The most futuristic phone of 2020
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the only foldable phone you should consider buying in 2020 if you want to maximize that satisfying ‘wow’ factor when showing it off. It feels like you own a smartphone from the future when you collapse its tablet-sized screen in half, and the larger front display and stronger hinge fix the biggest Gen 1 issues. Be warned: it’s still priced for early adopters and the cameras on the Note 20 Ultra are better.
• Much bigger front Cover Display
• Refined second-gen hinge
• Improved split-screen software
• As expensive as phones come
• Lacks Samsung’s best cameras
• No microSD card slot
Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2?
Buy it if...
There are now several foldable phones on sale, but only Samsung’s tablet-like screen collapses in half among those available globally. And now this Fold sequel has a large front Cover Display, a hinge offering enhanced durability, and a promising new Flex Mode for decluttering apps.
Everyone who sees us demo the Fold 2 has a mind-blown reaction that’s so satisfying to see. It’s like we’re showing them a gadget from the future. That’s a big perk of owning this phone; it’s a conversation starter, although it’ll become less so as the Fold 3, 4, and 5 launch.
The Fold 2 is further evidence that mobile games are the killer app for foldable phones. Having such a large display makes games with on-screen controls feel less compromised, and the new 120Hz refresh rate allows for even smoother gameplay. It’s a great gaming phone.
Don't buy it if...
Most people will be better served buying the Note 20 Ultra or the S20 Plus. They don’t fold, but they’re significantly cheaper, and feature better cameras. The Note 20 Ultra’s 5x optical and 50x digital zoom makes the Z Fold 2’s 2x optical and 10x digital zoom feel like a downgrade.
The inevitable Fold 3 will hopefully fix what we still don’t like about the Fold 2, namely its value-for-money proposition. It’s far too expensive for average consumers, and even for some early adopters who routinely buy Samsung’s pricest phone every year. This is a new level of expensive, and the 256GB of internal storage with no microSD card slot make it feel as if Samsung is holding out on us.
Listen, we told you to wait for the Galaxy Fold 2, knowing that Samsung would quickly remedy the original’s glaring first-gen problems, and we were right – and the wait was just 11 months (or less by the time you got a hold of the Fold 1). You are, of course, free to disregard our advice again, but unless you have oodles of money, we’d recommend that you wait for Gen 3.