The Z Fold 2 5G comes with several improvements over its predecessor the Galaxy Fold. Now let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two foldable phones from Samsung and what the Z Fold 2 5Gbrings to the table.
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Design and Build
The Z Fold 2 5G is not any other phone; it is a foldable phone, and the design and build quality is of utmost importance for a foldable device.
The Z Fold 2 5G comes with the latest Gorilla Glass Victis to the front covering the front outer display which is a significant improvement over its predecessor. Towards the back where the triple rear cameras lie is protected with Gorilla Glass 6 as well. The frame is made up of with aluminium just like the previous Galaxy Fold. The biggest improvement lies in the outer display which is now protected with Ultra-Thin Glass rather than plastic, making it less likely to scratch as well.
The Z Fold 2 5G comes with Sweeper technology just like its predecessor which is just a fancy name for fibres in the hinge to keep dust out of the phone. Moreover, the Z Fold 2 5Ghinge gap has been reduced, and the hinge has been improved to allow the Z Fold 2 5G to open in various positions ranging from 75 degrees to 105 degrees.
It will come in two main colours mystic black and mystic bronze. Moreover, Samsung allows for a customizable hinge colour as well ranging for metallic silver, metallic red, metallic blue, metallic yellow etc.
The display is where the 2nd generation Galaxy Fold offers the most significant upgrade over the original one. Towards the front, the small 4.6-inch display is replaced by the 6.2-inch infinity-O display which covers the whole front part.
As soon as you open the Galaxy Z Fold 2 you have greeted with a much larger 7.6-inch 120 Hz OLED display a slight increase from 7.3-inch on the original Fold. But the biggest upgrades are the introduction of a punch hole on the latest Galaxy Fold instead of a gigantic notch in the inner display and 120 Hz fast refresh display for the smoothest experience possible.
Do note that the display comes with an adaptive refresh rate so that it can improve battery life when the 120 Hz refresh rate is not required.
The Z Fold 2 5G comes with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, and there is good news that the global version also comes with the Snapdragon version rather than the Exynos Version.
It also boasts 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM helping you perform the insane amount of multitasking at once and 256 Gb storage. The storage is a slight downgrade from 512 GB on the Galaxy fold, but the type of storage is the new and much faster UFS 3.1 instead of UFS 3.0 on the original Fold.
With such beastly specs, the Z Fold 2 5G should have no problem handling anything you throw at it.
The Z Fold 2 5G houses a total of five cameras, two front-facing cameras and three rear-facing cameras. The outer has one 10 MP F2.2 front camera, and the same camera is present on the inner display to take selfies in the unfolded state as well.
To the back are three cameras, the main shooter, an ultra-wide and a telephoto. The main camera is a 12 MP F1.8 wide-angle camera with Dual Pixel AF and OIS. Coming to the secondary ultrawide camera, it is a 12 MP sensor with F2.2 aperture and a field of view of 123 degrees. The telephoto is a 12 MP F2.4 sensor with 2X optical Zoom and 10X Digital Zoom.
It is important to note that there is no 8K video recording on the Z Fold 2 5G, but it is not a big deal for most users. It supports up to 4K 60 fps with the rear camera
Samsung has now enabled users to use the rear cameras to use as the selfie cameras using the front cover display. There is also an auto framing feature in which the camera software automatically frames the subject for the image.
The Z Fold 2 5G runs on the latest OneUI 2.5 based on Android 10out of the box, and Samsung has also promised to provide future updates for the next three years.
Samsung has added several features to enhance the multitasking capabilities of the Z Fold 2 5G like an improved multi-active window which allows you to run three apps at once in three different windows.
The app continuity feature is still present; it allows users to seamlessly transition from the outer display to the inner 7.6” display. Samsung has also implemented drag and drop text, images, documents etc.
The battery on the Z Fold 2 has got a slight bump from 4380 mAh to 4500 mAh on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The battery on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is divided into the two halves one on each side of the phone.
In the charging front, the speeds have gone up from 15W to 25W fast charging. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 just like its predecessor has wireless as well as reverse wireless charging.
With a larger higher refresh screen, it remains to be seen how the 2nd generation Galaxy fold performs in day to day use.
Price and Availability
In terms of price, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers good news; it costs 1799 euros in Europe and $1999 in the US which way cheaper than the original Galaxy Fold with 5G and at par with the 4G Galaxy Fold.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G has not been launched in India yet, but we expect the Indian pricing to be revealed soon.