Samsung will start taking pre-orders for its second tablet-style foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, on September 9, 2020 for $2,999 ahead of wide availability on September 25.
Touting significant display and hinge upgrades, the most immediate improvement is to the new foldable’s exterior screen, which now spans 6.2 inches and functions much more like a conventional smartphone.
Internally, Samsung has slimmed the bezels around the 7.6-inch main display and covered it with ultra thin glass, the same material as used in its smaller Galaxy Z Flip handset, which has shown itself more resilient to scratches.
The Android-powered Fold 2 also comes with fifth-generation wireless networking and what Samsung claims are its best speakers in any Galaxy device to date.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 maintains the luxury positioning that the original established. Samsung is counting on its foldable phone lineup to set its long-term design path and eventually contribute to profitability at a time when its mass-market flagship S and Note series are experiencing plateauing demand.
In the second quarter, Chinese rival Huawei took over the title of the world’s biggest smartphone maker from Samsung for the first time.
After going through a rocky start with the original Galaxy Fold last year, which included a release delay due to a design flaw, Samsung’s successor device embodies several lessons learned along the way.
The plastic inner display is no more and the hinge has been re-engineered with a particular focus on keeping dust and dirt out. The Fold 2 can be opened and closed 200,000 times – more than 100 times per day for five years – without a problem, according to the company.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be available in a choice of either Mystic Bronze or Mystic Black. The 5G device will come with 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.