Samsung Electronics Co. was one of the first companies to launch a foldable smartphone. Today the South Korean manufacturer shared its next-generation Galaxy Fold design: a mini-clamshell phone. Interestingly, the device folds in from top and bottom, unlike the original Galaxy Fold which folds from the sides.
The design was showcased in a video at a Samsung event in San Jose. This will help developers get a headstart for new apps and UI for the device. The company didn’t mention any timeline for the launch its next-gen foldable tech. But it is sure that Samsung has not lost hope after the troubled rollout of the first model.
This is not the first time we have heard about the company’s plan to launch such a product. Earlier this year, Bloomberg News reported that Samsung was planning such a design for a new foldable phone and will be formally announced early next year. The handset is told to come with a 6.7-inch inner display and thinner frame and has a cheaper price than the $1,980 Galaxy Fold. The company is in talks with U.S. design firm Thom Browne to increase its luxury appeal.
Like the current model, this new version will run Android and support apps from Google Play Store. It sports a punch-hole camera on the display like the latest smartphones from the company along with two rear-facing cameras. The new clamshell design will also be more durable when dropped. The company showcased some clever usage scenarios like opening the phone at 90 degrees so that the top half is propped up to show video.
Samsung has been developing the new foldable smartphone under the codename Bloom. According to another report, the dual batteries on the next Fold have product codes EB-BF700ABY and EB-BF701ABY. Though there is not much information, the second EB-BF701ABY has a capacity of only 900 mAh. This makes sense now as the two halves of the smartphone will not be similar.
The Galaxy Fold successor is expected to launch in the first half of 2020. This means Samsung can integrate some of the Galaxy S11 features on the foldable phone like improved fingerprint sensor, groundbreaking camera and performance improvement.
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