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You can’t even buy the Galaxy Fold yet and Samsung is already teasing a better foldable phone

Published Sep 17th, 2019 2:48PM EDT
Galaxy Fold 2 Release Date
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The Galaxy Fold failed to give Samsung the triumph in wanted this year. Making foldable phones is no easy feat and Samsung has been teasing these devices for years, to the point where everyone following the business was expecting the Korean giant to be at the forefront of foldable phone innovation. Samsung was also the first major smartphone vendor to unveil a foldable phone. Sadly, for the Galaxy Fold, it was also the first company to have to deal with the harsh reality of actually making a durable folding phone.

The Galaxy Fold is now five months behind schedule and it’s finally being released during the worst possible time of the year. New iPhones arrive every September, followed by a slew of high-end Android handsets. The Galaxy Fold, with its sky-high price tag, doesn’t seem to belong in this crowd. Samsung needs this win though; it needs to be able to tell the world that it fixed and shipped its first foldable device, so it can then begin to focus on the next-gen foldables. Incredibly, however, it looks like Samsung couldn’t even wait that long to move on.

Long-time Samsung insider Ice Universe posted the following image on twitter, which teases a Samsung W20 5G device that appears to be a foldable handset:

We don’t have a better image for you at this time and it’s unclear what this W20 is, or why Samsung would advertise it already. But it sure looks like a foldable phone.

Last year, Samsung soft-launched the Galaxy Fold during the company’s early November developer conference. But Samsung never showed the phone’s full design or revealed its name. It’s one thing to give such treatment to a first-gen device intended to kick off a foldable revolution, but quite another to do it every year. Therefore, it’s too early to tell whether Samsung will unveil the Fold 2 later this fall.

On the other hand, we have a bunch of Samsung patents that prove the company has been working on all sorts of foldable devices, including one that might look just like Motorola’s rumored Razr foldable. Also, the company is said to be considering merging the Galaxy S and Note lines as soon as next year, with a foldable phone set to replace the Note’s launch in the second half of the year.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.