Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G First Look Review

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and as you might guess this is the samsung galaxy z fold 2 5g boy they took a simple name and made it way complex there didn't they so it's the second generation of the galaxy fold phone that goes from being a smartphone-like device to turning into a tablet and if you watch my channel you know that i own the original fold and then a couple of videos about that one so i'm pretty excited about this one this is a first look i've only had this for two days and i'm going to have a full review

Right around release time which is september 18th after i've had a lot more time to test it but given the fact that i've been a fold user since the beginning i have a lot to say about this we're going to look at it now so first the basic factoids behind this yes it's still too expensive which is the biggest con this thing is 19.99 2 000 so that's within 20 of the old fold price and given the fact that it has improvements that probably cost samsung some more money they get it back by not including anything like buds

Plus or buds live or anything like that in the box the first gen you got some wireless earbuds not anymore in fact you just get the fast charger 25 watt and the usbc cable in the box now no little thin aramid case or anything like that even so there's that it has the snapdragon 865 plus processor the latest and greatest 5g processor and that's worldwide so no like oh i got an xnose because i live in germany or something like that i think a lot of people are going to be happy

About that and for a phone that's expensive you want the fastest processor and currently that's the snapdragon 865 plus this is a 5g phone and it does low mid and millimeter wave so it got you covered in the united states where i am the big three major carriers offer it t-mobile which also means sprint now too a t and verizon or you can buy it unlocked if you hate bloatware the way that i do and the unlock one will work on all those carriers in fact i'm using it on t-mobile right

Now and i've tested it on att as well and 5g works and voice over lte and wi-fi calling works on t-mobile as well i don't see any option for that at t anyway that's the basics right there the other thing to be aware of compared to the original fold that one came with 512 gigs of storage this and no micro sd card slot this one still has no micro sd card slot and only has 256 gigs of storage now samsung said that's because when they surveyed users most of them never even use 128 gigs because

Everybody streamed stuff i guess and all that well i leave it up to you to decide because well no micro sd card you have to live with the 256 gigs it has 12 gigs of ram which is capacious and is great the the big change to me well first off aesthetically speaking this thing is drop dead gorgeous it's unfairly pretty much like the note 20 ultra is so the first generation was to my mind much as i love that phone and ugly duckling so this one has

The front screen is completely it's borderless so no more little teeny 5.6 or seven inch screen whatever it was with a humongous border top and bottom on the front screen now it's the full monty it's 6.2 inches it's still relatively tall and narrow so it's a little bit awkward for things like using the on-screen keyboard that still feels a little cramped to me but then again i even find a pixel for a a little cramped i don't use really small phones a lot

But nonetheless that oled exterior display now feels usable whereas before i almost kept my fold open all the time whenever i could this one i can actually close it and not feel disadvantaged in the least when you do open it up the display is even bigger this time and the device is a little bit wider opened up so it's 7.6 inches now so that's really nice it's about you're getting close to the size of an ipad mini screen at this point the only drawback is and this is going

To be highly personal depending on the size of your hands now i have really long fingers and big hands for a woman well i'm tall and with six feet but i can actually hold the fold open easily i would walk around like it was my pacifier all the time with it in my hand open i never had a problem this one has gotten just wide enough that i can still hold it but i don't feel as secure about it so that's something only you can decide depending on the size of your hands your comfort level how you want to use it maybe you don't

Think you're ever going to walk around holding it one-handed or something like that anyway and it's using ultra thin glass just like the galaxy z flip and flip 5g so they've learned really fast in the year between the original fold and this one and a lot of what we saw in the z-flip has come over so ultra-thin glass is one of those things so yes there's still a polymer layer on top and in fact a screen protector too with a slight matte sheen to it which i like cuts

Glare but anyway it feels more like glass and it looks less wavy kind of ripply the way the original fold did so it's flatter it feels glass-like and yay that and also it has a 120 hertz refresh rate and that is noticeable and i don't see any jelly scrolling or if it's there it's really slight now my original fault with software updates got a little bit better it used to be really egregious the left hand side of the screen didn't keep up with the right hand side

Of the screen when scrolling up and down and that seems to be gone by the way the outer display is 60 hertz i'm okay with that looks fine the crease down the center of the screen is a little bit wider and deeper this because ultra thin glass has a pre-bent radius in the center of it so if you really hate creases which you really don't see straight on but still this one is actually more prominent than the original fold so that's the basics that's what you need to know so

Gorgeous looking design a front screen that is pretty much what everybody wanted and also inside the big raised plastic bezels around the edge of the screen that protected it and held the top layer in place so nobody tried to peel it off anymore that's gone too so it looks really way more pretty and premium and not like a beta product and the front cameras are the inner cameras that are on the main inner display no more big notch and camera cluster and all that sort of thing you've got the usual oh whole

Kind of camera single camera 10 10 megapixel and there's also one on the outer screen so you've got a selfie camera either way the only drawback is actually it's with the original fold it's pretty easy to close it because there were the bezels to push onto and to close it and with this one because it's just about no bezels on the inner display i always accidentally activate something on screen while i'm in the middle of closing it we still have continuity here between

The inner and the outer screen for most applications so that's nice say you're reading something on the front screen and you decide you want the bigger view just open up the phone if it's the web browser or your email or something like that and that works we have the z flips hinge too which is a good thing it's a very nice hinge not just because it has a little dust cleaner thingy inside the little brushes but because it opens at a variety of angles and stays there much like a laptop hinge one so it makes it more versatile if you

Want to prop it up on the desk kind of like laptop mode and use the bottom section as a keyboard area for example or whatever it is or if you even want to prop it up upright with just the slightest bend so you can read set it on the desk while you're eating your breakfast cereal you know it's it's nice it's very nice samsung has the usual app pairings let's say you want to have youtube on one side and the web browser on the right side you get the idea so there's multitasking here and samsung has been doing that for

Years even like on note phones and on their tablets but with screens even up to this size i find i don't use it that much i think this is one place where the surface duo and the two physical screens that are wider kind of make more sense to give you more room to spread out with each app on each side but we'll see when i review the surface duo soon how i really feel about that phone uh this has a 4500 milliamp battery and 25 watt fast charging which is good faster than the previous generation and i need more than two days to play

With this phone before i can tell you how the battery life is doing but so far it's looking sort of like the the galaxy z flip to the z flip 5g with the same processor and not much of a change in battery life but more times required likewise for the cameras we have three cameras on the rear yay we got the telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom we have the main and we have the ultra wide camera on the back all of them are 12 megapixel and yes there are improved uh and yes it sticks out a little bit like the note so it

Makes it wobble on the desk a little bit but not as big as the note 20 ultra's ginormous domino glue to the back kind of thing but right now we're having monsoon season here for three days so i've been able to take a lot of good pictures except for low light and low light is definitely improved but look to my full review which again will come before september 18th so i can tell you more about the camera so that's the galaxy z fold tube 5g available in your choice of mystic bronzer mystic black matte finish by the

Way but since you got the shiny slippery screen on this side it doesn't help as much with the grip yes there are customizable hinge colors gold red blue takes another five weeks waiting for that but anyway first impressions are it is everything that we asked for first impressions and lasting impressions are it's a very expensive phone this is still for early adopters and techie types because two thousand dollars for a phone ouch at least for mobile tech review be sure

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