We tested Samsung’s new foldable phone for an hour, one of the most complete to date.
Samsung introduced weeks ago the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, the new version of its new foldable mobile that has a format capable of adopting the size of a tablet. A folding phone that in Explica.co we have already been able to test, and we tell you our first impressions.
Days ago we went to the Samsung offices in Madrid to take the glove in a session of one hour to the new Galaxy Z Fold 2. A folding device that inherits the format of the original Galaxy Fold and that offers a series of interesting improvements in terms of its design, such as larger screens, and renewed hardware, among other additions.
A session in which we were able to test the new folding phone of the South Korean firm, experiencing first-hand the improvements that this device incorporates. We even had access to both the black and bronze models. Here are our first impressions of one of the most complete folding smartphones, although the price is still the big obstacle: 2,009 euros.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, all the information
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Characteristics and technical specifications
Dimensions 156.8 x 74.5 x 8.67 mm
screenPrincipal: 7.6 inches Foldable Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O, 4.2: 3 aspect ratio, HDR10 +, 120 Hz refresh rateCover display: 6.23-inch SuperAMOLED Infinity-O, 21: 9 aspect ratio, 60 Hz refresh rate
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
RAM12 GB LPDDR5
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.1
Operating System Android 10 Samsung One UI 2.5
Connectivity 5G, LTE dual SIM (nano-SIM / eSIM) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 5.0 LEaGPS + GLONASS + GALILEO + BDSNFCUSB v3.1 Type -C
CamerasRear: Triple 64 MP wide (f / 1.5-2.4) & 12 MP tele (f / 2.4) & 16 MP ultrawide (f / 2.2), Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, bokeh, LED flash, 720p video @ 960fpsInternal: 10 MP wide (f / 2.2) Cover camera: 10 MP wide (f / 2.2)
Battery 4,500 mAh (non-removable) 25W fast charging and 15W wireless fast charging Reversible Qi wireless charging
OthersFoldable design with book form factor Side-frame fingerprint readerSamsung DeX wireless desktop mode AKG sound with Dolby Atmos
A larger and more functional external display
One of the main changes and improvements with respect to the first generation model has to do with your outer screen: it is considerably larger, although narrower than that of a ‘normal’ smartphone. This time it is a panel of 6.2 inchWhile the original Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch screen. Therefore, it is even more functional and can be used more efficiently.
While in the first generation model, said panel was really comfortable to be aware of notifications and small notifications that forced to open the phone to be able to see the content without problems, now it can be used perfectly for all kinds of purposes and without anything that prevents its correct visualization. For example, during the session we were able to use the social networks, Google Maps and Google Chrome on the external display, being able to navigate perfectly and comfortably, visually speaking.
A more comfortable internal screen without notch
The external screen is not the only one that has increased in size, as the internal panel has also grown. In this case we find a screen of 7.6 inch, compared to the 7.3 inches of the first-generation Galaxy Fold; Furthermore, this panel has a refresh rate of 120Hz. On the other hand, here is also one of the main novelties of the device, since it now includes a small hole in screen that houses the front camera, instead of that annoying notch in the upper right corner of the Galaxy Fold.
The South Korean company also claimed that it has reduced the curvature of the central fold of the screen by 53%, so it goes more unnoticed, especially when looking at the phone from the front. On the other hand, the hinge has solved the problems that arose in the first model, being more resistant and even, compared to the same, it hardly makes any noise when the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is folded and unfolded.
Regarding its design, it is also worth commenting that this new folding smartphone is slightly wider than its predecessor, since the company has managed to reduce its thickness. Therefore, and as we have seen in the first person, carrying it in a trouser pocket is more comfortable, although it is still a thick terminal compared to a conventional telephone.
Multitasking and Flex Mode
Using the interior screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is really comfortable, especially for those who have big hands, since they can hold the device with one hand. Browsing the Internet, using social networks and the different applications on this new foldable phone is intuitive and not at all tedious. In this sense, another of the highlights of this first contact is multitasking, since the new folding phone of the South Korean firm allows to place up to three apps on screen at the same time.
All of them are executed at the same time, one of them being placed in the left area of the screen -which would be the main app that is used-. The most interesting of all is that when you close the device, the main application is seen instantly on the outer screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Likewise, you can save your own multitasking configurations so you don’t have to drag all of them when you want to use this mode. Of course, in this first contact we have not been able to verify how useful it is to have three applications running at the same time.
One of the added improvements of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, compared to its predecessor, is flex mode, which previously offered the Galaxy Z Flip, the company’s clamshell folding. In the same way, while the first generation Samsung Galaxy Fold only allowed two positions -open and closed-, this time you can keep the device open in various positions.
For example, and one of the most useful, is to place the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 open halfway, as if it were a laptop. And to this we must add the Flex mode, a really useful feature, since it allows split the screen into two halves, being the upper one for the visualization and the lower one for the controls. For example, it is interesting to watch YouTube videos, since in the upper area the content is displayed while in the lower area you can browse the comments and participate. Even when taking pictures from a distance or without shaking, placing the terminal on a table.
More options for cameras
In the photographic section, what most caught our attention was that, when taking a video with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 strained on a table and folded in half, thanks to the video recording mode of Automatic Framing the camera can follow the person being recorded. In other words, when we moved around the room we were in, the camera automatically rotated following our position to always keep us flat. You can even zoom for a perfect framing. An ideal feature for content creators.
On the other hand, it is also worth highlighting the selfies, since the new folding device allows taking these photos using the rear camera while watching yourself on the outside screen. A noticeable addition, considering that the rear camera is 64 megapixels, while the front sensor is only 10 megapixels. Thus, it is possible to take selfies with higher quality compared to any other smartphone.
Conclusion after the first contact
In short, the first contact with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was really good, and has left us wanting more, to have more time to experiment and fully squeeze the terminal. Something that we will do soon with our analysis of the most complete folding phone to date, although it still has a big but: its high price.
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