Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Fantastic big screen
Fabulous outer screen
Powerful stereo speakers
The most well-built folding mobile so far
Use your mobile phone as its own stand
A sea of functions for entertainment and work
There are even better mobile cameras
Still some uncertain durability over time
” Galaxy Z Fold2 proves why folding mobiles are the future”
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Specifications
Galaxy Z Fold2 is all about; a small improvement, and a big re-profiling – perhaps to avoid the “image” of last year’s Galaxy Fold , which became a little nightmare for Samsung. At the same time, the other weaknesses of the first fold. It had a sky-high price, the big screen was wavy and not fast enough to keep up – so when scrolling, the whole picture became a little skewed.
The quality of this phone has obviously been several notches better than last year. That does not mean we should go 100 percent for it; there is still a fresh-ish technology this here, which will probably make seven-mile strides in every generation to come. It is crucial for Samsung to bring down the price so that more people can buy it. And it is just as crucial for Samsung to ensure as low a return percentage as possible, since it is also price-driven. You can therefore expect a stormy development, and a cautious technology flow down in the price ranges as the years go by. We are still far from a “mature product” for this type of mobile, and Fold2 should therefore still be treated with caution.
There should also be gaskets around the most important common openings in the mobile, such as the charging port. But there is no seal in the hinge and around the center of the big screen inside. Instead, the phone is inserted with nano-coatings that are water-repellent and provide some protection. But this is certainly not a mobile you should immerse in water. It probably will not tolerate that.
Super outer screen
The previous generation folding mobile from Samsung had two awkward screens. This one has two amazing ones.
Where the Galaxy Fold had a far too small outer screen, which almost forced you to open the phone every time you should use it for something more than rinsing or picking up the phone, the Galaxy Z Fold2 has an outer screen that covers the entire front. It feels like a regular mobile. You never have to open it to use it fully.
Even with my hands, which are the size of small dinner plates, I struggle to reach over the largest mobile screens. A somewhat unexpected advantage of the outer screen here is that I reach over almost the entire width and height of the screen, without adjusting the grip on the phone. Galaxy Z Fold2 is narrow enough that it does not want to fall out of my hand when I reach for the top. One UI contributes to a certain extent to dragging down buttons and functions on the screen so that I rarely have to rummage around on top of the phone anyway.
As always with Samsung’s AMOLED screens, we also speak of tremendous brightness, and depending on the settings you choose – lots of punch in the colors, or a more natural look.
The outer screen has an aspect ratio of 25: 9, which makes it extremely long, or extremely wide. little content is quite as wide, but there is some video in 21: 9 out there, which actually works nicely blown up to full screen display on the outer screen. The only thing the outer screen lacks is a 120 hertz refresh rate – it is noticeable that scrolling does not go as smoothly on the outside as on the inside.
It’s a bit annoying, but even if you are no longer forced to use the big screen – the big one is now so good, and the whole hinge and folding function is so solid and good that it is pleasurable to open the phone to take the long sessions with it big screen.
Last year’s slow inner screen against this year
Last year I was annoyed that the inner screen was so incomprehensibly slow compared to regular screens. It could not update the entire width of the screen at once – so text on the screen was tilted while scrolling. It all looked very LCD from the year 2000 out.
In Galaxy Z Fold2, the phenomenon is barely noticeable in comparison. Even without the 120 hertz function turned on, there is very little delay in the screen compared to last year, but with the 120 hertz function turned on, the phenomenon is almost completely gone. The only thing left is a tiny impression that it occurs at the very beginning of the scroll, before the screen “gathers” immediately afterwards. It is hardly possible to notice, and in contrast to last year’s inertia, it should be entirely possible to displace – at least if you are not incredibly screen-savvy.
The whole gives a significantly better impression than last year. The inclusion of a thin layer of glass under the screen creates a completely smooth surface, which does not feel as if it gives in to each touch. The only exception is the center of the large screen, where there is still a noticeable small wave. But Samsung has become good at hiding this as well. There is very little reflection in the screen by and large, and it is the reflection that makes the wave visible. I would estimate that you have a good 40 degree range of different angles you can hold the phone against your face in without ever seeing the wave if it is not completely dark behind it. as long as there is more than a minimum of light, it disappears completely – and that is typically the case in TV series and movies.
The screen can also perform at a tremendous brightness when HDR content plays, and Samsung’s usual HDR upscaling, simply called “Video Enhancement”, does an excellent job of adapting older material or poorer quality content.
In short; The inner screen of this phone is highly addictive.
A smart finger reader
In general, I dislike side-mounted finger readers. There are exceptions, where the finger reader is slightly lowered in the body of the phone, so that it does not constantly try to activate. I was a little skeptical of the side-mounted reader in Fold2, because it has no one’s equal immersion. It is out greeting your hand or fingertips at all times. The skepticism proved unfounded.
Samsung has done one incredibly smart thing here; they let the user turn off that the finger reader is always on. Then it remains active, but you have to press the lock key, or wake up the screen with double tapping before activating the fingerprint reader. This allows you to safely carry your phone around without your mobile phone reading your palm like the crystal ball lady in a circus tent. And when the fingerprint reader is first used, it is precise and fast, unlike some such side-mounted readers. Many of them can be quite skeptical and require adjustment of the finger placement to open. It’s not this one.
Had it been fatter with a screen-mounted finger reader? Of course. But in which screen should Samsung mount it?
The Snapdragon effect
Unlike the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Fold2 does not come with Samsung’s own processor series. Here they have the same Snapdragon 865+ no matter where Fold2 sells. The effect is noticeable; I was handed Fold2 with a 50 percent battery on, and after a couple of hours of use, the battery had dropped to 36 percent. With a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the same usage time, the phone would have been empty. Despite a huge screen, it feels as if Fold2 is barely using its 4500 mAh battery.
That said, I often do not get more than 4-5 hours of screen time from this phone either, as I like to use the inner screen at high brightness, so I get the most out of the HDR functions if I watch Youtube, Netflix or Tik Tok. When you are considering retrieving the sun factor to finish watching the music video you are watching, there is necessarily some power going on.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G GeekBench and Test Results Comparison
With use where the outer screen dominates, and where the brightness is not turned to the top, it should be possible to get around five to six hours of screen time out of this case, compared to Note 20 Ultra’s three-four.
The performance also feels very good in this mobile, but in that area the Note 20 Ultra also did well, probably due to far better software than the spring S20 mobiles which initially did not feel like the expensive flagships they are at all.
OneUI on the big screen
The menus are quick and nice, but the features that allow you to run multiple apps on the same screen are of course significantly more useful on this phone than on a regular Galaxy S20, for example. And since Samsung was among the first to support the use of multiple windows and simultaneous apps on the mobile screen, it all works quite excellently. You can divide the screen into three panels, and have a floating panel on top – for example, a video clip from Youtube or Netflix.
Samsung’s idea is that you want to enlarge an app more often than you want to make it smaller. Therefore, for most apps that support it, you will usually get straight into the same view, only larger, when you open the phone. Initially, all apps will be put on hold when you close it again, but via a setting you can turn on that they are kept active and transferred to the outer screen for further use.
This autumn, it has been easy to notice that Samsung has got its mobile performance under control – also with its own Exynos processors in the S20 and Note 20 models, but the Galaxy Z Fold2 seems to have a small advantage in perceived performance as well. It feels as robust and unstoppable in its pace as the fastest OnePlus model, and it’s an unusual feeling to get from a top Samsung model – even an expensive one.
The camera – not the main thing in Fold, but …
There are many phones out there competing to have the best camera. On the surface, it may look like Fold2 is in the same category; it has the same design on the camera nozzle as the Note 20 Ultra, but the content is different and more in line with the two simplest S20 models. This means that this phone has minimal focus trouble, and usually exposes and color handles the surroundings well. It works well enough, but not exactly world-leading when it gets a little dark.
The downside is somewhat poorer image quality overall, and images that look absolutely fabulous on Folden’s two screens can sometimes be in excess of “edge sharpness” on a larger PC screen or TV. But they are almost never bad. We are talking about a good camera, but after all a weaker camera than we had expected for this price in a more traditional phone.
However, Samsung has made smart things out of the form factor. Like the Galaxy Z Flip, you can put the Fold2 on one of its halves and use it as a stand for itself. A new feature is that the phone can use the wide-angle camera with filming and follow the object you select focus on. It’s very smart.
The ability to take long-exposed photos in this way also alleviates the somewhat weaker sensors you find here compared to in expensive traditional phones.