Samsung Galaxy news, rumors and leaks
The number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, Samsung is mostly on a roll. The South Korean giant has released the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, a triple-camera powerhouse with a time-of-flight sensor.
The brand has also broken spectacular new ground with the announcement of a 100MP camera phone sensor, the Samsung Isocell Bright HMX, offering remarkable resolution that exceeds all but the most expensive medium format cameras.
Still, we say "mostly" on a roll because there's the not inconsiderable matter of the Galaxy Fold – a high profile black eye not only for the company, but for the perception of folding smartphones as a whole. Hopefully, however, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will get things back on track…
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 family is due to arrive soon, including the powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We've been seeing plenty of rumors for these handsets for months now, but with the recent leak of the full specs and images for the flagship Note 20 Ultra, we've finally got a comprehensive look at this upcoming handset, which is almost certain to be one of the best phablets that money can buy.
According to the leaks, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a 6.9" WQHD+ 19:3:9 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display. That 120Hz refresh rate is particularly important – it means that users will be able to scroll through apps and play games with a smooth user experience and little lagging.
On the back of the phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a triple camera unit featuring a powerful 108MP camera. This primary camera will be able to record 8K video and will have omnidirectional and laser autofocus. Other camera-focused specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra include a 12MP 50x zoom periscope camera (Samsung apparently decided to drop the 100x Space Zoom that was featured on the Samsung S20 Ultra) and a 12MP ultra wide camera.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Perhaps to distance itself from the damage done to the Galaxy Fold brand, the manufacturer's next folding phone will instead be called the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – and it will possess a new clamshell design, reminiscent of traditional phones. Which, of course, puts it in direct competition with the new Motorola Razr – the revamped, folding-screen version of the cult classic handset.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip apparently features ultra-thin glass material, rather than the plastic used for the Fold, which should result in a screen that's flatter, thinner and potentially wrinkle-free.
It is also rumored to feature a dual camera array on the rear, powered by last year's Snapdragon 855 processor – meaning that this will likely be a junior companion to, rather than replacement for, the higher end Galaxy Fold. Expect full details to be revealed at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 February.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 has been rumored for a while, but there have recently been some exciting rumors regarding its release later this year. Apparently, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will not only be the much-anticipated update to the original Galaxy Fold, it'll also be waterproof as well. The original Fold wasn't waterproof, as the moving parts apparently made it difficult to fully protect against water.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is currently due to be unveiled at the 5 August event where the Galaxy Note 20 family will also be announced. However, while we'll get to see some official information regarding the Fold 2, this foldable camera phone might not actually get into the hands of consumers for another few months.
There seem to be a couple of different reasons for this. The first is that apparently the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2's software development process hasn't reached the first version of its bootloader yet, which means that the software isn't ready to be finalized. In addition, production for the Fold 2 isn't due to properly start until August. This means that the soonest the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will appear in stores will be either late August or September – but supplies are likely to be very limited.
Samsung folding / rolling / wraparound phones
Clearly not put off by the calamity of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is looking at all manner of other unconventional designs for smartphones that can be unfolded, unwrapped or unrolled in order to expand the screen size.
While most patents never see the light of day, the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has realized the clamshell design – and Samsung collaborator Xiaomi is working on its second phone with a wraparound screen – means that they may be far more achievable than we first thought.