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8.6/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 36 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Fast 120hz display refresh rate
  • Better hinge
  • Useful cover display

What's bad

  • Very expensive
  • Lacking camera quality

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s second attempt at a foldable phone that has it all. But their first attempt at folding phone had its fair share of issues. Does the Galaxy Z Fold 2 prove that folding phones are here to stay or are there still issues to work out?

Design

If it’s not obvious by the name, the phone folds open. But instead of doing so vertically like the flip phones of yesteryear, it opens horizontally like a book. When closed, the phone also has a display on the exterior. This means you can use the phone like a standard smartphone when you’re not feeling the more tablet-like interface. Reviewers found the approach surprisingly effective. The phone is a little on the chunky side when folded up but not in such a way that it’s a true negative thing. It will still fit in your pocket or bag with ease.

The Guardian says, “It is easy to hold with lots of edges to grip. In two weeks of use not once did I feel I could drop the phone using it in one or two hands despite weighing a not inconsiderable 282g.”

Display

When folded the cover display acts as a typical smartphone albeit a little skinnier, but for updating statuses, doing a bit of google searching, and queuing up a favorite playlist, reviews indicate it’s pretty perfect.

When you unfold it, it has two modes: a larger magnified version of the cover display and a more natural tablet mode which makes things smaller and allows more to fit on the screen.

While there aren’t the durability concerns of previous folding displays, reviewers noted an obvious crease when the screen is off or occasionally at certain angles. But most claim that sort of thing is unavoidable when you have a folding display.

Performance

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 snappy and without lag, thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate. Reviewers also said it doesn’t seem to miss a beat while multitasking and switching between apps. It’s no different when the phone is folded closed and the cover display is used as a smartphone. Both methods offer flawless performance that is near the top of the Android performance charts.

Software & Storage

You cannot expand the storage in this phone. However, with 256GB of internal storage, that shouldn’t be a worry for most people. Samsung also optimized the Android 10 software to allow split-screen use in tablet mode. Reviewers mentioned that the split-screen was not always obliging and that only certain apps took advantage of the feature.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a lot of cameras. While the cameras are good, reviewers also said they were a let down for the price of the phone. They were also unimpressed with how the pictures seemed to be brightened and smoothed. The amount of overprocessing took detail from otherwise great pictures.

The Verge comments, “... When it comes to basic image quality, Samsung is still overzealous with brightening things up and with smoothing faces.”

Battery Life

If you’re worried about how having three screens might impact battery life, don’t be. The charge on Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 impressed reviewers who. Software optimizations and a large internal battery allowed reviewers to hit a full day of typical usage with ease.

CNet tested the battery life and declared, “... The day I exchanged my laptop for a Z Fold 2, I used resource-hungry live maps navigation for 2 hours in 28 hours, browsed and messaged nonstop, watched hours of Netflix, took dozens of photos and so on. Even on this heavy day, I still managed to get from morning to evening on a single charge.”

Audio

The sound is big and impressive with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Louder, reviewers said, than any other phone they experienced on the market right now. The only issue is where the speakers are located on the phone. They’re placed perfectly for hands-off use but once your hands rest on the edges of the phone, the sound is dampened.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • AMOLED 7.6-inch display
  • Octa-core 3.1 Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm SM8250 processor
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 256GB of storage
  • 12MP triple-lens cameras and two 10MP selfie lenses
  • 4500mAh battery

Bottom Line

There’s a lot to love with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Samsung improved their hinge design, allowing the phone to be positioned in several different ways for watching and playing. When it works the split screen is a lot of fun and a useful tool. It’s a big plus that the phone can also be folded up and used as a regular smartphone. It seems like Samsung has improved the things that went wrong with the first incarnation of the phone.

CNet says, “I still don't think this [expensive] Z Fold 2 with its fragile screen is worth it for most, but it's a lot closer to the kind of device everyday people might have and want than last year's inchoate edition.”

The Guardian states, “Following a bit of a false start with the original Fold last year, Samsung has hit a home run in its second attempt to make cutting-edge folding phone-tablets a reality – like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is something really quite special.”

Tech Radar comments, “The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the only foldable phone you should consider buying in 2020 if you want to maximize that satisfying ‘wow’ factor when showing it off. It feels like you own a smartphone from the future when you collapse its tablet-sized screen in half, and the larger front display and stronger hinge fix the biggest Gen 1 issues.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3.1 GHz
Screen Size
7.6"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gadgetbyte

It's so flamboyant, futuristic, and at the same time, dividing. An excellent phone for sure, but an expensive one. Still, since the whole foldable thing is in its infancy, I guess in some hopeful way, I want Fold 2 to succeed immensely—so that Samsung could come up with such devices at a much-much m...

- Nikhil Shrestha, Gadgetbyte
Pickr

It might just be the best foldable of 2020, though there’s not a whole lot of competition there. Easily an improvement on last year, the Galaxy Fold 2 is a solid phone if what you really want is a tablet, and one that’s easier to fall for than the first model, though still understandably hard to spe...

- Leigh :) Stark, Pickr
Fortress of Solitude

Samsung has improved almost all aspects over the original Fold smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is a more premium, more optimised smartphone and a joy to use. If not for the heavy price tag, it would be a very attractive buy.

- Evan Saunders, Fortress of Solitude
Notebookcheck

More suitable for everyday use and even higher quality than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G takes many steps in the right direction. It is still extremely expensive, though.

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck
G Style Magazine

While I been liking the case for its lightweight design and kickstand at times, I just feel its not worth the hefty $60 price tag. This was something Samsung could of easily threw in with your already expensive Z Fold 2 or even priced it at half this making it slightly more feasible. If you don’t mi...

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine


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Screen Size
7.6"

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2's screen size is 7.6 inches with 1768 x 2208 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 10+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
256 GB

Internal memory is 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery.

Galaxy Z Fold2 Specs

Overview
Release date September 18, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
LTE
5G
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3.1 GHz
Internal Storage 256 GB
RAM 12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.92 x 12.82 x 0.69 cm (6.3 x 5.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 279 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1768 x 2208 pixels
Pixel density 372 pixels
Size 7.6 inches
Secondary Display Color Super AMOLED, 816 x 2260 pixels, 6.23 inches, 16.7 million
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, Telephoto), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2, Cover camera feature (10 MP, Aperture F2.2), HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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