Samsung released the Galaxy Z Fold2 a while back with a slew of features that make it significantly better than the company's first attempt at a foldable phone, but it still hasn't forgotten about the first-gen Fold just yet. As part of the latest firmware update, the Galaxy Fold inherits a few of Z Fold2 capabilities.
Samsung is all set to fully unveil its latest foldable phone at an Unpacked event on September 1, but there's seemingly very little about the device they'll be able to tell us that we don't already know. Images, videos, and specs have all leaked or been shared one way or another, but we now have potentially definitive information from a very reputable source. But we now have definitive confirmation of the price from Samsung itself, at least in the UK.
Samsung got incredibly fast when it comes to security patches, often beating even Google to the punch. The story is different for carrier-issued updates, but compared to prior years, they've gotten quicker, too. As such, AT&T has started pushing the update to the S20 series and the Note9 while the Verizon S9 and S9+ are in for the patches.
After our first pixelated look at a press render of the Galaxy Fold successor, we're now in for a blurry hands-on photo. Twitter user @hwangmh01 shared a low-light, smudgy image of a slightly folded boot screen that says "Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G." Other sources corroborate that this is in fact what Samsung's next Fold device will look like. Like the press render before it, the photo proves that the Fold2 will fold like a book to reveal a bigger, tablet-y screen, in contrast to the Galaxy Z Flip, which opens like a flip phone.
The biggest issue with notches and punch holes is that they take up valuable screen space and break up the aesthetics of smartphone displays. This is arguably even more true of punch-hole camera cutouts that sit on either side of the screen since symmetry is so pleasing to our eyes. Enter new information concerning Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Fold 2, which suggests it'll do away with the huge notch in favor of a slightly awkward-looking punch-hole.
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Android's been around quite a while at this point (Google's Android turned 12 last year), and even Android phones have been around well over a decade now. And while obviously hardware like the HTC Hero matters in terms of where the platform got its start, and ones like the original Moto DROID mark its real entry into the marketplace in a big way, we think there are phones (and even A tablet) that are less remembered or less appreciated for their impact on the larger ecosystem.
After, when's the last time you thought of the Galaxy S2, or the HTC One M7?
Sure, Samsung's Galaxy Fold didn't exactly enjoy a smooth launch. Within a few weeks of release, numerous reports of broken review units quickly surfaced, primarily centered around that ultra-critical hinge. Thankfully, Samsung quickly tweaked the hinge's design to add a bit more resiliency and dirt resistance. Right now, you can grab a refurbished Galaxy Fold from Daily Steals for only $1,299.99 if you enter our exclusive code APGFLIP at checkout. Doing so will save you $80 off Daily Steals' usual refurb price, $100 off Amazon's refurb price, and a whopping $680 off when compared to the MSRP.
Samsung has so far launched a pair offoldable phones, both with sky-high prices. While as a brand, it can feel nice to have a couple ultra-premium phones on your store shelves that are effectively reserved for your most well-to-do customers, even a fancy folding phone is going to need a sensibly priced model in order to drive real volumes. It looks like Samsung may be catching on to that, as the company's rumored to be working on a cheaper variant of its $2,000 Galaxy Fold.
As a long-term Samsung user, I've witnessed first-hand the Hollywood-style comeback Samsung has made in terms of how its phones get updates. Gone are the days of waiting almost a year for significant version changes, or being several months behind on security patches. Not only have Samsung devices been receiving updates faster than ever before, in some cases, Samsung has even beaten Google to the punch. It's now done so again, with Samsung starting its rollout of May's security patch for the S20 series.