Samsung had unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G at 5th August, along with the Galaxy Note 20 series. But it was more of a sneak peek at the device. Today, the South Korean technology giant has launched the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, revealing the details of specifications, pricing and availability.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G comes as a successor to Galaxy Fold which was launched last year, which happened to be the first collapsible device from the brand. This new foldable smartphone offers lots of improvements over its predecessor.
While the outer screen (as Samsung calls the Cover Display) of the Galaxy Fold was only 4.6 inches large due to thick frames, the outer screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G is a massive 6.23-inch device with extremely thin frames. It is a Full HD + AMOLED device with 60Hz refresh rate. We wish Samsung had gone with a 1
The inner screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G measures 7.6 inches – up from 7.3 inches on the Galaxy Z Fold – with AMOLED technology and 2208 x 1768 pixels resolution. What’s even more interesting is that the inner screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, up from 60Hz on the Galaxy Fold. Furthermore, the inner screen now has a small hole for the camera instead of a wide notch, and it has Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) for improved image quality and better feel.
Samsung has also upgraded the hinge mechanism on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. It has a hidden hinge with a CAM mechanism, which allows the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G to stand alone from 75 degrees to 115 degrees. The hinge mechanism has a sweeping function to keep dust particles away. This is the same type of hinge that Samsung has used for the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, albeit with stronger components to handle the extra weight.
The phone’s software is adapted to take full advantage of the device’s dual screen and collapsible nature. When using the home screen, you can use specific apps (like Outlook) in split view. Apps like Camera, Gallery, Calendar, and YouTube will recognize if the internal screen is used and display actionable content. Furthermore, the external screen can be used as a viewfinder when taking pictures with the triple camera setup, so you can also use it for selfies.
Speaking of cameras, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G has a triple camera setup on the back, which consists of a 12MP primary camera with dual-pixel PDAF, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, PDAF and OIS, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera with Focal length of 12 mm. The primary rear camera can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second. When it comes to selfies, you get two 10MP cameras with PDAF with two pixels, one on the outer screen and one on the inner screen. Both selfie cameras can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second.
In terms of processing power, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G has the fastest mobile processor from Qualcomm to date, Snapdragon 865+. Paired with the chipset is 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. And it’s the only memory configuration you get on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. On the software side of things, the phone runs on Android 10 OS with One UI 2.5.
The phone is backed by a 4500mAh battery – up from 4235mAh on the Galaxy Fold – with 25W fast wired charging, 15W fast wireless charging and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. As the name of the smartphone suggests, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has 5G 5G connectivity. Fortunately, it supports mmWave as well as sub-6GHz 5G networks.
As for the most important part, the price, the Galaxy Z Fold 5G costs a staggering $ 1,999 in the United States. (£ 1799 in the UK and € 1,999 in Europe). Pre-orders for the device start tomorrow, and it will start shipping in around 40 countries from 18 September. You can get the phone in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze colors. There is also a Thom Browne Edition that has a special color scheme. This limited variant costs a jaw drop, $ 3,299; it is available on pre-order from today, and it will be sent from 25 September.
While Samsung has been releasing a foldable smartphone for two years now, there is no sign of a foldable iPhone. The next premium smartphone war would be fought in the collapsible segment, and Apple seems to have stayed behind. Do you want the foldable iPhone to look like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, or do you want to follow a different concept? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.