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True Galaxy Fold successor to arrive Q2 with a perfect looking set of upgrades

A true successor to the Galaxy Fold is rumored for a Q2 2020 launch. (Source: Samsung)
A true successor to the Galaxy Fold is rumored for a Q2 2020 launch. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung will indeed launch a follow up device to its controversial Galaxy Fold. Although some are referring to the Galaxy Z Flip as the ‘Galaxy Fold 2’, the device described by XDA’s Max Weinbach will indeed be a proper successor to Samsung’s original foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid.

XDA’s Max Weinbach has gotten word that Samsung will be launching a proper successor to its original Galaxy Fold. The original device has its fans (including this writer) with Samsung confirming that it has sold between 400,000 and 500,000 units (amounting to around US$1 billion in sales) despite famously screwing up its launch. This means (unlike the foldable Galaxy Z Flip expected at Galaxy Unpacked on February 11, which is clamshell smartphone) the proper Galaxy Fold 2 will arrive some time Q2 with a May launch window a possibility.

The rumored upgrades also look like they tick every box in terms of addressing some of the shortcomings of the first-gen model. Chief among these is a larger 8-inch display in tablet mode (up from 7.3-inches) which is covered in the new ultra-thin foldable glass expected to debut on the Galaxy Z Flip. This means that Samsung now also has scope to add an S-Pen to the equation, which is something the original Fold could have benefited from but couldn’t support due to its soft plastic covered display.

Weinbach also expects to see the 108 MP Samsung developed camera sensor expected to debut on the forthcoming Galaxy S20 Ultra, which makes sense as Samsung packed the current model with the very best camera tech it had to offer at the time. Naturally, a Snapdragon 865 is expected to make its way under the hood as is the likelihood that it will ship in a single 5G variant instead of also offering a 4G model as it did last time. With the original Galaxy Fold packing 12 GB of RAM as standard, we can probably expect at least 16 GB of RAM to match what is expected to be fitted to the S20 Ultra as well.

The only key questions that remain at this stage are: whether Samsung will be able to get the Galaxy Fold 2 to shut completely flat; whether it will be able to eliminate the display crease; whether it can manage to reduce the thickness and weight of the original model; and whether it can also increase the size of the secondary front display. Whatever happens, we can expect that Samsung’s newly minted head of its global smartphone division, Roh Tae-moon, will be doing everything possible to avoid the mistakes made by his predecessor, DJ Koh.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-01-25 (Update: 2020-01-26)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.