With the announcement of the Galaxy Z Fold2, Samsung’s line of foldable display smartphones began to emerge. This is the third model of the manufacturer with such a screen (the first was, of course, the Galaxy Fold) and the second (after the Z Flip), which received the Z index in the name. The letter Z symbolizes a new class of foldable smartphones. In the light of the publication in the Samsung Display blog, in the very near future we can expect models of smartphones whose screen folds twice, like a booklet, which will literally resemble the letter Z. But I see another symbol in this – a hint of generation Z or buzzers. Children born between 2000 and 2010, for which the Internet and mobile communications have always existed.
According to a study by Samsung this summer in the United States and South Korea (which surveyed 1,000 people using smartphones between the ages of 18 and 64 and planning to buy a foldable smartphone in the next 12 months), 98% of respondents said that that the smartphone is the main device for them. 76% of those surveyed prefer to have one computer device instead of several. 78% of millennials and zoomers surveyed (i.e. roughly 18 to 30 years old) reported using their smartphones for multitasking. 74% already talk about using a smartphone for work even at home (especially now, during self-isolation).
The scenarios for using a smartphone in the era of multitasking are unlikely to surprise us, they are distributed among study participants as follows:
It is worth making a note about multitasking here. It is unlikely that we are talking about a multi-window operating mode on a smartphone. All these applications are used simultaneously, there is a difference in consumer behavior: the older generation is used to the fact that the phone performs one function and is intended for making calls. Well, two if you add SMS to them. But over the past decade, the world has changed radically, and with them user habits have changed. And young people, as you know, are among the first to master new technologies and services. The same social networks that didn’t exist ten years ago (they certainly didn’t exist on smartphones, but today a smartphone is the main device for social networks, because it’s more convenient to use them on a smartphone than on a computer). Thus, the Z index in Samsung’s line of foldable display smartphones also suggests that such smartphones will become commonplace when the buzzer generation is no longer perceived as youth. When they all get out of college and start working, for them a smartphone with a folding screen will become the same common thing. Here is an expanded and expanded version of the answer to the question “who needs smartphones with a foldable display”, which we faced almost two years ago.
It is interesting how the respondents themselves answer this question:
- 64% expect more mobility (the computer needs to be turned on or woken up from sleep mode, even if it is a laptop, it needs to be taken out of the bag, and the smartphone is always ready to go).
- 46% want a big screen because it shows more (we remember the boom in tablets, and then the race to increase the diagonal of smartphones, which already reaches almost 7 inches, although Steve Jobs argued that 3.5 inches is enough, but was clearly mistaken) …
- 38% want to multitask on the big screen (here, perhaps, some of them even mean the multi-window mode, which becomes more accessible and / or more convenient on the big screen – we all know this from the difference between working on a smartphone and a tablet).
How Galaxy Z Fold2 differs from Galaxy Fold
Despite the fact that only a year passed between the release of the first and second generation Galaxy Fold (even less if you take the time of the start of sales, and not the announcements – they both started in sales this year), its appearance and capabilities have significantly improved. While the entire smartphone industry is mostly in stagnation, and nothing fundamentally new has been happening there for a long time, here we see the same picture that we saw at the dawn of the popularity of phones first, and then smartphones: they were very different and improved. technologically literally in a year!
Interestingly, the thickness of the new smartphone (in the picture it is on the right), albeit slightly, but decreased (by an imperceptible 0.3 millimeters at the hinge and by almost 2 millimeters at the edges). The height has become almost two millimeters more, and the width has been reduced by 5 millimeters. Thanks to this, it was possible to accommodate both displays with larger diagonals than its predecessor (along the way, changing the aspect ratio of the screens and making them more elongated and easier to use).
The most important change is that the external screen has grown from a 4.6 “window to a full 6.2” display. The main display also got bigger and got rid of the cutout (in the struggle for the design of the front camera from three options: “T-shirt”, “drop” and “hole”, as you know, the latter won). To assess how big a 7.6-inch screen is, it’s enough to remember that the first Nexus tablet was 7-inches, that is, this is completely the territory of tablets, although we (for now) are at its lower borders. And the external screen has received the latest Gorilla Victus protective glass, like the Galaxy Note 20.
The changes also affected the system of five cameras (the first Galaxy Fold had 6). The front camera has gotten rid of the depth module used for the bokeh effect in selfies. Taking into account the capabilities inherited by the Z Fold2 from the Z Flip (using an external screen as a viewfinder), the second front camera is rapidly (only a year has passed) moving into the category of rudiments. The main camera module with three lenses began to protrude slightly more above the body (like the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra) and received an LED flash, the usefulness of which has moved from the category of photography (flagship smartphones no longer need a flash) into the category of another (in the long list) of a device destroyed by modern phones – a flashlight.
How the other specifications of the Galaxy Z Fold2 differ and Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Z Fold2 uses the highest performing 8-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor to date (8 Kryo 585 cores: 1x 3.09 GHz, 3 2.42 GHz and 4 1.8 GHz) with Adreno 650 graphics. The Galaxy Fold was a Snapdragon 855 with Kryo 485 cores running at a lower clock speed. The battery capacity has been increased (it, as before, consists of two parts) – it has become 4500 mAh versus 4380 mAh in the Galaxy Fold. Supports 25W fast charging instead of 15W. Updated USB Type-C specifications to support version 3.2 instead of 3.1. The difference in data transfer rate – it has grown from 5 to 10 Gbps. The novelty also has an adaptive screen refresh rate of up to 120 hertz, which this year began to appear in the flagship Samsung models. And the weight has slightly increased – now 282 grams instead of 263.
An important feature of the new Galaxy Z Fold2 is the further development of the interface, adapted to the capabilities of the foldable screen, with the first features of which we met in the Z Flip. The mode is called Flex Mode, but this is worth talking about in more detail another time.
Five main differences between the Galaxy Z Fold2 and its predecessor:
- the diagonal of the external display has grown sharply from 4.6 to 6.2 inches;
- the main display has become a little larger and got rid of the cutout;
- the main camera can be used for selfies, and it also has a flashlight;
- more efficient processor Snapdragon 865+;
- higher battery capacity – 4500 mAh.