Samsung has announced a surprise second Unpacked product launch event. Coming just weeks after the first Unpacked of 2020 revealed the Galaxy Note 20, Unpacked Part 2 will focus on the new Galaxy Z Fold 2.
A followup to the company's first folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, the new model gets a slight name change, as well as larger displays on the inside and out.
The biggest change with the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the external display, which now takes up the entire front of the handset. The previous model had a much smaller screen on its front, surrounded by a large bezel.
On the inside, Samsung has used the same ultra-thin glass as seen on its other folding handset, the Z Flip, which should be tougher and less prone to scratches than the plastic internal display of the first-generation Fold.
The external screen measures 6.2 inches, and the internal display is 7.6 inches once unfolded, which is just 0.3 inches smaller than an iPad Mini.
As for the September 1 event, it isn't clear if this will be a live broadcast or pre-recorded. Samsung has said the event will "explore in depth the groundbreaking features of the Galaxy Z Fold 2". It's rare for Samsung to dedicate an entire event to a single product, so we have high hopes for this one.
The event will be streamed at Samsung.com and news.samsung.com, and starts at 10am ET on September 1.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is already listed on the company's UK website. It was also briefly available to pre-order through the website, and priced at £1,799, although the price has since disappeared again. This is of course a huge amount of money, but is £100 cheaper than the Galaxy Fold's launch price, so represents a small saving on the original.
The Fold launched at $1,980 in the US, so perhaps we will see a small saving in that market too. Hopefully Samsung will reveal the actual price, and an on-sale date, during the September 1 event.