The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G is official and brings major improvements at an unknown price

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G is official and brings major improvements at an unknown price

Ever since the first Galaxy Fold was introduced, we knew that the second one will be the one to look forward to. The first attempt at a new type of product is often flawed and the Fold was no exception. It got delayed and some of its parts redesigned but even then it was seen more as a novelty rather than a phone that can replace your daily driver.

Well, the Galaxy Fold is now a thing of the past. Samsung learned its lessons from it and is ready with the next generation: the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Improved in almost every way, the Z Fold 2 is a phone that will make plenty of people seriously consider embracing the foldable experience.

So, what is Samsung enticing people with? Let’s take a look!

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 price and release date

Unlike the other devices that Samsung announced today, the Z Fold 2 didn’t get a price tag. The price and market release date will be announced on September 1 when preorders will begin as well. But if you want to make sure you get one, you can reserve a unit from the link below:

Reserve Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 design

Although the concept of the Z Fold 2 is essentially the same as that of the original, a device that opens like a book to reveal a large internal display, there’s no mistaking this one for the previous Fold no matter the angle you’re looking at it from.

At the front, the ridiculous 4.6-inch display is replaced by a 6.2-inch punch-hole one that properly fills up the whole front panel. This change alone will make the Z Fold 2 a lot more desirable as there’s no functionality sacrifice compared to standard phones when you have that display at your convenience.

On the back, there’s a very elegant camera module that contains three of the phone’s five cameras. Camera bumps are usually more of an eyesore on phones, but the one on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks exquisite.

But what matters the most on the Z Fold 2 is what it keeps inside. And that is a 7.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2213×1689 pixels.

The diagonal of the screen is now 0.4 inches longer than that of the original Fold. More importantly, the aspect ratio of the display is now slightly closer to a square, meaning the bottom side is longer. Those two changes result in a display that has a surface area of 28.6 sq. inches, which is 13.5% larger than the older one.

What’s even better about this new display is that it lacks the massive ugly notch of the previous one. Instead, there’s a tiny hole for the camera that you’ll be using for conference calls. Sure, it’s not in the ideal position, but we’ll gladly accept it.

The durability of the display was a big concern with the first Fold and Samsung has made sure the new one is as strong as possible while remaining flexible. It now has an ultra-thin layer of glass for extra rigidity.

Overall, the design of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks extremely refined and worthy of a super-premium smartphone.

Now onto the insides!

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 specs

Samsung decided to keep most of the information about the Z Fold 2 for September 1, but we already know a fair bit about what will be inside.

As you might imagine, inside the Z Fold 2 there’s pretty much nothing but the best. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 865+. The plus version of the 865 is clocked slightly higher and offers better GPU performance which will be needed to drive all those pixels the internal display has.

The system chip is paired with a hefty dose of LPDDR5 RAM, 12GB to be exact. The base storage has been reduced to 256GB this time around, down from 512GB, but at least it’s the fastest type available right now: UFS 3.1.

Of course, 5G is a given on a device of that class, completing the fast-speed package.

The battery capacity is also increased, although just slightly, to 4,500mAh. With the bigger displays, there might not even be any gain in battery life, but that’s yet to be revealed.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 cameras

A modern flagship is nothing if it doesn’t have great cameras. With the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung is betting on a set of trusted cameras rather than experimenting with massive sensors and periscope cameras that will drive the price even higher.

The main camera is a no-thrill 12MP with optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus. Taking the role of a telephoto camera is a 64MP sensor, the biggest among the three. Finishing up the trio of rear cameras is the 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Nothing extraordinary here as well.

For selfies and vide calls, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is equipped with two 10MP cameras, one for used when the phone is closed and another when you have it unfolded.

The picture quality will largely depend on Samsung’s camera software, as usual, but it has plenty of experience in that area so far, so we expect results that are right up there with the top performers.

A lot of people will say that this is what the original Galaxy Fold should have been. But when you’re developing a brand new type of product, certain mishaps or wrong decisions are bound to happen. What’s important is that Samsung has clearly taken into consideration users’ feedback and made the improvements people wanted to see. Of course, there are still some technological limitations we’ll have to endure, but the Fold line is moving in the right direction at a rapid pace. Which only makes us more excited about what we’ll see in the future.

Source: Phonearena


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