Samsung’s recent Galaxy unpacked event that recently announced the Galaxy Note 20 gave a little hint at the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 and promised a full reveal on September 1st. That event has taken a place and we now have the launch details of Samsung newest folding phone/tablet.
Let’s dive right in a take a look at what the new folding device has to offer.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2
The design of the new fold makes some significant changes to last years device. Gone is the large camera cut out from the main display and replaced with a much smaller infinity-o cut out, much like other Samsung devices.
The front display used while the device is closed has now increased to a 6.2” Super AMOLED Display (25:9) with 2260 x 816 resolution. This offers a much more usable display when using the phone without unfolding it. If checking a quick message or replying to a quick email or making a call was possible before, but now browsing the internet, watching a video and even more is easily possible.
The overall design is aluminium with glass on the back. The cover display is is glass, while the main display is mostly plastic with Ultra Thin Glass type layer as Samsung calls it. This provides a better feel when using the display.
The main display is a large 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1,768 x 2,208 pixels. It supports HDR10+ and 120Hz refresh rate.
Samsung have updated the hideaway hinge which makes device fordable in the first place and arguable the most important aspect of the devices physical nature; along with the display of course.
The new hinge takes what Samsung learned with the Z Flip smartphone and this now allows the device to fold out and stick in any position by using the CAM mechanism . This advantage also includes software features for when using the device in such a way. Such as putting camera offering controls on one half of the display while the viewfinder is on the other when using the device in a laptop style way.
Samsung are also including their sweeper technology, and by that, they have added bristles between the body and the hinge. Their even smaller this time around compared to the Z Flip when the feature was introduced. Their aim is to keep unwanted particles out of the inside of the device.
The chipset included with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the Snapdragon 865+ from Qualcomm. This offers Octa-core CPU with (1 x 3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3 x 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 585). It also supports Adreno 650 GPU and has 12GB of RAM. Storage options are 256GB and 512GB with no MicroSD slot.
The camera side of things is more elegant than on the first generation fold device. This time we have 3 main sensors on the rear of the device, a selfie camera on the main display, and finally another selfie camera on the cover display.
The main sensors on the rear of the device include a main 12 MP 1/1.76″/1.8µm sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 26mm (wide) lens. It sports Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS. The next shooter is a is a 12MP 1/3.6″, 1.0µm sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 52mm telephoto lens. It also has PDAF and OIS.
The last of the main camera’s is the 12MP 1.12µm sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 123˚ FoV/12mm lens (ultrawide). While none of the cameras have the huge pixel count as other Samsung’s device, we’re certain their quality will still be top notch as MP count isn’t the main factor.
The selfie camera’s on the same on the cover and main display’s; offering a 10 MP 1.22µm sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 26mm (wide) lens.
Other specs for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 include WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, stereo speakers, fingerprint sensor on side power button, 25W wired charging, 15w wireless charging, 4.5w reverse wireless charging. The battery is a 4,500mAh capacity. Dimensions are 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9 mm when unfolded and 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm when folded.
Launch date and pricing
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 launches on September 18th and is priced at €2,065.00. This makes it the most expensive phone/tablet from Samsung. The phone is avaialble in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black with customizable hinge colours.
We have included the full specifications and some launch videos from Samsung below.
|Galaxy Z Fold2 Product Specifications|
|Display||Main Screen*– 7.6” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display (22.5:18) Infinity Flex Display (2208 x 1768), 373ppiCover Screen**– 6.2” HD+ Super AMOLED Display (25:9), 2260 x 816, 386ppi*Main Screen: Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners. Actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners.|
**Cover Screen: Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners. Actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners.
|Dimension & Weight||Folded: 68.0 x 159.2 x 16.8mm (Hinge) ~ 13.8mm(Sagging), 282g|
Unfolded: 128.2 x 159.2 x 6.9mm(Frame) ~ 6.0mm(Screen) , 282g
|Camera||Cover Camera||10MP Selfie Camera: F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 80˚|
|Front Camera||10MP Selfie Camera: F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 80˚|
|Rear Triple Camera||12MP Ultra Wide Camera: F2.2 ,Pixel size: 1.12μm, FOV : 123˚12MP Wide-angle Camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8, Pixel size: 1.8μm, FOV: 83˚|
12MP Telephoto Camera: PDAF, F2.4, OIS, Pixel size: 1.0μm, FOV: 45˚
Dual OIS, 0.5x out and 2x in optical zoom, Up to 10x digital zoom, HDR10+ recording, Tracking AF
|AP||7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor (3.09㎓ + 2.40㎓ + 1.80㎓)|
|Memory||12GB RAM with 512GB internal storage (UFS3.1)*12GB RAM with 256GB internal storage (UFS3.1)***512GB internal storage is only available in select markets including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Actual storage availability may depend on pre-installed software|
**Actual storage availability may depend on pre-installed software
|Battery||4500mAh (typical) dual battery**Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4365mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.|
|Charging||Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless*|
*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC, Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
**Wireless PowerShare is limited to Samsung or other brand smartphones with WPC Qi wireless charging, such as Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Note10, Note10+, Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S6, S6 edge, S6 Active, S6 edge+, Note9, Note8, Note FE, Note5, and wearables such as Galaxy Watch Active, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Buds. May not work with certain accessories, covers, or other brand devices. May affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.
|Network||[LTE]*: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO, 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20|
– Up to 2Gbps Download / Up to 200Mbps Upload
[5G]**: Non-Standalone (NSA), Standalone (SA), Sub6 / mmWave
*Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
**Requires optimal 5G connection. Actual speed may vary depending on market, carrier, and user environment.
|Connectivity||[Wi-Fi] 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax HE80 MIMO, 1024QAM[Bluetooth]* Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)[Ultra Wide Band]|
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited. BeiDou may not be available for certain countries.
|SIM Card||One eSIM and one Nano SIM|
*SIM card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on market and carrier.
*eSIM requires a wireless service plan and allows you activate a mobile network plan without the use of a nano SIM. eSIM availability may vary depending on software version, market and carrier. Check with your carrier if your mobile network plan supports eSIM.
|Payment(Samsung Pay)||Credit & debit cards: supports MST and/or NFC|
Membership cards, Gift cards, Transit cards, Reward point service
*Available in select countries. Payment solutions and available features may vary depending on market, carrier, and service providers.
|Sensors||Capacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password|
Biometric lock type: Fingerprint sensor,* Face recognition
*Galaxy Z Fold2 has a Capacitive Fingerprint sensor on the side.
|Audio||Stereo speakersSurround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.)|
UHQ 32-bit &DSD64/128 support*, PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD: DSD64/128
Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF*DSD64 and DSD128 playback can be limited depending on the file format.
|Video||Video playback format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
TV connection: Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30fps) / Wired: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter. (DisplayPort 4K UHD at 60 fps)
|Security||Knox protection: real-time monitoring and protection.|
Virus, malware prevention. (Powered by McAfee)
Secure Folder: a secure space on the device to keep content such as apps, photos and videos, secured by fingerprint scanning.
*Virus and malware prevention solution providers may vary depending on market. Availability may vary by market and carrier.
Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze
[Customization Hinge Color]*
Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red, Metallic Blue
*Hideaway Hinge color customization will be available in 21 markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
|In the Box||Galaxy Z Fold2, Data Cable, Travel Adapter, Ejection Pin, Quick Start Guide,Earphones (USB Type-C) with sound by AKG, Galaxy Z Premier Service Leaflet, Brand Story Leaflet|
*Actual components, including earphones, may not be available depending on the model you purchase or the market or region you live in. Package and cover color may vary depending on device color.