Just a week after it was claimed that Samsung's second-generation Galaxy Fold 2 was nowhere near ready to be revealed, the company has teased the handset ahead of an August 5 product launch event.
We had previously only expected to see the new Galaxy Note 20 smartphone, plus a new 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip, at the Unpacked event, which will take place exclusively online for the first time.
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But now a tweet from Samsung suggests otherwise. Posted on July 19, the tweet states: "One fold, infinite possibilities. Unpacked on August 5, 2020," and includes a short animation resembling a folding device and the butterfly motif used as a display wallpaper on the original Fold.
Prominent and often accurate technology leaked Max Weinbach had previously said the Fold 2 would be a no-show at the August 5 event, citing software that "wasn't even close to ready for a September launch". Weinbach has now updated his position, saying: "Expect announcement [at Unpacked] with release likely in October."
The new teaser from Samsung features a new metallic bronze color, as seen in an image seemingly of the unannounced Note 20 that appeared briefly on the company's own website. It now looks like the new Fold 2 will also get this new color option.
Little else is known for sure about the Fold 2. However, we have seen some speculation from Ross Young, founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, who tweeted back in April about the Fold 2's front and main screens.
These are claimed to measure 6.23 inches and 7.59 inches respectively, with the main display getting a 2213 x 1689 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. This would mean a healthy increase for the compact 4.6 inch front display of the original, but a slight decrease from 7.3 inches for the internal screen, once folded open.
He also said it will be priced from $1780, some $200 less than the original Fold.