The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has made its debut at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 Part 2 virtual event. The new foldable phone is the third in the series that started with the Galaxy Fold launched in 2019. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a series of upgrades over the Galaxy Fold as well as Galaxy Z Flip, and features a bigger, flexible display that folds into two. It also comes with an Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) protection. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 also offers triple rear cameras and includes wireless charging support. There is also Wireless PowerShare to let you charge your wireless charging-supported devices with the latest foldable phone.
Price and availability details
While the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 price in India and sale details are yet to be announced, the phone will sell at $1,999 (approximately Rs. 1,48,300) in USA. According to Samsung, the phone will be offered in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze colours, and will start retailing from September 18. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be sold in 40 markets around the world, including the US and South Korea. The pre-orders for the phone are set to begin on September 2 in select markets.
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Samsung has also launched a Galaxy Z Fold 2 Thom Browne Edition that will be available from September 25 in select countries. The Thom Browne edition will also go up for pre-orders on September 2. Each of the Thom Browne Edition package will include the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live, and many fully customised accessories with elements of Thom Browne’s signature design. However, there are no details on the price of this edition.
Samsung will also allow customers to customise the foldable phone in four hinge colours – Metallic Silver, Metallic Red, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Gold. The company will offer an online tool via Samsung.com to provide this customisation and it will be limited to 21 markets. The option won’t be available to Indian users.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 runs on Android 10 with One UI 2.5 on top and sports a 7.6-inch full-HD+ (1,768×2,208 pixels) foldable, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 22.5:18 aspect ratio. There is also a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Flex Display with 816×2,260 pixels resolution and 25:9 aspect ratio on the cover. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, coupled with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It features 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage that is not expandable.
In the optics department, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a triple rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 lens — along with optical image stabilisation (OIS) support. The camera setup also includes a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 telephoto lens. It supports 4K video recording as well as slow-motion videos at 960fps. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has 10-megapixel selfie camera sensors on both cover screen as well as main display with an f/2.2 lens.
In order to avoid issues that the Galaxy Fold users faced, Samsung has said that it has re-engineered the hinge on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with a dedicated “sweeper” to help clean dust and debris out using elastic fibres. The smartphone has a CAM Mechanism that lets users open it up at multiple angles. The device packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports fast charging, wireless charging, and Wireless PowerShare.