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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 – The future is foldable

Samsung has been a pioneer for foldable phones for almost two years now. It all started with the first Galaxy Fold, which Samsung released in 2019 and was already revolutionary back then. Only there were still a few points that needed improvement. First to mention is the top, glued-on layer of the foldable screen. Some users and also reviewers mistook this for a normal screen protector and removed it, rendering the display unusable. In addition, the display on the outside, which is used in folded mode, still looked a bit immature and had very thick display edges, which made using this screen rather unattractive.

As a second attempt in the category of smartphones that fold out to a tablet, Samsung sends the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G into the race, which is supposed to remedy the teething troubles of the first fold. Whether the Galaxy Z Fold2 is finally the long-awaited mature “foldable phone” that many wish for, or whether it turns out to be a flop again, I will clarify in this review.

Workmanship and design

The Galaxy Z Fold2’s workmanship is top-notch, there’s no other way to put it. The glass-aluminum chassis feels nice in the hand and has a pleasantly valuable weight. The folding mechanism also looks robust. Inside, it contains fine brushes on both sides that keep dust and other particles out of the sensitive mechanism. The heart of the whole thing is the foldable display inside. Unfortunately, this isn’t actually made of glass like most non-foldable smartphone displays, but it still feels nice to use. Technology today, unfortunately, isn’t advanced enough to produce a glass that folds in this way.

Speaking of folding, the large touchscreen has a small groove in the center where the display folds. When you run your finger over there, you can clearly feel it and it is also visible when you look at the screen from the side. However, it is not really annoying during normal use. Besides that, “cutting-edge technology” often comes with a few small compromises, which I am personally willing to accept.

The two halves of the back, which come in “Mystic Bronze” and “Mystic Black” as standard, house the main camera module on one half, and the cover display for use when folded on the other.

In terms of design, the Galaxy Z Fold2 looks much more modern compared to its predecessor, as this time it is also based on the design of the other Galaxy models of this generation. Thus, the camera module is almost an exact copy of the camera module of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Hardware and Specsheet

Hardware

The Galaxy Z Fold2 when folded

Besides the very modern concept of the foldable smartphone, the inner values of the Galaxy Z Fold2 are also powerful. In general, it can be said that the specs are decidedly similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. For example, the SoC of the Fold2 is the same as that of the Note 20 in the US. The memory combinations are also the same as the two larger ones of the Note 20 Ultra. Likewise, both are AMOLED screens with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The only difference is that the inner display of the Fold2, as the name suggests, is foldable.

With 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage as standard, Samsung hasn’t done things by halves, and you won’t feel compelled as a regular user to take the more expensive features if you plan on calling the Fold2 your daily driver for 2 years+.

Specsheet

Housing

Size Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9 mm
Folded: 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm
Weight 282 g
Material Glass front (folded), plastic front (unfolded), glass back, aluminum frame

Screen

type Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
Size 7.6 inches, 180.8 cm2 (~88.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1768 x 2208 pixels (~373 ppi density)
Other Cover Display:
Super AMOLED, 6.23″, 816 x 2260 pixels (25:9), Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

Platform

Operating system Android 10, update to Android 11, One UI 3.1
chipset Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)
GPU Adreno 650

Memory

Expandable No
Internal 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
Technology UFS 3.1

Main camera

Sensors 12 MP, f/1.8, 26 mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52 mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12 mm (ultra-wide), 1.12µm
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@60 fps, 1080p@60/240 fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960 fps (gyro-EIS), HDR10+

Selfie camera

Sensors 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm
Cover camera:
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm
Features HDR
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS

Audio

Speakers stereo speaker
3.5mm jack No

Connectivity

Mobile GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, Low-Energy, aptX HD
NFC Yes

Battery

Type Lithium polymer 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging Quick charging 25 W.
Quick wireless charging 11 W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5 W
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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