Samsung today released its new foldable Android phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and if the original Fold feels like a prototype, now the Galaxy Z Fold 2 feels ready, and perhaps its price is still not suitable for the mass market, but certainly more in line with the expectations of those who can pay the $2,000 price tag.
The initial Galaxy Fold launch was not all smooth sailing. Screen problems forced Samsung back to the lab to improve its hinge design and make other adjustments: even so, when the dust settles for the subsequent revision, there are still reports of frustrations about core design.
These issues were resolved in Galaxy Z Fold 2. The name has also been replaced with the same “Z” nomenclature as the Galaxy Z Flip, with a leaner folding mechanism and a larger outer display. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 concept design is still a regular-sized smartphone phone that turns on and becomes a small tablet. However, all the designs for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 seem to have improved to some extent.
Outside the body is a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen: in fact, it’s the same size as the Galaxy S20’s display. It has a punch camera for self-timers, making the folding machine more useful when closed. This is useful if you want to quickly browse something with one hand.
At the same time, the interior is a 7.7-inch display, and as before, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 clam shell is closed with a lower section. The older Fold’s big camera, Notch, has been replaced by a much smaller punch camera, at the cost of a more low-key look with fewer lenses.
The main camera sits on the back, a galaxy Note 20 rectangular sensor group consisting of three sensors and an LED flash.
Then there’s Samsung’s integration with Microsoft, and we’ve seen the company redouble its efforts on the new Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. This includes closer sync with the “Your Phone” tool on Windows, where more phone apps can be accessed on the desktop, and Samsung DeX has been fully wirelessly upgraded to connect to Miracast-enabled smart TVs without cables or docks.
As with the original, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 won’t be a cheap device. The exact pricing for admission to Samsung’s foldable club has not yet been confirmed – the company says the details will be available in September and we expect it to be priced in about the same range as the first Fold, about $2,000.