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Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Note 20 smartphones

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Samsung has tackled one of the biggest criticisms of its original folding-screen smartphone by giving the new version a much bigger external display for use when it is closed.

The original Galaxy Fold’s “cover screen” was a relatively small 4.6in, leading to claims it was fiddly to use.

By contrast, the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s external screen is 6.2in – the same as the best-selling Galaxy S20.

Even so, one expert said its high price would mean sales remained limited.

But he noted it could act as a “halo”, driving attention to other phones from the firm, including its new Galaxy Note handsets.

“Samsung has addressed the biggest shortcoming of the Fold. Its external display was extremely small, which made it difficult to use as a one-handed smartphone,” commented Ben Wood from the CCS Insight consultancy.

“With a larger external display you really do get the best of both worlds with regards to being able to use it closed as a traditional phone and then having the benefit of a mini-tablet when unfolded.

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