In May, we reported on a patent edgin revealing a new design for Samsung’s folding smartphone. At the time, the design did not seem to reflect Samsung’s Galaxy Fold’s realistic successor, but now the new images provide new information for the upcoming phone.
Samsung has been developing a cheap variant of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, which could allow it to expand the market for folding-screen phones without eating into high-end handsets, according to South Korean publication Viva100.
Sources said Samsung had wanted to release the Samsung Galaxy Fold Lite at the same time as the Fold 2, at a price of 1 million won ($900), but the product has been decided to delay the launch until early next year.
Devices, tentatively known as the Galaxy Fold Lite, are likely to compromise in some ways, such as the smaller number of cameras and the smaller external screens, which is what May’s design patent reveals, and the image explains a device that replaces an external screen with a strip, like the Samsung Galaxy Flip, with only two cameras and retains the notch.
Of course, $900 is still a very much flagship area, and buyers still have to choose between buying the best traditional phone and a somewhat imperfect but collapsible phone.