Galaxy Z Fold 2 The long-awaited has finally arrived! It is the device that is the successor to the first foldable phone, but how does it compare with other foldable devices, especially with its competitor from the same company, which is Galaxy Z Flip? The Z Flip was launched in February of this year, and we are right to wonder which foldable phone is the best. So, let's make a direct comparison between the two phones to see which foldable device is the best.
Although both phones are quite expensive, we would say that the Z Flip is slightly cheaper compared to the Z Fold 2. Currently, you can buy the Samsung Z Flip for $1300, while the Z Fold 2 starts at $2000. However, Samsung often offers great deals and discounts: if you want to trade in your current flagship phone, you can sell it and get a good amount of cash that will help you pay for either of these phones.
The winner on this side of the comparison is...both! Beauty is definitely the most prominent factor in the two phones. Both phones look innovative, eye-catching and elegant. So, it all boils down to the user's personal preference. There are some features of the Z Fold 2 that immediately catch the eye, for example the trendy camera module with beautiful bezels found in the series. Note 20. Plus a beautiful bronze color option. However, the Z Flip has a few tricks up its sleeve as well, particularly the sleek pink color option and the tighter folded shape.
Looking at the specs, that's very likely a battle in comparison to the Z Fold 2, but let's tell you why. First, this great phone comes with a 7.6 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2208 x 1768 with a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate. On top of that, this screen refresh rate is adjustable at will, so you don't have to worry about the 120Hz refresh rate reducing battery life significantly as much as it does in S20 Ultra.
On the other hand, the Z Flip features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels. The Z Flip has a higher pixel density, 425 ppi versus 372 ppi for the Z Fold 2, which in theory will provide a clearer image on the phone screen. However, it is very likely that this difference will not be noticeable to the average user.
What about external monitors, or as some might call them, secondary monitors?
The Z Fold 2 clearly beats the Z Flip due to its 6.2-inch external screen, compared to the Z Flip's tiny 1.1-inch screen. Seriously, the secondary screen on the Z Flip has the primary function of unlocking the phone to check notifications.
Who folds better?
Who does this better? Here, we have two different folding modes - the Z Flip features a clamshell-like folding design, while the Z Fold 2 opens like a book. Although the winner in this category again depends on personal preference, let's take a look at some common questions we might ask ourselves.
First, which one is tighter when folded? Here, the Z Flip wins because it folds into a small square with dimensions of 3.44 x 2.89 x 0.68 inches, so it can easily fit most jeans. Keep in mind that it is thicker than a regular phone despite its small size when folded. The folded Z Fold 2, on the other hand, measures 6.26 x 2.67 x 0.66 inches, which is a bit thinner but larger overall.
On paper, the camera modules on both phones look very similar, with a slight difference being that the Z Fold 2 comes with a triple camera, while the Z Flip has a dual rear camera. In addition, the Z Fold 2 outperforms the foldable shell as it comes with a 12MP telephoto camera.
The main cameras in both phones are 12 megapixels, equipped with optical image stabilization and autofocus, and the ultra-wide cameras are 12 megapixels as well.
Both phones can shoot 4K video in addition to the 10MP front camera. The cool thing is that you can use the main cameras on both phones to take a selfie.
Interior specs and performance
The Z Fold 2 wins in this category with the latest and fastest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, while the standard Z Flip features last year's flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. Even though this processor is a bit older, it still gets the job done well enough. However, with the 120Hz screen refresh rate on the Z Fold 2 and the newer processor, one can see faster and faster performance on the Z Fold 2 overall.
The Z Fold 2 is equipped with 12GB of RAM, while the Z Flip has 8GB. In everyday use, 8GB of RAM should be enough for multitasking, but the Z Fold 2 has the advantage of having more RAM to satisfy even the toughest multitaskers.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a larger battery on paper with a capacity of 4500 mAh, compared to the smaller Z Flip which comes with a capacity of 3330 mAh. However, the Z Fold 2 also has a larger screen and a faster screen refresh rate. Unfortunately, according to our battery tests, the Z Fold 2 lost out in this category.
The Z Flip consistently scored higher than the Z Fold 2, in YouTube video browsing and heavy gaming. In all, the Galaxy Z Flip lasted more than an hour compared to the Z Fold 2, even though both phones for comparison were running at 60Hz. The 120Hz option resulted in a further loss of battery life for the Z Fold 2.