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 has officially arrived, and it doesn't disappoint. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra phablets will also have a new 120Hz refresh rate, which will give users a smoother picture when playing games, watching movies or simply scrolling through an app. This refresh rate combines with a redesigned S Pen stylus to help improve the latency. This means that writing with an S Pen should now be even more responsive with little lagging.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra will have four cameras, including a 10MP selfie camera on the front and a triple camera unit on the back. This unit will include a 108MP wide angle camera, 12MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 12MP telephoto camera.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G has recently been released, packing a powerful 5G-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset into the Galaxy Z Flip body for a stylish result. Available in two colors (Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze), this 5G version is the natural update to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone that was released in February 2020.
While many of the updates outside of the 5G-enabled chipset are incremental, there's plenty of exciting tech to tempt anyone who was interested by the original Z Flip, but was put off by the 4G SoC. One of the most interesting upgraded features is the Flex mode, which automatically splits the display into two 4" screens, which means you can view content on the top half of the display and control the bottom half yourself.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
While it hasn't been fully announced, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was teased at the Galaxy Unpacked event in August.
We were able to learn that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in two colors, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black. The body is thinner at 6.0mm and the gap between the screens has been minimized, so that the overall profile of the phone has been decreased when folded.
The new Z Fold 2 is billed as the 'most advanced foldable display ever' and carries a 4,500mAh intelligent battery. The front screen has also been extended to be larger, apparently after feedback from users advised that it was used as frequently as the inner folded screens. The UTG (Ultra Thin Glass) that's used on the phone is thinner than a human hair, but the layers of the glass has been re-engineered to be stronger than the previous generation.
More details on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be released on 01 September, along with pre-orders opening as well.
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.