Samsung’s first-generation Galaxy Fold is finally expected to go on sale later this month after months of delay due to flaws in the display. That said, rumours have now started kicking in about the next foldable device that Samsung is planning to launch early next year.
Samsung is working on the second generation Galaxy Fold which will fold into a square form factor reports Bloomberg. The upcoming foldable phone will come with the main display that measures 6.7 inches and will fold inward.
The upcoming foldable phone will be designed in collaboration with American designer Thom Browne. The display on the inside is expected to have a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera and two more cameras will be placed on the outer cover.
The report doesn’t mention any display on the outside but instead suggests two rear-facing cameras which will be positioned on the front-facing half of the phone. This means that the primary camera can only be used when the device is unfolded and upon being folded, the cameras will instead face the user.
This established that Samsung’s next-gen foldable phone could not feature a secondary display on the front and if it does, it will be a smaller panel for showing priority notifications. The report also suggests that the upcoming phone will have a smaller footprint and a clamshell-like design and the phone when folded will resemble a square-shape.
The lack of the second screen and a smaller form factor would mean that Samsung is looking to make its foldable phone more affordable and thus more appealing to a wider user base.
Samsung is also testing an ultra-thin bendable glass for use on the next foldable phone. This panel will be 3 percent the thickness of standard glass screen protectors and the company will make sure the durability of its foldable devices stays intact and avoid a situation that resulted in the failure of the original Galaxy Fold.
Samsung is set to start shipping pre-orders of the Galaxy Fold from September 11, just days after the company is expected to re-announce the device on September 6 at IFA 2019.