Samsung has announced the pricing and release date for its third-generation Galaxy Z Fold 2, the next foldable Android smartphone that is finally on the money.
Foldable smartphones have a bad record but Samsung thinks it has got the Galaxy Z Fold 2 right, with a glass screen, stronger hinge and better protection against debris getting between the fold. The changes made are probably greater than on any update made before but necessary for such a price and Samsung is convinced it is a winner.
It looks awesome and at A$2,999 (£1,799.00, US$1,999.99) for 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM it is not going to be in everyone’s pocket, Samsung said in a media release. The release date is September 25.
“With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, we closely listened to user feedback to ensure we were bringing meaningful improvements to the hardware, while also developing new innovations to enhance the user experience,” said Samsung Mobile CEO Dr T M Roh. “Further strengthened by our industry-leading partnerships with Google and Microsoft, we’re reshaping and redefining the possibilities of the mobile device experience.”
The Fold 2, which can be pre-ordered from 2 September at 12.01am EDT and has a released date of 18 September, is noticeably different from its predecessor. The cover display (when the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is closed) is now much bigger at 6.2 inches diagonally, taking up nearly the entire front of the device. The pixel dimensions are 2260 x 816, so it is thinner.
The interior has a 7.6-inch display screen that now uses Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass (UTG), similar to the Z Flip folding phone. Samsung is also preinstalling a plastic screen protector over the UTG. The huge notched cutout for multiple cameras has been replaced by a small single selfie camera hole punch. It also has a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which should remove the original Fold suffered from “jelly scroll,” where one side of the screen refreshed quicker in the original Fold.
Along with the display screens, the next most important component on a Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the hinge. The hinge now has four cams to increase rigidity through the entire unfolding process so that the Z Fold 2 can support half the screen sitting upright for software features like watching video. There are also new elastic “sweeper” brushes — similar to the brushes on some vacuum cleaners — to keep dirt and debris from getting into the hinge mechanism and damaging the screen from behind.
The Fold 2 specifications are similar to Samsung’s other flagship Android phones. It has a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 256GB of storage, and 12GB of RAM. It supports wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, fast charging, and has a 4,500mAh battery. It will support both sub-6 and mmWave variants of 5G. The phone is unlocked with a fingerprint sensor, mounted on the side. The three cameras are not up to the standard of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Samsung will also be offering a Galaxy Z Premier Service for the Fold 2, which includes on-demand concierge support from dedicated experts. In addition, Fold 2 owners can get a membership to FoundersCard, access to a prepared meal from a Michelin star restaurant and access to a various golf clubs.