Sport Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable phone: Near-total refresh, hinge that holds its folded shape are genuinely exciting
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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 leak shows off hole-punch cameras and a bigger external display
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 gets a slick redesignThe new renders show off a vastly improved design, with a hole-punch camera replacing the large corner notch for the internal camera and a new, full-size display on the outside of the phone (instead of the tiny screen on the original). Earlier rumors put those displays at 7.7 inches for the internal, foldable display and 6.23 inches for the outside panel (compared to 7.3-inch and 4.6-inch displays on the original). Visible on the back of the phone is a new triple camera system that matches the design on the leaked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 leak shows improved hinge design
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold2 has leaked out in full, high-resolution glory with a more sophisticated design and robust-looking hinge. The renders, found by MySmartPrice (via Android Police) show that Z Fold2 has completely lost the original Fold’s cutout selfie camera notch on the interior screen, replaced by a hole-punch. The exterior LCD screen now takes up most of the front space, as well — rather than having big gaps above and below like the Fold. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 high-res leak shows a more advanced hinge However, the biggest improvement appears to be in the hinge.
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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