As part of our 5 days introduction of the 5 new devices of Samsung Unpacked on 5th Aug, next in line we will introduce the 2nd device, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. If you have not read our first article on Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra, do catch them here, and also do stay tuned over the next 4 days for the remaining 3 new devices.
Samsung didn’t fully unveil the Galaxy Z Fold2 but it did lift the cover a little bit so we can have a peek. Really, it focused on the two displays and even then it held back some details.
The internal screen has grown to 7.6”, up from 7.3” on the original. Also, the display now incorporates Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) for improved image quality.
The external screen is much larger too – at 6.2” it covers the entire “front” when the Fold2 is folded. The aspect ratio is taller than most phones out there, but you can successfully use the Fold2 closed. Also, the “front”-facing camera and the internal cameras have both moved to punch holes.
There’s no mention of price just yet – even details like chipset, cameras, battery and so on are left for a later announcement scheduled for September 1. This is also the start date for the pre-orders.
XDA has additional info on the device, info that Samsung didn’t confirm in the livestream or in the press release. Still, here it goes.
The inner screen will have a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with 120 Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate is actually adaptable, it can be anything between 1 Hz and 120 Hz. There’s no S Pen support, despite some persistent rumors. The panel has 1,768 x 2,208 px resolution (5:4 aspect ratio). There’s no notch this time, instead the inside camera is in a punch hole. The bezels are thinner than on the original Fold to boot.
The outer display is a Super AMOLED with 60 Hz refresh rate. It’s quite tall, the 816 x 2,260 px resolution works out to 25:9 aspect ratio. Both inner and outer displays support HDR10+. The fingerprint reader is mounted on the side so that it’s accessible regardless of whether the phone is closed or open.
It shouldn’t surprise you that the Z Fold2 is powered by a Snapdragon 865+ chipset. It comes with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM plus 256 GB storage. The phone features 5G connectivity, both sub-6 GHz and mmWave.
The triple camera on the back has the same makeup as before – three 12 MP sensors with different lenses. The main cam features OIS and an f/1.8 aperture and the sensor from the S20 – the one with 1.8μm pixels. The other two lenses are telephoto and ultra wide. Both front facing cameras have 10 MP sensors and f/2.2 fixed-focus lenses.
The battery has 4,500 mAh capacity and supports 25 W fast wired charging and 11 W wireless charging (plus reverse wireless charging).
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available later this year. Samsung will sell two color versions – Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze – and Thom Browne is preparing a fashion-focused limited edition.
The new hinge borrows the "Flex Mode" idea from the Z Flip. This allows it to close part way, so that you can stand the phone up.
Samsung will let you customize the hinge cover when ordering the phone from Samsung.com (this will be available only in select regions). Normally, the cover matches the color of the phone, but you can pick Ruby Red, Rich Gold, Platinum Silver or Sapphire Blue.
Pre-orders for the phones and the rest of the gadgets start on Aug 6 at the Samsung Online Store and selected consumer electronics and IT stores, among others. These will be available in Singapore on Aug 21.