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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G: Too expensive for mass appeal?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G cuts a fine figure and is impressively flexible thanks to its new hinge. (Image source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G cuts a fine figure and is impressively flexible thanks to its new hinge. (Image source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G costs an awful lot money, but it is clearly better than its predecessor. Samsung has made a host of changes for this year's model, which our review reveals.
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If you want to be at the forefront of technology, then foldable smartphones are at least as important as a Tesla is in your garage. Samsung has offered a new alternative with the second generation of its foldable smartphone, and we have had the pleasure of trying one out. The form factor of the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G remains niche too, as hardly any OEMs have joined Samsung in releasing a device like the Galaxy Fold.

Folding smartphones are getting better though, and the Z Fold2 5G is not a repeat of the original Galaxy Fold. The new hinge design, which is now available in several more individualistic colours, is much better and is more flexible than the one Samsung used in its predecessor. The Z Fold2 5G can be locked in almost any position and set up the smartphone like a laptop, which is something that the Galaxy Fold could not do. 

Even the software has been improved and now adapts better to the multi-screen setup. Some apps can even be transferred seamlessly from the interior screen to the exterior one and back, should you wish to do so. This works particularly well in the YouTube app.

The interior display is also not as fragile as the one in the Galaxy Fold, but fingernails can still damage it. Consequently, caution is required when using the Z Fold2 5G, especially as it is not water or dustproof. The interior screen is more expansive though, as is the much larger exterior display.

The Z Fold2 5G may be one expensive smartphone, but it offers excellent performance, fast Wi-Fi speeds and plenty of memory. The dual speakers are good too, as is the precise GPS module. We have a few issues with the Z Fold2 5G, like its lacklustre mobile network reception, but we still could only recommend it to a few people who want to live life on the bleeding edge.

If you would like to learn more about Samsung's latest foldable smartphone, then we recommend reading our detailed review, which you can find here.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-10-22 (Update: 2020-10-23)