The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is right here – because the follow-up to Samsung’s first-ever foldable phone, the original Galaxy Fold, it brings some tweaks and improvements to the established formula with some further features thrown in.
We first heard in regards to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch occasion, the place it was teased by the corporate, however we did not get all of the information till a separate occasion a number of weeks later.
So what’s new on this improved Galaxy Fold phone? The form issue is largely the identical, however, past the anticipated iterative updates, there are other new features that potential Fold buyers may be enthusiastic about.
We’ll take you thru each phone, putting them head-to-head, to point out you what is new.
The unique Samsung Galaxy Fold value $1,980 / £1,900 / AU$2,900 when it launched, and within the first year of its life that worth did not drop by very a lot.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 prices roughly the identical at $1,999 / £1,799 / AU$2,999, so relying in your area it may cost a touch roughly than the Galaxy Fold’s launch worth, however solely a bit.
That is a high price for a smartphone, about twice as a lot as you’d usually pay for a premium handset, and more than Samsung’s other foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip, which prices $1,380 / £1,300 / AU$1,999.
Design and display
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a similar kind factor to the original Galaxy Fold, but that doesn’t make the two phones identical.
Without even opening both Galaxy Fold phone, there’s one noticeable distinction on the outsides – the original Fold had a small 4.6-inch screen on the surface that took up some house on the entrance, but the Z Fold 2 has a bigger 6.23-inch show that takes up the whole of the front.
The camera array on the back of the newer phone has been redesigned in keeping with the Note 20, and the hinge has seen a huge overhaul too – hopefully, this one won’t break easily.
Opening the phones, the newer one is slightly bigger with a 7.6-inch screen over 7.three inches on its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has also got a 120Hz refresh fee, compared to simply 60Hz on the original.
The screens on both phones use Dynamic AMOLED tech. The resolutions are 1536 x 2152 pixels for the unique Galaxy Fold and 1768 x 2208 pixels for the Z Fold 2 – due to the different display sizes this means the pixel-per-inch counts are almost identical.
Each phone have side-mounted fingerprint sensors for unlocking them.
Camera and battery
On paper, it seems the original Samsung Galaxy Fold has a greater camera array than its successor, however we’ll need to take each out for tests to see if that’s definitely the case.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold has three rear cameras, consisting of a 12MP main, 16MP ultra-wide, and 12MP telephoto 2x zooms snapper, however, there’s also a 10MP and 8MP snapper on the front of the device when unfolded, for selfies, and a sixth camera on the front when it’s folded, with a 10MP resolution.
In comparison, the Galaxy Z fold 2 has the same rear cameras, but with a 12MP resolution on the ultra-wide. There’s only one selfie camera on the front (when unfolded) which has a 10MP resolution, and there is a comparable 10MP snapper on the entrance when you fold the phone.
Megapixel counts do not inform the entire story of pictures potential, and nor do camera numbers, so we’ll have to check each phones earlier than declaring one higher than the opposite.
When it comes to battery sizes, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has a 4,380mAh power again and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a barely greater one at 4,500mAh, but thanks to the screen size enhance we wouldn’t expect the phone to last much longer.
The original Samsung Galaxy Fold has 15W wired and wireless charging, and while the Galaxy Z Fold 2 bumps its wired powering up to 25W, wi-fi charging is actually slower at 11W. Each helps reverse wireless charging too, letting you use the device to power up others.
Specs and features
The newer foldable phone has a greater chipset, as whereas the unique Galaxy Fold has a Snapdragon 855 processor, Samsung caught the improved Snapdragon 865 Plus in the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Both phones have 12GB of RAM though.
Strangely, the newer Galaxy Fold model has much less inner storage – whereas the unique is available in only a 512GB model, the newer one solely comes in 256GB.
Whereas the main selling level of each phone is the foldable show, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 borrows a few methods from the Galaxy Z Flip which assist it to benefit from the shape issue. The primary considered one of these is Flex Mode, so you should use particular capabilities when the handset is barely partly unfolded. An instance of that is so you should use the phone as its personal camera stand, for if you wish to take a selfie without holding the gadget.
Both phones run One UI, Samsung’s fork of Android. The Fold 2 comes with Android 10, the original comes with Android 9 out of the field but it may be upgraded to 10 easily.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 fixes most of the points individuals had with the unique – apart from the worth, which is still astronomically high.
The entrance display screen is larger, the chipset is improved, and the 120Hz refresh fee display screen will impress many.
There are some areas the place the phone is much less of a step up, however seeing as the unique Samsung Galaxy Fold hasn’t misplaced its worth a lot, for those who’re available in the market for a foldable phone, you would be higher off going for the newer gadget.
If Samsung soon decides to give a giant worth lower to the original Galaxy Fold, and turn it right into a ‘budget’ foldable, maybe our takeaway will change, however for now there are few causes to not consider the newer Galaxy Z Fold 2.