A new patent recently published by WIPO from Samsung Electronics points to a range of possibilities for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold successor. Some of the patent-based renders provided by LetsGoDigital show a new kind of external display for the Galaxy Fold 2. This is a long window that would only show notifications; so it would appear like there would be no way to actually use the phone without opening it.
The patent itself also uses a language that indicates that the forthcoming Galaxy Fold 2 will bear an IP mark. The patent filing calls the device ‘ELECTRONIC DEVICE With WATERPROOF Construction.’
A patent is one thing, but it will be quite a challenge to be able to implement and mass produce a folding system that is also completely protected by external moisture – particularly one with a folding display. We have no doubt that Samsung can do this, even though it has never been done before.
While the reports pointed out that the next Fold computer had a larger external monitor, this patent shows a smaller, longer version. It’s likely that Samsung could be looking to launch two Galaxy Fold versions, probably Galaxy Fold 2 (with a larger outdoor screen) and Galaxy Fold 2 Lite (with a smaller outdoor display). There is also the term “Galaxy Note Fold” that could be compatible with the S Pen, but only time can tell.
In any case, Samsung may be announcing a new Fold device later this year, perhaps alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Unpacked launch, which is expected to happen some time in August.