Technology Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable phone: Near-total refresh, hinge that holds its folded shape are genuinely exciting
Another Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event is coming this week. Here's what we know
The virtual event will take place on Sept. 23.While Samsung didn't say what it would be revealing this time, you can watch the Unpacked event live on Samsung's website on Sept. 23 at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET.
On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled its newest foldable phone, the , during a virtual launch hosted online. Introduced alongside the , the Z Fold 2 is part of Samsung's annual August bid for premium phones , ahead of September's typical iPhone launch.
With its 7.6-inch inner screen, 6.2-inch outer screen and new mystic bronze color option, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has much to prove after the original Galaxy Fold's botched launch and Samsung's frantic response to . While the Galaxy Z Flip is a genuinely delightful clamshell foldable phone, the full size Fold that opens into a tablet still has to win over naysayers.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G costs $2,000 -- but it could have been worse
The device costs only $20 more than last year's model, and in the US, it comes with 5G and other improvements.Samsung added a big screen to the front of its Galaxy Z Fold 2.
For me (and I haven't seen it in the flesh), the Z Fold 2 is off to a stronger start, using the same ultrathin glass that appeared on the Galaxy Z Flip, a large enough cover screen that could make typing and using apps more practical than it was on the cramped Galaxy Z Fold and two Infinity-O displays that make the eyesore notch of the original Fold a shudder from the past. It also has a thinner body than last year's model, with fewer gaps, which is to be expected.
The part I can't wait to try out -- and what could be the Z Fold 2's standout feature -- is the hinge that's rigid enough for the Fold 2 screens to stay open on their own. This freestanding feature was my absolute favorite trick on the smaller Galaxy Z Flip, and exactly how a foldable phone can one-up a typical brick phone. Standing it up in "flex mode," you can watch videos, read and host video calls absolutely hand-and-stand free.
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New colors. Design changes. And all the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's cameras, battery and more.The Galaxy Note 20 phones are rumored to go on sale Aug. 20, 2020. (Samsung loves a good pattern.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks like it has the same camera setup as the Note 20 Ultra, which features a main camera capable of taking 108-megapixel photos, 5x optical zoom (and 50X Space Zoom), and 12-megapixel sensors for ultra-wide angle and telephoto shots. It has two front-facing cameras as well, on on the inner screen and one on the cover display, which should each use Samsung's 10-megapixel shooter, same as the Galaxy Note 20 phones.
You'll find the fingerprint reader on the right spine, so it's on the bottom of the screen sandwich when the phone is folded up.
It comes in mystic bronze, Samsung's signature color for this batch of devices, as well as mystic black. Although you canon Samsung.com -- and by the way, there was never a Z Fold 1 to begin with -- it isn't clear from Samsung's site how much it costs. For reference, the first Galaxy Fold cost $1,980.
Consider this announcement one big tease. Samsung says it'll share more information, including price and preorder details, on Sept. 1.
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Commentary: The new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the most ridiculous specs and features list of any phone currently available.On the left is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and on the right is the Note 20 Ultra.