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Samsung’s latest $2,000 folding phone actually works this time

Samsung’s latest $2,000 folding phone actually works this time

Samsung bets that the future of phones looks a lot like this: You carry a device in your pocket that looks a bit like today’s phones, but you can just open it up and use its hidden larger screen like a tablet.

It first proposed this idea with last year’s Galaxy Fold, which broke during our review and was ultimately delayed while Samsung worked on fixes. That felt like a beta product.

This year’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, which launches on Sept. 18, fixes pretty much every complaint I had with the original. It’s proof that you really can have a regular phone that doubles as a tablet when you open it up.

But this sort of gadget is still very expensive. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 costs $2,000, which is why Samsung’s messaging this year is: It’s for rich people who like neat toys.

Hey, at least this one works.

Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

What’s good

It's a bit fat but the hinge works really well this year.

It’s a bit fat but the hinge works really well this year.Todd Haselton | CNBC

My first impressions of last year’s Galaxy Fold were bad. The outside screen was tiny and basically unusable.

The inside folding display was unprotected (before Samsung fixed it) and looked like glossy cheap plastic. My first impressions of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 were the opposite. It’s clearly a very premium and well-built device. It’s all metal and glass with a bigger, but skinny, screen on the outside.

The more fragile inside display comes with a screen protector that seems to work well, and the edges are protected by plastic and metal. It doesn’t seem like it’ll break very easily if you take care of it.

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