Perfecting the fold smartphone technology with the all new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 | IT Gadgets Review

Meet the mighty Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 – her third and latest foldable device, following hot on the heels of the redesigned first Galaxy Fold which launched September last year, and the Galaxy Z Flip which dropped earlier this year in February.

Folding phones are still a very new type of technology, meaning they’re expensive and complicated to build. That’s fully evident in the price tag of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which costs a whopping USD2,000.

The year-over-year improvements Samsung made between the original Galaxy Fold and the Z Fold 2 are kind of mind-blowing. The Z Fold 2 is better in just about every single way, touting a much larger cover display, a more impressive inner display, upgraded specs across the board, and a much sturdier hinge.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 retains the in-folding design of its predecessor. It has a metal frame with Corning’s strongest Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back for added protection. The camera housing protrudes slightly from the back and has cutouts for each individual sensor.

The physical buttons have been placed at the right side of the frame which is also where you’ll find the fingerprint sensor. There’s a USB Type-C port at the bottom but don’t keep your fingers crossed for a 3.5mm headphone jack as it doesn’t have one.

On the inside, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is equipped with a 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display with 2208×1768 pixel resolution and 22.5:18 aspect ratio. The display is made out of Ultra-Thin Glass. It also has an Infinity-O cutout for the internal selfie camera so the bezels are much smaller compared to the Galaxy Fold. The internal display supports dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. Along with minimised bezels and a notch-less front camera, this makes viewing and scrolling apps, content and games just that much smoother.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the first folding phone to ship with a 120Hz screen. Samsung also packed the Fold 2 with some of the best internals you can get in a phone right now, including the Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

Android 10 comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The handset also comes with One UI 2.5, the latest iteration of Samsung’s custom Android skin at the time of its launch.

The Dual Preview function – which incorporates both the photographer and subject’s perspective into getting the shot – is a new feature that will definitely impress all selfie/wefie enthusiasts out there. This means the person being photographed can see themselves. One can now preview and frame one’s own shot via the cover 6.2-inch screen, all the while taking a high quality selfie using the more powerful rear 12MP cameras.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also inherits one of the Galaxy Z Flip’s best features: Flex Mode. This enables apps to reorient properly to fit the screen when your phone is propped open halfway.

App Continuity lets you continue working with the apps you had open on the cover screen to continue a high level of productivity. You can open up apps on the cover screen, including App Pairs from the Edge tool, and use them to your heart’s delight. Then simply open up the Z Fold 2 to have the app(s) you were using on the cover screen appear on the main screen in all their glory with a high refresh rate Super AMOLED display.

It is still one camera horsepower with a 10MP cover camera, while the rear triple cameras are 12MP apiece, for ultra-wide, wide and tele photos. There is also auto framing, which tracks people or objects that are in the frame without ever having to move the device.

The quality of the images taken on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 were on par with those shot on the iPhone 11 Pro, offering crisp detail and rich colors.

Take a look at some of the photo samples below:

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers plenty of battery life to get you through a full day. After using it for about 10 hours throughout the work day, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 had 66% of its battery left.

Pros
It’s a tablet AND a phone!
Both displays are bigger and better
Improved design and build quality
Solid performance
Long battery life
Excellent speakers
Future proof for 5G connectivity

Cons
Extravagantly expensive
Multitasking isn’t intuitive
Many apps aren’t optimized for tablets/foldables
No IP rating for water and dust resistance

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 does convince most that foldable phones can offer a lot of benefits for those who want a larger screen in a mobile device. But, for now, it’s probably more cost effective and practical to just buy a tablet in addition to your smartphone.

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