged detailing the company next-gen foldable smartphone. The report claims that the second foldable phone from Samsung will continue to be a luxury device but will be cheaper than the currently available model.
The new Samsung foldable phone is said to sport a 6.7-inch inner display which will be accessible when in the unfolded state. It will have an inward folding mechanism like a clamshell phone. It will turn into a square-shaped device when folded which can then be carried around in one's pocket. This suggests that the newer model will be a lot more compact than the Galaxy Fold.
Even when unfolded, the second-gen foldable phone from Samsung will have a traditional shape like modern smartphones. This will allow Android apps to run natively without having to make any special adjustments for an unconventional aspect ratio. It will allow users to make use of almost all the apps in the open state. The team also wants to make the successor slimmer which is the reason Ulta Thin Glass (UTG) is under testing for the inner display. It is expected to measure only 3% of the thickness of the glass that is usually used for smartphones display protections.
In the camera department, the new foldable phone is said to have dual cameras on the outside which will face the back when the device is opened and will face the front when folded. There will be a punch-hole selfie camera at the top of the inner display which will be used for selfies and video calls.
American designer Thom Browne is said to be working on the project with Samsung to help them with the product designing part. The goal of the collaboration is to come up with a design that is appealing to even those buyers who care about the design and style statement more than the technical aspects of a device. This makes sense considering that it will be a luxury device and not all the tech enthusiasts will be able to afford it.
Lastly, it is the performance of Galaxy Fold in the market that can significantly affect the release of Samsung's next-gen foldable phone. The exact nature of the effect is currently unknown but we will not have to wait longer as Galaxy Fold is already up for pre-registration in the United States and China. It should be going on sale anytime soon and we will be hearing about user feedback soon after that. As for the actual release of the new foldable phone, it is expected to happen sometime next year.