Samsung finally announced the follow-up to the beleaguered first generation Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, earlier this month, but the phone still isnâ€™t out yet â€” Samsung promised to reveal more on September 1st. Ahead of then, though, it seems at least one Z Fold 2 has made it into the wild, as a Chinese YouTube channel has already posted a review of the upcoming foldable (via SamMobile).
I donâ€™t speak Chinese, so I canâ€™t tell you what the reviewer is saying. But if you want to see what an actual powered-on Z Fold 2 looks like doing a bunch of different things, I recommend watching the whole video. And thereâ€™s a few interesting tidbits worth calling out.
Perhaps most noticeably, the outer screen seems like a major improvement, as it now takes up almost the entire front of the phone:
The inner screen gets a nice upgrade, too. Not only is it a 7.6-inch screen, up from the Foldâ€™s 7.3-inch panel, but the Z Fold 2â€™s hole-punch camera seems to be less distracting than the entire corner that was dedicated to housing the cameras on the original Fold.
One particularly cool new feature: it looks like youâ€™ll be able to use the Galaxy Z Fold 2â€™s front display as a viewfinder for the back cameras, which could make the Z Fold 2 really useful for vloggers or great for taking a higher-quality selfie. As far as I can tell, you couldnâ€™t do that with the first Fold (if so, youâ€™d think that Samsung would want to highlight that in either of these videos about how to use the Foldâ€™s camera), so that feature alone could be a huge upgrade for some.
The video also shows off the Z Fold 2â€™s â€œFlex Mode,â€ a feature Samsung brought over from its flip phone-like Galaxy Z Flip that lets you show different content on each screens when using one side of the phone as a stand.
Unfortunately, though, it seems like youâ€™ll still be able to see a noticeable crease down the middle of the display when the Z Fold 2 is fully unfolded, even though its screen is covered with ultra-thin glass, instead of the plastic in the first Fold. (Though to be fair, the Z Flip also uses ultra-thin glass, and it also has a crease.)
If youâ€™re curious about what the Z Fold 2 might actually look like when it comes out, then I recommend you watch the whole video while we wait for September 1st.