The Galaxy Fold 2 is Samsung's latest attempt to gain a foothold in the foldable smartphone market. However, the South Korean tech company was definitely among the absolute spearhead in the niche already with the predecessor.
However, this technology is still in its infancy. Even the successor of the Galaxy Fold still has to deal with problems that will probably scare off the normal user.
Despite that, folding smartphones will probably still play an important role in the future. After all, they are an intermediate form of normal smartphones and tablets, so to speak. Only with a few weak points that will hopefully be eliminated in the future.
But what can you expect from the new Galaxy Fold 2? We will answer this question in this article.
At release, Samsungs launched the Galaxy Fold 2 with an MSRP of 1,949 Euros. However, many retailers have even reduced the price to around 1,350 Euros. Meanwhile, you can already get the Galaxy Fold 2 for a bit more than 1,000 Euros. So, you can see that the price has been reduced significantly.
In terms of looks, the new Samsung has made significant progress compared to its direct predecessor. While the Galaxy Z Fold was still quite heavy and the hinge and display protection still had their weaknesses, you can already use the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in everyday life.
However, the Fold 2 still looks like a big hulk. Thus, the foldable smartphone will not be as interesting for the masses as the normal commercially available smartphones. It is still about 17 millimeters thick when closed.
It will probably be a while before foldable smartphones with a slightly thinner casing can come onto the market. A clear improvement over the predecessor is the hinge, which even takes up less space in the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Especially the Flex Mode is a decent upgrade. It even allows you to place your smartphone without using any tools and thus watch videos, for example. This is also the biggest advantage that folding smartphones offer.
Although the Galaxy Fold 2 is not earth-shatteringly more compact than its direct predecessor, the space is much better utilized. While the predecessor only had a 7.3-inch display, you can even enjoy 7.6 inches in the Fold 2.
Furthermore, Samsung has also integrated the individual components better. For example, the front-facing camera no longer looks like a foreign body.
As for the UI, you can see that you really have a hybrid of smartphone and tablet in front of you. You can switch back and forth between the typical display for a smartphone or a tablet at any time.
Some apps even support splitting the screen. For example, Gmail allows you to keep track of your inbox on the left, while you can read your emails on the right.
Videos can be played on the Galaxy Z Fold 2's screen in a wonderfully smooth manner. This is mainly thanks to the high refresh rate, which is 120 hertz.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also looks extremely modern when closed. In particular, the front display with its 6.2 inches is significantly larger than that of the predecessor.
The internal storage of the new foldable smartphone from the South Korean tech company is 256 GB. If you consider that the direct predecessor even had 512 GB to offer, this is obviously a significant downgrade. Furthermore, you do not have the option to increase the storage via a microSD card. However, this is a trend that runs through all of Samsung's newer products.
At first glance, it looks like the battery of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was extremely tight with its 4,500 mAh. However, it turns out that you can easily survive the whole day with one battery charge despite that. To further increase the battery life, you can also disable the 120 hertz mode.
If you are going to be on the road for more than a day, you should still take an AC adapter or a power bank with you. Unfortunately, the foldable smartphone does not last for two days, even when it remains in standby mode. However, this is a weakness that Samsung is already quite familiar with.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 cannot only be charged with a 25-watt charging cable. Charging via induction is also possible in this model. Furthermore, you can even charge some wireless headphones on the smartphone's back.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 uses a total of three cameras. Both the main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and the other two cameras can offer 12 megapixels. In addition, the main camera has an image stabilizer, which is particularly advantageous when filming.
The other two cameras are suitable for special purposes. One has a dual magnification, and the other is a wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 lens.
In addition to these three cameras, Samsung has also installed a front-facing camera. However, this would not be necessary since you can even take selfies with the main camera thanks to the folding function. And it definitely has a much better quality than the selfie camera, which only has 10 megapixels.
As far as the quality of the pictures is concerned, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 can mainly be compared with the smartphones of the Galaxy S20 series. Especially in terms of details and sharpness, Samsung definitely knows how to convince here.
This representative of the South Koreans does not let itself down in videos either. Thanks to a refresh rate of 60 hertz in 4K, all movies that you shoot with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 run extremely smoothly. The image stabilizer in particular does an excellent job; an outsider would not even notice that you did not use a tripod at all.
Even though Samsung has been able to make some progress with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 as far as foldable smartphone technology is concerned, there is still room for improvement. Of course, the performance is definitely top, but especially the high weight does not make it quite suitable for everyday use. Moreover, it still looks like a clunker that you carry around when it is folded.
Nevertheless, we think Samsung has already made some good improvements with this smartphone compared to the predecessor. After all, it is only the second model of this technology. A lot can still happen in the future.