The Samsung Unpacked 2020 unpacked a lot of devices that we were eager for. The list included Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, and many more. However, the cherry-on-top was certainly the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which the company reserved for part 2 of the event conducted today. Strange name, I know, but that’s what Samsung has decided to go along with. However, we do know for a fact that this device will launch in Nepal too. Yes, you read that right. For the first time ever, a foldable phone will release in Nepal. So, let’s find out what the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 brings to the table including its expected price in Nepal.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Overview
Last year’s Galaxy Fold was a sort of experiment in the field of foldable phones. The idea was an innovative one but the phone faced a lot of durability issues. Its launch was postponed multiple times because of Samsung’s inability to solve all the problems. Samsung will likely avoid those situations with its successor.
As you may have already noticed, Samsung has tweaked the naming scheme to include the Fold 2 in the Z series. The Z series will be Samsung’s lineup of foldable smartphones. There are already two devices under the Z lineup – Z Flip and Z Flip 5G. So, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 basically has had two devices to take inspiration from. And it seems to have done a very good job.
Design and Display
There is a noticeable change in the design of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 form its predecessor, the Galaxy Fold. The outer screen is now a 6.2-inch HD+ display. It supports HDR10+ although the refresh rate is 60Hz only. Still, it has a tall aspect ratio of 25:9 and comes with a punch hole for a 10MP selfie camera.
Similarly, the size of the inner display has been increased too. It is now a 7.6-inch display as compared to the 7.2-inch panel of the Galaxy Fold. The panel is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. It supports HDR10+ and has a refresh rate of 120Hz. Interestingly, the Z Fold 2 also brings the variable refresh rate tech from the Note 20 Ultra where the display can dynamically adjust the refresh rate between 11Hz & 120Hz depending upon the content on the screen.
Unfortunately, the 120Hz experience is only available on the main 7.6-inch display, and not on the 6.2-inch cover display. In terms of protection, the cover display is strengthened by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus while the back panel makes do with its predecessor – the Gorilla Glass 6.
UTG to the rescue
The bezels are thin and instead of a notch, there’s a punch-hole that houses the selfie camera. Furthermore, the polymer glass of the Galaxy Fold has been replaced by the Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG). Moreover, the display structure has been changed too. It now employs the Under Metal Cushion.
A gap is visible when the screen is folded and it is necessary for the UTG to fold over. Moreover, the gap also makes it easier for the phone to open. Also, the hinge on the device shares the same flex mode feature as that of the Galaxy Z Flip. The device can stay in place between 75 to 115 degrees thanks to the new CAM technology. There’s also the “sweeper” to sweep away dust particles from getting into the hinge and damaging this pristine piece of hardware.
Samsung offers its customers an option to customize the hinge color too. However, this feature will be limited to certain regions only. People elsewhere will have to do with the offered Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black color. Oh, and not to forget, the fingerprint sensor is no longer under the display. It is side-mounted and doubles up as the power button. And there’s no Bixby button either.
Performance and Camera
The Z Fold 2 will have an upgraded processor as well. It is powered by the latest Snapdragon 865+. The Plus variant is the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm and comes with a higher clocked Prime core compared to the SD 865 that was used in the S20 series.
Making use of the larger unfolded display, Samsung is introducing a bunch of new features like “App Continuity”. Here, users will now be able to seamlessly transition between screens while continuing with the apps they were previously running. Another exciting feature is called “App Pair” where you can easily open multiple apps spanning the main display with a single shortcut; kinda similar to what Microsoft did with the Surface Duo or Asus with its ZenBook Duo series of laptop. Just like the Note 20 Ultra, the Z Fold 2 also boasts Ultra-Wideband (UWB) tech for a faster data transfer between devices.
The device will flaunt a triple camera setup on its back. Its three cameras are arranged vertically inside the rectangular module, along with an LED flash. The module has a significant bump compared to the rear surface. Galaxy Z Fold 2’s rear camera setup consists of a 12MP primary, 12MP telephoto, and 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor. In terms of selfie cameras, there are two – a 10MP sensor on the main display, and the same lens on the smaller cover display. They support 4k 30fps and 4k 60fps recording at 16:9 and 21:9 aspect ratio.
Battery and rest of the specs
Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a 4,500mAh battery (dual cell). It supports 25W wired charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. On the software side of the things, the device runs on Samsung’s own One UI 2.5.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specifications:
- Outer Display: 6.2″ Super AMOLED with HD+ (2260 x 816 pixels) resolution; 60Hz refresh rate
- Inner Display: 7.6″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X with FHD+ (2208 x 1768 pixels resolution); 120Hz refresh rate
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+; 7nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-core (1×3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
- GPU: Adreno 650
- Main Camera: Triple-camera; 12MP primary with f/1.8 aperture + 12MP, ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture + 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture
- Selfie Camera: 10MP x 2 with f/2.2 aperture
- Memory: 12GB LPDDR5 RAM with 256/512GB UFS 3.1 storage (512GB only in select regions like Hong Kong)
- Software: Android 10 with One UI 2.5
- Fingerprint sensor: Side Mounted (capacitive)
- Battery: 4,500 mAh battery; 25W wired charging, 10W wireless charging, 4.5W Wireless PowerShare
- Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price in Nepal and Availability
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 retails for $1999 and will be available starting September 18. There’s also a limited “Thom Browne Edition” comprising of other Samsung accessories like the Galaxy Buds Live which goes for a whopping $3299 and will start selling on September 25. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be launching in Nepal as well though the exact price & availability remains a mystery for now.
|Model Name||Price in Nepal (Expected)
|Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2||NPR 250,000||October 2020|
- Check out our review of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra!