Samsung may launch ‘square’ foldable phone in 2020: Report

By Xite - September 4, 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung is reportedly working on an affordable and smaller phone that folds into a square. The phone may use a thin glass instead of a plastic display, and it is said to launch in 2020 along with the ....

Samsung has already announced plans to launch its foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, this month. The phone folds into a compact device with a cover display but looks a lot bulky as compared to the form factor of the devices which are being launched now-a-days. It seems that the South Korean giant has found a way to cater to the needs of people who want a handy foldable device. According to a report in Bloomberg, the company seems to be working on a compact foldable phone and may launch it next year. 

The report says that this new handset will be feature a 6.7-inch display and will bend inwards to give the device a square form factor. It is also said to be thinner than the Galaxy Fold, is likely to sport a hole-punch camera on the inside, and dual-cameras on the outside. Further, it is being reported that this particular handset will be affordable as compared to the Galaxy Fold, which comes with a hefty price tag of $1,980 (approx Rs 1.42 lakh).

Bloomberg also claims that, unlike the Galaxy Fold which uses a flexible plastic display, the second bendable phone from Samsung may sport a thin bendable glass. Rumour mill suggests that this phone may launch alongside the Galaxy S-Series of smartphones.  

For the unaware, reviewers in the US, including Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, CNBC’s Steve Kovach, The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, and popular YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee faced issues with the display of the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone sent for reviews. The company recalled the review devices and launched an investigation into the matter. Soon after, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Fold launch won’t be ‘too late’ but it did not delve out any information about the final launch.

Back in June, the company announced that the issues with the device are now resolved, and it was reported that the company has redesigned the foldable smartphone’s hinge and improved its display. Since July, the news of the Galaxy Fold launched picked up pace and the company announced that it would unveil the phone in September. The Korean media is also reporting that the Samsung Galaxy Fold will hit shelves in the US and China in September. About 20,000 to 30,000 units of the handset are expected to be shipped in South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy Fold specifications:

Initially launched in February, the Samsung Galaxy Fold comes equipped with a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display (in an unfolded state), and a 4.6-inch HD+ display with thick bezels in the folded state. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset in the US and its is likely to run on the Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC. The processor is coupled with 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage. In terms of camera, the phone gets a 12MP + 12MP + 16MP triple cameras on the back and a 10MP + 8MP camera setup on the front. The phone draws power from a 4380mAh battery.

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