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Alleged Galaxy Fold 2 unit shows up on Weibo, looks like 2019 Motorola Razr

The alleged Fold 2 looks like the 2019 Razr (Image source: @UniverseIce)
The alleged Fold 2 looks like the 2019 Razr (Image source: @UniverseIce)
After the Galaxy Fold’s well-documented problems, Samsung seems to have had a design rethink: this alleged Fold 2 leak sports a completely different foldable design, reminiscent of the 2019 Motorola Razr. Spotted on China’s Weibo microblogging platform, the new Fold is smaller and sleeker.
Arjun Krishna Lal,

Earlier this year, Samsung became the first major smartphone company to release a foldable device, the Galaxy Fold, in the premium segment. There was a significant amount of initial intrigue. However, QA problems with the first batch of the Fold quickly turned the launch into a PR disaster. After months of reworking the Fold design, Samsung finally relaunched the product, albeit to a lukewarm response.

Now, a recent leak on Weibo, spotted by tipster Ice Universe, indicates that Samsung is rethinking the Fold's design. The alleged Galaxy Fold 2 is a much smaller clamshell device, strongly reminiscent of the 2019 Motorola Razr. Again, we have no official confirmation that this is the Galaxy Fold 2 and Samsung hasn't even announced a successor to the Fold.

Still, the device does have a characteristic Samsung Infinity-O cutout and appears to be running One UI. It's worth analyzing what the Korean manufacturer appears to be doing here: For starters, as mentioned, this is a much smaller device than the Galaxy Fold. It is possible that the weight of a large 7-in fold-out display may have contributed to the Fold's reliability issues. A lightweight clamshell design places less strain on the crease.

We also noticed that the device sports a dual-camera setup on the rear and a single front selfie camera. This is a clear step back from the triple-camera setup on the original Fold.

The combination of a smaller foldable screen and a less ambitious camera design may be to cut down on the bill of materials. The Galaxy Fold was expensive to manufacture.This reflected in its $1980 sticker price. A "cheaper" Fold 2 in the $1000 range could go head-to-head with the iPhone and Android flagships, while offering a portable alternative to Galaxy S and Note series buyers. 

The alleged Fold 2 sports dual real cameras (Image Source: @UniverseIce)
The alleged Fold 2 sports dual real cameras (Image Source: @UniverseIce)

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2019-12-19 (Update: 2019-12-19)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.