Galaxy Z Fold 2: A droolworthy foldable phone you’ll actually crave — mostly

    LikeRefined look and feelSits open at a number of anglesFixes almost each flaw from the unique

    Don’t LikeInner display nonetheless fragileFingerprint unlock errors too quite a fewTyping can really feel cumbersome

    The Galaxy Z Fold 2 isn’t just a foldable telephone. It’s a motion ready to occur. Samsung’s successful do-over of its first foldable design improves on the unique Galaxy Fold in almost each means. It begins on the new 6.2-inch outer display and strikes on to the 7.6-inch internal show, and each hinge half, notch and crevice in between, delivering a high-end machine that for the primary time attracts a full-size foldable telephone from the realm of fantasy to the sting of actuality.  Samsung’s unique Galaxy Fold was a daring idea with horrible execution. Besieged by issues and pitfalls at almost each flip, Samsung needed to redesign the machine after evaluate fashions broke in a number of methods, inflicting the model to lose distribution companions, drop shade choices and ship the foldable machine 4 months late. 

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    The Z Fold 2 could maintain the identical form as the unique, but it surely exudes confidence and competence that the primary design lacked — with one exception. CNET Section Editor Juan Garzon’s evaluate unit has a bubbled inside display, which might clearly fall below Samsung’s guarantee if a bought product arrived broken. The evaluate unit I’ve been utilizing hasn’t skilled any points. CNET has reached out to Samsung to report the issue.

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    When I have a look at the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s massive outer show (6.2 inches), sturdy hinge and upleveled multitasking expertise, I see a foldable telephone striving to outline the intersection of smartphone luxurious and technical innovation, however with a utility that banishes the suggestion of gimmick. For instance, the Z Fold 2 changed my laptop computer for 28 hours and did almost every little thing I wanted, although writing and modifying admittedly took longer tapping out on a display than typing on keyboard squares. The Z Fold 2 is not a telephone for everybody — its $2,000 (£1,799, AU$2,999) worth places it out of vary for a lot of — but it surely’s a tool that deserves and calls for your consideration. Read on for the very best and worst Z Fold 2 options, and every little thing that you must find out about digicam, battery life and Samsung’s VIP therapy. You’ll discover the complete specs comparability with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Fold and Microsoft Surface Duo on the finish.
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    8 finest enhancements to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 Premium look and feelHinge mechanism is sturdy and clean as you open and shut the machineNo gaps between the display and physique (I attempted with my fingernail. All sealed.)6.2-inch exterior display takes up a lot of the exterior footprintUltraskinny glass on the internal display as a substitute of plastic adhesive aloneSupport for 120Hz refresh charge (internal display)No notch on 7.2-inch inside showApps seamlessly change between internal and outer shows How the Z Fold 2 may very well be even higher Inner display is not waterproof, requires particular care instructionsReflection on the display crease is noticeable when hinge stays open Heavy, with sharp edges. Grows wearisome to carry throughout long-term useBetter cameras, together with a 5x optical zoomA extra correct fingerprint reader (extra beneath)Apps can elevate the bar on conforming to the display (extra beneath)Support for Work Profile apps within the multitasking view (extra beneath)Taken with the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s 2x optical digicam.
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    Z Fold 2 cameras are good, however Note 20 Ultra’s are higher Photography on the Z Fold 2 leaves little to complain about, except you’ve got simply used the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as your major telephone, like I’ve.  That machine, which prices $1,300 retail, has 5x optical zoom that the Z Fold 2’s 2x optical zoom needs it may very well be, and some different fancy options that I may normally take or depart. Zooming into architectural options on a day journey to San Francisco, or seeing animals in nature, was rather a lot much less satisfying on the Z Fold 2 in comparison with the Ultra. A wonderful view of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building on a gorgeous day, however the Z Fold 2’s 2x optical zoom isn’t any match for 5x if we needed to get just a little extra shut and private.
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    Photos are nonetheless good — excellent, even — however this is not probably the most superior digicam telephone that Samsung makes. There are professional photograph and professional video modes, which deliver it updated, and I do like with the ability to unfold the machine to take a higher-quality selfie with the rear cameras.  The Z Fold 2’s outer display serves as a viewfinder should you faucet the appropriate onscreen management, but it surely’s awkward to carry the telephone this fashion whereas taking a photograph, and every little thing appears to be like barely off-kilter should you’re your self onscreen and never the digicam sensor. I additionally seen that a variety of my normal photographs appeared ever so barely askew. Reviewing photos on the 7.6-inch display, although, is a dream. San Francisco avenue, utilizing evening mode.
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    Flex Mode: Highs and lows of the self-supporting hinge  I genuinely thought Flex Mode could be the Z Fold 2’s killer function, but it surely did not fairly work out as anticipated. Flex Mode is Samsung’s technique to describe the state of the Z Fold 2 once you bend the 2 screens in between completely closed and absolutely open, and the 2 “sides” keep the place they’re. The advantages are lots actual. The telephone can prop itself open from a variety of no less than 75 to 115 levels, which implies it could possibly turn out to be its personal stand vertically or horizontally, and a few apps can shift to reap the benefits of the brand new dimensions. That primarily splits the interface in order that, for instance, you possibly can see a video on “top” and different navigation choices on the “bottom.”  The Z Fold 2’s hinge can maintain its form from 75 to 115 levels with out snapping shut or flopping open.
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    But there aren’t sufficient apps but that acknowledge the lengthy, slender dimensions and know find out how to use them properly. And the pure display ratios once you bend the telephone in half work extra cohesively on the smaller Galaxy Z Flip than they do on the Z Fold 2.  For instance, when the Z Flip bends in half, it varieties two squares. The backside creates a stand and the highest has a centered video digicam that is intuitive to make use of for video calls, studying, watching movies and framing photographs from entrance and rear cameras.  Meanwhile, the angles on the Z Fold 2 by no means felt fairly proper for many of these. Samsung says there are extra apps coming to reap the benefits of the split-screen design — I actually hope that is the case. Battery life higher than I feared I fearful in regards to the Z Fold 2’s means to ship all-day battery life with its 4,500-mAh battery capability. Note that these are two separate battery cells that collectively create the identical whole capability because the Note 20 Ultra, a telephone I believed had middling battery efficiency due to its resource-hungry 120Hz display. Now, add into the equation two battery cells which might be typically considered much less environment friendly than one huge battery (due to battery chemistry) and a extremely huge 7.6-inch display that refreshes at twice the speed of a typical display (utilizing extra battery) and you may perceive the skepticism. The power-hungry 7.6-inch internal display helps a 120Hz refresh charge, which ought to drain the battery quicker the extra you utilize it. However, the Z Fold 2 ought to nonetheless final a day on a full cost.
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    However, the day I exchanged my laptop computer for a Z Fold 2, I used resource-hungry stay maps navigation for two hours in a 28-hour interval, browsed and messaged nonstop, watched hours of Netflix, took dozens of photographs and so forth. Even on this heavy day, I nonetheless managed to get from morning to night on a single cost.  Part of that’s as a result of the 7.6-inch inside display solely makes use of 120Hz display refresh charge on an “adaptive” cycle, which implies it routinely flicks on once you’re doing one thing intensive sufficient to warrant the ultrasmooth scrolling, gaming and extra. The remainder of the time it reverts to 60Hz (just like the outer display, which I used no less than 60% of the time), and which held reserves in examine.  Battery life is not superb, but it surely’s greater than doable, and for a tool like this, I think about {that a} optimistic. You also can manually change the internal display’s refresh charge to 60Hz and should you enter battery-saving mode, 120Hz will fall away. You can use the outer display as a viewfinder for taking selfies from the primary digicam — neat trick.
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    Multitasking, typing, app continuity: A combined bag Multitasking: I like Samsung’s new multi-window app function — largely — as a result of it makes it a lot simpler to separate the 7.6-inch display into two or three zones to make use of apps on the similar time. Dividing the display this fashion felt pure and useful for intervals of time.  In this iteration, when you’ve gotten one app open, you are capable of swipe out from the aspect menu, choose an app and drag it into one in all three areas: to the appropriate or left pane, horizontally, backside (a vertical place beneath the primary window), or a pop up in the midst of what you are . This is nice flexibility right here. Unfortunately, not each app you’ve gotten put in works with this format, together with apps sandboxed within the “Work Profile” part of Samsung’s Knox safety that works with company apps. It’s a disgrace, for the reason that productiveness apps are among the many ones I wish to multitask with probably the most. Any app you begin on the outer display seamlessly picks up the place you left off once you open the Z Fold 2.
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    App hand-off: I liked the liquidity with which apps from the internal and outer display slid over to the opposite once I opened or closed the Z Fold 2. Any app you open the 6.2-inch outer display, any app you’ve gotten loaded will bounce to the internal display as you unfold the machine — seamlessly. It’s a bit of labor to dig into the settings to pick which apps you wish to go the opposite means when closing the bigger internal display, like a video (it would routinely work for calls). I’ll say, it is fully well worth the effort to set this up. Typing: Once once more, I’ve to commend Samsung for making a cut up display keyboard for the inside Fold display. The purpose is to make typing extra snug on a wider-than-usual machine that is most helpful when it is absolutely unfolded into pill kind.  However… my arms are on the smaller aspect, which implies that even on the split-screen keyboard my paws really feel stretched. There actually aren’t third get together apps to switch the default keyboard, which implies I wind up collapsing the unfolded telephone — bending it barely towards the middle — to get the 2 sides collectively and acquire some typing aid. If your arms are bigger, it’s possible you’ll not thoughts as a lot, but it surely’s not a design for everybody. Apps that work for the display: Samsung is slowly however certainly engaged on apps to reap the benefits of the Z Fold 2’s bendable design in any formation. For instance, there’s drag and drop between Gmail, Chrome, Microsoft Outlook and Samsung native apps. Other apps, like YouTube video, will play good with the configuration. But till this catches on for all, anticipate some bootstrapping to get all of it how you want. The fingerprint reader (on the backside proper of this photograph) is tough to precisely hit when the telephone is closed.
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    Fingerprint reader not a deal breaker, however wants a repair In the closed place, each new and unique Galaxy Fold units seem like two telephones stacked on prime of the opposite in a scrumptious cell sandwich. The draw back — and weirdness — is that the fingerprint reader on the Z Fold 2’s energy/lock button (on the appropriate backbone) is each fully wise and in addition irrational. Here’s what occurs. You enroll as much as 4 fingerprints when the telephone is totally flat, unfurled (not folded in half), however should you attempt to unlock the machine when it is closed, your thumb has to seek out the exact angle and divot within the backside portion of the stacked display sandwich to unlock it with out error or delay.  Despite this very handy placement and setup, I needed to punch in my backup credentials extra occasions than not. Should you get the Galaxy Z Fold 2? A $2,000 telephone is not a paltry affair, particularly when 50% of the screens are fragile and finicky at finest. But I’ve a totally totally different viewpoint than I did of the primary Galaxy Fold — to the advantage of the successor. The Galaxy Fold was a mesmerizing beta telephone, a blueprint, meant for probably the most devoted of tech advocates residing on the sting whereas Samsung and the remainder of the trade labored out the small print. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is not for everybody, but it surely does rather a lot to deliver the way forward for foldable telephones inside attain.
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    I nonetheless do not assume this $2,000 Z Fold 2 with its fragile display is price it for many, but it surely’s rather a lot nearer to the type of machine on a regular basis folks may need and wish than final yr’s inchoate version. As an ultrafancy telephone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 provides status and superior marksmanship for a do-everything telephone of this sort. As a tech-lover’s dream, it presents a grounded chance that did not exist earlier than.  Samsung’s VIP foldable Z Premiere therapy Samsung has expanded its VIP membership for foldable telephones. Anyone who buys a Z Fold 2, Fold or Z Flip (together with the brand new Z Flip 5G) will get entry to this system. Galaxy Z Concierge program for on-demand customer support and consultationFirst-time display alternative of $149Six months of LinkedIn PremiumFoundersCard advantages: 12-month membership once you preorder. After launch, you get six months freeA ready meal from a Michelin starred restaurant by TockFairway Pass Elite by ClubCorp, which supplies you entry to golf clubsSix months of Obe Fitness on-line exercises$50 off Glamsquad in-home hair serviceGalaxy Z Fold 2 vs. Microsoft Surface Duo vs. Galaxy Fold vs. Galaxy Z Flip

    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

    Microsoft Surface Duo

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

    Display dimension, decision

    External 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; Internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED. External: 2,260×816 pixels. Internal: 2,208×1,768 pixels

    Dual 5.6-inch AMOLED; 1,800×1,350 pixels. Combined: 8.1-inch AMOLED; 2,700×1,800 pixels

    Internal: 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,152×1,536 pixels (plastic). External: 4.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 1,680×720 pixels (Gorilla Glass 6)

    Internal: 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636×1,080 pixels. External: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED; 300×112 pixels

    Pixel density

    386 + 373 ppi

    401 ppi

    362 ppi (inside display)

    425 ppi (inside), 303 ppi (exterior)

    Dimensions (Inches)

    Folded: 2.67 x 6.26 x 0.6 in (hinge) ~ 0.54 in (sagging). Unfolded: 5.04 x 6.26 x 0.27 in (body) ~ 0.23 in (display)

    Folded: 5.72 x 3.67 x 0.399 in. Unfolded: 5.72 x 7.36 x 0.19 in

    Folded: 6.3 x 2.5 x 0.6 in. Unfolded: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.3 in

    Folded: 2.99 x 3.44 x 0.62 ~ 0.68 in. Unfolded: 2.99 x 6.59 x 0.27 ~0.28 in

    Dimensions (Millimeters)

    Folded: 68 x 159.2 x 16.8mm (hinge) ~ 13.8mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128.2 x 159.2 x 6.9mm (body) ~ 6mm (display)

    Folded: 145.2 x 93.3 x 9.9 mm. Unfolded: 1,145.2 x 186.9 x 4.8 mm

    Folded: 62.8 x 161 x 15.7mm ~ 17.1mm. Unfolded: 117.9 x 161 x 6.9mm ~ 7.6mm

    Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 15.4 ~17.3 mm. Unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 6.9 ~ 7.2 mm

    Weight (Ounces, Grams)

    9.95 oz; 282 grams

    8.8 oz; 250g

    9.7 oz; 276g

    6.46 oz; 183g

    Mobile software program

    Android 10

    Android 10

    Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI

    Android 10


    12-megapixel (foremost) + 12-megapixel (huge angle) + 12 megapixel (telephoto)


    12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

    12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultrawide-angle)

    Front-facing digicam

    10-megapixel, 10-megapixel

    Uses foremost digicam

    Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth


    Video seize



    4K (HDR 10+)

    4K (HDR 10+)


    Snapdragon 865 Plus

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ (64-bit octa-core)



    128GB, 256GB








    Expandable storage






    4,500 mAh

    3,577 mAh

    4,380 mAh

    3,300 mAh

    Fingerprint sensor


    Right aspect

    Power button

    Power button






    Headphone jack





    Special options

    Foldable show, 120Hz refresh charge, wi-fi charging help,

    Dual-screen show; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)

    Foldable show, wi-fi charging, quick charging

    Foldable show; wi-fi PowerShare; wi-fi charging; quick charging

    Price off-contract (USD)





    Price (GBP)


    Converts to £1,080



    Price (AUD)


    Converts to AU$1,915



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