Is this the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2? I hope so

A series of photos posted on Weibo appear to show Samsung's next foldable smartphone, and it looks fantastic.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer

Early Thursday, several photos were posted to the Chinese social network Weibo by user Wang Benhong (via Ice Universe). The photos reportedly show off Samsung's next smartphone with a foldable display. The Fold 2, or whatever Samsung ends up calling it, breaks from the design Samsung used for the original Galaxy Fold that features two prominent displays -- one on the outside that opens like a book to reveal a larger screen on the inside. 

Instead, the Fold 2 looks and works more like the recently announced $1,500 Motorola Razr. It's a clamshell design that is like a flip phone of years past, but without a physical number pad inside. And it looks amazing. 

I hope the Galaxy Fold 2 looks like this. Or at the very least has a display that folds horizontally, instead of vertically. It's a smartphone design that makes a lot of sense because, once it's opened, it's a form factor we are all familiar with.

I didn't get a chance to spend much time with the first Galaxy Fold, but from what I did experience, I found it to be futuristic, but also confusing. I was forced to make decisions about which screen is better suited for the task at hand, instead of simply opening the phone and using it. 

The clamshell design with a foldable screen will go a long way in proving foldable display tech is viable while working out any issues and giving users a familiar smartphone experience. 

I've reached out to Samsung for a comment and will update this post should I hear back.

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