new 5G variant), sporting a smaller form factor than the tablet-style Fold.
Prices start at £1,799 and the phone comes with 256GB of internal storage. As with the Galaxy Z Flip, a limited-edition Thom Browne package is also being made available for £2,999. There are only 5,000 units globally and it includes a Thom Browne-styled Galaxy Watch 3 and Buds Live, too.
The biggest changes are to the displays. The Galaxy Z Fold2 boasts bigger screens – despite the whole phone actually being thinner than the original – at just 6mm, when open.
The front screen is a 6.2in panel that covers the whole front of the phone while it’s closed, interrupted only by a small pinhole selfie camera – a big upgrade from the small screen found on the first Fold.
Inside things are different too. The 7.6in folding AMOLED panel uses the same ultra-thin glass finish as the Z Flip, is slightly bigger than before and has also ditched the ugly corner notch. Instead, it boasts a small hole punch camera, positioned at the centre of the right-hand side of the display – sitting off-centre when the Fold2 is fully opened.
The hinge has also been upgraded to match the Z Flip’s, allowing the Z Fold2 to sit open at multiple angles, rather than only two fixed points.
The Z Fold2 is available in two finishes – Mystic Bronze (pictured below) and Mystic Black – but now comes with a unique twist. If you order from Samsung’s own website you’ll also be able to customize the colour of the hinge to contrast with the rest of the body.
Here’s are the phone’s specs:
• 7.6in (2,208x1,768; 373ppi) Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen
• Android 10, One UI 2.5
• Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+) processor
• Octa-core (1x 3.09GHz Kryo 585, 3x 2.42GHz Kryo 585, 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 585) CPU
• Adreno 650 GPU
• 12GB RAM
• 256GB/512GB storage
• Three rear-facing cameras: 12Mp, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76in, 1.8μm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; 12Mp, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6in, 1.0μm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom; 12Mp, f/2.2, 123-degree, 12mm (ultra-wide), 1.12μm
• Single selfie camera: 10Mp, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22μm; Cover camera: 10Mp, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22μm
• 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
• Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE , aptX HD
• GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
• USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
• Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
• Non-removable 4,500mAh lithiumpolymer battery
• Unfolded, 159.2x128.2x6.9mm; folded, 159.2x68x16.8mm
Highlights include Qualcomm’s most powerful Snapdragon 865+ processor. 25-watt fast charging is a little slower than the competition, but wireless charging helps.
The rear camera specs look similar to the previous Fold on paper – albeit with a Note20-esq bump – lacking the 64Mp and 108Mp telephoto lenses that Samsung has pushed on the S20 and Note20 phones. Still, with a main lens, ultra-wide and telephoto you should be able to get some great shots out of the new Fold.
We had initially expected S-Pen stylus support on the Z Fold2, similar to that found on the Galaxy Note phones, but Samsung has decided to omit the S-Pen this year.
The hinge has been upgraded to match the Z Flip’s.