Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 launched with Snapdragon 865+ processor – First look

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is finally official, and I’m going to give you a first look of it and this is everything that you need to know about Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.

So firstly the name, it is the Galaxy Z fold 2 5G or the Galaxy Z Fold 2, I’m just going to refer to it as the Fold 2 because the other names are just too long.

Personally speaking, I think Samsung just missed the trick and they could have called it the Galaxy Fold 2.

Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2

The last year’s Fold too was personally my favorite device and that was because it was really refreshing to see something completely different, something completely new, an introduction to a whole new category but it wasn’t perfect.

There was lots of room for improvement, the good news is that samsung seems to have given us everything we asked for in the fold 2.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Display

Starting with the cover display on the fold, we had the 4.6 inch display which was very small and not very usable. On the fold 2, this is now around 1.6x larger, it is a 6.2 inch display.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Display
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Display

We’ve got small bezels with an infinity O punch out. This is a super amoled display and it is 60 hertz.

Now this is going to make things a lot more usable on the cover display, you’re not going to have to always open it up like you had to do with the fold 1 and when you do open up that device, then you do get a massive 7.6 inch display.

Now this is the foldable infinity flex display which is up from 7.2 inches, so it’s around 12 % larger and the bezels are around 27% smaller.

Once again we have the infinity O punch out for that front-facing camera. Now this display is 120 hertz so you’ve got a high refresh rate and on that larger display.

Things are going to look absolutely awesome and this has an adaptive refresh rate so it is going to move from around 11 Hz to 120 Hz depending on the content on your display. This will help towards the battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Display
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Display

Now when you are at 120 Hz you will be switching down to FHD resolution, this is similar to what we see on the S20 as well as the Note 20 Ultra.

But nevertheless, a massive usable display with a high refresh rate, I’m very very excited for.

Design and Build

Now speaking of the materials for the main display, we do have what samsung called ultra thin glass this was initially introduced on the Z flip earlier this year and this is kind of like a combination of glass and plastic.

Sam Galaxy Fold and Z Fold 2
Sam Galaxy Fold and Z Fold 2

There is a pre-applied screen protector so when you do touch the display you will be touching that protective plastic layer, the cover display is going to be using gorilla glass victors, so this is the most durable glass on a smartphone out right now.

For the back however, there is gorilla glass 6, I’m not sure why samsung didn’t use gorilla glass victors for the back as well, but this is just for the front, I don’t know if it’s something to do with pricing.

Then we have an aluminium frame, now there is a fingerprint scanner embedded within that frame so it is a side mounted fingerprint scanner and the Fold 2 is going to be available in two main colors, the mystic bronze and the mystic black.

The mystic bronze is very similar to what we’ve already seen on the Note 20 ultra, so it is gonna have a matte finish. The black version is going to have a glossy finish.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Note 20 Ultra

There is also a Thon Browne edition which is completely separate and it’s got its own custom unique design, but on the regular folds you’re gonna have these two colors.

However you will be able to pick a customized hinge color, this is something that you’ll be able to do on a pre-order. It’s available in a metallic gold, metallic silver, metallic red and a metallic blue.

Speaking of the hinge, this has been improved quite a bit to what we had last year. So this does have the sweeper technology that we saw on the Z fold.

These are tiny fibers which help keep dirt and dust out from the hinge, so they’re not going to come in and pop out the front display.

Hinge mechanism of Galaxy Z Fold 2
Hinge mechanism of Galaxy Z Fold 2

The hinge gap is smaller and it’s made of like 60 parts and what this allows you to do is, you can keep the fold 2 open and stay in lots of different positions, so you can have it anywhere between around 75° to around 115°. This is what samsung are calling flex mode and it opens up lots of possibilities.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Cameras

Now let’s talk about the cameras.

We do have two front-facing cameras in the infinity o design, there’s one puch out on the cover display and then there’s the same camera as well on the main display.

This is 10 MP with an f/2.2 aperture, this will mainly be used for quick selfies and if you are doing some video conferencing calls.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Cameras
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Cameras

But then on the rear facing cameras we have a triple 12 MP camera setup, there is a primary camera, there’s an ultra wide camera and there is a telephoto zoom camera.

One thing to bear in mind is that these cameras are not the same as what we’ve got on the Note 20 ultra or even the S20 series. They do seem a little bit different although they might share some components.

The primary camera does have optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture with dual pixel autofocus, the ultra wide camera has an f/2.2 aperture and the telephoto camera has an f/2.4 aperture and it has 2x optical zoom with up to 10 times digital zoom.

So we don’t have any 3x, 5x, 30x and 50x like we’ve got on some of the other samsung smartphones.

Now personally speaking, I’m not somebody who uses zoom massively so it’s not something that’s going to be a huge concern to me.

But something to bear in mind, you’re not going to be getting the zoom that you might have expected on the Fold 2. This also means that there is no 8k video because you do not have the resolution to cope with 8k video.

Once again, 8k video is nice to have but it’s not something that I use on a regular basis. So it’s not a huge deal for me.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 camera test

The biggest change on the fold 2 is that you can now use the rear facing cameras as front-facing cameras. You have something called dual view and this will use the cover display to show the viewfinder from the rear facing cameras on the main display.

So for instance if you’re taking pictures of somebody, they will be able to see what you are framing. So that’s going to be quite good, but more importantly, when you are trying to take selfies, then you’ll be able to use the rear facing camera.

So you’re not going to have to rely on the front facing cameras, the rear facing camera is obviously much higher quality, you also have the option of the ultra wide camera and that will allow you to get much wider selfies if you do need to get more people into your shots.

A couple of additional features that Samsung have also talked about, we do have the pro video mode like we’ve seen on some of the other Samsung devices.

So you will be able to dial in a few of your settings and using that flex mode you’ll also be able to prop up the Fold 2 and then if you are taking pictures you’ll be able to see them on one half of the display and then you’ll be able to review them live on the bottom half of the display.

This looks very very interesting as well as that they also have an auto framing feature which is going to track your subject. I’m not sure exactly how this is going to work, I’m assuming it’s going to be at 1080p.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Performance

Now let’s talk about the performance before we talk about the software.

So the good news is that the Fold 2 is going to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset across the board.

There’s not going to be a separate Exynos version and that means you will be getting the most powerful chipset out there at this time on android. This will also be coming with 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage with no expandable storage option.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

So you will just have this storage option and there is no larger storage option available and you do have 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM which means this is going to be a multitasking beast.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Software

Now let’s talk about the software and see how samsung enabled multitasking on the fold 2. We do have Android 10 with OneUI on top but there’s lots of features to utilize the bigger display.

We do have app continuity like we had on the Fold 1, so if you do have an app on the cover display when you do open up the device this is going to continue on and expand to use the full main display.

We do have improved multi-active windows, you can have up to three apps open at the same time and split across three windows.

What’s even more interesting is that you can have two instances of the same app so this is going to make things a lot more intuitive say for instance you are comparing something on a browser with something else.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Software and UI
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Software and UI

You can have both of them open at the same time and there’s also drag and drop functionality between sets and apps. So say for instance you want to open your gallery and then you want to drag and drop an image from the gallery into a message.

Then you’re going to be able to do that very easily and Samsung has also been working closely with microsoft to optimize their apps. So if you have powerpoint, you will be able to have more of a tablet-like experience on the main display.

You’ll have access to more menus and options, in addition to that you do have wireless deck support.

This is something that we’ve seen on the Note 20 series previously and you’ll be able to connect the Fold 2 to a display that has support for miracast and wirelessly be able to have somewhat of a desktop experience.

For the speakers, we do have high dynamic dual speakers, so we’ve got stereo sound and they do get pretty loud

Battery and charging

For the battery we have a 4,500 mAh battery, this is split across both of the sides of the device. In terms of usage we will have to do some more day-to-day testing with the retail units based on Fold 1 usage.

Battery life on the Fold 1 was very very good but the Fold 2 does have a larger display for the cover and it also has that 120 Hz refresh rate. So we’ll have to wait and see how good or bad the battery life is.

We do have fast charging as well as wireless charging and there’s also support for wireless powershare which is reverse wireless charging. You’ll be able to use the Fold 2 to charge other devices up wirelessly.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price in India

Finally the price, ₹1,77,990 in India, €1,800 in the UK, $2,000 in the US.

Now this is still a high price, don’t get me wrong but it is lower compared to what the Fold one came in at and it’s offering a lot more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price in India
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price in India

So it’s nice to see this category develop to a point where it is getting more and more affordable. Maybe in a few years everybody will be able to get a foldable device.

So I’m very positive about this and in terms of pre-orders, they are open right now with the official release on the 18th of September. Now there is the Thom Browne edition which will be coming in a lot higher than this price.

I believe it’s gonna be over $3,000 but it’s going to come with a few other accessories like the Samsung Galaxy Buds live as well as the new Galaxy Watch and a few other things.

Samsung Galaxy Z Gold 2: Final words

That is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, what do you guys think of it, what coverage would you like me to do? Definitely let me know in the comments below.

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