At the Unpacked launch the day before, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Z Fold 2 more about how to fix the flaws in the first generation of The Fold than on how to make the collapsible flagship even greater. While spending so much effort to convince customers that it’s doing the right thing this time, Samsung has also revealed the company’s vision for a better future for collapsible phones. “In the future, 5G and foldable phones will be the backbone of Samsung,” said Federico Casalegno, Samsung Electronics’ senior executive vice president of global execution, after the event.
As a test case, the first generation of Galaxy Fold had a number of problems, including poor battery life, poor video game experience, and less app support. Samsung had to delay the launch of the consumer-grade new machine for months after a number of poor reviews from the media.
Even though the $1980 collapsible phone is back on the market after the changes, it’s still fragile, and Samsung advises customers to avoid even banging too the screen. The phone is also still at risk of debris entering, which could enter the inside of the hinge and damage the screen from the back.
Fortunately, these issues have been properly addressed on The Galaxy Z Fold 2. Samsung aired a review of the first-generation Fold screen by prominent digital blogger Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) at the Unpacked launch, and a subsequent video showing MKBHD and The Verge editor Dieter Bohn’s review of z Fold 2’s improved design.
And at the launch, a video from Jerry RigEverything showed the measured effect of pouring dirt and gravel onto the phone, suggesting that Samsung has made significant improvements in this area.
Instead of dangerously fragile plastic sheets, the display uses Samsung’s ultra-thin glass technology, launched earlier this year on the Galaxy Z Flip, promising to be more durable. Although protected, the glass components here are still covered with plastic lids and can be scratched. Despite this upgrade, it’s still much more fragile than the hard gorilla glass on the average smartphone that most of us are accustomed to.
Samsung has also redesigned the Z Fold 2 hinge. It can remain in place at a wider angle, allowing it to be propped up on the table. When the phone unfolds, it uses more force to keep the phone open, and it also uses extra springs for a smoother opening experience.
Samsung also uses a similar “sweeping robot” technology, which debuts with The Z Flip to brush off any dust or dirt. The new system is actually an improvement on the Z Flip approach to take into account smaller hinges, shorter fibers, and adjust the elasticity of the brush to ensure that everything works the same despite its smaller size.