Samsung today announced the full details of the Galaxy Z Fold2, its new foldable smartphone, originally unveiled on August 5, during the Unpacked event. However, it appeared only fleetingly, as the focus was on the Galaxy Note20 series, and Samsung promised a wider presentation “soon”.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 has two new screens
Unlike the original Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold2 no longer has a cropped screen. At least not so much. The company now uses a 7.6 ”diagonal OLED panel, 12% larger than the previous model. Also, the plastic frame around the screen is now 27% smaller. The screen has the same QXGA resolution from the original Galaxy Fold, but this time, the phone is equipped with a 120 Hz panel.
As with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, the screen refresh rate changes depending on the content displayed. Thus, when you read something, it can decrease up to 11 Hz, while in games or movies it can increase up to 120 Hz. Likewise, in the case of movies, if the framerate is 24 cps, the screen can adjust. Thus, power consumption is reduced, and everything should appear smoother when interacting with the screen.
Galaxy Z Fold2 front
The exterior screen is now larger, rising from only 4.7 “on the previous generation to 6.2”. However, this screen is only at 60 Hz, but Samsung says that it can still be used with one hand, as it is very narrow. Both screens have subtle on-screen cutouts to accommodate the front cameras.
And if we talked about screens, we can talk a little about the audio system. Samsung says that the speakers on the Galaxy Z Fold2 offer the most dynamic sound on any of its devices. Personally, I was pleasantly impressed by the sound on the Galaxy Fold 1, so probably the Fold2 now has an even better audio system.
Galaxy Z Fold2 open
Galaxy Z Fold2: Specifications
Foldable display: 7.6 ”QXGA +, Dynamic AMOLED, 120 Hz, Infinity Flex, Infinity-O (2,208 x 1,768 pixels)
Outdoor display: 6.2 ”HD +, Super Amoled (2,260 x 816 pixels)
Processor: 7nm 64-bit octa-core @ 3.09 GHz (probably Snapdragon 865+)
RAM: 12 GB
Internal storage: 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
Connectivity: 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6, Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Main camera: 12 MP f / 1.8 wide + 12 MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide + 12 MP f / 2.4 zoom
Front camera: 10 MP f / 2.2 (front) / 10 MP f / 2.2 (interior)
Battery: 4,500 mAh (dual battery), fast charging, wireless charging, power share
Dimensions: Folded: 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 – 13.8 mm / Open: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9 – 6 mm
Weight: 282 g
Others: fingerprint sensor in the power button, facial recognition, eSIM + Nano SIM
The new hinge for Galaxy Z Fold2 allows use in Flex Mode
The overall shape and dimensions of the Galaxy Z Fold2 are largely identical to those on the original model. We are dealing with two halves that divide the internal components between them. These are joined by a hinge, which has received several significant upgrades. First of all, it now has a much better system of elastic brushes, to keep the dirt out so as not to enter the wheels inside. It now also has improved functionality. It can remain open in any orientation between 75 and 115 degrees, not just in the closed and open positions as before.
Thus, the company boasts that it can also offer Flex Mode on the Galaxy Z Fold2, after this capability debuted on the Galaxy Z Flip at the beginning of the year. Flex Mode is basically use in an orientation similar to a laptop. Thus, on the top half of the screen you see the content, and at the bottom you have extra information, control buttons and other interactive elements. You can use Flex mode in the camera app to position your phone on a flat surface, like a tripod. Or you can have the multimedia control buttons at the bottom and a video clip at the top.
Galaxy Z Fold2 hinge
The emphasis is more on multitasking in the case of Galaxy Z Fold 2
But Flex Mode is just one of the software innovations that Samsung has introduced. There is now the possibility to use the internal screen in a tablet-like display mode, with applications running in this mode automatically. Or you can now change the orientation of applications in Multi-Active Window mode. On the Galaxy Fold 1, they could only be positioned with a large app on the left and a maximum of two on the right. Now the orientation is at the user’s choice. For example, you can have two applications at the top and one wider at the bottom. You can even save these application layouts in the “edge” quick menu.
Multitasking features are now easier to use. For example, you can drag & drop from one application to another as long as they are on the same screen, or you can send a screenshot from one application to another. Moreover, you can run the same application in several instances, for example a browser, or an application