On Tuesday, The Verge published a story offering new details about Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Fold replacement. Mobile device insider Ice Universe posted a photo on Twitter of what they call the “Galaxy Fold 2.” The next-generation handset allegedly features a vertical clamshell form factor and a flexible ultra-thin glass screen.
Samsung Fold Replacement Rumors
In its report, The Verge notes the information contained in Ice Universe’s report has yet to be confirmed by Samsung. However, the publication also noted there is evidence backing the leaker’s post.
For one thing, the corporation applied for a trademark on a new screen called “Ultra Thin Glass (UTG)” display in Europe earlier this month. According to the filing, the latest innovation is an OLED panel design for use in televisions, smartphones, computers, and digital signage. Moreover, Samsung has reportedly partnered with a supplier capable of producing flexible glass screens of 100 μm to 30 μm.
It can be confirmed that the Galaxy Fold2 leaked not long ago will use an ultra-thin glass cover for the first time in the world, replacing plastic materials. The screen looks flatter and has less wrinkles. In fact, this is the correct cover material for foldable phones. pic.twitter.com/BS73BCsA4N
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 24, 2019
If so, the South Korean conglomerate’s new device displays will be thinner than a human hair.
Besides, the mobile device in Ice Universe’s post bears a strong resemblance to a foldable smartphone Samsung debuted in October. The firm showcased to unnamed handset concepts that featured flexible screens. While one model had a horizontal crease similar to the Galaxy Fold, the other boasted a vertical fold a la the Motorola’s Razr.
On December 9, The Burn-In reported Samsung plans to introduce its Galaxy Fold successor device in February 2020.
The Advantages of a Foldable Glass Display
Earlier this month, a Samsung executive revealed the company had sold more than 1 million units of the Galaxy Fold. However, the smartphones profoundly troubled rollout likely prompted the corporation to rethink an essential element of its latest high selling device.
The manufacturer intended to debut its latest flagship handset in April. However, the firm delayed the Fold’s launch after multiple reviewers uncovered significant design flaws in the smartphone. Tech reviewers found its screen extraordinarily fragile and easy to unintentionally destroy. Moreover, reporters found the flexible mobile’s form factor allowed debris to slip under its display.
After Samsung declined to specify a new release date for the smartphone, AT&T canceled all of its device preorders. Subsequently, the conglomerate’s CEO DJ Koh called the botched device release “embarrassing.” Ultimately, the electronics maker released a revised version of the Fold in September to mostly positive reviews and brisk sales.
Nevertheless, Samsung would’ve likely sold a lot more flexible handsets had its launch proceeded as intended.
Consequently, the firm’s rumored decision to transition from a plastic to glass screen makes sense. First off, by using a UTG display, the company will make its next foldable handset much more durable. Also, if the conglomerate equips the second generation Fold with a glass screen, its display will be brighter, crisper, and more vibrant than its predecessor.
Furthermore, Samsung will appeal to consumers’ desire for novelty electronics by unveiling a smartphone with a flexible glass screen. Indeed, with its rumored 108-megapixel camera and ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, the “Galaxy Fold 2” could be one of the defining handsets of the 2020s.