This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Samsung announced a new folding screen phone, the Galaxy Z Fold2.
The vertical bifold style is carried over from the original Galaxy Fold, while the closed outer screen is significantly improved to a nearly bezel-less 6.2-inch screen. When open, the screen is now 7.6 inches, almost square, and whether folded or open, it has evolved into a larger screen than its predecessor.
Samsung's first Galaxy Fold folding phone was disappointing in that the outer screen used when folded was as small as 4.6 and was surrounded by a thick frame.
The Galaxy Z Fold2, with a subtle name change to the "Galaxy Z" series, has a decent design with a thin bezel and a decent screen in every corner, with the outer screen more than equal to the average smartphone. The camera uses an Infinity-O display with a punch hole.
The photo above shows the open inner screen. While the first generation had a large notch in the top right corner to position the sensor and camera, the Fold2 has an Infinity-O display with a punch hole inside as well.
The announcements at Galaxy UNPACKED 2020 are mainly for the Note and tablet, while the Fold2 is more of a preview of what's to come. No release date, price or detailed specifications have been revealed yet.
On the other hand, the rugged hinge structure that could have been used for nailing in the first generation has been changed to make it less noticeable, and the plastic display, which was forced to be improved after many reports of breakage and postponed launch, has been reinforced with a thin glass material cover, indicating that the company has certainly made improvements based on the feedback it received on the first generation and another folding phone, the Galaxy Z Flip.
For reference, here's the original Galaxy Fold.
The narrow screen in the folded state may have been a concept that made it easier to operate with a smaller screen when folded as well as a technical constraint, but even though it's 4.6 inches, it has a vertical aspect ratio, so it's not easy to reach your fingers unless you're trying to hold it in the right way. It was inconvenient in today's world of apps and user interfaces that are based on a large screen.
If you ignore the weight and thickness of the new model, you can use it as a superset: a standard large screen smartphone when folded up and a small tablet when opened.
The photo above shows the original Fold open and turned sideways. There is a large notch (notch) for the camera and sensor in the top left corner, which caused a black band when trying to avoid chipping content in full screen view.
The new Fold2 is now a punch-hole style with only the lens area round and missing, so if you close your eyes to the hole, it's easier to take advantage of the large screen.
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