Samsung launching its second folding phone - the Galaxy Z Flip - on 11 February, but what of the update to Samsung's first folding phone, the Galaxy Fold?
Rumours have started appearing about an update to the Galaxy Fold - which we think might get called the Galaxy Z Fold or Galaxy Fold 2. It's also been referred to as Project Champ and Winner 2.
Here's what we've heard about the Galaxy Fold 2 so far.
Release date and price
- Rumoured mid-year 2020 launch
- Suggestion of July launch
The Galaxy Fold was originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2019, but the Fold 2 is expected to appear now that the S20 family and Z Flip have been launched, with Q2 being suggested. There's nothing even near concrete here, but we've see a July date suggested by some commentors.
There's currently no telling what the price will be: but with the Galaxy Z Flip coming in at $1380/£1300, the Fold 2 is likely to stick to its premium pricing closer to $2000.
- Comes with S Pen
- Stainless steel frame, ceramic option
We're expecting Samsung to stick to the book-style vertical fold like the original Galaxy Fold. Given the larger design of this phone-cum-tablet, there would perhaps be space to integrate the S Pen, said to be included on this new version.
Rumours from Max Weinbach suggest that there will be a stainless steel and ceramic version, we're assuming that there will be regular aluminium and glass versions too, just to keep the price under control. It's said to come in blue, silver, gold, pink and black colours.
With the suggestion that the awkward notch of the original Galaxy Fold might be replaced with an in-display camera, the design could be cleaner than the current version.
Display and hardware
- Infinity-V 7.7-inch AMOLED display with UTG expected
- 4.6-inch AMOLED Full HD+ external display?
- Snapdragon 865 + 5G?
Early reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might come with an 8-inch display; since then we've seen mention of a 7.7-inch display, both bigger than the original 7.2-inch. The 7.7-inch size has been mentioned several times, along with the Infinity-V name. With 120Hz on the Galaxy S20 series, it makes sense for this display to be 120Hz too.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip, one of the interesting points was that Samsung has used what it's calling Ultra Thin Glass to protect the display. This is still flexible, but should be more resistant to damage than plastic, although it appears that it's still covered with a plastic layer on the top. It makes perfect sense for this to appear on the Galaxy Fold 2.
There's been little talk of the external display, one of the negatives of the original Fold. The suggestion of a 6.4-inch display that fills the exterior will be welcomed, adding to the usability of this phone when it's closed.
On the hardware front there have been no leaks. We'd expect Samsung to use flagship-grade hardware, perhaps Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and keep this as a 5G phone. We'd expect 12GB RAM and 512GB storage as per the 2019 model.
- Same camera load-out as Galaxy S20+
- Under display front camera
The original Galaxy Fold had a lot of cameras, but it's clear that Samsung needs to reduce the front camera notch in the display. There's been the suggestion that Samsung could use an under-display camera on the Fold 2, or failing that, a punch hole camera like the S20 family.
A reliable leaker has suggested that the Fold 2 will have the same rear camera setup as the Galaxy S20+. That would see a 12-megapixel main camera, 64-megapixel 30x zoom camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, along with a DepthVision sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 rumours: What's happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks that have appeared so far.
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.