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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Galaxy Fold

Now that the successor to the OG Samsung Galaxy Fold - the Galaxy Z Fold 2 - is finally official with all the specs, release and pricing details, we can directly compare the two. While our Galaxy Z Fold 2 review unit is in the courier van, check out the main specs, display and design differences with the Galaxy Fold.

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Main Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Galaxy Fold specs, features, and price differences:

  • 7.6" 120Hz vs 7.3" 60Hz foldable displays
  • 6.2" vs 4.6" external displays
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Flex viewing modes
  • New side-by-side multitasking modes
  • Snapdragon 865+ vs Snapdragon 855
  • 256GB vs 512GB base storage
  • 4500mAh vs 4380mAh battery
  • 12/12/12MP vs 12/12/16MP cameras
  • $1999 vs $1980 launch price

The naming immediately takes Samsung's second vertical folder out of the OG Fold camp, and puts it in one series with the Galaxy Z Flip despite the drastic design differences - after all, the Flip is a horizontally folding clamshell, while the OG Fold and the Z Fold 2 bend over a vertical line in the middle of the display. Are there other differences? You bet.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Galaxy Fold hinge design and display sizes

So far, the best foldable phone title belonged to Huawei's "out-folding" Mate Xs, precisely because of its screen being on the outside. A big 6"+ phone when closed, a veritable 8" tablet when opened - that's what foldable phones were supposed to bring, and Huawei still managed to keep things relatively thin and small.

In contrast, the OG Fold has a puny 4.6" HD display on the outside which is only good for answering a call or checking the weather. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, however, with just a few of its new features, rights all the OG Fold's wrongs, and continues to become the best foldable phone in the process, when it comes to specs and usability.

First off, the Z Fold 2 sports a way larger, 6.23-inch external display with much thinner bezels than on the Fold. That big external 6.23" display makes Galaxy Z Fold 2 usable when closed, too.

The sheer diagonal growth of the external screen - from the pathetic 4.6" to 6.23" - adds incomparable amount of value to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. With just this (admittedly belated) move, Samsung increases the usability of the Fold 2 to the nine, as no longer would its owners have to use the hinge and open the screen every time they need to do something more than a quick notification/weather/time check.

Need a larger screen for a long reading session, working on docs side by side, playing games, or simply watching videos? Just then you can pop open the screen, like the way it already is on the Mate Xs foldable phone.

Second, the new Hideaway Hinge mechanism has now been greatly improved, and it also allows the Z Fold 2 to enter several "Flex" modes, including a tent one like on the Surface Duo:

Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the first foldable phone with 120Hz dynamic refresh rate display

The internal display with Ultra-thin Glass (UTG) cover clocks at 7.6-inches compared to the 7.3-inches found on the original unit, and carries a 120Hz refresh rate that is on top of that adaptive like on the Note 20 Ultra. The OG Fold's hideous notch has been cast away, too, and we now have an Infinity-O punch-hole design on both the Z Fold 2's displays.

We recently sat down for an interview with Pixelworks, the folks that are behind some of the most remarkable advancements in mobile display technology of late - namely dynamic refresh and video frame rates, as well as individual post-production screen calibration. When we asked them will those come to foldable phones, here's their answer:

PhoneArena: Will dynamic 120Hz, MEMC and the other unique features be possible with foldable displays like on the Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate Xs, too?

Sr. Director Vikas Dhurka
: From a capability point of view, the technologies that we provide are agnostic to the screen size and the mechanical design of the display. With the Pixelworks processor, any display could have a visual experience that is far superior than anything else that's out there.

There you had it, nothing prevents manufacturers from employing high refresh rate screens on foldables, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is actually the first bendy device to have 120Hz refresh rate display. It may still not be at the full resolution, like what others are offering, but it will bring smoother scrolling, animations, and more pleasant reading and gaming sessions to your Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Galaxy Fold specs and cameras

The Snapdragon 865+ Mobile Platform, Qualcomm's current flagship chipset, is what powers the Z Fold 2, and it is leaps ahead of the 855 on the OG Fold. The device's standard configuration still includes 12GB of memory but 256GB of base storage to keep the price in check. A variant with 512GB of storage is incoming as well, while that one was standard for the OG Fold, the only area where the Z Fold 2 gives ground. 

Multiple battery packs provide a combined capacity of 4500mAh vs the 4380mAh of the Galaxy Fold; the battery sports 25W fast charging and 15W wireless charging, again faster. It also comes with Samsung's Wireless Power Share which is known generically as reverse wireless charging.

While seemingly having the same 12MP wide, ultra-wide and telephoto cameras as on the OG Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 carries important upgrades when it comes to sensor sizes. The main 12MP camera, for instance, has a new sensor with larger - 1.8 vs 1.4 micron pixels - resulting in better low-light photography. The ultra-wide angle 12MP camera also has larger pixels, indicating a new sensor on board, while the telephoto shooter seems to have been inherited from its predecessor.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Display 7.6 inches
    2208 x 1768 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
    12GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3 inches
    2152 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    12GB RAM
  • Storage 512GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4380 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI


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