Samsung’s clam-shell style Galaxy Fold 2 is just a few months away

Is this the ideal foldable smartphone design?

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Right around the time of the Motorola Razr’s announcement, Samsung gave us an official teaser of its upcoming foldable smartphone. Since then, we have seen countless renders and rumours of the device. And now, the device seems to have been spotted in the wild.

Clam-shell design

Just as expected, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 will come with a tall design and a vertically folding Infinity-O display. Its front selfie camera will reside on the centred punch-hole style cutout like we have seen on the Galaxy Note10 series. However, its bezels seem much bigger than on Samsung’s flagship Note series, presumably to accommodate the flexible display. Something we should note is that the bezels are uniform throughout, unlike on Motorola’s Razr which has a considerable chin.

In the pictures, we the see the phone running the familiar One UI software. But given the phone’s unique design, we expect Samsung to tailor make some software features exclusively to take advantage of the phone’s build. There also doesn’t seem to be an obtrusive crease on the display of the phone which is a good sign.

Features and specifications

When folded, the Galaxy Fold 2 has a small display for the time, date and notifications. This is next to a dual-camera setup and the phone’s LED flash. But we are not sure if the seemingly empty space above this will serve any function.

Aside from this, the build of the phone appears to be made of glass with a hinge similar to the one on the Galaxy Fold, but smaller. The usual volume buttons and power buttons are found on the right while the bottom houses a loudspeaker and the Type-C USB charging port.

Pricing and availability

According to various rumours, the Galaxy Fold 2 will be a more affordable version of Samsung’s foldable smartphone series. A price tag of $1,000 (Dh3,670) is what could be expected with the phone being announced alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S11 series on 18 February next year.