In 2019, Samsung made headlines for an innovative new foldable smartphone called the Galaxy Z Fold. The original device was not without its problems, however.
There were problems with the protective layer on the screen being removed and damage from dust and dirt entering the foldable screen. Samsung has addressed these issues with a revised version of the Fold by creating a smaller gap between the hinge and case and placing the protective film under the frame so it couldn’t be accidentally removed.
Fast forward to now and the Korean tech giant has learned a lot from the past with the release of the Fold2. We̵
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: release date and price
The Galaxy Z Fold2 5G will be released in Australia on Friday September 25th. Pre-orders for the foldable device are currently in progress.
Following the example of the Note20, there are similar “Mystic” color options including “Mystic Bronze” and “Mystic Black”. A few options to customize the metal hinge are available, including “Silver”, “Red”, “Blue”, and “Gold”.
As with the Original Fold, the cost of the device in Australia is $ 2,999.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: design and screen
The retail packaging of the Fold2 deserves a mention as it is a premium experience when the box is unfolded to reveal a special message from Samsung about the “new mobile age” where the device itself is hidden.
The first thing to note is that Samsung really listened to the feedback on the first generation of the Fold and improved every aspect. It feels like a premium device as it should, with a significant weight.
There’s a new hinge that holds the position at any angle, much like the Z Flip, so you can use the Fold2 as a mini laptop or sit upright while watching videos. The Fold2 also fits better when it’s closed (or folded), which is a plus in my book. I’m less afraid of something getting inside the screen and causing damage.
The ‘hideaway hinge’ also includes a sweeping mechanism to expel dust and small particles when it is open and closed. During the two weeks with the device, I had no problems with something strange entering the device.
There’s a large camera module on the back that protrudes a bit and a fingerprint sensor in the power button which is actually a very nice placement and is very fast and responsive.
Then we come to the main display – and it’s absolutely stunning. The bezels have been made smaller and there is now a single hole punch to make room for the inside camera.
We also get an adaptive refresh rate, which can range from 11 Hz to 120 Hz depending on the type of content being displayed. This not only contributes to the longevity of the battery, but also provides smoother scrolling and viewing of content.
When closed, there is a screen on the front – and Samsung has once again listened to the feedback on the original fold and increased the size of this display from 4.6 inches to 6.2 inches.
This makes it easier to quickly use the leaflet to check WhatsApp messages or view the new Snapchat from your family group. I liked that very much because I didn’t keep the Fold2 open for these simple tasks.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: battery life
Due to the large screen included in the Fold2, it’s normal to think that the battery life would take a hit. However, this is not exactly the case.
Yes, the more you use the Fold2 in full screen mode, the higher the battery consumption. But I found that most of the time I used the smaller front screen for things like notifications or replying to messages on Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Taking photos with the device was a great experience from the front screen too, and when I wanted to take a closer look at my snaps, I was able to open it up to reveal this stunning large display.
I got through a full day without charging, but this is different for each person and depends on how you use your devices. When you play on the Fold2, expect the battery to take a hit. And if you’ve kept the Fold2 open on the main display, then most likely you’ll need to top up the juice before the day is over.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: camera
On the back of the Galaxy Z Fold2 there is a camera module that looks very similar in design to the Note20 series. There are three lenses here; Wide angle, ultrawide and telephoto.
It’s a very versatile camera setup and the snaps you get with the hybrid phone / tablet are very impressive – as you can see in our camera examples below.
In the examples, all lenses are used in different scenarios.
Video is very decent too, and you won’t have any problem capturing this fleeting moment in all of its glory.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: ease of use
This is a large device and quite heavy, so I wouldn’t call it an everyday device or a device you might want to take with you for dinner with friends, a day trip through the countryside, or a trip to the beach.
Where the Galaxy Z Fold2 shines is the ability to multitask and flawlessly switch between the two screens. You can use the device folded, unfolded and half-folded … and the software adapts to any position.
In half-fold mode, the display becomes two separate displays – as we saw on the Galaxy Z Flip. This allows content to be displayed on one half while other controls and settings are displayed on the other half. This works great with the camera app.
The ability to have three different apps on the screen at the same time is a productivity dream. You can have your files in one area of the screen and your e-mail in another area – so you can easily move attachments. The copy and paste feature also works between multiple apps.
Screenshots are also a breeze, where you can easily snap a shot from any or all of the multitasking windows. It’s your decision.
What to like
- Great displays
- Larger front screen
- Fantastic camera
- Good battery life
- Impressive multitasking capabilities
What’s not to like?
- The price is high
- No water resistance
- No wireless charging
After two weeks with the Fold2, I can see the attractiveness of such a device and the convenience of having a tablet in my pocket (if it fits, that is).
Everything about the new generation foldable is an improvement. Bigger and better screens, improved and varied camera settings, and battery life that isn’t as bad as I imagined it to be, especially when powering such a large screen.
But everything comes at a high price and would be known if you invested in the original fold from last year. If you can afford $ 2,999 to pair your smartphone with your tablet, you won’t be disappointed.
Samsung has learned from past mistakes and thrown them out of the park with the Fold2.
Samsung provided this publisher with a loaner device for testing purposes. This did not affect our views on the device and our review remains independent of the manufacturer.