The first Galaxy Fold was a blessing and a curse for Samsung. Although the company had the advantage of being one of the first, they also ran into a huge roadblock. (Remember the issues surrounding the Fold review units?) They recovered somewhat, but they needed to prove that it would NEVER happen again. During Samsung’s Unpacked Part 2 event, we meet the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Ooooh, A Bigger Cover Screen!
Yup. Good that you noticed that! Samsung finally added a worthy display on the cover of the Galaxy Z Fold 2. It’s a 6.2-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 2260×816 resolution and a 25:9 aspect ratio. This makes using the Fold 2 a lot better even when folded. There may be problems when reaching the top part of the cover screen for some people. The cover screen also houses a 10MP front camera in a hole punch configuration. That’s not all Samsung updated with this one though.
The Hinge Is The Key, And Samsung Nailed It.
We soon found out after the original Fold debacle that the hinge was the key to a good foldable. In hindsight, I’m glad Samsung went through all that pain. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t get that good hinge in the Galaxy Z Flip.
With the Z Fold 2, we’re getting a new Hideaway Hinge! The hinge utilizes a CAM mechanism to enable the similar flexibility you get on the Z Flip. With this one though, you can make it stand on its own from 75 to 115 degrees! This gives you A LOT OF OPTIONS in terms of how you would use the Z Fold 2! It also has a sweeper structure that helps clean the whole mechanism to prevent debris and dirt from staying in.
Now a True Flagship Powerhouse!
When the first Fold came out, it had flagship specs of the previous year and a subpar battery for the price. That’s no longer the case with the Z Fold 2! We get the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12GB RAM, 256 or 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and a 4500 mAh battery. I think we can expect good battery life, but not great due to that giant Main Screen.
Speaking of that display, it’s a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with 2208×1768 resolution. The big screen now houses a 10MP front camera on the right portion instead of that giant notch in the first Fold.
Don’t Forget About Its Cameras!
Let’s also not forget about the triple rear cameras of this phone. They consist of a 12MP wide-angle camera with Super Speed Dual Pixel AF and OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree field-of-view, and a 12MP telephoto camera with OIS.
I’m glad to see flagship-level cameras on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, even if this was taken from the Galaxy Note 20.
In case you need the full rundown on Samsung’s latest foldable, check out the full technical specs below:
- Main Screen: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with 2208×1768 resolution
- Cover Screen: 6.2-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 2260×816 resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor
- LTE & 5G support (Standalone / Non-standalone; Sub6 and mmWave)
- 12GB RAM
- 256 / 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage
- 10MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture and 80-degree field-of-view
- 10MP cover camera with f/2.2 aperture and 80-degree field-of-view
- Triple rear cameras:
- 12MP wide-angle camera with Super Speed Dual Pixel AF and OIS (f/1.8 aperture)
- 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree field-of-view (f/2.2 aperture)
- 12MP telephoto camera with OIS (f/2.4 aperture)
- 4500 mAh battery with fast wired and wireless charging
- Wireless PowerShare
- Android 10 with One UI 2.0
- Comes in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze
Pricing and Availability
Unfortunately, all that tech still comes at a premium. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is priced at $1,990. It’ll be up for preorder starting September 1st and will arrive on September 18 in 40 markets including the US and Korea. As for the Philippines? We’ll get it sooner than we thought. Pre-orders are from September 12-24, 2020. It will then be available on September 25, 2020, for select Samsung Online Partners and October 2, 2020, for select Authorized Samsung Stores. The configuration we’ll be getting is the 12GB / 256GB variant.
What do you think of the Galaxy Z Fold 2? Is it still overkill for a phone, or is this a sign of the things to come? Sound off in the comments!