Samsung reveals the cost and new details about the Galaxy Z Fold 2
As part of the second part of the special Unpacked online event, Samsung revealed the price and many new details about the Galaxy Z Fold 2 folding smartphone. The manufacturer said that he made a lot of conclusions based on reviews of the original Galaxy Fold, and in the second generation, many comments were taken into account, and the shortcomings were eliminated.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 retains the foldable design and dimensions of its predecessor, but not without changes. Thus, the external display, which serves for quick access to smartphone functions, has become 1.63 times larger: the diagonal has grown from 4.6 to 6.2 inches. The internal screen increased from 7.3 to 7.6 inches, not least by reducing the frame thickness by 27%.
Samsung engineers have set a difficult task: to maintain a balance between the strength and flexibility of the protective cover of the main screen. The choice fell on the flexible glass Ultra Thin Glass, which is thinner than a human hair. The manufacturer claims that this is one hundred percent glass that retains its elastic properties even at high and low temperatures. However, it is noted that another protective layer is installed on top of the glass.
The original Galaxy Fold could be either folded or unfolded. When creating the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the company took into account the wishes of users, providing the ability to fix it in an intermediate state, as it was implemented in the Galaxy Z Flip clamshell. The user can open the device at different angles ranging from 75 to 115 degrees. To do this, the hinge connecting the two halves of the gadget was radically redesigned. It is reported that the hinge consists of more than 60 parts. To move, they need a gap, which is reduced in comparison with the previous version. Additionally, the mechanism is equipped with micro-brushes: they prevent the ingress of dirt, even the smallest particles. Interestingly, engineers were inspired by Samsung wireless vacuum cleaners, or rather, their brushes made of nylon. This wear-resistant material was chosen to protect the inside of the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
The internal screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has been significantly improved in comparison with the previous generation. Among other things, Samsung has abandoned a large cutout for all kinds of sensors and modules: there is only one miniature hole for the front camera. The panel itself is made using the same technology as in the Galaxy Note20 Ultra - Dynamic AMOLED 2X. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also received an increased refresh rate - 120 Hz. In the settings, you can enable adaptive frequency control for more efficient energy consumption. So, when reading, the screen will be refreshed at 11 Hz, when watching movies - from 24 to 120 Hz, and in games - from 48 to 120 Hz.
With the ability to lock the screen at different angles, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has been enhanced with Flex Mode. This allows the device to be used in laptop mode, with content displayed on the top of the screen and controls on the bottom. For example, on YouTube, a video is played at the top, and comments can be read at the bottom. This option can be especially useful when using a camera. By installing the smartphone on a flat surface, you can shoot yourself remotely. This is facilitated by the auto-zoom and subject tracking functions, thanks to which you will always be in the center of the frame, even when you move in front of the camera.
Externally and technically, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 camera is very similar to that of the Galaxy Note 20. Three 12 MP sensors are installed for normal, ultra-wide-angle, and portrait photos. The main module is equipped with an optical image stabilization system. Due to the presence of an external screen, the gadget will be able to take a selfie on the main camera in the unfolded state. In addition, the smartphone supports improved night mode. In it, the image is taken by combining up to 30 photos, resulting in a bright and clear frame even in poor light.
In the settings of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, you can choose the interface display mode between smartphone and tablet. The tablet mode allows you to display much more information on the screen, but the elements become smaller. The proprietary OneUI interface was adapted to work with two screens. So, having started working with the application on the external display, you can immediately continue from the same place by opening the device, and vice versa. On the internal large screen, it will be possible to simultaneously launch three different applications at once, interacting with each of them. For example, you can drag and drop content between windows: you can "take" an image from the browser and just drag it into a text document or presentation. If desired, it will be possible to launch multiple windows of one application. Combinations of applications running together are saved in the device's memory.
Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2:
- OS: Android 10 with OneUI proprietary shell
- Internal display: Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 7.6", 2208x1768, 5: 4, 120 Hz, HDR10+
- External display: Super AMOLED, 6.23", 2260x816, 25: 9, 60 Hz, HDR10+
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
- RAM: 12 GB
- Built-in memory: 256 GB, UFS 3.1
- Battery: 4500mAh, fast wired (25W), wireless (11W) and reversible charging
- Main camera: 12 MP (f/1.8, OIS) + 12 MP (f/2.2, ultra wide-angle optics) + 12 MP (f/2.4, telephoto)
- Front camera: 10 MP (f/2.2) on the internal display + 10 MP (f/2.2) on the external display
- Security: fingerprint scanner on the side
- Audio: stereo speakers
- SIM Card: eSIM + nano SIM
- Communication: LTE / 5G (Sub6 / mmWawe), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Ultra Wide Band, USB Type-C
- Folded dimensions: 159.2 x 68 x 16.8-13.8 mm
- Opened dimensions: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9-6 mm
- Weight: 282 grams
The new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will retail for $2,000. The start of sales is scheduled for September.