Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

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Model Name Price in Nepal Additional benefits
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Rs. 249,999

Summary

You’ve probably heard of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. In this review I’ll be discussing the phone. But, for a moment, bear with me here. Doesn’t it seem like the mobile market has hit the point of saturation? Like, on a standard slab of a smartphone, what more can the producers add to come up with an exciting device?

In the foldable industry, Huawei and Royole have already found success, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 seeks to establish itself as the sole ivory tower occupant, the most premium and luxury smartphone money it can buy.

Specifications

Cover Screen6.2″ Super AMOLED Display, 60Hz Refresh Rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Main Screen7.6″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X “Infinity Flex” Display, 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate, UTG layer, No Gorilla Glass protection, HDR10+
Unfolded128.2 x 159.2 x 6.9mm | Frame: 6.0mm
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+ mobile platform)
Storage256/512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage (fixed)
AudioStereo speakers, Dolby Atmos technology
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, Light
CPUOcta-core (1×3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
RAM12GB LPDDR5 RAM
Cover ScreenHD+ (2260 x 816 px), 386 PPI, 25:9 aspect ratio
Rear CameraTriple-camera
Battery4500mAh with 25W Fast Wired Charging, 11W Wireless, 4.5W Reverse Wireless Charging
ColorsMystic Bronze, Mystic Black
Front Camera10MP, f/2.2, 1.22μm, 80° FOV (Main, Cover Screen)
Software & UIOne UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
GPUAdreno 650

Price in Nepal – Rs. 249,999

Design 

A flimsy, unreliable hinge, a dismissible cover display, an off-putting notched key display, all of which have been re-engineered for the better. On the metal cover hinge, the most visible & clearly necessary improvement can be seen. 

The Z Fold 2 is called “Hideaway Hinge” and is extremely durable.In addition to Camera, YouTube complies with Flex Mode with other native applications such as Calendar, Clock, Calculator, Gallery, Samsung Notes, and a range of third-party apps such as Google Duo. 

Moving forward, tiny elastic brushes fortify the hinge to avoid dust and other unwanted particles from getting within.Samsung has yet to achieve a gapless hinge, as on the recent Motorola razr/5G, when it comes to folding the Fold 2. 

It’s a thick boi anyway, so obviously it looks like you’re carrying two phones at once, or a gold bar, whatever analogy floats your boat. Similarly, the Z Fold 2 has a metal frame, Gorilla Glass 6 back, while Gorilla Glass Victus reinforces the cover view. 

Due to its relatively small diameter, however, occasionally having it to work with a folded Z Fold 2 was a challenge. That is because, instead of the one with the fingerprint sensor, my thumb (or at least some portion of it) will reach out to the other window.

 In addition, the top & bottom left frame houses the configuration of the stereo speaker, while on the bottom right is a USB-C port.

Display

  • Unfolded: QXGA Dynamic AMOLED 7.6-inches 
  • Backplane LTPO, refresh rate up to 120Hz (adaptive) 
  • Folded: HD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch, Victus Glass Gorilla

Having stuff done on the go on the front panel at just 4.6-inches was an uninspiring journey. “The cover display of the Z Fold 2 is a 6.2” edge-to-edge AMOLED screen that can be used as a standard smartphone display.

On this screen, which is a direct reflection of its narrow aspect ratio, one-handed typing is also far more convenient. With its 2260 by 816-pixel count (plus an aspect ratio of 25:9), it is theoretically an HD+ panel. But do not make a mistake, it’s amazingly sharp.

There is this sort of “continuity error” when switching from the cover to the main display when refreshed at the regular 60Hz.You are welcomed with a wide show of 7.6″ Dynamic AMOLED, enough to make an adult geek out.” 

Like, I’m always in shock that there’s something in the palm of my hand that’s modern, and I could easily bring it around in my pocket. Wow!-Wow! Anyhoo, this demonstration uses the Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) layer from Samsung that debuted on the Galaxy Z Flip.

And to achieve the foldability, usability, and durability of the screen, Samsung has had to incorporate several layers of different materials. It says: AMOLED panel » UTG » a protective sheet » and a screen protector added to the factory.

 You can tell the difference right away between the cover’s physical quality and the main display.Moving on, unlike the cover show, Z Fold 2’s vibrant 7.6′ screen also enjoys up to 120Hz of adaptive refresh rate. 

The screen automatically flips between 11Hz and all the way up to 120Hz depending on the content, using an LTPO backplane.

Software

  • One user interface 2.5 on top of Android 10 
  • A powerhouse for multitasking

In addition to using standard software, playing games on the wide screen of Z Fold 2 is an incredible experience. Due to its unique form-factor, however, most games have not been properly optimized and if you really look for it, you will find the loss of graphics quality.

Watching videos on the large main monitor is also greeted with a huge letterbox, much as on the cover display. And Instagram also does not “agree” with a non-iPhone-esque type factor, as usual.On the whole, the Z Fold 2 is intended to be used as a mini tablet, right? 

Many of my phone communications often occur on the main show. A tablet-like UI, for this, feels like the way to go. But oddly enough, while this layout is usable, it’s yet another useful function that’s disabled by default.

For example, with this setting turned on, apps like Gmail, My Files, YouTube, etc. get a lot more efficient. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also helps you to do something on its wide screen at once while talking about efficiency.

 On the main screen, you can simultaneously use up to three applications and quickly switch between them as you see fit.On its latest foldable form-factor with an atypical 22.5:18 aspect ratio, which is a relief, apps do not crash or misbehave.

Performance

  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+)
  • 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256/512GB UFS 3.1 storage

The Z Fold 2 is also an absolute beast of an artist, fuelled by the flagship Snapdragon 865+ SoC. All is as smooth as it can be, with 12GB of high-speed LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

There is also a 512 GB version to be noticed, but it is restricted to a handful of markets such as China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. If you note, the first-gen Fold had a single 12/512GB memory configuration, and more than anything, this downgrade seems like a cost-saving tactic.

 Owing to the use of the company’s in-house Exynos 990 silicon, Samsung’s latest flagships have become a source of criticism in the global market. It’s relatively weaker than its Qualcomm equivalent, which has been repeatedly tried and tested. 

Thankfully, wherever available, Z Fold 2 ships with the same 5G-ready SD865+. Yet, the bigger screen real estate makes all the difference in your gameplay. Likewise, Z Fold 2 doesn’t heat up too bad either. 

At about 70-80 percent luminosity, I played the game for about an hour straight. And with the camera module region getting considerably hot, the phone got very warm, but nothing alarming.

Camera

  • At the left, triple-cameras 
  • (Broad 12MP, Ultrawide 12MP, Telephoto 12MP) 
  • Punch-hole 10MP selfie camera (cover, main screen)

The Z Fold 2 has a few 10MP selfie shooters on the cover and the main monitor before moving on to the cameras. Likewise, a trio of 12MP lenses can be found on the rear, one for wide-angle, one for ultra-wide-angle, and one for telephoto shots. 

Right off the bat, this is not the most impressive camera setup on a phone from Samsung. For now, the crown goes to the Note 20 Ultra.

 Here, you can capture up to 4K/60fps stabilized videos and the telephoto lens has a modest 2x optical & 10x digital zoom. 

Battery

  • 4500mAh dual-cell 25W wired charging battery 
  • Wireless 11W and wireless reverse 4.5W charging 
  • True speakers on stereo (Dolby Atmos audio)

Getting to the charger, a 4500mAh battery comes with the handset. I managed to net out a day’s battery life almost every day with the adaptive refresh rate switched on and using the main screen for 90% of the time (5-6 hours of screen on time). 

Unfortunately, while a dual-cell battery configuration is used by Z Fold 2, Samsung does not use rapid charging technology to provide more power at once. Instead, wired 25W, wireless 11W, and wireless 4.5W reverse charging are enabled.

This device’s audio is also something to talk about. The Z Fold 2 can get very loud with its stereo speaker system, plus a fair bit of data to enjoy. 

However, when listening to orchestral or other kinds of music with a bunch of instruments at full volume, the audio gets significantly muffled.