New Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G details get leaked
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The first generation Galaxy Fold had a few glaring shortcomings, especially due to some rushed design choices, but Samsung is willing to rectify most of the problems with the second iteration this year. SamMobile managed to get exclusive insider info on some of the improved features coming with the Fold 2 , and it looks like a new Flip version is also in the books.
According to SamMobile’s insider info, Samsung intends to lower the price points for the upcoming Fold 2 devices. This will be achieved by providing a basic version with 256 GB of storage, which should have a similar price to the current Galaxy Z Flip, if not even lower. Sure, US$1,380 cannot really be considered affordable, but it is a decent cut over the US$2,000 Galaxy Fold price tag. At this rate, the third gen Fold could be offered for less than US$1,000. Samsung will still provide a more expensive version with 512 GB storage, however.
Some of the improvements coming with the Fold 2 include a larger external screen along with a larger 7.7-inch folding screen that will feature a punch-hole selfie cam instead of the awkward lateral notch. Just like with the Galaxy Z Flip, the Fold 2 will get a flexible glass layer and designers will continue to tweak the hinge system. The rear camera setup is supposed to be similar to the one on the Galaxy S20 models, although it is not clear if the more expensive version Fold 2 will get the S20 Ultra setup. Unconfirmed rumors also suggest the existence of pen support and even a 4G-only version for lower prices.
For the new Flip version, Samsung is planning to add 5G support. Insiders say that this feature was omitted from the original version due to battery life problems and implementation costs. Samsung may have found a sweet spot with the original Flip pricing that led to record sales, so it will be interesting to see if the new 5G version is going to get the same sub-$1,400 price.
Insiders were not too specific about the Flip 5G launch date, most likely scheduled for Q4 2020, yet the Fold 2 is expected to launch in Q3 along with the Note 20.