Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold, the first foldable smartphone from the brand. Today at its Galaxy Unpacked event, it announced the official follow-up to that phone, the confusingly named Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.
The new â€œZâ€� part of the name is likely a reference to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, another foldable device that earned more critical acclaim and a better commercial response than the Galaxy Fold. With the debacle surrounding the original Foldâ€™s release, Samsung likely chose the name to connect this new phone more closely with the successful Galaxy Z Flip.
That all being said, letâ€™s dive into what the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers!
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: A design overhaul
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 operates just like the Galaxy Fold. In its closed state, the device looks like an incredibly thick â€œnormalâ€� smartphone, with a display, a front-facing camera, etc. You unfold the device like a book, which exposes the foldable inner display. This allows you to easily jump from a smartphone experience to a tablet-like experience.
Samsung did make some big design changes with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, though. Both the outer and inner displays are larger than what we saw on the Galaxy Fold, for a start. The 6.2-inch outer display, in particular, covers most of the front of the phone, a stark contrast to the downright small outer display on the original Fold. The large notch on the 7.6-inch inner display is also gone, with a display cutout taking its place, just like on the Galaxy Z Flip.
The rear camera module also got a complete redesign, with the new version looking very much like what we see on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series.
As with the original Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a USB-C port on the bottom, and no headphone jack. The foldable will come in two colors: Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. There will also, eventually, be a Thom Browne edition that will feature the iconic red, white, and blue aesthetic of the popular fashion brand.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Other unknown details
Samsung didnâ€™t announce any specs, pricing, or availability information for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Instead, it committed to delivering more information about launch details at some point in September.
Rumors, however, suggest the pricing for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be similar to the nearly $2,000 price of the original Fold. Weâ€™ll need to wait and see what Samsung has in mind.