Galaxy Z Fold 2: A drool-worthy foldable that fixes the original’s disastrous design

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Samsung has succeeded in making a follow-up foldable phone that improves almost everything we hated about the original Galaxy Fold.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is not just a foldable phone. It’s a movement waiting to begin. Samsung’s winning redesign of its first foldable phone improves on the original Galaxy Fold in nearly every way — from the new 6.2-inch outer screen to the 7.6-inch inner display — delivering a device that for the first time draws a full-size foldable phone from the realm of fantasy and grounds it in reality.

Samsung’s original Galaxy Fold was a bold concept with terrible execution. Besieged by problems and pitfalls at nearly every turn, Samsung had to redesign the device after review models broke in multiple ways, causing the brand to lose distribution partners, drop color options and deliver the foldable device four months late.

The Z Fold 2 may keep the same shape as the original, but it exudes confidence and competence that the first design lacked — with one exception. CNET Section Editor Juan Garzon’s review unit has a bubbled interior screen, which would clearly fall under Samsung’s warranty if a purchased product arrived damaged. The review unit I’ve been using hasn’t experienced any issues. CNET has reached out to Samsung to report the problem.

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