07 July 2020
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is not going to include any S Pen as reported by a South Korean outlet (via Sammobile). While it remains a speculation, the omission of the S Pen makes sense. This is to keep the endurance of the display of not getting any scratches intact. The next Galaxy Fold is expected to include an Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG), which is less prone to scratches compared to the polyimide material used in the original Galaxy Fold. However, characteristically it can still get some scratches and while one can’t prevent some natural causes to happen, some onboard changes can be done to, at least, keep the potential damages away from the phone’s own accessories. And, this could be the reason why Samsung is not bringing the S Pen support to its next Galaxy Fold.
The stylus can cause durability issues to the folding screen. As pointed out by the outlet, the Galaxy Note 10 that supports S Pen has a screen with a thickness of 0.4mm and the UTG being used on the Galaxy Fold 2 has 0.3mm thickness and this is not durable to gain the S Pen support.
While the reason behind the omission of the S Pen support from Galaxy Fold 2 sounds relevant, there is a possibility that Samsung wants to shed some weight from the foldable phone as well. A report that came in April 2020 claimed the same. No S Pen support will make Galaxy Fold 2 a bit lighter. As pointed out by the publication, this will make the foldable phone 40 grams or about 2.8 ounces lighter than the Galaxy Fold. So, these two reasons will make the S Pen exclusive to Galaxy Note series, well, at least, for now, or till the time Samsung discovers a way of employing the stylus support to its foldables.
The Galaxy Fold 2 is expected to feature a larger screen compared to the one present on the original Galaxy Fold. The phone will retain the side-to-side opening of the Galaxy Fold. The upcoming foldable phone is expected to pack a 120Hz display, 256GB storage variant. Also, it is tipped to be 7.59-inches in size with 2213 x 1689 pixels.
It is expected that Samsung will announce the Galaxy Fold 2 at its rumored online-only event on August 5.