Galaxy Z Fold Lite reportedly coming next year as ‘budget model’ Samsung foldable

Recent rumors have suggested that Samsung’s got new versions of its Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold devices planned for launch in 2021. Now a new leak has detailed a third foldable that Samsung has coming next year.

Samsung is reportedly working on a Galaxy Z Fold Lite device that will be a “budget model” of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (via The Elec). This device is expected to launch in the first quarter of the year with a 7-inch internal folding display and a 4-inch outer screen.

There’s no mention in the report of how much this Galaxy Z Fold Lite could cost. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is not a cheap device, carrying a price tag of $1,999.99, so it’ll be interesting to see how much Samsung can cut from that price and what changes Samsung makes to the Z Fold Lite to achieve that lower price.

The Z Fold 2 is a premium device, not only because of its large foldable AMOLED screen but also because it’s packing 12GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, and ultra-thin glass covering the main display. To get a lower price on the Z Fold Lite, Samsung could use an older Snapdragon chipset rather than the new 888 model and less RAM, and it could opt for a plastic screen cover like on the original Galaxy Fold, too.

In other foldable news, today’s leak contains some info on Samsung’s other upcoming devices. The Galaxy Z Flip 2 is expected to launch in Q3 2021 with a 6.7-inch internal display and a 3-inch external screen. The former is the same size as the first Z Flip, but the latter would be a big increase from the Z Flip’s 1.1-inch external display.

Interestingly, today’s report also claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have a 7-inch internal screen and 4-inch external display, both of which would be smaller than the Z Fold 2. Support for the S Pen stylus is expected to be added to the Z Fold 3, though.

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