Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Z Fold2, the company’s third-gen dual-screen device will be released on September 18 with price starting at $1999. The original Samsung Galaxy Fold, which launched a year ago at an expensive $1980 was plagued by reliability issues, but the Z Fold2 should hopefully be a different story.
“With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, we closely listened to user feedback to ensure we were bringing meaningful improvements to the hardware, while also developing new innovations to enhance the user experience. Further strengthened by our industry-leading partnerships with Google and Microsoft, we’re reshaping and redefining the possibilities of the mobile device experience,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
Compared to Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 uses a 7.6-inch foldable screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and an external 6.2-inch Infinity-O Cover which will allow users to use the phone without unfolding it. With the main folding screen, users will be able to open multiple apps at once, and Microsoft apps like Outlook or Word have already been optimized to take advantage of the big screen.
Under the hood, consumers will find a 64-bit Octa-Core Processor, 12GB RAM, up to 512GB internal storage, a 4500mAh dual battery, a 5G modem, and five different cameras: a 10MP Selfie Cover camera, another 10MP Selfie Camera on the main screen, and a rear triple camera setup including a 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, a 12MP Wide-angle Camera, and a 12MP Telephoto Camera.
If you’re interested in foldable devices, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 looks to have all the bells and whistles expected in a flagship device. At $1,399, Microsoft’s Surface Duo isn’t exactly playing in the same category, especially since it comes with a single front-facing camera and what could be described as 2019 specs. However, the Duo’s dual-screen design is really unique, and Microsoft also did some solid work to optimize Android for dual-screen use. We invite you to watch our hands-on video for more details.
Do you think the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be the foldable phone to buy this year, or are you more interested in Microsoft’s Surface Duo? Let us know in the comments below.