Samsung is all set to introduce two foldable phones. At the beginning of 2019, the Korean manufacturer had presented it's first foldable smartphone - the Samsung Galaxy Fold. However, the launch did not go smoothly and the Galaxy Fold smartphones are not available. However, there have been several rumors that Samsung intends to release a foldable phone again despite the setbacks with the Fold. The folding telephone will be released in September this year.
Over time, LetsGoDigital has come across various Samsung patents for a wide variety of foldable phone designs. This time, however, we are reporting on a design that shows a lot of similarities with the already introduced folding phone from Samsung. Hence, the new could be a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.
In total it concerns three patents. Although the foldable telephones at first sight show many similarities, the placement of the hinge in one of the three models are placed horizontally, instead of vertically. When folded, you, therefore, have a short, wide device in your hands.
LetsGoDigital has designed a series of product renders, based on the patent sketches in order to have a better idea of the new folding phones.
Samsung foldable phones: One folds vertically, the other horizontally
The design patents were applied for by Samsung Electronics and were published on 26 August 2019 in the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) database. The three patents were applied on 14 August 2019.
Normally there is a significantly longer time between applying for a patent and the actual publication. One has to wait for several months before it actually materializes but it took only 12 days. However, there are speculations that the speeding up in the process for patents may have taken place at the request of Samsung.
We start with the patent that has the most similarities with Samsung's current folding smartphone (Model B). Seven sketches are included. Just like the Galaxy Fold, this device has a modest front screen, with wide edges on both the top and bottom. On the back, we see a triple camera, exactly like Samsung's current folding phone.
The differences become clear when you open the smartphone. Once expanded you have a large tablet format screen at your disposal. However, the enormous notch of the current Fold has made way for a much more modest notch, which still incorporates two cameras.
This notch is placed either at the top right of the screen as is currently the case or at the top left (Model C). This is also the only difference between these two patents.
The third patent (on which the 3D renders are based) shows a folding phone that has a similar screen when folded out as the other two models. With this device, however, the notch is positioned exactly in the middle. The folding line of this telephone is therefore not placed vertically, but horizontally.
When folded, you have a completely different type of device in your hands. Not an elongated, narrow phone, but a short, wide device - like a PDA was often designed in the past. The front screen of this model has a different format than the other two devices.
This smartphone seems to have just as many cameras as the Fold; sic cameras. The back of this folding telephone shows a triple camera, a dual camera is incorporated in the notch and finally, we see a single camera on the front.
2 the generation fold Samsung phones
Last month an article published in the DigiTimes states that the second generation foldable smartphones from Samsung are currently in development. The smartphone giant would also like to release a model that can be folded horizontally. This device would have a 6.7-inch flexible screen. It is quite possible that this means the model that Samsung has recently patented. This variant would finally fit in well with the current Galaxy Fold portfolio.
However, it is not clear if Samsung in it's second will cast Gen folding phones. IFA 2019 will start next week, hopefully, the new release date of the Galaxy Fold will finally be announced. Chances are that we will then have to wait until the beginning of 2020 before new devices are introduced, these models will probably be exhibited at MWC 2020.
It is obvious that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will also be compatible with the fast 5G network. This is also the case with the Huawei Mate X, Samsung chose the Fold only to provide the device with 4G LTE support. However, the Galaxy S10 5G has since been released and 5G models have also been announced for the recently introduced Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. It is therefore obvious that a 5G model will also be released from the Fold 2. Want to know more about 5G in the Netherlands? View our full 5G smartphone overview.
Samsung Galaxy Fold release
The current Fold has a 4.6-inch HD + screen on the outside. Once unfolded, you have a 7.3-inch flexible screen at your disposal. Shortly before the release, it was decided to postpone the launch. This happened after several review copies showed defects. In the meantime, Samsung has made various adjustments, through a press release all improvements of the Samsung Galaxy Fold were explained.
At the same time, it was announced that the updated version will be launched in September this year in a limited edition and in a limited number of countries. Although this was announced more than a month ago, no new details have yet been released.
For example, it is still unknown whether the price has changed and in which countries the device will be released. Initially, the device would also be sold in the Netherlands, in four different colors, for a suggested retail price of € 2,020. Whether it will soon be possible to buy the Galaxy Fold in our country is still unknown.
Huawei has in the meantime announced that the release of the Mate X has been kept on hold. This device was also expected in September, now it has been postponed to "somewhere between September and November 2019".
In addition, a folding phone is expected soon, namely the Motorola RAZR. This Motorola foldable smartphone has also been talked about for a long time, but it looks like the introduction is now really near. Earlier this month, LetsGoDigital reported exclusively that this device is also coming to Europe. The device will be released for € 1500 at the end of this year or early 2020.
Although there has been the talk of an LG foldable phone for a long time, this Korean manufacturer seems to be opting to only release dual-screen phones. Consider the V50 ThinQ, launched earlier this year, which is available with an optional case with an integrated second display.
The successor will probably be announced next week, the V60 ThinQ. This also becomes a dual-screen telephone, which is also equipped with a GamePad. The large screen surface is, of course, perfect for gaming. Although real gamers prefer to wait for the Sony PS5, of which LetsGoDigital was able to unveil the Development Kit last week.
IFA 2019 will start in Berlin on Friday 6 September and will last until Wednesday, September 11, 2019. One day before the exhibition starts, Samsung has scheduled a press conference at 11:00 AM, then the new portfolio of electronics products will be announced, including the new 8K QLED TV line-up. The Galaxy Fold will undoubtedly also be discussed during this exhibition.
View here the patent of the Samsung Fold 2 with a notch on the top right, here the Galaxy Fold 2 with a notch on the top left and finally the Galaxy Fold with a horizontal folding line.