Samsung’s entire rumored device lineup for the Unpacked event was almost spoiled by a series of videos from leaker Evan Blass. It gave us an exclusive hands down experience on the extensively awaited and hyped, Galaxy Z Fold 2. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks more elegant and cohesive with a new camera system, larger external display, and hole-punch cameras.
The new Galaxy Z Fold 2 has been renamed to match the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G released earlier this year, marks Samsung’s first major refresh for its flagship foldable phone and looks to improve on nearly every shortcoming of the original model (coughs).
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 specifications
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a 7.6-inch Super AMOLED flexible display with 120Hz refresh rate. The secondary screen is an edge-to-edge 6.23-inch Super AMOLED panel (with a resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels). The weird, notched corner that marred the top-right corner of the flexible interior panel is gone, too, replaced by a less obtrusive hole-punch camera that takes up far less space on the folding OLED screen.
When MKBHD said “Glass can’t be folded, obviously”, Samsung took it way seriously. In the Z Fold 2 they have built a Ultra-Thin-Glass (UTG) that’s even more thinner than the human hair, and is even foldable.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor. It also has an amazing dual battery setup with a combined capacity of 4,500 mAh, support for 15W fast wireless charging, and 15W fast reverse wireless charging.
The hinge also now has brush bristles fit inside, that’ll clean the space between the two screens everytime it opens and closes.
Speaking of cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a 10-megapixel image sensor on both the displays. The triple rear camera setup comes equipped with a 64-megapixel sensor with telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens.
The phone also has a side-planted fingerprint scanner.
The most questionable feature once again about this foldable phone will be it’s durablity. Now that they’ve made the phone even more thinner (6 mm), things might get more scarier. Although the haze finish on the metal chasis looks beautiful!
Almost all smartphone companies have been trying to switch to foldable phones, but what would be interesting to see is how they make it durable. I mean, if you are investing around $2000 on a smartphone, you wouldn’t want it to break while you’re just using it.
Apart from Samsung, the only two companies that are actively pursuing the quest of launching foldable display smartphones are Motorola and Huawei. While Motorola has launched just one foldable display smartphone, that is, the Moto Razr, so far, Huawei has launched two such smartphones. First is the Huawei Mate X that was showcased at MWC 2019 and the smaller Huawei Mate Xs that was launched earlier this year and is yet to be available in a number of major markets across the globe including in India.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will come in both “mystic black” and “mystic bronze” colors, although Samsung isn’t announcing a release date or price for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 today. The company is promising more information on the Z Fold 2 on September 1st, and pre-orders begin on that day itself.