Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: the new foldable smartphone costs $1,999

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Simply teased throughout its official launch at the Unpacked keynote final August, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is lastly launched this Tuesday, September 1st.

The value, launch date, spec sheet,… the whole lot is now identified. We take inventory of all the data unveiled round the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Has the future dreamed up by Samsung lastly come to fruition?

A big, very massive 120 Hz show

In addition to its weight of 282 grams, the very first thing that stands out from the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the maturity of its design. We see the technological steps that Samsung has taken since the first Galaxy Fold.

The foremost display screen, the internal display screen that folds has grown from 7.three inches to 7.6 inches and adopts the Infinity-O show design with a small hole-punch centered in the high proper half of the display screen. We are nonetheless on UTG or Ultra-thin Glass expertise as on the earlier mannequin.

The display screen of the Fold 2 unfolded is nearly borderless and freed from the nasty notch of the authentic Fold. / © Samsung

It’s night time and day in comparison with the large notch in the first Galaxy Fold. So we discover an AMOLED dual-screen in a QXGA definition, 2,208 x 1768 pixels with a 120 Hz refresh charge by default.

The cowl display screen can also be unrecognizable and has grown from 4.6 to massive 6.three inches. It’s in Full HD+, or 2260 x 816 pixels.

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The cowl display screen is unmatched between the two generations of Fold. / © Samsung

That’s the measurement of a “normal” smartphone lately and it is a huge enchancment over the earlier technology that could possibly be summed up as a easy notifications display screen. Here too, the Infinity-O design with a central hole-punch at the high of the display screen now occupies nearly the whole floor.

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The evolution of the screens between the two generations of Fold is clear. / © Samsung

No Exynos however a Snapdragon 865+, phew!

Logically, you may discover a fully-fledged spec sheet, which is the least you may anticipate for such an costly smartphone.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will solely be offered in a single configuration of 256GB or storage and 12GB of RAM. In the paperwork to which Samsung gave us entry earlier than the keynote, the identify of the processor was not indicated.

Specifications: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2:

  Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G
Memory 256 GB / 12 GB RAM
Screen Main: AMOLED 7.6 inch, QXGA (2208 x 1768 pixels)
Outer: 6.2 inch Full HD+ (2260 x 816 pixels)
Battery

4,500 mAh

Fast and wi-fi charging

Photo module
  • Rear: 12 MP (extremely large) F2.2 + 12 MP (large) F1.8, OIS + 12 MP (telephoto) F2.4
  • Secondary: 10MP F2.2
  • Outer: 10 MP F2.2
Dimensions
  • Unfolded: 159 x 128 x 6.9-6.zero mm
  • Folded: 159 x 68 x 16.8-13.Eight mm
Price: Coming quickly

“7 nm 64-bit Octa-Core”, the producer didn’t say extra. But as Roland Quandt revealed for WinFutureThe Fold 2 will likely be outfitted with a Qualcomm SoC: the Snapdragon 865+, as on the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and even in Europe.

We are ready for affirmation from Samsung at the keynote however it will be excellent information after we know the efficiency considerations of the Exynos proprietary SoCs that Samsung typically imposes on its shoppers in Europe.

For the remainder of the {hardware}, it is solely the comparatively small 4,500 mAh battery that actually worries me, in any other case the Fold 2 ticks all the {hardware} packing containers.

Less loopy on the photograph facet

Contrary to what one may anticipate, Samsung didn’t discuss a 108-megapixel sensor and Space Zoom function in the presentation of the photograph module of the Fold 2.

At the rear is a triple sensor that includes a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, a 12-megapixel wide-angle, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. On the entrance (of the foldable display screen), there is a 10-megapixel selfie digital camera and precisely the identical on the outer display screen.

It’s clearly much less loopy than the technical flights of fancy that Samsung has gotten us used to, however it’s nonetheless, on paper, worthy of a flagship. As with its different high-end smartphones, Samsung has even saved the HUGE rectangular island that proudly stands out from the again of the Fold 2.

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The rear photograph module of the Fold 2 is very large. / © Samsung

The photograph module mixed with the Flex mode and the massive outer display screen will permit a very good versatility for taking footage. For instance, Samsung has proven a mode that enables the photographer in addition to the topic of a photograph to see a preview of the shot in the internal and outer display screen.

The Flex mode is meant to show the Fold 2 right into a 2-in-1 tripod, which might be helpful for night time time or low-light pictures to seize extra element and keep away from movement blur. We will see throughout our exams if it goes past the gimmick stage.

An improved hinge, constructing on the Galaxy Z Flip’s basis

After having considerably improved the expertise of its hinges on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, making them extra sturdy, the Korean large has utilized these advances on the Fold 2.

So we discover the mechanical cam expertise or “CAM mechanism” that’s speculated to be stronger, firmer, and maintain the folding display screen in place at any angle. Samsung has additionally re-integrated its “sweeper” system of mini brushes that stop dust from turning into embedded in the hinge.

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Samsung assures to have miniaturized the hinge and its mechanism. / © Samsung

Logically many software program options will likely be obtainable to totally exploit this kind issue allowed by the hinge. So we could have the Flex mode, to remodel the Galaxy Z Flip right into a 2-in-1 tripod, like the Galaxy Z Flip.

Samsung guarantees that a number of third celebration functions will provide a show that matches the display screen, whether or not folded or unfolded. In the presentation, functions similar to Youtube, Google Maps, or the Microsoft Office suite had been seen to supply an tailored interface.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 with Flex mode. / © Samsung

Samsung desires to make the transition between the outer display screen (Folded Fold) and the double internal display screen (Unfolded Fold) much more seamless or intuitive. Some functions will due to this fact mean you can change from one display screen, and due to this fact from one mode (folded or unfolded) to the different with out transition.

There may also be three modes of use relying on the display screen fold angle. A completely folded mode with the cowl display screen solely. A mode unfolded between 80 and 160 levels. All the important data is displayed on the high and the extra components on the backside. Finally, there is a third mode, beneath 80 levels of folding with the Flex mode we talked about earlier.

Price and availability

The official value of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is $1,999 in the United States. We’ll let you already know the costs for Europe as quickly as we’ve got them.

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