Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is not only better than Galaxy fold nature – its level is much better. And it should be $ 2,000. The front view is more immense, 5G is standard, and the invisible note inside is gone.
But this mobile tablet hybrid does more than address the shortcomings of the first version. Samsung continues to make the Galaxy Z Fold 2 more diversified due to the new flex conditions. And many functions are even better to run up to three programs at the same time. If necessary, several programs have the appearance of two panels to increase productivity.
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The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s cameras aren’t quite as tall as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and the overall structure is still acceptable. Still, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 overall performs best this time around to justify Samsung’s hefty asking price.
The above matters a lot: eyelid vision has grown to 6.2 inches, which means you don’t have to use your inner vision to do anything. However, the outer screens are narrower than those of regular phones.
The app ultimately uses more tablet-sized screens: in Gmail, you’ll see your email list on the left and message body on the right, while slack will show the address on the left and message on the right. The iPhone cannot do this.
Doing many tasks is excellent: it is straightforward to create pairs of applications to run three applications simultaneously. I would also like you to drag and drop content from one window to another in other applications.
The flexible method adds versatility: thanks to the hinged camera, you can open a paragraph from different angles. The Flex method is located to take advantage of it. For example, in the Camera app, you’ll see a prologue above the top and bottom controls.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review: What I Don’t Like
The primary era faces smudges: While the thin 7.6-inch Ultraglass is more durable and feels good, it quickly takes on smudges. And, yes, the sieve is still visible.
Minor improvement: I can live without the 108mp census of the Galaxy Note 20, but having 2x optical zoom on a $ 2,000 phone when you can get 5x on a note is a bummer.
There is no water resistance: when it started to flow, I took the Z Fold 2 into the house because no water resistance was promised on this device.
It’s a bulky device: 9.9x the Z Fold 2 is more massive than the natural Galaxy Fold (9.5 oz), and I felt issues after a few minutes of writing. Again, you get one phone and tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Price and release date
SAMSUNG GALAXY Z INCREASED BY 2 SPECIFICATIONS
Price: $ 1,999
OS: Android 10
Main Ion: 7.6 inches 120Hz (2208 x 1768 pixels)
Cover view: 6.2 inches 60Hz (2260 x 816 pixels)
Processor: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 12 GB
Memory capacity: 256GB
Rear cameras: 12MP wide-angle camera, 12MP wide-wide camera, 12MP telephoto (2x eyes / 10x zoom from pinky)
Selfie cameras: 10 MP (coverage), 10 MP (main show)
Battery life: 10 hours 10 minutes
Size: 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.66 inches (closed); 6.2 x 5 x 0.27 inches (open)
Weight: 9.9 oz
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a release date of September 18, and early orders began on September 2 at 12:01 pm ET.
Samsung has a Galaxy Z Fold 2 price of 1,999 and 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. Please note that the microSD card slot is not included in the package and no other options are available. Real Galaxy Fold owners can trade on their devices up to $ 8,800.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be available through all major carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile (Sprint), and open. See How to Import the Preview Galaxy Z Fold 2 for early discounts.
Samsung will also provide Prime Minister Galaxy Z to Z Fold 2 services, including support for concierge demands from volunteer experts. Besides, Z Fold 2 owners can get a Foundericard membership, access to food prepared at Michelin Star Restaurant, and access to various golf clubs.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: creativity and durability
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 preview (photo credit: later)
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 immediately makes a better impression than the Galaxy Fold due to its large external shower. You no longer feel like you’re using Android through a penetration hole, and that’s because the cover screen has grown from 4.6 inches to 6.2 inches.
The interior’s shape is also great for 7.6 inches in the Galaxy Z Fold 2, up from 7.3 inches in the previous example. Better yet, the sour note on the home screen is gone, replaced by a small chunk of selfie camera.
Samsung also made several additions to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to improve durability and outsourcing. This includes
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review flex mode(Image credit: Future)
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in two colors: Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black. But you’ll be able to add some flair in the form of four hinge color options if you order through Samsung.com. Options include Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red and Metallic Blue.
Measuring 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.66 inches when closed and 6.2 x 5 x 0.27 inches when open, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is slightly shorter but wider than its predecessor. It’s also heavier, as the Z Fold 2 weights 9.9 ounces, compared to 9.48 ounces for the original model. I definitely felt a bit of strain after using the phone several minutes and typing out messages.
Another bummer: The Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn’t offer water resistance, so you can’t get it wet as you can with other flagship phones.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Display
In addition to a larger size, the 7.6-inch main display on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, so you should enjoy smooth scrolling and overall performance compared to the 60Hz rate on the Galaxy Fold. Plus, because the panel is adaptive, it’s smart enough to dial the rate down or up based on the content on screen.
The cover display on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 does not offer a 120Hz refresh rate, but it’s still a heck of a lot better than what the first Fold featured. Measuring 6.2 inches, this OLED screen is big enough to perform pretty much any task, and you can still instantly resume what you were doing on the main display when you unfold the device.
Just keep in mind that the aspect ratio on the Z Fold 2’s cover display is narrower than most phones, so typing can feel a bit cramped.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Software and Flex mode
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review Gmail app(Image credit: Future)
One of the complaints we had about the Galaxy Fold is that many of the apps just felt like blow-up phone apps in tablet mode. But Samsung is addressing this drawback with the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
For example, in Gmail I could see my messages on the left and the body of emails on the right. And in Slack my contacts were on the left and messages on the right. You need to flip the Galaxy Z Fold 2 display’s orientation to landscape mode to see these changes, but it makes a huge difference in productivity. And it makes the Galaxy Z Fold 2 feel more laptop-like. Samsung also promises an optimized viewing experience in Microsoft Office and YouTube.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review dual pane apps(Image credit: Future)
The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s Flex mode gives this foldable phone a lot of versatility. The idea is that you can have controls or settings on one side of the display and content on the other for maximum productivity.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review flex model Google Duo(Image credit: Future)
I really enjoyed using Google Duo in Flex mode, as it lets you set the phone down in a laptop-like position and have a video call with the other person without having to hold the device. It’s something I immediately wished my iPhone could do.
Samsung says that Flex mode is supported by several Samsung apps, including Camera, Video call, Gallery, Video player, Clock and Calendar. And Google is supporting Flex mode with YouTube as well as Google Duo. Samsung is working with third-party developers as well to create Flex mode optimized apps.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review multi-active window(Image credit: Future)
Another key Galaxy Z Fold 2 upgrade is multi-tasking. With the improved Multi-Active Window feature, you can open up to three apps at the same time and can quickly create presets called App Pairs that you launch with just a tap.
I tried this with Slack, Twitter, and Spotify as well as YouTube, Photos and Messages, and it was very cool to launch three apps at once.You can also quickly re-arrange the layout with a tap or drag an app from one window to another.
Even cooler, you can also drag and drop content from one window to another. I had no problem dropping a photo from the Gallery app into an outgoing message. However, it didn’t work with the Google Photos app. Multiple Samsung apps support Drag and Drop, as does Microsoft 365, Gmail, Chrome and Google Maps.
Samsung’s App continuity feature is also on board from the original Galaxy Fold. The idea is that you can start an app on the cover display, open the main display and pick up right where you left off. This worked in most apps, but the Sky Force 2 game forced to me restart the app when moving to the bigger canvas.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 cameras
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review cameras(Image credit: Future)
It’s a bit strange to say this, but the $2,000 Galaxy Z Fold 2 represents a step down from the $1,300 Galaxy Note 20 when it comes to the cameras. You don’t get a 108MP main sensor, a 5x optical zoom or a 50x Space Zoom, but you do get three capable shooters you can use in a variety of ways.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a 12MP main wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera with a 123-degree field of view and a 12MP telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review camera front display(Image credit: Future)
The fun really starts with the camera features that are unique to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. For example, Dual Preview lets subjects see how they’re going to look using the front display while you’re taking the shot. You can also take higher quality selfies with the rear cameras.
All you need to do is fire up the camera on the cover display and then press a button in the top right corner, then the Z Fold 2 will invite you to unfold the device and you’ll see a live preview.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review rear camera selfie(Image credit: Future)
Another perk: you can prop up the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in what looks like laptop mode and it will keep your subject in focus when shooting video using a feature called Auto framing. Thanks to Flex mode, you can also review recent pictures on the bottom half of the screen while maintaining the live preview in the top half.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review camera sample(Image credit: Future)
The Z Fold 2’s camera did a fantastic job capturing a close-up of these yellow and violet flowers. You can make out fine details in the petals and even fine droplets of water when you zoom in.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review selfie(Image credit: Future)
I also took this selfie using the rear 12MP camera and the Z Fold 2’s cover screen as the viewfinder. The blue in my shirt pops, and the surrounding trees and grass look vibrant. You simply can’t do this on an iPhone.
As expected, the 10x digital zoom proved disappointing compared to the more powerful Space Zoom on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. As we zero in on the tree and hanging flower baskets, there’s a fair amount of grain. It’s certainly passable, though.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 did a fairly good job in this portrait shot, artfully blurring the photos in the background. The bokeh effect is better on the Z Fold 2 than the iPhone 12. However, my face is a bit more blown out in Samsung’s shot.
In this shot of fall decorations, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 delivers a brighter overall image, and you can make out lots of detail in the turkeys. The iPhone 11 Pro Max does a better job rendering the hay but overall I give the edge to Samsung here.
The Galaxy Z Fold’s 2 Night mode worked well in this shot taken in near darkness of a wall hanging. However, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s Night mode captured a considerably brighter image of the scene.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Performance
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review performance(Image credit: Future)
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 sports a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (UFS3.1). So we would expect similar performance to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
On Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 scored 3,193 on the mult-core portion. The Note 20 Ultra with the same chip scored a slightly higher 3,294 and the Asus ROG Phone 3 hit 3,393. The iPhone 11 Pro was fastest with 3,500.
On the GFXBench graphics test, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 scored 1,461 frames on the Aztec Ruins (High Tier) off-screen benchmark, compared to 1,455 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and 1,657 frames for the iPhone 11 Pro.
Overall, the Z Fold 2 offers smooth performance, but I noticed minor software glitches at times. The YouTube app view didn’t change I switched screen modes at one point, but restarting the app resolved the problem.
In terms of 5G, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz flavors, so you should have no problems tapping into 5G networks where there is coverage. I didn’t see the best results in central New Jersey. On AT&T’s network the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s download speed hit only 22 Mbps, but on T-Mobile it was a much higher 122 Mbps in the same location.
Because the Z Fold 2 also supports Ultra Wide Band technology, you can leverage Samsung’s Nearby Share features to quickly share files with other compatible devices, which thus far only includes the Note 20 Ultra.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: battery life and charging
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review battery life(Image credit: Future)
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 packs a 4,500 mAh battery, which should be able to get you through most of the day. The Galaxy Fold had a slightly smaller 4,380 mAh, so this is a step up.
On our battery test, which involves continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 lasted 10 hours and 10 minutes. That’s not enough to make our list of best phone battery life, where are the handsets last longer than 11 hours. But given the size of the Z Fold 2’s display that’s pretty good endurance.
We ran our first battery test using the internal display at 60Hz and will report back on the 120Hz result.
Anecdotally, the battery life on the Z Fold 2 is pretty solid. I started using the phone at 10 am and after a day of heavy usage it had about 18% juice left at 10 pm.
The Z Fold 2 supports 25W fast charging, as well as fast wireless charging and PowerShare reverse charging. But we didn’t see the best results in our testing. After 30 minutes the Z Fold 2 was at 46% and we would expect 50%. By comparison, the Note 20 Ultra hit 56% in the same amount of time.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Verdict
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review folding(Image credit: Future)
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the quintessential example of a company listening to its customers and delivering a wide range of improvements they asked for. At $2,000, this is a phone that’s still very much for early adopters, but the Z Fold 2 seems a lot less like a prototype and more like a viable product.
The front display on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 alone is a huge upgrade. I also really like Flex mode and the versatility that gives this phone. Being able to prop up the device at various angles really makes the Z Fold 2 feel like a brand new type of device. And while the Mult-Active window multitasking requires a bit of a learning curve, it maximizes productivity.
Overall, I am really impressed with what Samsung has accomplished here. This is clearly the best foldable phone yet and a sign of great things to come in the category.