It’s that time of year again, yet another Galaxy Fold device has been put out by Samsung. Again, it’s the epitome of elegant pattern-except this time around, the hinge is as smooth as butter, the external display is wider, and the finishes are incredible to feel and look. The Galaxy Z Fold2 is one of the most over-the-top devices the industry has to deliver at the moment and it has the price tag to match.
Galaxy Samsung Z Fold2 review
The Z Fold2 is a third-generation product depending on how you plan to count, making it clear that Samsung is going deep into the foldable display form factor.
It is fair to assume that foldables are no longer conceptual devices, and judging by the change of name, they will have their own line of products within Samsung’s portfolio-the Galaxy Z.
They are far from being mainstream, of course, but the product category is maturing fast and we will eventually get there.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
- Body: 159.2×128.2×6.9mm, 282g; Corning Gorilla Glass Victus front (folded), plastic front (unfolded), Corning Gorilla Glass 6 back, aluminum frame; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Thom Browne Edition.
- Display: 7.60″ Foldable Dynamic, 1768x2208px resolution, 11.24:9 aspect ratio, 373ppi; HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, Cover display: 6.23″, Super AMOLED, 816 x 2260 pixels (25:9).
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+): Octa-core (1×3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
- Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2.5.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 123-degree, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm; LED flash, HDR, panorama.
- Front camera: Wide (main): 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide) – identical ones on the outside and inside of phone; HDR.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/240fps (gyro-EIS), [email protected] (gyro-EIS), HDR10+; Front camera: [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging 11W, Reverse wireless charging 4.5W.
- Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted), Stereo speakers, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; NFC; ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung DeX (desktop experience support).
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is one of the best device when it comes to technological, product, and design maturity. The Z Fold2 is a more polished iteration of the form factor in every conceivable way.
The concept itself was quite elegant. The revised style curves and edges and the new surface finish all create the impression of a more polished product in comparison with Galaxy Fold 1.
However, there are also a few major mechanical changes, such as the new Hideaway hinge with support for Flex mode and the slightly tighter r-curve display when closed.
The much larger secondary display is our favorite improvement which makes the device shine in single-handed use. There are also several other improvements in hardware and software which we will get to in more depth on the pages below. But let’s see what comes out of the box first.
The Z Fold2 arrives in a huge, lavish box just like its predecessor-a requirement, as the phone ships unfolded.
Right out of the gate, it reminds you just how different this really is from a smartphone. A tablet-sized display only waiting for you to pinch it gently closed and place it for the first time inside your pocket.
And if that doesn’t convey the futuristic vibe well enough for you, a handy pamphlet, called-” Change the shape of the future “is included. It tries its best to give a sense of just how a device you may just be keeping paradigm shifting.
After that Samsung-fuelled daydream about the future of technology, we’ve got a pretty abrupt but necessary reality check, with a big “care instruction” sticker on the Z Fold2 display. Despite ongoing developments in the area, foldable displays and their mechanical structure supporting the folding remain fragile.
Samsung warns against putting too much pressure on the display. Particularly with sharp objects. All it takes is a quick trip to YouTube and a good stomach to see how puncture-prone the foldable panels are and what kind of gory consequences they have.
We also get a good reminder that the Galaxy Z Fold2 has no official ingress protection rating. It’s not really possible with current manufacturing.
Another significant note, harkening back to problems with the pre-production units of the original Galaxy Fold-a pre-applied protective film is now on the top of both Galaxy Z Fold2 displays.
Removing the outside is a simple matter, but Samsung clearly warns against messing with the inside. It’s a screen protector and not an integral part of a big foldable panel. It can be removed safely and possibly even replaced, but we have yet to find out if Samsung is providing this service.
The accessories of the Galaxy Z Fold2 are much less spectacular than those of the old Galaxy Fold. Here, you’ll just get a 25W wall charger with a USB-C cable on either side and a pair of corded, Type-C AKG earbuds. These are obviously downgrades from the Galaxy Buds that came with the Galaxy Fold.
Perhaps the most important thing, however, is the lack of a case in the box. On a device demanding more care and attention than any other, having to have a case separately from Day 1 is a bit of a bummer.
With a price tag of $2,000, the contents of this retail package are anything but lavish. Maybe that’s a sign that the Z Fold2 is ripening, and Samsung expects it to be a high-volume product. Of course, we can only assume. But follow us on the next page to see what the device has to show.