(Pocket-lint) - Samsung made the successor to the Galaxy Fold official during its virtual Unpacked event on the 5 August, before fully revealing the new folding phone on 1 September at Unpacked Part 2.
Now that we have all the details, here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Release date and price
- Made official 5 August 2020, full reveal 1 September
- Pre-orders start 1 September
- £1799 price expected
- Expected to be available from 18 September
The company has yet to reveal pricing, although leaks suggested it would be £1799. A pre-registration page has been open on Samsung's website since it was first revealed and we're expecting this to change to a pre-ordering page on 1 September.
Thanks to a leak though the UK Samsung website, we're expecting it to cost £1799 with 256GB of storage. That leak also said that pre-orders would be despatched on 17 September with general availability from 18 September. This may differ internationally, but we'll be sure to update as soon as we have the full details.
- Refined hinge design
- Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black colours
- Customisable hinge colours: Metallic Silver, Metallic Red, Metallic blue, Metallic Gold
- 159.2 x 128.2 x 13.8-16.8mm
Samsung has stuck to the book-style vertical fold like the original Galaxy Fold but there are plenty of changes with the new device. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will come in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black, but Samsung has confirmed that it will be offering customisation options for the hinge of the phone. This will allow silver, red, blue or gold colours to be used on the spine of the phone instead. We don't know if this option will cost more.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a punch hole camera in the centre of the external display and another punch hole camera in the centre of the the right side of the internal display. Bezels have been significantly reduced, with Samsung saying that they are now 27 per cent smaller. It offers a much more refined design to the original, especially thanks to the removal of the corner notch.
The new hinge has a reinforced cam structure, less of a gap between the display and the hinge when folded and unfolded and the device can stay open at a number of different angles, like the Galaxy Z Flip. Thanks to "sweepers" in the hinge, the gaps are protected from dust and dirt.
There's a fingerprint scanner on the edge, along with stereo speakers.
Display and hardware
- 7.6-inch display, 2208 x 1768 pixels
- 6.2-inch external display, 2260 x 816 pixels
- Qualcomm SD865+, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a 7.6-inch display when unfolded, bigger than the original 7.2-inch. Samsung is using Ultra Thin Glass on this display, like the Galaxy Z Flip, though the company has made some further improvements to the display structure. It also supports adaptive refresh rates, from 11-120Hz to suit the content you're looking at.
The external display was one of the negative aspects of the original Fold. The new 6.2-inch display that fills the exterior of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be welcomed, adding to the usability of this phone when it's closed.
On the hardware front, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ is under the hood, coupled with 12GB of RAM.
The Z Fold 2 come with 256GB storage. The battery has a combined capacity of 4500mAh and it supports fast wired and wireless charging, with wireless reverse charging too.
- Triple rear camera:
- Main: 12MP, 1.8µm, f/1.8 OIS
- Ultra-wide: 12MP, 1.12µm, f/2.2
- Telephoto: 12MP, 1.0µm, f/2.4
- Punch hole cover camera:
- 10MP, 1.22µm, f/2.2
- Punch hole front camera:
- 10MP, 1.22µm, f/2.2
There are load of cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, but Samsung isn't pushing this phone as its camera champion, so it doesn't offer the same system as the S20 Ultra or Note 20 Ultra. Instead, there's the same main camera that we got on the Galaxy S20+, with a 12-megapixel sensor with big 1.8µm pixels and a wide f/1.8 aperture. That should make for a great camera in all conditions, including low light.
The telephoto looks like a standard lens rather than the periscope that we're seeing elsewhere, so likely only offers 3x telephoto. The ultra-wide doesn't appear to have a sensor as large as the S20+. We suspect it's going to all work well enough, but it's not pushing the same extremes as some of Samsung's other flagship devices. We'll have to test it to be able to assess it, but like the original Fold, it doesn't look like it's going to be the strongest Samsung has in the camera department.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 rumours: What's happened in the run up to launch?
Here are all the rumours and leaks that have appeared prior to launch:
28 August 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 UK price revealed as £1,799
A leak on Samsung's UK website has furnished us with a price for the forthcoming device.
27 August 2020: Samsung confirms Unpacked Part 2 for full Z Fold 2 reveal
Samsung has officially confirmed that Unpacked Part 2 will reveal everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.
5 August 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 official
Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Z Fold 2 during its Unpacked event but didn't offer much information regarding the specifications. It has said more information will be revealed on 1 September 2020.
29 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 leaks out: Hole punch, bigger screen revealed
Images of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 have leaked, showing a much more exciting design.
20 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo leak hints at larger external display
Reliable leaker Universe Ice tweeted a blurry photo of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 showing what looks like Samsung's official marketing material for the device. The image shows a larger external display and a copper finish.
You know it pic.twitter.com/rElfAT1LDUJuly 20, 2020
20 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be revealed on 5 August
Samsung sent out a tweet from its official Twitter account teasing the reveal of a folding device. The tweet read: "A new look unfolds. 05.08.2020". There was also a video showing a copper ball folding out into a butterfly.
A new look unfolds.— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) July 19, 2020
14 July 2020: Spec leak suggests different camera setup
A report published on ET News, spotted by Sammobile, offers a rundown of some of the specs for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, inlcuding the same triple camera as the Galaxy S20 and a combined battery capacity of 4365mAh.
13 July 2020: Maybe a later launch?
According to an established Samsung leaker the Fold 2 may launch later than the Unpacked event - Max Weinbach says he is "100% sure they won't release it" while saying it's also unlikely they will even talk about it. So maybe we're looking at a September or October launch for the Fold 2.
8 July 2020: Galaxy Unpacked event announced: Is Samsung teasing a copper Note 20?
Samsung confirmed it would hold its next Galaxy Unpacked event on 5 August at 10AM ET. The Galaxy Note 20 series is expected to be revealed, along with the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
6 July 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 tipped to be the name of Samsung's next folding phone
New information suggests that Samsung will be using the Galazy Z name for all its folding devices.
29 June 2020: Entry-level Galaxy Fold model not expected until 2021
Korean media has reported that Samsung will not be launching the rumoured entry-level Fold model until 2021.
25 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leaks out: Render shows notchless display, hole punch
A reliable leaker shares an image showing what we might expect from the Galaxy Fold 2, with a punch hole display.
21 June 2020: Display specs reinforced by established leaker
Galaxy Fold 2, 7.7”，it is estimated that Bezel is only 3.8mm, Hole 4.8mm.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 21, 2020
11 June 2020: More specs and details for the Fold 2 appear
Korean media discuss the display changes on the Fold 2.
9 June 2020: Samsung expected to use UTG on Fold 2 display
Supply chain sources suggest that Samsung will be using ultra-thin glass on the Galaxy Fold 2, with agreements with Schott and Corning.
8 June 2020: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked date rumoured
It has been suggested that Samsung's Galaxy Packed Online will take place on 5 August, seeing the launch of the Galaxy Fold 2 and the Galaxy Note 20.
26 May 2020: 'Notification display' and waterproofing
A two-in-one news day, with patents filed for both waterproof design measures in a future folding phone, plus further information about how a notification display could be actioned.
12 May 2020: Rumours suggest a brown colour for the Fold
SamMobile has suggested that the Fold 2 will be available in black and brown colours.
11 May 2020: Rumours of a cheaper Galaxy Fold model continue to circulate
We first heard that Samsung would be selling a Fold Special Edition at $1099 from Ross Young, now Max Weinberg is talking about another $1100 Galaxy Fold, which could be very much the same thing - a way for Samsung to sell older components to clear out stock before the full Fold 2 refresh.
There's a rumor, and keep in mind this is a rumor, Samsung will be releasing a Galaxy Fold e for $1100.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) May 11, 2020
They are also working releasing 3 folds. Two with plastic, one with UTG. Could explain the Winner2 vs Champ codenames.
28 April 2020: New Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leaks suggest new cameras and lower pricing
More leaks have emerged suggesting that the Fold 2 will have superior cameras to its predecessor, as well as a slightly cut-down price.
27 April 2020: Prices are suggested for the new Galaxy Fold
There's a lot of leaks coming from Ross Young on Twitter, including a suggestion of the price.
More Galaxy Fold 2 Leaks:— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) April 27, 2020
Price - Between $1780 and $1980. Since they are looking to boost volumes, we think it will be priced around $100 less than last year at $1880-$1895 despite a bigger/better front and main display, a higher resolution camera, the S-Pen and 5G.
26 March 2020: New renders show what the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could look like
Having seen one set of speculative renders, we now have another set, giving us an idea of what the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might look like.
17 February 2020: Concept images give us an idea of what the Fold 2 might look like
Ben Geskin has drawn up concept images based on rumours giving us a picture of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 - Concept based on leaks— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) February 17, 2020
Main Display: 7.7" QXGA+ 120Hz AMOLED
Cover Display: 6.4" FHD+ Super AMOLED
10MP Selfie Camera (Cover + Front)
12MP Wide + 12MP Ultra Wide + 64MP Telephoto + DepthVision Camera
Snapdragon 865 + 5G pic.twitter.com/u6CwOYJOKf
17 February 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature under-display camera
Korean sources have suggested that Samsung is going to be using under-display camera technology in the forthcoming Galaxy Fold 2, while a reliable Samsung leaker provided a range of potential detials.
Galaxy Fold 2: front cover is infinity V display. Main is either hole punch or under display camera. New form of SPen. S20+ camera setup. Ceramic and stainless steel. Will come in Blue, Silver, Gold, Pink, Black.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) February 17, 2020
5 February 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 codename revealed as Winner 2, confirms direct replacement for Fold
A leak suggests that the next Galaxy Fold is codenamed Winner 2 and that it will be a direct replacement for the Galaxy Fold.
29 January 2020: A couple of display details appear for Galaxy Fold 2
A couple of details drop into a conversation from Ross Young, founder of DisplaySearch, on Twitter.
Ultra-thin glass (UTG) from Schott is their best hope then. First on Galaxy Z Flip. Then on Galaxy Fold 2 which is now known as Project Champ and should come mid-year. It will fold out to 7.7” but will be quite a bit more expensive than the more portable clamshells...— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 29, 2020
27 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature 108MP camera, 5G and S Pen support, launch in Q2
Details about the Fold 2 shared by Max Weinbach on Twitter, giving us some of the first information about the Fold update.
I just got word that Samsung will likely be launching the true Galaxy Fold successor in Q2 of this year.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 24, 2020
If I've conglomerates all the different reports correctly, it should have an 8" display, 108MP camera, ultra thin glass, SPen, Snapdragon 865 and 5G.
6 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could come with 108-megapixel camera
Bloomberg reported a handful of specs for the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Fold - including that it could have a 108-megapixel sensor.
18 October 2019: Samsung has a new plan for the screen for Galaxy Fold 2
Samsung is said to be planning to use ultra thin glass as protection for folding phones.
6 October 2019: Samsung patents reveal folding phone with S Pen
LetsGoDigital uncovered a Samsung patent relating to folding phone and S Pen, suggesting that an updated Galaxy Fold could support the S Pen, a little like a Note replacement.
26 June 2019: Second-gen Samsung foldable to have S Pen and 8-inch display
A report from Korean news site The Elec, suggested that a second-gen Galaxy Fold would add support for the S Pen and have a larger display.