I have had the Samsung Galaxy Z-Fold2 for the Major part of September, it’s been a device I periodically carried and I cloned my Note 20 Ultra onto it.
So in this article, I am going to give thoughts about this device, why does it even exist, Who is it for, and why should anyone spend $2,000 or almost ₦900,000 to buy this amazing and somewhat bizarre piece of tech.
Samsung’s foray into Foldables started with the first fold. A smaller screened front with a vastly different form factor from what we were used to, That was the Galaxy Fold and next came the Galaxy Z-Flip, with its ultra-thin glass and interesting form factor as well.
The Z-Fold2 takes a part of its name from both the Fold and the Z in the Z-Flip. With a lot learned from the previous versions. This is what Samsung came up with.
Because I use the Note, whenever I bring this out, it’s almost as if the Z-Fold2 should just have gotten an S-Pen but that front screen is soft so it would be hard to make it work and sharp objects might dent it.
Samsung does protect the users so incase it damages, they have a 12-month warranty. In fact, the inner screen comes with a screen protector installed but Samsung urges not to remove it or only give a certified person but as we all know, many courageous people on the internet have removed it.
No matter how you look at it, the Z-Fold2 or even the first Fold, or should I say foldable phones in general are fragile in relative terms, first, off they are not water or dust resistant and should be used delicately. So this does come with a lot of caution signs coupled with the fact that it’s expensive.
On the other hand, though, this chunky smartphone is covered in Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, which is their newest one yet, and Gorilla Glass 6 on the back. It does fit into a normal pocket but expects a 50% bulge in your pockets.
The Hinge mechanism has improved than the normal Fold though. There’s a gap but what I like about the form factor is that it’s much sturdier than the early version. This one does feel much smoother, and slicker between folds, the edges, and the fact that it’s a full view display compared to the smaller display from last year which makes you want to go into your phone in the unfolded view all the time. It also folds at different angles better than the previous version.
In terms of color options for the Z-Fold2, you get to choose between Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. Also, as a side note, you can customize your Z-Fold2 with different colors of hinges in some regions but might have to wait a bit for delivery.
When watching content on here, the video was cool, I noticed that when someone was beside me they saw the crease way more than when I’m sitting head-on and looking directly at it.
Of course, Ultra-thin glass tech hasn’t gotten to the level of smoothness of a normal flat glass screen in a Fold, allegedly. However, you can’t ignore the fact that this second attempt was much better.
The display aspect ratio on the front’s 6.2-inch screen is 25:9 which can be weird, it’s most likely not going to fit the content being displayed on the screen.
Now on the inside, when you unfold it, you get tablet mode, and similarly, not much content is geared towards it. It has a 7.6-inch screen size and apps like Instagram look off and some apps even games like call of duty does scale well but you can’t play call of duty on the cover screen.
Speaking of games, and still on the topic of the display, yes you get 120Hz and many games support it so it’s cool as well. Call of Duty was good for me and while you might block the speakers while gaming, it doesn’t matter so much since it can always be turned over. this is something similar to what I made mention in last year’s Fold.
The 120Hz I mentioned is an Adaptive refresh rate so it won’t work on some apps as it should but it can be a bummer.
The inside screen is capable of HDR 10 plus as well and the videos I watched on it were really crisp to look at. Again because it’s a Fold, and it’s got continuity on many of its apps, you do get to change from the inner screen to the cover screen and that process is seamless.
The Z-Fold 2 comes with 12GB of RAM, 256GB, or 512 GB of Non expandable storage
The phone uses Snapdragon 865+ in all markets, there is no Exynos version. Without a doubt, you’re definitely getting one of the best smartphones money can buy and it’s just peak with this device.
One thing to note is that You also get Samsung’s UWB or Ultra Wide Band for superfast transfers between Samsung devices nearby by just pointing your phone at your friend’s phone and Boom you’ve sent a file.
You’ve got a 4,500 mAh dual battery on here and battery life was actually great for me. You would save more battery with the outside screen than the inside screen because of things like HDR 10 in video or 120Hz refresh rate.
in fact, many of the times I spent with this I spend unfolded and the battery has been quite good for me. While it’s not a full day’s use with heavy usage, it’s able to take me for a long while within the day and I also found stand by time to be really great as well.
I like their launcher to the side that lets you pull up multiple apps at once too. You can get up to 8 apps working and it works like a beast that it is for multitasking. Again, I wish it had come with or even worked with the S-Pen from the Note series.
It’s got Wireless power share, so your Fold can charge another accessory, say your headphones. It’s also got Face unlock and a side mounted fingerprint reader which were all faster in my tests. It supports eSIM as well even Dex support wirelessly to change your phone to a laptop basically when connected to your monitor.
Speaking of the camera, there are alot of helpful features baked into the folding capabilities of the Z-Fold 2 in what is called Flex mode. When it’s folded in what I like to refer to as laptop mode, you can scroll pictures while you’re in camera ready position and you can even use the base of your phone as a stand when you want to take pictures in a distance.
Still as far as the camera goes; you get three 12 megapixel cameras on the back, normal, zoom, and ultrawide which perform okay, and on the front, when it’s Folded we’ve got a 10 Megapixel Sensor which is the same as what’s inside.
For those who asked or didn’t ask, even if you registered your face on the camera on the cover of the phone, it would work on the camera inside when it’s unfolded. Selfies were okay on here you will get good selfies on this guy.
In addition to Flex mode which we covered, it does let you take selfies with the rear camera so you’ll utilize all that sensor and the photos I got were as expected.
Pictures of people on the rear camera will be very good, that’s for sure, You do lose some quality in terms of sharpness when you zoom in and even in ultra-wide, the color gets a little bit lost.
In terms of objects or scenery, Samsung does perform a very good job with the fold 2 as well. Natural colors looked very pleasing and reds popped really well. I like the normal background blur it has and it’s just been good overall in my usage, the same goes for greens as well and just general landscapes.
As usual, you can shoot up to 4K at 60FPS or 30FPS in normal and pro video mode but from my tests, 4K 60FPS was quite smooth while at 30FPS it wasn’t as smooth as 1080p and I found 1080p to be that sweet spot for a little bit of sharpness and smoothness although not compared to that 4K at 60FPS. The sound quality from the camera or the microphone was actually decent.
These are my thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Z -Fold 2, I thought it was a very interesting phone to look into, very decent, very unique even down to that price tag, and I think Samsung keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to tech.
I’d share the sentiment of many people who have used this and say that if you’re ever coming into the world of foldable, and you didn’t get the first fold then this is the right choice because it was refined from a first-gen product,
the original galaxy fold, then the Galaxy Z-Flip and now the Z-Fold 2, and I’m sure I’m not the only one left with the question; What comes next?