Samsung is designing a foldable phone that flips open like the Motorola Razr. Here are the rumors, leaks and specs.

    We know that Samsung is considering a foldable cellphone like this.
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    The Galaxy Fold was one of the memorable telephones of 2019, however that was just the start. Samsung’s is already deep into the plan for its second foldable cellphone, this time a clamshell design that flips open, very similar to rebooted Motorola Razr. What’s extra, Samsung confirmed the design itself in a tease at its annual developer convention this October.We should not take the tease and rumors as proof that Samsung is transferring away from the Galaxy Fold design, whose 7.3-inch display screen bends in half to open like a e-book. This smaller, seemingly cheaper, flip mannequin would easy be a variation that provides Samsung one other solution to hook people who find themselves excited about foldable telephones. After solely three important units in 2019, foldable telephones nonetheless teeter on the sting of futuristic fancy and actuality. Done proper, they might double your usable display screen area whereas nonetheless closing right into a sufficiently small rectangle to hold round. Done poorly, these costly science experiments may affirm that ever-larger telephones are the proper solution to make a cellphone.

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    Samsung’s second try at a foldable cellphone may additionally assist it hammer out issues that befell the Galaxy Fold’s authentic design — pitfalls that broken the display screen and induced Samsung to delay and redesign its cellphone. The Fold offered 4 months after its first meant launch date of April 26, 2019. A extra compact design may additionally assist Samsung attain extra precise patrons by promoting the cellphone for much less.Yes, Samsung’s subsequent foldable cellphone will probably be fascinating and necessary, and we have now questions. What will or not it’s referred to as and what will we find out about its display screen? It can have a radically totally different form from 2019’s Galaxy Fold, however how about the remainder of its design? What can Samsung do to enhance on the unique Fold?Read on for every part we all know and do not know, and what we predict could possibly be.
    Confirmed: Samsung is engaged on a foldable ‘flip’ cellphone that bends verticallySamsung hinted at a vertically folding cellphone, generally known as a flip cellphone or clamshell, because the Galaxy Fold announcement practically a yr in the past. Then the corporate went a step additional. It confirmed off a mock-up of the foldable design in query.The most fascinating half was the shock nature of it. Unlike with its Galaxy Fold, Samsung did not pull out the mockup for the viewers to {photograph}. It did not even point out the machine explicitly. Samsung confirmed off the foldable flipper whereas speaking about its One UI 2 interface (which is out now in beta).The clamshell foldable cellphone most likely is not the Fold 2It’s tempting to name this unnamed cellphone the Fold 2, simply because it’s going to be the subsequent foldable machine to comply with the Fold 1. The Korea Herald stories that there will probably be a Galaxy Fold successor (the Fold 2?) in August.Even with out that rumor, it is clear that Samsung would not need to make a foldable flip cellphone a part of the Fold household, not when the Galaxy Fold represents a luxurious machine with an infinite display screen and this foldable clamshell cellphone can have a a lot narrower show.We haven’t got inklings of these display screen dimensions but, however the Motorola Razr unfolds right into a tall, slim 6.2-inch show, so we are able to use that as a template for now. Remember that display screen dimensions are measured on the diagonal, however they do not inform the entire story. The Razr’s usable display screen area feels so much smaller than the Galaxy Fold, and minute in comparison with the 8-inch Huawei Mate X.During its annual developer convention in October, Samsung mentioned two methods a cellphone may fold.
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    Two cameras on the again and one insideThe Galaxy Fold has a complete of six cameras: two on the outer “cover” show, two on the within for video chats and selfies and three on the again. Samsung’s subsequent foldable may reduce the overall digital camera share in half, following a supposed leak from frequent cellphone leaker Ice Universe (initially from Chinese social media platform Weibo).We see some pixelated photographs with a transparent central hole-punch digital camera on the cellphone’s foldable display screen, and two cameras on the entrance cowl of the cellphone. These would take selfies when the cellphone is closed, and likewise function your predominant digital camera when it is open.

    Will it fold right into a rectangle or a sq.?Not to state the plain, however all squares are technically rectangles. However, there’s a rumor that the foldable Samsung flip cellphone may pack down right into a sq., in accordance with Bloomberg.A decade in the past, sq. flip telephones had been massive. The Motorola Flipout (2010) was a real sq., measuring 2.6 inches tall and extensive. The Samsung Gloss (2009) and LG Lotus Elite (2010) additionally helped propel the pattern.It’d be fascinating to see a sq. cellphone resurgence with foldable screens, however I’d guess that’d be reserved for the least costly units, whereas large-screen foldables retain a lot increased costs and tablet-size shows.Smaller display screen crease may assist repair Galaxy Fold annoyanceBefore all its display screen harm overtook headlines, the largest concern lobbed on the Galaxy Fold was concerning the heart crease the place the cellphone folds in half. Would it wreck the expertise, how unhealthy would it not look, would it not worsen over time?One of the benefits of a vertical fold just like the Motorola Razr is that the half the place the display screen creases is far smaller than on the Fold. There’s simply much less display screen width to bend with this design.

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    Can it keep away from the Galaxy Fold’s deadly display screen flaws?One factor that is not clear within the leaked pictures is what sort of design enhancements Samsung has made to sidestep the Fold’s design flaws.For its second try on the Galaxy Fold (the design that ultimately went on sale), Samsung used plastic end-caps to shrink a spot that might let in mud and particles. It additionally strengthened inside assist for the fragile plastic show, amongst a number of different fixes.We’ll nonetheless must preserve a detailed eye on this unnamed foldable cellphone’s display screen and hinge to see if there are any potential gaps.Feb. 11 or 18 launch date, similar because the Galaxy S11?Samsung’s subsequent flagship cellphone, the Galaxy S11, is rumored to launch both Feb. 11 or Feb. 18, in New York. In 2019, Samsung paired the Galaxy S10 reveal with the Galaxy Fold announcement, saving the foldable cellphone for final.In one sense, the transfer was uncommon as a result of it meant that Samsung needed to overshadow its personal premiere cellphone, which turned immediately mundane the second the Fold appeared on stage.On a sensible stage, the joint unveiling additionally made loads of monetary and logistical sense. It nonetheless does. It’s far simpler to plan one blowout launch occasion than two.There’s likelihood we’ll see the foldable cellphone introduced alongside the Galaxy S11. But if we do not, Samsung has one other alternative days later at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest cell present.The Galaxy S11 is claimed to go on sale Feb. 11 or 18, shortly earlier than a significant cell convention in Spain.
    No headphone jack is probably going, so are Android 10 and One UI 2Samsung formally ditched the headphone jack. The Note 10 telephones did not have them in any respect, and neither does the Galaxy Fold. There is, nonetheless, a USB-C charger port. It’s additionally all-but-guaranteed to work with Android 10 and Samsung’s One UI 2 software program layer that rides on high of the Android OS.Foldable flip cellphone worth: Between $800 and $2,000Industry-watchers agree that foldable clamshell telephones are top-of-the-line methods to make these telephones cheaper, and subsequently extra seemingly for normal individuals to purchase, not simply these with $2,000 laying round.The Korea Herald stories that Samsung’s foldable flipper may price $850, in accordance with its sources. By comparability, the Motorola Razr prices $1,500, and Samsung is not often one to undercut the competitors when it may possibly again up its worth with high quality options and supplies.That mentioned, there may be not less than yet one more suggestion that foldable cellphone costs may come nearer to Earth. In early December, a $350 foldable cellphone referred to as the Escobar Fold 1 was revealed by the brother of Pablo Escobar, the late drug kingpin. We know little or no about that machine, but it surely seems to carefully resemble the Royole FlexPai, the primary foldable cellphone, which we noticed a yr in the past.

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    What we do not find out about Samsung’s subsequent foldable cellphone What type of hinge it has, and subsequently what sort of air hole if you shut the cellphone shutBattery design and rated battery life — two separate battery cells like within the Fold?If there’s any waterproofingIf it can have 5G globally or solely in some countriesProcessor, reminiscence, digital camera specsThis is just the start of the rumors and leaks for this machine. Keep checking again for extra particulars as they floor. In the meantime, brush up on all of your Galaxy S11 rumors and leaks.Published earlier this week.

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