If anything that can become the new development direction of the increasingly “boring” mobile phone industry in the future, the “folding screen” form is a hot spot. In this new category, there are various rumors involving many brands and many real products. Both Samsung and Huawei have each launched several folding screen mobile phones. At present, the two have also developed their third-generation designs simultaneously: the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G launched last year, and the Huawei Mate X2 just released this year.
As a relatively mature solution, although these two products adopt the inward folding method, they also give users a different experience. This article will compare and help you choose the one that suits you.
01 Inward Fold with different structures
After two generations of eversion design, Huawei enabled the inward folding program on the Mate X2. The most prominent feature of Huawei Mate X2’s internal folding is the anti-crease method. The folding area of the inner screen will be concave inward when folding so that after the hinge is entirely closed, the inner screen will not be folded like origami but will Form a shape that looks like a water drop from the side. If you still don’t understand, imagine sticking a piece of paper at both ends but not pressing the fold line in the middle.
The anti-crease method of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is more intuitive. The screen does not have “water droplets” formed by pressure but directly uses the “space reserve” of the hinge to stop the screen before it is about to be fully folded. To allow the hinge to leave enough space for the folded screen.
Also, if you are the kind of person who likes to fold the phone in half, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G may be more suitable for you because its hinge angle is freer and can be fixed at a certain angle to keep it folded.
Therefore, although the two phones are folded inward, the internal structure is different.
02 The difference in the external screen experience lies in the ratio
The difference between the external screens is very conspicuous, one-sentence summary: Huawei Mate X2 has a wider external screen, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G has a narrower external screen.
Different screen ratios are suitable for various tasks. For example, when viewing web pages in portrait and viewing long pictures, the slender Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G external screen displays more content. Watching videos and playing games on the horizontal screen, the Huawei Mate X2, closer to the standard ratio, shows a larger picture.
In general, if you buy a folding-screen phone and usually use the external screen, and only use the internal screen in scenes such as watching movies and playing games, then Huawei Mate X2 is more suitable for you. But if you buy a folding-screen phone to make full use of the large display area of the inner screen and the experience of using it in an unfolded state, then the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is more suitable for you.
03 Each internal screen experience has its own characteristics
In this comparison, traditional hardware such as SOCs and cameras do not have much value to pay attention to because the two mobile phones’ performance has been so strong that most target consumers will not squeeze it out. Therefore, the large screen’s software optimization is the best reflection of the difference in user experience. After all, the core of a folding screen mobile phone is the big screen experience.
Both phones have their own large screen optimizations. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G has multitasking, and Huawei also has multitasking called “smart multi-window”.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G has more ways to enter multitasking (5 types). After entering multitasking, there are two forms of floating window and split-screen. In the floating window mode, we can perform a variety of operations, such as moving the position of the floating window, adjusting the size of the floating window at will, changing the transparency of the floating window, switching between the floating window and the split-screen, and quickly retracting the floating window (support
Multiple) for subsequent use. In split-screen mode, Samsung supports up to 3 APPs on the same screen.
There are not so many ways for Huawei to enter multitasking, and it does not support the transparency adjustment and the size adjustment of the floating window (restricted proportion). The two phones are similar for the other multitasking functions, with various combinations and transformations of floating windows and split screens, but the operation methods are slightly different.
So compared to software adaptation, the biggest difference between the two is the hardware, that is, the layout of the front camera. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G has cameras on the internal and external screens, while Huawei Mate X2 has no cameras on the internal screen. From this point of view, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G wants to put the user’s focus on the internal screen and take selfies without going back to the external screen.
But in terms of display effects, both phones bring the tablet experience to the phone. As the two most expensive non-luxury phones with folding flagships on the market, they both have to maximize the large-screen experience as much as possible which leads to the situation of “immortal fight”.
04- What should the future folding screen look like?
After reading this article, I believe everyone can already feel the message we want to convey: Although they are all inwardly folded, the two phones use different hardware design schemes, and the experience is also different.
Huawei Mate X2 is more suitable for people who often use mobile phones in the stowed state or people who are more accustomed to looking for the feel of traditional mobile phones. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is suitable for people who want to experience a foldable screen and get a different experience from conventional mobile phones. So the final decision still depends on you.
It needs to be emphasized that there is no difference between good and bad between these two mobile phones because they are both at the forefront of mobile phone technology. Even though they are fully qualified for daily use, they still have a particular experimental nature. There is no right or wrong in the breakthrough of trying new forms.