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Second-gen Galaxy Z Fold 2 officially ticks all the right boxes

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Last updated: August 5th, 2020 at 16:00 UTC+02:00

It’s been an interesting journey so far for enthusiasts of foldable display technology, and Samsung seems to be leading the segment with ease thanks to its Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip that followed. Now the company is ready for a new chapter, and it’s been named Galaxy Z Fold 2, for better or for worse.

Odd moniker aside, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a true successor to the Galaxy Fold, and because it follows the same base design principles as the original model, it provides a sort of benchmark for Samsung’s progress in the foldable department over the past year.

Progress is the name of the game

Samsung appears to have addressed a lot of the issues that the Galaxy Fold had. In many ways, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 feels like it was directly inspired by feedback from early adopters, and that’s always great to see.

First of all, the cover display is now full-screen. It has a 6.2-inch diagonal and it goes from one edge to another. We highlighted the poor usability of the Galaxy Fold’s modest 4.6-inch panel before and we explained how the relatively small footprint was accentuated further by extraordinarily thick bezels. Needless to say, we’re glad to see Samsung addressing this problem and pushing the premium foldable in the right direction.

Then there’s the foldable display itself. It now clocks in at a 7.6-inch diagonal, but more importantly, it doesn’t have a notch. Instead, Samsung was able to bring the Infinity-O formula to its flexible displays, and because of this, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks much more contemporary.

Samsung has clearly embraced the phone-tablet hybrid formula and has refined the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with that philosophy in mind. The device should not only be a better tablet than the original Galaxy Fold was, but a better smartphone too.

The software experience got updated as well, perhaps not to the extent of the exterior design, but the Galaxy Z Fold 2 now supports Flex Mode. This feature was first introduced with the Galaxy Z Flip and it basically allows users to turn the phone into its own stand while capturing photos or recording videos.

Borrowing another page from the Galaxy Z Flip

Flex Mode is not the only thing Samsung had borrowed from Galaxy Z Flip. The company is also taking a page from the book of the clamshell foldable in regards to marketing.

As a result, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be available in the standard Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze colors, and Samsung will be continuing its partnership with New York-based fashion designer Thom Browne to create a special edition Galaxy Z Fold 2.

This is a developing story and more info will be added as soon as we have it, so stay tuned if you want to learn about prices, availability and more.

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