Galaxy Z Fold 2

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A year ago Samsung took the smartphone industry by storm when it launched the Galaxy fold, launching a new era of foldable displays and many followed suit with their own designs. The fold however, has been considered the most widely accepted application of multiscreen in a phone. And now a year later, Samsung listened and followed up with a better, bigger and faster Fold 2 5g. And we are excited for the strides Samsung has made with this next iteration.

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The new fold sports a bookstyle design like the previous one however, the screens are now bigger both on the front and inside with a smaller notch making it more useful. The front screen is much bigger at 6.23” compared to the previous 4.6” which makes it actually usable by today’s standards. The hinge has been updated to allow for opening (and holding) the display at different angles while reducing the gap between itself and the display. This means the Z FOLD 2 now has less of a gap when folded. The phone when folded measures 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm which makes it slimmer but wider than the previous generation.

The new Fold 2 refines the design of the previous model making it more useful and even pleasing to look at. The front display at 6.23” is a phone on its own as it now matches up with the current display standards. The main display at 7.6” is not only bigger than the previous model but also has been made more useful with the new FLEX MODE. The hinge on the Z FOLD 2 provides perfect linear motion with consistent tension in the entire range. This means with the FLEX MODE and the custom FLEX VIEW UI Samsung has found some great ways to leverage the foldable screen which can now hold different angles all thanks to the new hinge.

But, before we talk about that lets look at what else the phone has to offer.
SCREEN

The Fold is all about the screens so it makes sense that Samsung has worked hard to improve its already amazing display from the previous generation. The phone now comes with a 7.6” screen when unfolded which means ~88.6% screen-to-body ratio, thinner bezels and a tiny punch hole notch. The Fold sports a Super amoled display with 1768 x 2208 pixels or simply put 373 PPI density which is a step up from the last model. The Front display also is now bigger at 6.23” compared to 4.6” from the first fold which means the front display is now usable as a phone of its own and you will not be opening the device every time you want to send a text, like a post or watch a small video. The Front is a Super AMOLED screen, of 816 x 2260 pixels with a 25:9 aspect ratio while protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

PROCESSOR

Samsung decided to endow the new Fold with fastest processor in the market Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ which is expected from this device considering the price tag. However what we are really happy about is the fact that Samsung has decided to go with the snapdragon across the globe which means you don’t have to make do with an Exynos processor in a $2000+ phone, no matter where you are. The latest snapdragon comes with Octa-core processor split as follows (1×3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585). Coupled with the Adreno 650 GPU the new chip boasts a 25% CPU performance increase and a 20% GPU performance increase over the previous generation Snapdragon 855. Also, the new SoC supports LPDDR5 memory and is manufactured on a newer 7nm process.

CAMERA

The fold might not be Samsung’s greatest camera that, goes to the Note 20 Ultra. However with the triple camera array at the back the Z Fold 2 is not a slouch either. The main 12MP camera is a Sony IMX555 sensor equipped with Dual Pixel Phase detection autofocus and OIS. Just like the S20. Fold 2 also sports a 12 MP ultrawide, and a 12MP telephoto. But we don’t stop there the phone also has two 10 MP cameras one on the inside with a punch hole (great upgrade over the large notch) on the 7.6” screen, and another on the cover display.

Other upgrades include a slightly bigger battery 4500 mAh as opposed to 4235 mAh on the previous Fold but more importantly, the fold gets a faster charging support at 25W. Faster data transfer with an UFS 3.1 support and up to 512gb of internal storage. And the phone lands with Android 10 One UI 2.5 on top.

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Samsung has developed Flex Mode to use all that screen real estate and they have done a really good job at it. You get the already well known Samsung Edge screen which helps with the Multi-tasking. The simpler dual-split can either be horizontal or vertical. You can also control the split one way or the other by simply dragging the middle bar. Dragging is also how you can quickly and easily get content from one window to the other. Each app can be controlled with a little oval bar on the top while in Multi-window mode. And can further be collapsed into a floating window. Samsung’s Flex Mode also allows you to use the screen in two parts while sitting between 75 degrees and 115 degrees. Which means multiple windows, simultaneous camera and typing messages while watching a video. Samsung has promised to add more features as they go.

To conclude the Fold 2 is a great step in a direction unknown. We are just as curious as you to see the phones of the future, and where the new form factors lead us. But if we could trust anyone to do it we would bet big on Samsung. And we love Samsung for taking the chances. Be brave Samsung, we are excited.

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