Update, August 6 (9:30 am ET): The Fold 2 will not support Wi-Fi 6E or Bluetooth 5.2 despite having the FastConnect 6900.
What you need to know
- Samsung today announced the Galazy Z Fold 2, the sequel to its first foldable.
- The Fold 2 ships with Qualcomm's Snadragon 865 Plus, it will also suport the company's FastConnect 6900 connectivity system.
- However, the Fold 2 will not support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 as expected.
While Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, it'll also ship with Qualcomm's FastConnect 6900 technology on board, bringing along next-gen connectivity support.
"Appearing commercially for the first time, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 features the latest Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 mobile connectivity system, designed to enhance Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance for the next generation of mobile experiences, in conjunction with 5G," a Qualcomm release noted. This means that buyers of the Fold 2 can expect to access W-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 when they power on their device. It's the first device to ship with this technology on board, so it really does serve to cement the Z Fold 2's nature as a future-looking device.
Commenting on the news, Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said:
With the Fold 2, Samsung has tried to fix as many of the most obvious flaws from last year's Galaxy Fold as it could, adding a larger 7.6-inch Infinity-O main display and a 6.2-inch Infinity-O cover and reinforcing the glass. As it stands, it looks to be one of the best foldables till date (not that the competition has been particularly stiff), but we'll have a better idea of how it performs when it ships after September.
Update, August 6 (9:30 am ET) — No Wi-Fi 6E or Bluetooth 5.2 as previously expected.
A Qualcomm rep informed us that while "the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 platform" and the "Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 platform supports 6 GHz and Bluetooth 5.2", the Z Fold 2 curiously supports neither. It'll still be an interesting device when it launches, just a little less so.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
It's not just the outsides of this big boy that are an upgrade over the Galaxy Fold, the Fold 2's speedy insides will be nothing to sneeze at.
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