Samsung announced its 2nd generation foldable Galaxy Z Fold 2 on August 5 along with their Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. The announcement only teased its looks which showed us a much-improved hinge and build quality. In Galaxy Unpacked Event Part 2, Samsung revealed most of its specifications. Here is our take on this new device from Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Design and Display
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has 7.6″ QXGA+ Infinity-O foldable display made up of their Ultra-Thin Display (UTG). There is a single punch hole camera on the right side of the screen. It folds inwards just like their Samsung Galaxy Fold. After closing the main display, we have another 6.6″ Super AMOLED display on the front.
The major improvement from the previous year’s Fold is the new hinge design which provides fluid folding motion. This device is available in two colours Mystic black and Mystic Bronze. American designer Thom Browne collaborated with Samsung to release it’s Special Edition Galaxy Z Fold 2. Only 5000 units of Thom Browne Edition are available for sale.
Camera and Specs
The Galaxy Z fold 2 posses Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ along with 12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 storage. The storage might be an issue as we expect more storage at this high of a price. If Samsung releases this device with Exynos 990 in India and Europe (which is more likely to happen) then it might be turn off for a lot of fans. As this processor is less powerful than Snapdragon 855+.
This device has Ultra Wide, Wide-angle and Telephoto Camera of 12MP each on the rear side. The single punch-hole camera in the inner side and on the front side have 10MP each. It has a 4,500 mAh Dual gent battery which adds weight to this device.
Major Changes From Galaxy Fold
This new Fold has a 120Hz refresh rate which was not available in their first Fold. The front screen is now bigger from their 2019 Fold front display which had a 4.6″ screen. This will help users to use it as a regular smartphone. The main feature that was not available in their Galaxy fold was the App Continuity from the front screen to the main screen. Moreover, this will help users to seamlessly move their content from the front screen to the main screen.
Flex Mode present in Galaxy Z Flip got introduced in Fold 2. Certainly, this Flex Mode will provide a new experience to users. Google Duo, Microsoft Office and many other apps are developed especially for this feature. Multi-Active Window is a new type of feature that is available in this device. This help users to use different apps on the right and left side of the display seamlessly. The cameras got improved along with its build quality which was not great in Galaxy Fold.
Samsung really did a great job with this one. They really worked on their hinge and display which was not up to the mark in Galaxy Fold. They also introduced some amazing features especially their Flex Mode which may increase its productivity. But it will get tough competition from Microsoft Surface Duo. Another Smartphone giant Huawei released Mate Xs which provides an alternative design by giving a single display which wraps around the device’s outside when it is closed. And unfolds as an 8″ tablet.
Finally, Its performance in the market will be decided on the basis of its value for money. As it costs $1,999 (approx. ₹1,46,070) for 5G variant which will be available from 18th September. Also, the Thom Browne Special edition costs $3,299 (approx. ₹2,41,063) which will include Galaxy Watch3 and Buds Live. It will be available from 25th September. Both of these devices are available for pre-order.