Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Review: Folding screen design maturity has been greatly improved

Melvin Jones

Melvin Jones

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September 9th 2020

When the folding screen was taken out of the display cabinet and began to enter the commercial market, all Android mobile phone manufacturers seemed to be "drought in the rain", giving a new direction to the development of smart phones without obvious changes in shape for a long time. . A year and a half ago, manufacturers including Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, Motorola and other manufacturers have all put out so-called folding screen products to show their strength in research and development, but after a long wait, the folding screen has become a real volume. Only Samsung, Huawei and Motorola are the ones that produce the Device.

What is stopping these manufacturers who have beaten up? Obviously, every mobile phone manufacturer participating in it is constantly exploring how to change the user's existing habits of using an immature product such as a folding screen, while at the same time maximizing the yield rate and reducing after-sales costs.

As the promoter of folding screen technology, Samsung took out the Galaxy Fold a year and a half ago. I deeply remember that people were amazed at the visual impact of such new product forms, and at the same time they kept discussing products like Fold. Where is the greatest value? It is so expensive and fragile, and so exciting.

Everyone must be familiar with the following story. Huawei came up with another set of folding screen solutions completely different from Fold, launched Mate X and later modified Mate Xs, and due to technical problems, the product shipments were restricted, allowing Mate X Strange goods are available; Samsung and Motorola produced the Z Flip and Razr with vertical folding screens almost at the same time, giving users another way of folding.

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Folding screen technology has made great progress in the past year as machines continue to land. This development is demonstrated in the cover plate of the folding screen, the hinge packaging technology, the integration capabilities of internal components, including the perception of user experience and so on. As the initiator of promoting the commercial use of folding screen technology, Samsung also released a new generation of folding screen mobile phone Galaxy Z Fold2 5G in August 2020, which can be regarded as a fully evolved product compared to the first generation product a year ago. What kind of story can Samsung tell us on this generation of folding screens? You and I want to know.

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The controversy between "inward fold" and "outward fold" a year ago is still vivid. Because of the immature technology, the design of Samsung's first-generation Fold left a lot of regrets. Although the process of folding inward is more difficult, and it is more protective for fragile products such as folding screens, at that time, the size of the external screen and the abnormal screen shape caused by the design of the internal lens made many users stand on the opposite side of Fold. .

And after a year, Samsung is obviously ready for everything. The maturity of Fold2 5G makes them more confident to bring this product to the market than a year ago. Although from the appearance point of view, the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G has no obvious morphological changes compared to the first generation, but if you look closely, you will find that this phone has basically made a comprehensive design innovation from the inside to the outside.

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The increase of the external screen is one of the biggest changes of Fold 2 5G compared to the first generation. Thanks to the mature landing of Infinity-O technology, Samsung abandoned the design of a generation of independent lenses and placed the Selfie lenses of the internal and external screens in the digging hole. Inside, the free internal space gives Samsung the ability to expand the screen to the edge of the outer frame.

If the 4.6-inch external screen of the first generation of Fold is more useful for timely operation of the mobile phone for temporary use, then the 6.23-inch screen of this generation of Fold2 5G can already allow users to fully use the external screen to operate the mobile phone. When Samsung created the Fold, it wanted to achieve a fusion experience of mobile phones and tablets, and this concept is obviously closer to the goal than the first generation on Fold2 5G.

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The enlarged screen gives the external screen the ability to rotate, and the horizontal operation experience that was missing in the first generation can finally be used on Fold2 5G. Samsung Fold2 5G equipped with this 25: 9 fish screen when used in landscape, the experience will be better. But the problem ensues. After the external screen on Fold2 5G is displayed in landscape orientation, there are not many software that can be adapted, including Samsung’s built-in app store that does not have a landscape display adapted to the external screen. This is actually a bit strange. Samsung Since the horizontal display of the external screen is supported on Fold2 5G, the software cannot be fully adapted. Obviously this sets a long-term goal for Samsung. If the new form wants to support the application system, Samsung obviously has a long way to go. 

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The unification of color matching is also one of the appearance changes of Fold2 5G different from the first generation. Samsung uses a color matching design on the Fold. This overly stylish design seems to conflict with the product positioning population of the price of 15,000. Therefore, Samsung’s resolutely this year Fold2 5G is the same as the just-released Note20 series. The color and design of the body make it look more rigorous and business.

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In order to increase the honor of Fold2, Samsung has added a custom color matching function for the middle frame on the international version of Fold2. Users can choose red, blue, silver and other colors.

It is reported that Samsung will abandon the Note series next year and include the Z series, which is the folding screen series, into the regular flagship category. Now, looking at the design and product positioning of Fold2 5G, this rumor is extremely likely.

Open the inner screen, a 7.6-inch 1768 x 2208 pixel folding screen is fully unfolded. Although I have felt the visual impact on the first generation of Fold, it is still unavoidable. This shock is not like the feeling of simply looking at the screen of a tablet computer. The unprecedented sensory shock brought by such a small mobile phone after unfolding is huge.

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Like the external screen, the digging screen saves the Fold's internal screen. On this phone, the entire screen can finally be displayed completely, and the software adaptation no longer needs Samsung to worry about. Remember to play a king of glory on the Fold, you will always watch Not the other half of the map? This situation will no longer occur on Fold2 5G.

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I have tested some games, and the entire operating experience has improved greatly compared to the previous generation. With the excellent hardware level after the upgrade, it can be said that the internal screen is used to play games on Fold2 5G. The experience is closer to Samsung's original intention to give users a tablet experience.

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The improvement of the hinge part is the same as the Z Flip. The design of the directional hinge is adopted. The inner screen of Fold2 5G can be fixed at any angle of 0-180°, which gives Fold2 more operating space and experience. In Flex mode, You can take photos or make video calls from any angle. Although you are operating on a longer horizontal screen, Samsung has done special processing on this screen. For example, under the camera interface, the lower half of the screen shows both the photo and the shooting button. .

The same problem as the external screen. In this Flex mode, there are very few software adapted, and even many applications do not support horizontal operation when the screen is expanded. Obviously, in Samsung's current software system, Fold2 is still regarded as a mobile phone. Even when the screen is unfolded, the road to software adaptation is still a long way to go.

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I will answer two questions that many people care about. One is whether the folding screen of Fold2 5G will have a gap in the middle after folding? The answer is "Yes." At present, Samsung’s internal folding design cannot completely fold the screen due to the physical characteristics of the panel. Although UTG glass is used to increase the firmness of the screen, the folding screen is still fragile, so some reserved parts are reserved for the folding part. The gap ensures the folding safety of the folding screen.

Similarly, in the right side frame part of the folding screen, Fold2 is designed with two independent feet on the top and bottom like the previous generation to prevent the left and right screens from being completely fitted after folding. On the one hand, it provides a drop buffer for the screen, on the other hand, Fold2 A plastic protective film is pasted on the outermost layer of the screen to prevent the left and right protective films from sticking to each other and damaging the screen.

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The second problem is the crease. Fold2 5G still has creases. This is also due to the characteristics of physical materials. Currently, no manufacturer or upstream channel that produces folding screen phones can solve this problem. Fold2 5G has little effect on the perception of creases when looking directly at the screen from the front, but it will be more obvious from the side.

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The lens design on the back completely imitates the style of Note20, and the design of the entire lens is exactly the same as the outline of the phone frame. However, Fold2 5G is not as strong as Note20 in terms of lens hardware. All three lenses are 12 million pixels. The main camera uses 1/1.76 inch CMOS and f/1.8 aperture. The remaining two lenses are 52mm equivalent. The focal length telephoto lens (can achieve 2X equivalent optical change) and the 123-degree ultra-wide-angle lens.

Samsung designed power-enhanced speakers for Fold2 5G. The top and bottom speakers are completely symmetrical. When the phone is placed flat on the desktop, the dual speakers can bring me a very good sound experience. However, because the two speakers are designed on the top and bottom of the left folding screen, when holding the phone horizontally, the first one can easily block the speaker outlet, which will affect some of the external speaker effect, so use the phone horizontally I always pay attention to the hand shape and holding position.

There is also a small change. This generation of Fold2 moved the SIM card slot down to the bottom of the side of the phone. There is still only one SIM card slot and does not support dual card dual standby.

Hardware strategy determines product positioning

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If according to previous rumors, Samsung will let the folding screen replace the Note as one of the new dual-line flagships, then they will definitely do something on the hardware. Z Flip has upgraded the Snapdragon 865+ processor, and obviously ZFold2 5G will not be absent.

In the actual test, Fold2 5G has an excellent performance experience, and the support for 5G is also comprehensive. With 12GB of RAM and 512GB of ROM, it can handle any current applications and usage scenarios.

The 4500 mAh battery continues the design of the previous generation, adopts a dual-cell battery, supports up to 25W fast charging technology, 11W wireless charging technology and 4.5W reverse wireless charging technology. Judging from the actual use time, under normal circumstances, the internal and external screens are mixed. Fold2 5G can achieve about 12-13 hours of use. This result is actually not much different compared to ordinary smart phones. The large screen does For products such as Fold2 5G, it will consume more power, but relatively speaking, the power consumption of running large games will be more amazing. Therefore, from the actual simulation of daily use, the battery life of Fold2 is not as expected. Unbearable.

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With the Snapdragon 865+ with 12+512GB of memory and a 4500 mAh battery, this configuration is considered top-notch on any brand of products today. In Samsung's product system, folding screens are currently regarded as flagship products. Samsung is willing to give users the most perceptible experience. This seems to be Samsung's positioning strategy for folding screen products.

On the contrary, some manufacturers believe that such mobile phones should be the first choice of trendy users in the positioning strategy of folding screen products, such as Motorola. The new Razr 5G has almost the same top and bottom flip design as the previous generation, but the 765G processor it is equipped with will obviously tell users that the design is greater than the experience.

As a promoter of folding screens, Samsung obviously hopes that folding screens can be popularized from high to low. They hope that such screen designs can change the user experience, so as to master the design and development of future smartphones from the industrial chain. In Motorola's product concept, the folding screen is not much different from the original curved screen. They are breakthroughs in the same design of smart phones, but obviously Motorola does not think that folding screens can change the world. These two different concepts have created different attitudes towards folding screen phones between the two manufacturers.

How the folding screen and the lens can be well compatible is a problem

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If you are very familiar with the folding screen phones currently on the market, you will obviously feel that the lens of the folding screen phone cannot use the best lens, even on products like Fold2 5G that are much more mature than the first generation design. Samsung also only gave it three 12-megapixel lens modules.

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An easy-to-understand design restricts the appearance of flagship lenses on folding screen phones: Fold2 5G is too thin! Since the lens can only be placed on the back side of the folding screen, the frame thickness of the Fold2 after unfolding is only 6.9mm, and the screen thickness is only 6mm, which is much lower than the thickness of any current flagship smartphone. The flagship lens module with a higher body thickness cannot be used on this phone.

Imagine that the main lens on the S20+ currently used by Fold2 5G must protrude from the body. If it is replaced with the 100-megapixel HM1 on the S20 Ultra, what will this phone look like? This problem will plague the design of folding screen mobile phone manufacturers for a period of time.

Looking back at the camera effect of Fold2 5G. Although only 12 million pixels, Samsung Fold2 5G still showed excellent latitude and color reproduction ability in the proofs, especially in normal light during the day, the camera effect of this phone is excellent. The ability to suppress noise in a low-light environment is average, but the overall light control ability is relatively excellent.

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Fold2 5G takes the folding screen one step further from reality

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After about a week of use, I have a new understanding of Samsung Galaxy Fold2 5G. Before the evaluation, I think this phone is an upgraded version of the Fold generation. It has a better configuration and a larger screen, but after getting started, it gives me a stronger feeling that "it makes the folding screen one step closer to reality. ".

The design maturity of Fold2 5G is in my opinion the highest among the manufacturers of folding screen solutions currently given. It is closer to Samsung's original Fold product line to be a two-in-one product concept for mobile phones and tablets. Putting aside the crease problem caused by physical characteristics, in my eyes Fold2 5G has approached perfection in hardware design. If there is anything to improve, the design of lens structure and the expansion of battery capacity may be proposed to Samsung in the future. Continue to research and develop topics.

But I think "perfection" is limited to the hardware design part. For the current Fold2 5G, the software doesn't have much to brag about. In the current version of the software I have obtained, it can be seen that Samsung is still using the concept of a mobile phone to implement the operation logic after the folding screen is unfolded. This is obviously in a fundamental conflict with the cross-border concept of hardware.

Samsung and Huawei include Rouyu who has made an immature product before. When dealing with software interaction in large-screen mode, they can only use split screens to show the operational convenience brought by the "big screen". But just imagine, how many people actually use split-screen operation on a tablet? If they don't need to operate on a tablet computer and put it on a folding screen, what attraction is there for them to handle multitasking on the same screen?

Folding screens are the same as the curved screens developed by Samsung at the beginning, and innovation in user experience has become an extremely difficult to break through the user ecology. Perhaps one day, when Samsung can make the big guy a folding screen have an operating experience that is different from that of an external screen, dreams can truly be reflected in reality.

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