(Pocket-lint) - Samsung made the successor to the Galaxy Fold official during its virtual Unpacked event on the 5 August in the form of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G.
The company has left out a number of details regarding the device, but this feature rounds up what we know about the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G so far and the rumours that surround it, helping us fill in some of the gaps.
Release date and price
- Made official 5 August 2020
- Pre-orders start 1 September
- Pre-registration open
The company has yet to reveal pricing and on sale availability, simply opening a pre-registration page on its website instead but it did say pre-orders and more information would be revealed on 1 September.
As for the pricing, guide pricing has been suggested as $1780-1980, looking to make it a little cheaper than the original Fold. There has also been talk of a Z Fold 'e' and Fold Special Edition, priced around $1100, which might present an entry-level offering, although it's been suggested that Samsung is holding this until 2021.
At the end of its Unpacked event, Samsung did say foldables and 5G were the pilars of the company's future so it wouldn't be too surprising to see a cheaper foldable appear.
- Stainless steel frame
- Refined design
- Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black colours
Samsung has stuck to the book-style vertical fold like the original Galaxy Fold but there are plenty of changes with the new device. There was talk of a stainless steel and ceramic version in rumours, but currently, we know the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will come in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black and it appears to have a stainless steel frame.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a punch hole camera in the centre of the external display when folded and another punch hole camera in the centre of the the right side of the internal display. Bezels have been significantly reduced, offering a much more refined design to the original and the hinge has been redesigned too.
There's a reinfornced structure, less of a gap between the display and the hinge when folded and unfolded and the device can stay open at a number of different angles, like the Galaxy Z Flip is also able to do.
In late May 2020, a patent was filed showing Samsung's intent to waterproof a future folding phone, but at the moment, there is no word on whether this refers to the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Display and hardware
- 7.6-inch display with Ultra Thin Glass
- 6.2-inch external display
- Snapdragon 865 Plus?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a 7.6-inch display when unfolded, which is bigger than the original 7.2-inch. Samsung is using Ultra Thin Glass on this display, like the Galaxy Z Flip, though the company has made some further improvements to the display structure.
The external display was one of the negative aspects of the original Fold. The new 6.2-inch display that fills the exterior of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be welcomed, adding to the usability of this phone when it's closed. It's said the exterior display will be 60Hz but Samsung hasn't confirmed refresh rates or resolutions as yet.
Talk of an entry-level Fold 'e' model has hinted at a model with no external display to reduce the price.
On the hardware front, Samsung hasn't given anything away, other than confirming the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a 5G device. We're expecting Samsung to use flagship-grade hardware, perhaps the recently-announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus.
Rumours suggest the Z Fold 2 will start at 256GB storage with 512GB as an option. The battery is said to have a combined capacity of 4365mAh but all Samsung has said is that the battery will get you through "all day".
- Similar camera load-out as Galaxy Note 20 expected
- Punch hole front cameras
The original Galaxy Fold had a lot of cameras, but Samsung needed to reduce the front camera notch in the display and it has done for the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
The company hasn't provided the camera specifications for the new device as yet but we're expecting the same load-out as the Galaxy Note 20. This would be a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, with 30X Zoom and 3x optical zoom.
The punch hole front cameras are expected to be 10-megapixel sensors.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 rumours: What's happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks that have appeared so far.
5 August 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 official
Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Z Fold 2 during its Unpacked event but didn't offer much information regarding the specifications. It has said more information will be revealed on 1 September 2020.
29 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 leaks out: Hole punch, bigger screen revealed
Images of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 have leaked, showing a much more exciting design.
20 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo leak hints at larger external display
Reliable leaker Universe Ice tweeted a blurry photo of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 showing what looks like Samsung's official marketing material for the device. The image shows a larger external display and a copper finish.
You know it pic.twitter.com/rElfAT1LDU— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 20, 2020
20 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be revealed on 5 August
Samsung sent out a tweet from its official Twitter account teasing the reveal of a folding device. The tweet read: "A new look unfolds. 05.08.2020". There was also a video showing a copper ball folding out into a butterfly.
A new look unfolds.— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) July 19, 2020
14 July 2020: Spec leak suggests different camera setup
A report published on ET News, spotted by Sammobile, offers a rundown of some of the specs for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, inlcuding the same triple camera as the Galaxy S20 and a combined battery capacity of 4365mAh.
13 July 2020: Maybe a later launch?
According to an established Samsung leaker the Fold 2 may launch later than the Unpacked event - Max Weinbach says he is "100% sure they won't release it" while saying it's also unlikely they will even talk about it. So maybe we're looking at a September or October launch for the Fold 2.
8 July 2020: Galaxy Unpacked event announced: Is Samsung teasing a copper Note 20?
Samsung confirmed it would hold its next Galaxy Unpacked event on 5 August at 10AM ET. The Galaxy Note 20 series is expected to be revealed, along with the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
6 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 tipped to be the name of Samsung's next folding phone
New information suggests that Samsung will be using the Galazy Z name for all its folding devices.
29 June 2020: Entry-level Galaxy Fold model not expected until 2021
Korean media has reported that Samsung will not be launching the rumoured entry-level Fold model until 2021.
25 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leaks out: Render shows notchless display, hole punch
A reliable leaker shares an image showing what we might expect from the Galaxy Fold 2, with a punch hole display.
21 June 2020: Display specs reinforced by established leaker
Galaxy Fold 2, 7.7”，it is estimated that Bezel is only 3.8mm, Hole 4.8mm.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 21, 2020
11 June 2020: More specs and details for the Fold 2 appear
Korean media discuss the display changes on the Fold 2.
9 June 2020: Samsung expected to use UTG on Fold 2 display
Supply chain sources suggest that Samsung will be using ultra-thin glass on the Galaxy Fold 2, with agreements with Schott and Corning.
8 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked date rumoured
It has been suggested that Samsung's Galaxy Packed Online will take place on 5 August, seeing the launch of the Galaxy Fold 2 and the Galaxy Note 20.
26 May 2020: 'Notification display' and waterproofing
A two-in-one news day, with patents filed for both waterproof design measures in a future folding phone, plus further information about how a notification display could be actioned.
12 May 2020: Rumours suggest a brown colour for the Fold
SamMobile has suggested that the Fold 2 will be available in black and brown colours.
11 May 2020: Rumours of a cheaper Galaxy Fold model continue to circulate
We first heard that Samsung would be selling a Fold Special Edition at $1099 from Ross Young, now Max Weinberg is talking about another $1100 Galaxy Fold, which could be very much the same thing - a way for Samsung to sell older components to clear out stock before the full Fold 2 refresh.
There's a rumor, and keep in mind this is a rumor, Samsung will be releasing a Galaxy Fold e for $1100.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) May 11, 2020
They are also working releasing 3 folds. Two with plastic, one with UTG. Could explain the Winner2 vs Champ codenames.
28 April 2020: New Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leaks suggest new cameras and lower pricing
More leaks have emerged suggesting that the Fold 2 will have superior cameras to its predecessor, as well as a slightly cut-down price.
27 April 2020: Prices are suggested for the new Galaxy Fold
There's a lot of leaks coming from Ross Young on Twitter, including a suggestion of the price.
More Galaxy Fold 2 Leaks:— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) April 27, 2020
Price - Between $1780 and $1980. Since they are looking to boost volumes, we think it will be priced around $100 less than last year at $1880-$1895 despite a bigger/better front and main display, a higher resolution camera, the S-Pen and 5G.
26 March 2020: New renders show what the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could look like
Having seen one set of speculative renders, we now have another set, giving us an idea of what the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might look like.
17 February 2020: Concept images give us an idea of what the Fold 2 might look like
Ben Geskin has drawn up concept images based on rumours giving us a picture of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 - Concept based on leaks— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) February 17, 2020
Main Display: 7.7" QXGA+ 120Hz AMOLED
Cover Display: 6.4" FHD+ Super AMOLED
10MP Selfie Camera (Cover + Front)
12MP Wide + 12MP Ultra Wide + 64MP Telephoto + DepthVision Camera
Snapdragon 865 + 5G pic.twitter.com/u6CwOYJOKf
17 February 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature under-display camera
Korean sources have suggested that Samsung is going to be using under-display camera technology in the forthcoming Galaxy Fold 2, while a reliable Samsung leaker provided a range of potential detials.
Galaxy Fold 2: front cover is infinity V display. Main is either hole punch or under display camera. New form of SPen. S20+ camera setup. Ceramic and stainless steel. Will come in Blue, Silver, Gold, Pink, Black.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) February 17, 2020
5 February 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 codename revealed as Winner 2, confirms direct replacement for Fold
A leak suggests that the next Galaxy Fold is codenamed Winner 2 and that it will be a direct replacement for the Galaxy Fold.
29 January 2020: A couple of display details appear for Galaxy Fold 2
A couple of details drop into a conversation from Ross Young, founder of DisplaySearch, on Twitter.
Ultra-thin glass (UTG) from Schott is their best hope then. First on Galaxy Z Flip. Then on Galaxy Fold 2 which is now known as Project Champ and should come mid-year. It will fold out to 7.7” but will be quite a bit more expensive than the more portable clamshells...— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 29, 2020
27 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature 108MP camera, 5G and S Pen support, launch in Q2
Details about the Fold 2 shared by Max Weinbach on Twitter, giving us some of the first information about the Fold update.
I just got word that Samsung will likely be launching the true Galaxy Fold successor in Q2 of this year.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 24, 2020
If I've conglomerates all the different reports correctly, it should have an 8" display, 108MP camera, ultra thin glass, SPen, Snapdragon 865 and 5G.
6 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could come with 108-megapixel camera
Bloomberg reported a handful of specs for the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Fold - including that it could have a 108-megapixel sensor.
18 October 2019: Samsung has a new plan for the screen for Galaxy Fold 2
Samsung is said to be planning to use ultra thin glass as protection for folding phones.
6 October 2019: Samsung patents reveal folding phone with S Pen
LetsGoDigital uncovered a Samsung patent relating to folding phone and S Pen, suggesting that an updated Galaxy Fold could support the S Pen, a little like a Note replacement.
26 June 2019: Second-gen Samsung foldable to have S Pen and 8-inch display
A report from Korean news site The Elec, suggested that a second-gen Galaxy Fold would add support for the S Pen and have a larger display.