Samsung's new foldable smartphone offers several improvements - and it will cost R50,000 in SA

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  • Samsung's new Galaxy Z Fold 2 has just been launched, and will be on sale for R50,000 in South Africa.
  • The company's second-generation flagship foldable smartphone features several upgrades over the previous version, including an improved screen and hinge system.
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As part of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked events on August 5 and September 1, the company unveiled its latest foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The new device will serve as the successor to the previously released Samsung Galaxy Fold

Netwerk24 reports that the phone will be on sale in South Africa for R50,000 - or around R2,799 per month on contract. The phone will be launched in South Africa on September 25th.

Building upon the original model, the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 will feature some key improvements, including a thinner body and smaller gap between screens when the phone is closed. The device also uses a refined hinge system that Samsung says is more durable, enabling the smartphone to fold and stand upright. The hinge has been designed to hide behind the Samsung logo positioned on the back of the smartphone.

To address feedback Samsung received about the original Galaxy Fold's front screen, the Z Fold 2 will incorporate an upgraded front display with a wider 6.2-inch screen size. This will allow you to use the device like a more traditional smartphone when it's closed. When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 unveils a larger 7.6-inch screen for a tablet-like experience. The screen has also been optimized to provide better flexibility, and uses 120Hz refresh rate technology for an ultra-smooth experience while swiping and tapping around the Android operating system and apps. 

Speaking of the Android operating system, Samsung promises to supporting the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with three generations of Android. Up until recently, Samsung used to support only two generations of Android. 

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be available in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black colour options. Preorder links are not yet live, but Samsung has a landing page which you can check for updates.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 specs

Samsung hasn't revealed the full specs for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but we do know a few details:

  • Screen: 6.2-inch exterior display, 7.6-inch interior display when unfolded with 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Memory and storage: 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage.
  • 5G: Yes.
There's also a "Thom Browne" edition of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 made in collaboration with the designer.

Apart from the gray colour scheme and the tasteful blue-white-red stripe, here's no major difference between the standard versions and the Thom Browne edition. 

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