We have heard plenty of reports that Samsung is working on a new design for a folding smartphone which instead of turning a tablet into a large phone would turn a large phone into a small compact.

Now a teaser for the device may have been spotted at an exhibition in China, as reported by reliable Samsung leaker Ice Universe.

The poster is for the device on China Telecom and would presumably be 5G enabled. The Samsung W20 5G would be a continuation of Samsung’s W2016, W2017 and W2018 range of flip phone smartphones.

The teaser image does not reveal much, but a series of patents from Samsung, rendered by LetsGoDigital, gives us a good idea what such a handset could look like.

The patent interestingly shows the handset being able to fold both inwards and outwards and also a variable amount, allowing one part of the screen to remain exposed even when folded.

Previously Bloomberg said this new foldable device from Samsung will be released early next year and it will be thinner and more affordable than the upcoming Galaxy Fold device. Samsung is also partnering with American designer Thom Browne on this upcoming foldable phone to make it more appealing to design-conscious customers.

Other details about this new foldable phone include that it will have a:

  • Punch hole selfie camera.
  • Dual camera setup on the back.
  • Samsung is testing the use of Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) for the inner display. UTG measures just 3% the thickness of the glass generally used to protect smartphone displays.

I’m expecting Samsung to reveal this new foldable device at MWC next year.

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