After it formally announced the Galaxy Z Fold2 at its Unpacked event last month, Samsung took some time today to announce additional details on the second generation of the foldable.
We already knew that the device would have a larger 6.2-inch display on the outside, as well as a slightly bigger 7.6-inch foldable display when you open it up. This time, though, there are some improvements to the experience. For starters, the phone's hinge can be stopped at any angle, so you can prop the phone up in various ways, instead of only opening or closing it completely. Samsung also made it possible to transition from the inner display to the cover display when you close the phone, rather than just locking the phone immediately.
The phone has also been improved for camera usage, so now you can use the rear camera in tandem with the cover display when the phone is fully open, so you can use the rear camera setup to take selfies. There are also features like dual view, so both the subject of a photo and the person taking can get a view of the frame by using the two displays. In Flex mode, when the hinge is only halfway open, you can also get a viewfinder in the top half, with camera controls and the last 5 shots in the bottom screen, all visible at once.
Samsung has also improved the multi-window view to make multitasking easier, making it easier to organize your layout, and save a default layout to launch up to three apps at once. Thanks to Samsung's work with Microsoft, there are specific improvements for Microsoft services, like opening two apps at once and dragging and dropping content between the two apps.
Specs-wise, the phone is what you'd expect from a flagship, with a Snapdragon 865+ with 5G, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and a 4,500mAh battery. The triple-camera setup on the back has three 12MP lenses, a regular camera, an ultra-wide-angle, and a telephoto. The selfie cameras on the cover and inner displays are both 10MP. The inner 7.6-inch display has a resolution of 2208x1768, while the cover display sits at 2260x816.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is available for preorder starting September 2, at 12:01AM Eastern Time, and it costs a whopping $1,999. It will be available on September 18 in over 40 countries, including the U.S. As previously revealed, it'll come in Mystic Black or Mystic Bronze, but you can choose four custom colors for the spine - Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold, Metallic Red, and Metallic Blue.
Samsung also introduced a Thom Browne edition of the Galaxy Fold2, which comes in a package with a pair of Galaxy Buds Live and a Galaxy Watch 3, along with custom cases and straps designed by Thom Browne. The full set costs $3,299.
If you have an original Galaxy Fold or a Z Flip, you can trade them in for an $800 discount, which makes the price a bit more tolerable. The Galaxy Z Fold2 also comes with access to the Galaxy Z Premier service, and Samsung Care+ can also be added for $11.99 a month.