(Pocket-lint) - The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip could be succeeded by a second-generation clamshell foldable, and there is hope it will be a major upgrade.

When we reviewed Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip, we did so with plenty of excitement. That model has been subsequently updated with 5G and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, but retains the same physical design - it's just now faster. But there are still shortcomings, like the small external display.

A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2, however, would offer Samsung the chance to right these wrongs. Here's everything we know so far about it.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2: Release date

  • Will likely debut in February 2021
  • Galaxy Z Flip released in February 2020; Z Flip 5G in August 2020

If Samsung maintains its regular release schedule for phones over the next year, then a Galaxy Z Flip 2 would most likely arrive a year after the original, which would be around February 2021 - alongside the Galaxy S30.

We're therefore still a long way off from any sort of reveal, although did announce the Galaxy Z Flip 5G on 22 July 2020.

Design and cameras

  • Two possible versions
  • Might have an expanding cover display

Two EUIPO patents - spotted and re-imagined by LetsGoDigital in crystal-clear renders - appear to reveal two versions of an upcoming Samsung foldable phone with triple cameras, though it's not explicitly stated that the patents are for the Galaxy Z Flip 2.

That said, it's not impossible. There is a third camera shown on the patents, which is likely a telephoto lens. The Galaxy Z Flip features a dual camera made up of a 12-megapixel main and 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, so this would be an enhancement on the original.

One version of the foldable phone has the triple cameras positioned horizontally, similar to the existing Galaxy Z Flip, while the other version has its camera sensors arranged vertically, like Samsung's other smartphones.

The patent showing the phone with vertical cameras seems to have more space for the external display to expand, perhaps allowing the next-generation Z Flip foldable phone to show users more useful information at a glance when closed. For now though, rumours are scarce.

Hardware and specs

  • No details yet

For many, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will meet requirements in terms of battery, camera and power, providing something unique that looks great; but for the gamers, enthusiasts and power users, the Galaxy Z Flip is probably a compromise they might not want to make. 

The 4G LTE-only Galaxy Z Flip features a Snapdragon 855+ processor, a 6.7-inch primary display (with a resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels), a 1.1-inch cover screen (with a resolution of 300 x 112 pixels), a 3300mAh battery capacity, dual 12MP rear-facing cameras, a single 10MP front camera, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage space with no microSD expansion.

The 5G version moves to Snapdragon 865 Plus, but retains the other specs. Any future model would likely move to next-gen hardware, likely Snapdragon 875, although might repurpose some of the hardware used in the Z Flip 5G.

Currently, details are limited about how it might be improved, but there's plenty of time for more rumours to appear.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2: All the leaks and rumours 

Here's everything so far about the next-gen Galaxy Z Flip 2.

22 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip updated with 5G and Snapdragon 865 Plus for blistering speed

Samsung announced a 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, but the overall design is the same as the original Z Flip. Some of the hardware might flow into the next-gen device, however.

20 July 2020: Apparently there will be a new Galaxy Z Flip at Samsung's next launch after all

New information suggests that the new version of the Z Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus.

5 May 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 pictured in renders with vertical cameras, external display

Two patents spotted on EUIPO by LetsGoDigital and then re-imagined in renders, reveal two possible versions of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2.

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21 April 2020: Samsung might launch a 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip foldable

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip foldable alongside the Galaxy S20 series earlier this year. It's available in an LTE model - although a new report indicates Samsung might announce a 5G model of the Galaxy Flip in 2020.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Chris Hall.