Samsung has officially unveiled its new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, with a bigger 7.6-inch display, 27 per cent smaller bezels and a 'smoother' folding mechanism, retailing for a whopping £1,799.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2, unveiled at a virtual event today, is the Korean company's third foldable phone and an update of the original Galaxy Fold, released last year.
When unfolded, the phone's screen is bigger and more square in shape than its predecessor, and provides a more cinematic and 'immersive' viewing experience thanks to thinner bezels – the borders between the display and the frame.
The device, which supports 5G, also comes with a Infinity-O display, which covers the entire face of the phone and features a small 'hole punch' style camera.
Samsung revealed a sneak peak of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at its virtual Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 20 smartphone last month but has only just released full details.
The phone goes on sale on September 18, with pre-orders starting on the Samsung website from today.
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The new Galaxy Z Fold 2. The outer cover screen, which acts as the display when the phone is folded, is 6.2-inches, while the massive main screen when unfolded is 7.6-inches, making both larger than the original Galaxy Fold
Samsung has already released two foldable devices – the Galaxy Z Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip, which flips open like a retro 90s phone thanks to a hinge through the middle of the screen.
'Last year Samsung pioneered a new mobile category with the launch of the Galaxy Fold,' said Gina Suk, manager of Marketing Relations at Samsung Electronics.
'Now, our innovation journey continues with the Galaxy Z Fold 2.'
The new Galaxy Z Fold 2 has been redesigned based on consumer feedback and smartphone user behaviours, according to Samsung.
The company surveyed 476 Galaxy Fold users in the US and Korea late last year and found a 71 per cent surge in watching video clips and a 35 per cent increase in gaming compared to on their previous smartphones.
The device's 'free stand' capability allows it to stand from anywhere between a 75 to 115 degree angle for hands-free use, such as watching videos while exercising
The biggest difference between the original Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the two screens – the outer screen and the larger main screen that's revealed when unfolded.
The cover screen is 1.63 times the size of the cover screen on last year's model – 6.2 inches across compared with 4.6 inches on the original.
The main screen, meanwhile, is an impressive 7.6 inches across, bigger than the original Galaxy Fold's 7.3 inches.
Dimensions of the device when unfolded measure slightly larger in width than the original – 5.04 inches, compared with 4.64 inches – and around the same length.
But the extra screen space for enjoying content is also thanks to smaller bezels and the Infinity O display.
Infinity-O, which is the closest thing to an all-screen design, has a tiny circular cut-out at the top of the display for the front camera.
Comparison with the original Galaxy Fold (left) released last year and the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 (right)
Galaxy Fold (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 2 (right). Despite the larger screen size and bigger dimensions generally, the new phone is slimmer in the user's pocket thanks to less chunky body
The main screen on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 now also features a 120Hz default refresh rate for smoother scrolling and better gameplay – twice that of the Galaxy Fold.
Dual speakers on either side of the screen also provide a balanced stereo effect for a more immersive sound experience without the need for Bluetooth speakers.
Both the main and cover screen have 10 megapixel cameras