Update 10:52 am ET: We've received the following statement from Samsung:
“We’re pleased with the excitement around the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G and encourage customers to visit Samsung.com for the latest updates on availability. We want to clarify Samsung is not discontinuing the device.”
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is rumored to be launching in August, but it briefly looked like Samsung could be accelerating its plans when the Galaxy Z Fold 2 vanished from Samsung.com on June 17. Not so much.
Samsung appeared to halt sales of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, displaying the following message when you try to visit the product page: “The Galaxy Fold is no longer available for purchase on Samsung.com, however please take a look at additional options in the Galaxy family.”
However, as of 8:20 a.m ET on June 18, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is back was back in stock on Samsung's site. And the company provided the above statement, emphasizing that the Z Fold 2 is not discontinued.
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9to5Google was the first to spot that the Z Fold 2 was no longer for sale through Samsung’s site, and we reached out to Samsung for comment. Note that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 continues to be sold through Best Buy and Amazon, but it’s listed out of stock at Verizon and not listed at all through T-Mobile after previously being sold there. AT&T is still selling the handset for now.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently the best foldable phone you can buy, but with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 reportedly launching later this summer at an Unpacked event, we can see why there's a lot of anticipation.
If you’ve been following the Galaxy Z Fold 3 rumors, Samsung’s new foldable phone could be the first Samsung phone ever to feature an under-display camera, which would be on the larger inside display. In addition, the Z Fold 3 will reportedly support S Pen input, similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
The best part? One rumor says that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could cost as much as 20% less, so now is definitely not a good time to buy the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Other Galaxy Z Fold 3 reports point to a similar array of cameras, including a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto, offering 2x optical zoom and a 10MP cover camera. The new 16MP selfie camera would be on the larger display.
The Z Fold 3 is rumored to feature a 7.5-inch main display (smaller than the 7.6-inch Fold 2) and a possible cover display of 5.4 inches (though we’ve heard 6.2 inches as well). According to one certification, the Z Fold 3 battery size could be 4,275 mAh, which would be slightly smaller than the Z Fold 2’s 4,500 mAh pack.
It looks like we still have a fair amount of time between now and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch, but we'll bring you more info as it becomes available.
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