Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 Brings a Big Screen for Big Bucks

From PC Mag: It's time to fold again. Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2, going on pre-order September 2 and on shelves September 18, looks like a more usable, durable, flexible successor to last year's Galaxy Fold. It also sets up an intriguing head-to-head competition against Microsoft's $1,399 Surface Duo dual-screen phablet.

"Our lifestyles now demand more from our technology," Samsung's Robin Rhee said in the product announcement.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes in at a painful $1,999, but it's a full-scale upgrade from the Galaxy Fold. The most striking change is on the front screen, which has gone from a cramped 4.6 inches to a roomy 6.2-inch, 2,260-by-816 panel. Folded, the phone is still a bit of a chunker, but it can fit, lumpily, in your pocket. It comes in black or bonze colors, but you can get four different hinge accents.

Open it up, and you get a 7.6-inch, 2,208-by-1,768 screen with a 27 percent smaller bezel than on the previous Fold. I haven't gotten my hands on the phone yet, but I imagine it will still have a crease that's visible at some angles, but not at others.

The screen material is Samsung's "ultra thin glass" from the Galaxy Z Flip, which came out earlier this year. There's not much Samsung can do yet to make it tougher and still stay foldable. But the outside, at least, is more durable; the front screen is the new Gorilla Glass Victus, while the rear is Gorilla Glass 6. You can get a one-time screen replacement for $149, Samsung said.

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