Samsung’s foldable flip phone expected to launch Feb. 11 alongside the Galaxy S11

    We know that Samsung is considering a foldable cellphone like this.
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    Samsung is broadly anticipated to launch a brand new foldable cellphone on Feb. 11 in San Francisco at its official Unpacked occasion. Invitations are out, subtly hinting at a second cellphone it would announce alongside the Galaxy S11. Rumors have lengthy pointed to a flip design that folds right into a sq., a design that Samsung confirmed itself in a tease at its annual developer convention this October. This could be Samsung’s problem to the rebooted Motorola Razr.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 bends in half to open like a guide. This smaller, doubtless cheaper, flip mannequin would merely be a variation that offers Samsung one other approach to hook people who find themselves desirous 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 may double your usable display house 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 correct approach 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 unique design — pitfalls that broken the display 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 shall be fascinating and vital, and we have now questions. What will it’s known as and what will we find out about its display? It may 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 all the pieces we all know and do not know, and what we predict might be.
    Confirmed: Samsung is engaged on a foldable ‘flip’ cellphone that bends verticallySamsung hinted at a vertically folding cellphone, typically 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 observe the Fold 1. The Korea Herald stories that there shall 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 unlimited display and this foldable clamshell cellphone may have a a lot narrower show.We do not have inklings of these display 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 dimensions are measured on the diagonal, however they do not inform the entire story. The Razr’s usable display house feels quite a bit 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 minimize the full 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 pictures with a transparent central hole-punch digital camera on the cellphone’s foldable display, and two cameras on the entrance cowl of the cellphone. These would take selfies when the cellphone is closed, and likewise function your important digital camera when it is open.

    Will it fold right into a rectangle or a sq.?Not to state the apparent, 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 line 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 huge. The Samsung Gloss (2009) and LG Lotus Elite (2010) additionally helped propel the development.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 crease may assist repair Galaxy Fold annoyanceBefore all its display harm overtook headlines, the most important concern lobbed on the Galaxy Fold was in regards to the middle crease the place the cellphone folds in half. Would it destroy the expertise, how unhealthy wouldn’t it look, wouldn’t it worsen over time?One of the benefits of a vertical fold just like the Motorola Razr is that the half the place the display creases is way smaller than on the Fold. There’s simply much less display width to bend with this design.

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    Can it keep away from the Galaxy Fold’s deadly display 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 finally went on sale), Samsung used plastic end-caps to shrink a niche 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 maintain a detailed eye on this unnamed foldable cellphone’s display and hinge to see if there are any potential gaps.Feb. 11 launch date doubtless, identical because the Galaxy S11Samsung has formally introduced its subsequent Unpacked occasion for Feb 11. In addition to unveiling the Galaxy S11, industry-watchers additionally consider Samsung will use its highlight to unveil its second foldable cellphone. 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 grew to become immediately mundane the second the Fold appeared on stage.On a sensible degree, the joint unveiling additionally made a variety of monetary and logistical sense. It’s far simpler to plan one blowout launch occasion than two.It’s attainable that Samsung will go over the fundamentals at Unpacked and save the main points for Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest cellular present.The Galaxy S11 is alleged to go on sale Feb. 11 or 18, shortly earlier than a serious cellular 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 prime of the Android OS.Foldable flip cellphone worth: Between $800 and $2,000Industry-watchers agree that foldable clamshell telephones are among the finest methods to make these telephones cheaper, and due to this fact extra doubtless for normal folks to purchase, not simply these with $2,000 laying round.The Korea Herald stories that Samsung’s foldable flipper may price $850, in line with its sources. By comparability, the Motorola Razr prices $1,500, and Samsung is not normally one to undercut the competitors when it may well again up its worth with high quality options and supplies.That stated, there may be a minimum of yet another suggestion that foldable cellphone costs may come nearer to Earth. In early December, a $350 foldable cellphone known 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 form of hinge it has, and due to this fact what sort of air hole whenever you shut the cellphone shutBattery design and rated battery life — two separate battery cells like within the Fold?If there’s any waterproofingIf it would 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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