There’s no doubt the first Galaxy Fold was one of the most radical smartphones Samsung ever released. The bendable blower can instantaneously transform from a smartphone into a small tablet using its clever flexible screen.
But while it was certainly impressive, but definitely not faultless.
The handset, which was unveiled in 2019, was criticised for its cramped display on the front case, a less than robust design that broke during its initial release and an ugly camera notch for the dual-cameras that cut into the main screen.
Now the Galaxy Fold series is back and it seems Samsung has fixed many of the complaints found on the original. Perhaps the biggest change is the inclusion of a 6.2-inch HD+ Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device that fills the entire front panel. That means users will get the full smartphone experience without having to open it up the aluminium shell.
This should make a huge difference to the usability of the Fold 2 especially as you can launch an app on this front display and then continue where you left off when you have the time (or space) to unfold the device and use the tablet-like display hiding in its centre.
The next big upgrade comes to the camera system with a triple snapper on the rear and two extra cameras added, which enables selfies to be snapped whether the device is open or closed. These have both been punched through the display making them far more subtle than before.
Other photography features include the new Pro video, Night and Single Shot modes along with something called Flex Mode. This uses the strength in the hinge to allow the device to half-open so you can stand it up and snap selfies without holding the phone in your hand.
If you think you’ll spend most of the day using the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main tablet-style screen then there’s more good news as Samsung has slimmed down the bezels by 27 percent meaning you now get a 7.6-inch screen – that’s up from 7.3-inches on its predecessor.
Like this year’s S20 and Note 20, this new display also gets 120Hz technology which makes scrolling through content feel silky smooth and stutter-free.
This can also be switched to the adaptive mode which changes the refresh rate depending on what you doing on the screen. This should help save a little battery life as 120Hz is notorious for munching through power.
To help boost the viewing experience further, Samsung has now packed high-dynamic dual speakers inside the device which the firm says offers great audio without the need for any accessories.
Finally, Samsung has improved the usability of the big screen via a multi-active window which allows you to display numerous apps at the same time.
Users can even split the display horizontally or vertically allowing improve customisation. When using this mode Fold 2 owners can drag and drop images into emails and programmes, like Microsoft Powerpoint.
Other things worth a mention include 12GB of RAM (more than most laptops!), a fast 64-bit processor, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 4,500mAh dual battery which can be fast-charged. It will be available in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black and cost £1,799.
“The journey to reach the next generation of smartphones is full of originality and innovation,” said Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice President UK & Ireland, Samsung Electronics. “With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, we listened closely to customer’s feedback to ensure we were bringing meaningful improvements to the device, while also developing new innovations to enhance the user experience. Further strengthened by our industry-leading partnerships with Google and Microsoft, we’re reshaping and redefining the possibilities of the mobile device experience.”