SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD 2
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is finally official. I’ve had an early first look and this is everything that you need to know.
So firstly, the name. It is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G or the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Personally speaking, I think Samsung just missed a trick and they could have called it the Galaxy zee Fold 2. Am I right?
SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD1 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD2
Anyway, the Fold 1 last year was personally my favorite device, and that was because it was really refreshing to see something completely different, something completely new, an introduction to a whole new category. But it wasn’t perfect. There was lots of room for improvement.
The good news is that Samsung seems to have given us everything we asked for in the Fold 2, starting with the cover display. On Fold 1 we had the 4.6-inch display, which was very small and not very usable. On Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, this is now around 1.6 times larger. It is a 6.2-inch display.
We’ve got small bezels with an infinity O punch out. This is a Super AMOLED display and it is 60 Hertz. Now, this is going to make things a lot more usable on the cover display. You’re not going to have to always open it up like you had to do with the Fold1.
And when you do open up that device, then you do get a massive 7.6-inch display. Now, this is the foldable Infinity Flex display, which is up from 7.2 inches.
So the screen is around 12% larger, and the bezels are around 27% smaller. Once again, we have the Infinity O punch out for that front-facing camera.
Now, this display is 120 Hertz. So you’ve got a high refresh rate and on that larger display, things are going to look absolutely awesome on Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.
Now, this has an adaptive refresh rate, so it is going to move from around 11 Hertz to 120 Hertz, depending on the content on your display. This will help towards battery life.
Nevertheless, a massive usable display with a high refresh rate I’m very excited about.
Now, speaking of the materials for the main display, we do have what Samsung calls Ultra-Thin Glass. This was initially introduced on the Z Flip earlier this year. And this is kind of like a combination of glass and plastic.
And there is a pre-applied screen protector. So when you do touch the display, you will be touching that protective plastic layer.
The cover display is going to be using Gorilla Glass Victus. So this is the most durable glass on a smartphone out right now.
For the back, however, there is Gorilla Glass Six. I’m not sure why Samsung didn’t use Gorilla Glass Victus for the back as well. But this is just for the front. I don’t know if it’s something to do with pricing.
And then we have an aluminum frame. Now there is a fingerprint scanner embedded within that frame. So it is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is going to be available in two main colors. The mystic bronze and the mystic black. Mystic bronze is very similar to what we’ve already seen on the Note 20 Ultra. So, it is going to have a matte finish. The black version is going to have a glossy finish.
There is also a Thom Browne Edition, which is completely separate and it’s got its own custom unique design. But on the regular Folds, you’re going to have these two colors.
However, you will be able to pick a customized hinge color. So this is something that you’ll be able to do on a pre-order.
It’s available in metallic red, metallic silver, metallic gold, and metallic blue.
And speaking of the hinge, this has been improved quite a bit to what we had last year. So this does have the Sweeper technology that we saw on the Z Fold. These are tiny fibers that help keep dirt and dust out from the hinge. So they’re not going to come in on pop out the front display.
The hinge gap is smaller and it’s made of like 60 parts. And what this allows you to do is actually have the Fold2 open and stay in lots of different positions. So you can have it anywhere between around 75 degrees to around 115 degrees. And this is what Samsung is calling Flex mode, and it opens up lots of possibilities.
Now let’s talk about the cameras. So we do have two front-facing cameras in the Infinity O design, the punch out. There’s one on the cover display, and then there’s the same camera as well on the main display. This is 10 megapixels with an f2.2 aperture. This will mainly be used for quick selfies and if you are doing some video conferencing calls.
But then on the rear cameras, we have a triple 12-megapixel camera set up. There is a primary camera, there’s an ultra-wide camera, and there is a telephoto zoom camera.
Now one thing to bear in mind is that these cameras are not the same as what we’ve got on the Note 20 Ultra or even the Galaxy S 20 series. They do seem a little bit different, although they might share some components.
The primary camera does have optical image stabilization, an f1.8 aperture with dual pixel autofocus. The ultra-wide camera has an f2.2 aperture. The telephoto camera has an f2.4 aperture, and it has two times optical zoom with up to 10 times digital zoom. So, we don’t have any 5 X, 30 X, 50 X, like we’ve got on some of the other Samsung smartphones.
Now, personally speaking, I’m not somebody who uses zoom massively. So it’s not something that’s going to be a huge concern to me, but something to bear in mind, you’re not going to be getting the zoom that you might have expected on the Fold2.
This also means that there is no 8K video because you do not have the resolution to cope with 8K video. Once again, 8K video is nice to have, but it’s not something that I use regularly. So it’s not a huge deal for me.
REAR CAMERA AS FRONT CAMERA
Now, the biggest change on the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is that you can now use the rear-facing cameras as front-facing cameras. You have something called dual view, and this will use the cover display to show the viewfinder from the rear-facing cameras, as well as on the main display.
So for instance, if you’re taking pictures of somebody, they will be able to see what you offer framing. So, that’s going to be quite good.
But more importantly, when you are trying to take selfies, then you will be able to use the rear-facing cameras. So, you’re not going to have to rely on the front-facing cameras.
The rear-facing cameras obviously have much higher quality. You also have the option of the ultra-wide camera, and that will allow you to get too much wider selfies if you do need to get more people into your shots.
PRO VIDEO MODE
So, some really interesting updates here for the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2. Couple of additional features that Samsung has also talked about.
We do have the Pro Video Mode as we’ve seen on some of the other Samsung devices. So, you will be able to dial a few of your settings.
Using that Flex mode, you’ll also be able to prop up the Fold2. And then if you are taking pictures, you’ll be able to see them on one half of the display, and then you’ll be able to review them alive on the bottom half of the display. And this looks very interesting.
As well as that, they also have an auto framing feature, which is going to track your subject. Now, I’m not sure exactly how this is going to work. I’m assuming it’s going to be at 1080p.
Samsung didn’t really reveal too much information about this as yet, but of course, we’ll be testing it out.
But, let’s touch on the performance before we talk about the software. So, the good news is that the Fold2 is going to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset across the board. There’s not going to be a separate Exynos version and that means you will be getting the most powerful chipset out there at this time on Android.
This will also be coming with 256 Gigabytes of UFS 3.1 storage. No expandable storage, so you will just have this storage option and there is no larger storage option available. And you do have 12 Gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM, which means, this is going to be a multitasking beast.
And now let’s talk about the software. How has Samsung enabled multitasking on the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2? So we do have Android10 with OneUI on top, but there are lots of features to utilize the bigger display.
We do have app continuity as we had on the Fold1. So if you do have an app on the cover display, when you do open up the device, this is going to continue and expand to use the full or main display.
And we do have improved multi-active windows. So you can have up to three apps open at the same time and split across three windows.
What’s even more interesting is that you can have two instances of the same app. So, this is going to make things a lot more intuitive. Say, for instance, you are comparing something on a browser with something else. You can have both of them open at the same time.
And there’s also drag and drop functionality between Samsung apps. So say, for instance, you want to open your gallery, and then you want to drag and drop an image from the gallery into a message, then you’re going to be able to do that very easily.
And Samsung has also been working closely with Microsoft to optimize their apps. So for instance, if you have PowerPoint, you will be able to have more of a tablet-like experience on the main display, and you’ll have access to more menus on Options.
WIRELESS DeX SUPPORT
In addition to that, you do have wireless DeX support. This is something that we’ve seen on the Note 20 series previously, and you’ll be able to connect the Fold2 to a display that has support for Miracast and wirelessly be able to have somewhat of a desktop experience.
For the speakers, we do have high dynamic dual speakers. So we’ve got stereo sound and they do get pretty loud.
And for the battery, we have a 4,500 milliamp-hour battery. This is split across both sides of the device. In terms of usage, we will have to do some more day-to-day testing with the retail unit.
Based on Fold1 usage, battery life was very good, but the Fold2 does have a larger display for the cover. And it also has that 120 Hertz refresh rate. So we’ll have to wait and see how good or bad the battery life is.
We do have fast charging as well as wireless charging and there’s also support for wireless power share, which is reverse wireless charging. So you will be able to use the Fold2 to charge other devices up wirelessly.
Finally, the price. Rs. 1,75,000 in India, 1800 pounds in the UK, $2,000 in the US. Now, this is still a high price, don’t get me wrong, but it is lower compared to what the Fold1 came in at. And it’s offering a lot more.
So it’s nice to see this category develop to a point where it is getting more and more affordable. Maybe in a few years, everybody will be able to get it a foldable device. So I’m very positive about this.
And, Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 comes of pre-orders, they are open right now, with the official release on the 18th of September 2020.
THOM BROWNE EDITION
Now, there is the Thom Browne Edition, which will be coming in a lot higher than this price. I believe it’s going to be over Rs. 200,000, but it’s going to come with a few other accessories, like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, as well as the new Galaxy Watch and a few other things.
And that is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. What do you guys think of it? What coverage would you like me to do, as soon as the retail unit is in hand? Definitely let me know in the comments below.
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