Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, analysis: the future has arrived

Changing the shape of the future: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 has arrived

Samsung has been one of the mobile companies that have innovated the most over the years. In recent times, however, it seems that others had taken the lead. To take the initiative again, a new category began, that of folding mobiles, nothing more and nothing less.

Within this new family is the terminal that we analyzed today and that we were able to try a few weeks ago, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. What a name.

This smartphone is a much-improved iteration of what was the company's first folding, the Galaxy Fold, which attracted glances wherever it went. But it had its flaws and Samsung has been able to listen to users and analysts and has improved virtually every aspect in this second version.

The form factor is everything
Samsung usually has several high-end terminals each year. We have the Galaxy S, the Galaxy Notes, and now the Galaxy Fold. However, it is in the design section that this mobile differs most from its brothers.

The mere idea of being able to open and close the mobile when we need it changes the usage parameters. Also, being able to use the external display comfortably, thanks to the larger diagonal, makes it almost useless closed.

I have found myself using on several occasions the closed mobile even to play. A good example is when I used it in bed, near the face, with the external screen even to play Honkai Impact Third.

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Obviously, it's with the screen open when we get the most out of it, regardless of wither we use one or two apps at a time. There is still a problem here and is that the form factor makes the screen almost square so that many applications do not use the total diagonal.

This happens in videos, for example, something that is acceptable logical, but also on Instagram, where stripes appear on the sides. In some apps, there are even drawing flaws, as in the Golf Battle game that we usually use to perform performance tests.

A key aspect of this mobile is its weight, of almost 300 grams, something that instantly draws attention to anyone who holds it in the hand. This makes continuous use not as comfortable as on other models.

We also have to talk about the dimensions, especially the thickness, that when this folding is very high. One thing I did like is that I didn't mind wearing it in the front pocket of my pants, but it's because I don't usually wear tight pants and because I'm pretty big.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has no performance issues
In this model, Samsung has not specified the name of the processor although the specifications match the Snapdragon 865+, a processor that we had only tested on the Asus ROG Phone 3.

This chipset makes the user experience extremely smooth, aided by system animations and memory. We have 12 GB of RAM, with LPDRR5 technology and 256 GB of internal memory, with UFS 3.1.

It is noteful that the 512 GB has not been chosen, although it may be to try to control the price of this model, which exceeds 2000 euros but is not more expensive than its predecessor.

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We don't have a memory card slot or headphone jack, although a dual speaker behaves spectacularly. However, due to the position, it is very possible to lock it when you take it with the screen open. Tip: turn it 180o as being a very large mobile it will be impossible to cover them.

In terms of connectivity, we have the same as in the Note 20 Ultra or S20 Ultra: Dual-band Wifi 6, NFC for mobile payments, Bluetooth 5.1...

The only drawback I put in this section is the fingerprint sensor, which is on the side. As I always say, this type of sensors is designed for those who use the mobile with their right hand, which makes it uncomfortable to use if we are left-handed.

Taking screens to a new level
When Samsung introduced the original Fold we were all surprised by the large diagonal of the interior screen, and by the sparse diagonal of the outside. This has changed.

On the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, the company has increased the external display to 6.2 inches, giving it a resolution of 816 x 2260 pixels and a ratio of 25:9. Think that the 21:9 screens on some mobile phones are already very elongated.

The refresh rate of this display is 60 Hz and uses OLED technology that Samsung so well knows how to squeeze.

On the inside screen, we have a UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) panel that combines glass and plastic, although on top of it we have a screen saver. The diagonal is 7.6 inches and the resolution rises to 1768 x 2208 pixels.

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On the main screen, we have many new features. We start with the frames getting smaller. Also, the huge notch of last year's model has been removed and replaced by a camera that is housed on the screen by drilling, the same thing that happens on the outside screen.

This panel supports HDR10+ and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is important to note that Samsung does not allow us to set this figure and if we opt for 120 Hz we will do so dynamically, that is, that the system will reach that figure if it understands that the content we are watching can take advantage of it.

Fewer cameras, the better result
On the Galaxy Note 20, Samsung has managed to get out of the race by the number of sensors on the back of its mobiles and on the Fold 2, it has stood firm.

Both on the internal and external screen we have a sensor to take selfies and video calls with 10 Mpx. The quality of these cameras is good for taking these photos, especially in a good light. At night the quality drops but this terminal has an ace up its sleeve: we can take selfies with the rear cameras.

By activating an option in the camera interface we can take a selfie using not only the main sensor but also the wide-angle or telephoto. In this way, we will have high-quality photographs even at night.

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Samsung's photographic quality remains one of the best on the market. Here we don't have sensors with hundreds of Mpx, but all three are kept at 12 Mpx. It is true that in some situations we may require a higher resolution but, given the quality and reliability of the three cameras, we have no complaint.

The three cameras offer a more than good colorimetry, having a little to the saturation of the colors, something typical of Samsung, but without breathing to be unreal the photographs we take.

A very good battery and no complaints in charging methods
Samsung is one of the brands that combines fast wired charging with wireless charging. We have 25 W in the first case and 10 W in the second. Yes, these are figures that could be better, as we see on OPPO or Huawei mobiles, but at least neither has been neglected.

In the first autonomy test, we have been using the mobile to take photos, some videos, we have played quite a lot with both the external and internal screen and we have made some calls. Quite mixed-use, really. We have reached 5 hours of the screen with 24 hours of autonomy.

In the second autonomy test, we have been using the mobile more outdoors, for photos and videos and less for games. We have reached 4 and a half hours of the screen with 38 hours of autonomy.

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In the third autonomy test, we have activated the 60 Hz instead of the adaptive 120 Hz as we had in the previous tests. We've used our mobile to play, made some calls, and used a lot of messaging apps. We have reached 6 hours of the screen with 30 hours of autonomy.

One lime and one sand on the interface of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
One aspect that Samsung has taken a look at is that of the interface. The key to folding is that they allow you to do things differently, and that forces the software to allow it.

We have changes to the external display, which allows horizontal use even on desktops, which makes us often use this panel instead of the inside.

But it's inside where we see the lights and shadows of One UI on Fold 2. On the one hand, we have applications that do not adapt to the shape of the screen. And we don't say it because they don't take advantage of the new dual-column formats, but because they appear as they would appear on a normal computer or mobile. A good example is HearthStone.

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