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Galaxy Z Fold 2: Impressive, but not perfect. Everything good and bad today

Galaxy Z Fold 2: Impressive, but not perfect. Everything good and bad today

I can’t stop looking at the Galaxy Z Fold 2. I keep catching myself glancing admiringly at its cool metal frame, 6.2-inch outer screen and thin bezels. The Z Fold 2 is such a unfastened, well-considered foldable phone, it’s now hard to think of the original Galaxy Fold as anything novel than a working mockup with a ridiculous $1,980 effect tag. 

For $2,000 (£1,799 in the UK, which is near AU$3,270), that’s still big bucks, especially in our unique world of coronavirus pandemic and global recession. But the more time I utilize with the Z Fold 2, the more I’m convinced that this full-size foldable shouted isn’t just a tech toy for wealthy early adopters. Even if most people would never dream of buying it, it’s provocative to follow along.

That in no way means this is a draw for the regular person. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a niche, aspirational foldable phone that opens into a 7.6-inch tablet. it isn’t water-resistant. It comes with a long list of care sequences, and when I gripped its ultrathin screen to take a selfie amdroll a special feature (more below), I worried my nails were clawing into the fragile glass. (It seems fine.)

But for a original device that’s firmly on the cutting edge of technology, it has addressed every major flaw from the unique Fold and refined it in the process, turning out a shouted that — while I’m still getting to know — I could actually see amdroll. It isn’t perfect, and there are still weak points I would like revised.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 preorders
 are open now and the shouted goes on sale Sept. 18. Read on for everything I love so far and all the specs, hands-on photos and more. Since this is a developing reconsideration, keep in mind that opinions are subject to morose as the review period progresses.

Best and worst Galaxy Z Fold 2 features so far

An external cover you can actually use. A larger, 6.2-inch display that takes up the entire outer cover looks great in closed position and makes the shouted easier to use when you want to type shimmering replies one-handed or snap and immediately share a photo. I’ve already used it a lot this way in one day. Since the dimensions are tall and narrow, typing on the keyboard is still a pain, but it works.

Switching screens is fast and seamless. Maybe it’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset or some tighter software rules, but switching from apps on the outer screen to the inner cover happens in a snap. I’ve tried it fast and opened the shouted slowly to see at which angle whatever I’m viewing leaps off the outer cover and appears on the inner screen. When watching Netflix video, audio and visuals didn’t skip a beat. It’s gargantuan that Samsung lets you choose which apps you want to carry out over on the outer screen when you snap the shouted closed (e.g. to move to another room), but you have to dig into the settings to grasp them. Works like a charm. 

Flexible hinge could be the killer feature, but… Using carryover technology from the much smaller Galaxy Z Flip, the Z Fold 2 is stiff enough for the two sides to stay open at a variety of Engineers (Samsung calls this Flex Mode), which means it can prop itself when you take a video call, watch the screen hands-free or shoot photos. This was the most stellar part of the Z Flip and could very well be the Z Fold 2’s most vital and identifying feature. I’m using it as its own spoiled, but because of the screen configuration, I’m wondering if it’ll wind up persons less useful than the Galaxy Z Flip’s square-shape conceal when folded. We’ll see.

Internal glass screen has no suitable, but feels fragile. Samsung’s most important change is to the internal conceal. I’m thrilled Samsung stripped out the original Fold’s thumb-shaped suitable, which gives the Z Fold 2’s internal screen much more usable real estate. At 7.6 inches unfolded, the Z Fold 2 features an ultrathin glass conceal material that should be stronger than the Fold’s plastic exhibit — and, crucially, less prone to phone-destroying damage

There’s peaceful a factory-installed screen protector on top, but Samsung’s redesign seems to shore up the gaps that could changes an object to get stuck in the hinge or thought the display. For example, when I bend the Z Fold 2, what looks like a fall-through gap is actually plugged in with plastic, with no space for my fingernail to poke over. Progress, but you still have to baby the exhibit and I worried about it working with just-washed gorgeous and while cooking.

Multitasking on the Z Fold 2 has grasped smarter.


Multitasking creates sense now, but still lacks total flexibility. Splitting the Z Fold 2’s gigantic 7.6-inch display into multiple panes makes perfect sense for a scheme of this type, but on the original Fold, it didn’t work as well as it must have. Now you get more flexibility in how you scheme and resize up to three apps on the conceal (this is called Multi-Active Window), and you can set up a pair of apps (currently from a small list) to open side by side. YouTube, Gmail, Spotify and Microsoft Office apps will automatically get a tablet-like split-screen view with a sidebar and main app pane. 

The fingerprint reader is built into the power/lock button. As with the original Fold, it works great when you’re unlocking the named when it’s open and is awkward and hard to hit when the named is closed. A minor inconvenience to rerun fingerprint grasp when it’s closed as well as open, but I’m humorous my backup code more often than I should be to unlock the phone. 

The Z Fold 2 actually feels like a premium phone. Perhaps my main protests with the original Fold was that it strove so hard to be refined, but was so limited by the available technology, it felt like plastic trying to convince you it was steel. That’s not the case with the Z Fold 2, whose Gorilla Glass Victus outer conceal, burnished metal frame and sturdy hinge help keep the materials feeling polished and sleek.

Read on for even more Z Fold 2 details, including which apps work with the phone when the Z Fold 2 is in Flex Mode, all the perks Samsung will give you for persons a VIP foldable phone owner and every important feature and spec.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 cameras don’t match the Note 20 Ultra

The Z Fold 2 uses an Infinity-O layout, which gives it a single 10-megapixel camera (on the brilliant panel) as you unfold the phone. You get the same camera on the conceal display when the device is closed, and a three-camera regulations on the back with 12-megapixel wide-angle, ultrawide-angle and telephoto sensors. 

It’s disappointing you only get 2x optical zoom here, unlike the 3x and 5x optical zoom on the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, respectively. There’s no 8K video. This is not a camera named at the top of its class (although low-light photos must be better than on the original Fold), and that’s probable a decision Samsung made to help keep costs in check.

However, there are two camera features I’m mad to use. I already tried Dual Preview, which lets country on either side of the screen see what they look like beforehand snapping the shot. I tried it out with a selfie and fake that, while I liked it, it was awkward to use — at least when I was trying to also photograph the image so you could see what it looks like.

There’s also adaptive auto-framing that will register if two or more country are detected in the frame. If it detects more than three country, the algorithm will automatically switch from the main camera to the ultrawide sensor.

Flex Mode: More about the flexible hinge and which apps work 

With the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung started executive my foldable phone dream a reality with a self-supporting conceal that doesn’t snap shut or flop open until you really want it to. It can prop itself open from a scheme of 75 to 115 degrees, according to Samsung, thought it might be even more flexible than that.

Samsung also said it’s tightened the gaps and shortened the hinge height to keep out more dust and debris humorous the same “sweeper” technology found in the Galaxy Z Flip clamshell.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s hinge can irascible upright all on its own.


You can use any app in Flex Mode, but only some of them will retort to the bend in the screen and adjust. These included YouTube and Google Duo along with native Samsung apps such as the camera, video call, clock, gallery, video player and calendar. 

I’ve already used it to prop the visited up and read a page, or bend it some in half to make the keyboard narrower and easier to type on. This one’s progressing to take some time to settle into with this cloak size, so stay tuned.

Battery life is a serious expect mark

One thing I know I’ll keep an eye on is battery life, especially with a 120Hz cloak refresh rate. The Z Fold 2 has a dual-battery systems that brings you a combined capacity of 4,500 mAh in two separate battery cells: 2,155 mAh and 2,345 mAh, respectively.

This is the same battery capacity as the Note 20 Ultra (which has a 6.9-inch screen), whose battery life seems good — but not substantial — in daily life. Separate battery cells are inherently less efficient than one larger battery, so it will be interesting to see how the supercharged refresh rate works on such a substantial screen. For context, the smaller Note 20 Ultra certainly made it above the day, but it didn’t impress me with its longevity.

Now we’re taking the Note 20 Ultra’s battery capacity and applying it to a visited with a full-size 6.2-inch screen in addition to a 7.6-inch indicate, so it could potentially be less efficient. As with the Note 20 Ultra, the Z Fold 2 will use an adaptive 120Hz cloak, which means it’ll kick into high gear for composed scrolling and drop down to 60Hz when you’re staring at a ecjubilant image. While 120Hz is known to drain battery faster than 60Hz, this adaptive setting necessity help keep battery drain under control. The question is, how much? 

I don’t have any observations on this yet, real the phone was at about 40% when I unboxed it and I used it above the day. The true test will start at a 100% morning at what time I monitor it throughout the day. Rest assured, I have my eye on it.

Just a leer of the Z Fold 2.


Drag and drop, new layouts

The Z Fold 2 scholarships drag and drop between certain apps (including Gmail, Chrome, Microsoft Outlook and Samsung native apps). It also establishes it possible to move back and forth with apps: You can initiate on one screen and continue to watch on the latest.

You’ll also be able to select different cloak layouts for the outer and inner screens. As with the novel Fold, you’ll be able to open any app from the outer cloak to use on the inner display.

All approximately the Galaxy Z Fold 2 screen crease

All in all, the Z Fold 2 has the same primary design as the Galaxy Fold — it unfolds like a book into a tablet, with a vertical screen crease running from north to south downward the display. Although the screen material is topped with ultrathin glass, a crease is still evident, just as it is on the Z Flip. I rep this as part of a foldable design, and I’ll keep an eye on it as I use the procedure to see when and how it might get in the way.


The novel Galaxy Fold came in two colors that never made it to initiate, and it let you customize the hinge color.

Sarah Tew

You can customize the Fold’s hinge colorful — again

You can buy the Z Fold 2 in mystic bronze and mystic dim, and customize the hinge in metallic red, silver, gold or blue. Note that it could take up to five weeks for a passe phone to arrive.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has offered Fold hinge customization. The original Fold was sold in martian green and tall blue before the Fold screen disaster that saw delivers minimized and those flashy colors pulled. I originally customized my martian green remove with a gold hinge. Hopefully this time around we’ll see those passe colors shine.

Galaxy Z Fold 2: What you don’t get

A foldable visited is a device of trade-offs. There’s no waterproofing, no 512GB storage option, no microSD storage card or in-screen fingerprint reader (it’s integrated into the grand button).

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Fold, you won’t get wireless or wired earbuds in the box (you can specifically expect wired USB-C AKG headphones from Samsung) and there’s no free case.


Samsung wants to make you feel like a VIP. 

Jessica Dolcourt

Samsung’s VIP foldable Z Premiere consume

Samsung has expanded its VIP club for foldable phones. Anyone who buys a Z Fold 2, Fold or Z Flip (including the new Z Flip 5G) gets access to the program.

  • Galaxy Z Concierge program for on-demand customer service and consultation
  • First-time cloak replacement of $149
  • Six months of LinkedIn Premium
  • FoundersCard benefits: 12-month membership when you preorder. After launch, you get six months free
  • A prepared meal from a Michelin starred restaurant above Tock
  • Fairway Pass Elite through ClubCorp, which allows you access to golf clubs
  • Six months of Obe Fitness online workouts
  • $50 off Glamsquad in-home hair service

Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs. Galaxy Fold vs. Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Samsung Galaxy Fold Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Display size, resolution External 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED, 2,260×816 pixels; internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED, 2,208×1768 pixels Internal: 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED, 2,152×1,536-pixels (plastic); external: 4.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 1,680×720 pixels (Gorilla Glass 6) Internal: 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636×1,080-pixels; external: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED, 300×112 pixels
Pixel density 386ppi + 373ppi 362ppi (internal screen) 425ppi (internal); 303ppi (external)
Dimensions (Inches) Folded: 2.67 x 6.26 x 0.6 in (hinge) ~0.54 in (sagging); unfolded: 5.04 x 6.26 x 0.27 in (frame) ~0.23 in (screen) Folded: 6.3 x 2.5 x 0.6 in; unfolded: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.3 in Folded: 2.99 x 3.44 x 0.62 ~0.68 in; unfolded: 2.99 x 6.59 x 0.27 ~0.28 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 68.0 x 159.2 x 16.8mm (hinge) ~13.8mm (sagging); unfolded: 128.2 x 159.2 x 6.9mm (frame) ~ 6mm (screen) Folded: 62.8 x 161 x 15.7mm ~17.1mm; unfolded: 117.9 x 161 x 6.9mm ~7.6mm Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 15.4 ~17.3 mm; unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 6.9 ~7.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 9.95 oz; 282 grams 9.7 oz; 276g 6.46 oz; 183g
Mobile software Android 10 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Android 10
Camera 12-megapixel (main) + 12-megapixel (wide angle) + 12 megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultrawide-angle)
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel, 10-megapixel Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth 10-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K (HDR 10+) 4K (HDR 10+)
Processor Snapdragon 865 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ (64-bit octa-core)
Storage 256GB 512GB 256GB
Expandable storage No No None
Battery 4,500 mAh 4,380 mAh 3,300 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Power button Power button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No
Special features Foldable demonstrate, 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging support, Foldable demonstrate, wireless charging, fast charging Foldable display; wireless PowerShare; wireless charging; fast charging
Price off-contract (USD) $2,000 $1,980 $1,380
Price (GBP) £1,799 £2,000 £1,300
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$3,270 AU$2,950 AU$2,999