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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 (2020): Everything You Need To Know

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

The Pitch

Despite the confusing shift in nomenclature and the fact that it’s *technically* their fifth foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is the device that makes good on the promises made by the original Galaxy Fold.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is everything that its predecessor promised to be and more.

The Specs

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+

Inner Display: 6.23-inch Super AMOLED

Outer Display: 7.6-inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X

Resolution: 1768 x 2208 pixels

RAM: 12GB

ROM: 256GB/512GB

Expandable Storage: No

Headphone Jack: No

Fingerprint Scanner: Yes

Operating System: Android 10 at launch

Battery Size: 4500mAh battery

Rear Camera: 12-megapixel (f/1.8) wide lens + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) telephoto lens + 12-megapixel (f/2.2) ultrawide lens

Front-Facing Camera: 10-megapixel (f/2.2) wide lens

Cover Camera: 10-megapixel (f/2.2) wide lens

The Reviews

Although some of the novelty has worn off, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 recieved almost unanimous praise from the tech press.

Android Police’s Ryne Hager kept things simple:

If you can afford it, the Z Fold2 is worth it

You’re not getting the very best camera you can buy, there’s no IP rating, and the folding display isn’t a super-durable Gorilla Glass slab. Furthermore, the $2,000 price is no joke, that’s a lot of money to spend on anything, let alone a phone. But for some, Galaxy Z Fold2 will be as big a revelation as the Blackberry was.

Gizmodo’s Tegan Jones noted the stark difference between the Fold2 and the original:

Last year I said that the Samsung Galaxy Fold made me fall almost-in-love. By that I meant it was a device that’s equal parts wonder and compromise. For every jaw-dropping plus there was a far more practical downside. But this year is different. If you can afford it and like to take a punt on early adoption, you may very well love the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.

The Verge’s Dieter Bohn noted the high price but admitted that:

Unlike the first Fold, when I say the Z Fold 2 is an extravagant luxury most people shouldn’t even consider, I also have to admit that big screen is genuinely luxurious.

Our Verdict?

The short version here is that if the revised Galaxy Fold tinkered with the little things that undermined the appeal of the ill-fated original, Samsung’s follow-up takes aim at the big things. The front-facing display no longer sucks and the camera hardware is close to the best that Samsung can make.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is still incredibly expensive but it’s markedly better at justifying that high price that any of Samsung’s previous efforts.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

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Fergus Halliday

Fergus Halliday

I used to write about tech for PC World Australia full-time. Now I write about other things in other places.