The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is already Samsung's 2nd foldable phone. This time one that folds vertically, just like the old clamshell phones of the past. But don't get too nostalgic; it is a brand new device with brand new specifications, including of course an impressive foldable screen.
Samsung mainly wanted to make a fashion statement with the Galaxy Z Flip. It has succeeded quite well, this goes especially for the striking purple Mirror Purple version. If you are one of the lucky ones with a Z Flip, you will notice that many people want to know more about it. It stands out in a world where every phone looks a bit the same. And what's so nice about the Flip is that you don't lose any of its functions. Everything is there, it's a modern smartphone with a large screen, neat camera and with fast performance. It only comes in a rather unorthodox housing. And as far as we're concerned, it fits very well.
So you fold the Galaxy Z Flip in half. And yet the whole inside consists of a screen. One that measures 6.7 inches. Despite its flexible character, the Infinity Flex Display is made of ultra-thin glass and therefore feels premium and is less scratch-sensitive. Especially compared to previous foldables. The Flip does not have a big notch, Samsung uses a small round hole-punch for the 10 megapixel selfie camera. It is even possible to make selfies without hands, by placing the camera half unfolded on a table. The lower part of the screen is then cleverly used for the control buttons. Thanks to a free-stop mechanism in the hinge, more places in the interface are cleverly handled by dividing the screen into two parts.
Main Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specifications
Foldable 6.7 inch screen made of ultra-thin glass
Secondary 1,1 inch screen for notifications and clock
Double 12 megapixel main camera including 123° wide-angle lens
10 megapixel selfie camera in the middle of the screen
Powerful high-end processor (Snapdragon 855+) up to 2.95 GHz
Support for fast 4G internet LTE
Charge wirelessly and charge other products wirelessly
The Galaxy Z Flip is equipped on the outside with a small screen on which you can read the time and notifications. It's not as big as the outside screen of the Motorola Razr but that only encourages you to unfold it. Samsung might have had another good reason not to make that screen bigger. The built-in battery is a bit on the small side with 3300 mAh. Samsung does promise a day's worth of phone fun, but then you don't want to flip it open too often. Another shortcoming is that the Z Flip is a true fingerprint magnet. This is of course due to the all-glass housing. The box does contain a protective cover, although you actually have to buy the soft calf leather case to completely prevent fingerprints. This sounds expensive but so is the Galaxy Z Flip itself. And that's the last flaw we want to mention here.
Not fragile, but be careful blown
A new product category comes with teething troubles. Yet this Z Flip is no longer a first generation product. Samsung has learned a lot from the Galaxy Fold. For example, the hinge is more resistant to dust thanks to special brushes that keep out dirt. The Ultra Thin Glass glass screen is also a welcome improvement. Nevertheless, dust can settle under the screen and we now know that this can cause problems. So keep it away from the beach, dirt and water. It's a shame if your expensive folding phone breaks because of something as tiny as a grain of sand.
Samsung did need a little success with her latest foldable phone. The previous one suffered quite a bit of setback. The prospects of the Galaxy Z Flip look favourable: the first load was sold out in both South Korea and the US within a few hours.
This always yields nice heads, but of course we don't know exactly how many copies Samsung had made available. For South Korea, this number is estimated at a meagre 900. Of course that's not very much, but only 7.5 hours isn't very long either. Especially not for a device that has to cost a hefty $1380 on its own.
Also in the US it didn't take long before all copies of the Galaxy Z Flip were sold. On both Samsung's own website and Best Buy's website, the device is "sold out". Today, February 14, 2020, the starting signal was given for the sale. With which it seems that future customers will have to be patient for some time before they get their clap.
Galaxy Z Flip in the Netherlands
The message we get from Korea is that the purple Mirror Purple version is the most popular. The Z Flip is also available in Mirror Black and Gold. In a limited edition a Thom Brown version will be released with the iconic red, white and blue stripes. In the Netherlands, the aircraft is still on "pre-order" for a starting price of 1500 euros. We're going to see if that changes in the near future.
The family of foldables has a new member; the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. A foldable phone with a clamshell form factor that is mainly aimed at people who want to stand out. And distinction does.
The Galaxy Z Flip folds like an old-fashioned clamshell or folding phone. When unfolded, you have a 6.7-inch screen at your disposal; immense for today's standards. Yet it is folded up only half, although at 17.3 millimetres it is of course not really thin. So he'll stand out in your pocket. But with the Z Flip that might be the intention.
To avoid the same problems as with the Galaxy Fold extra attention has been paid to the hinge. The so-called 'Hideaway Hinge' is tucked deep inside the device and should keep dust and dirt out thanks to a nylon brush. You don't have to open or close the Galaxy Z Flip completely, the hinge allows you to open it in half, just like a laptop. The interface adapts itself to this so that the top half of the screen can be used for content and the bottom half for operation. This just goes to show how versatile foldables can be.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in the Netherlands
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is above all a fashion statement with a striking purple colour and otherwise fairly modest features. Think of a double 12 megapixel camera on the back and 10 megapixel selfie camera. The battery capacity comes out at 3300 mAh with which it doesn't really seem to be an expensive runner. The recommended retail price is firm, though. This amounts to 1380 dollars, converted into approximately 1500 euros including tax. The Z Flip should be in stores from 14 February.
One day before it was officially announced, Samsung broadcast an advertisement of the Galaxy Z Flip. An advertisement of Samsung's folding device was broadcast during the Oscar ceremony.
The broadcasting of an advertisement for a telephone even before it has been announced is quite special. Telecom manufacturers usually keep their jaws firmly together when it comes to unannounced products. The Galaxy Z Flip is however an exception. A lot of material from the device leaked out anyway, so Samsung must have thought that it couldn't do much harm anyway.
In the 27-second advertisement we see one function in particular: the ability to collapse the device. Yet we are learning a new function. The secondary screen appears to be touch sensitive. There were rumours about that, but we didn't have any clarity about it until now.
Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The Z Flip features a 6.7-inch Infinity Flex screen unfolded, with a 1.06-inch Alway On screen on the outside. Inside, we take into account a Snapdragon 855+ processor with 8 GB of RAM working memory and 256 GB of storage memory. In terms of battery you'll have to make do with a 3300 mAh copy, which is a bit tight considering the screen size. Whether we know everything about the device or whether Samsung still has surprises in store for us, we will have to find out on Tuesday February 11th. Then he'll be officially announced.
We finally have moving image of Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip. One thing is clear; the folding aircraft that may be announced in mid-February combines traditional with modern.
Renders of the aircraft we had already seen but how the Galaxy Z Flip is in the hand was still unclear. So far because the video below shows what Samsung has in mind with the Flip. A reasonably wide device with above average elongated screen when opened. But especially the hinge mechanism inspires confidence.
This gives a reasonably satisfactory click when closing, looks firm and stretches the screen enough so that there is hardly any conspicuous crease. The edge of the hinge is reminiscent of the Galaxy Fold and with that we have some concerns about fabric resistance. It has yet to be demonstrated in practice how much of a problem that is. The video also clearly shows that the screen is quite large and has a round screen hole at the top for the single selfie camera. An Infinity O-Display.
Nut second screen
The secondary screen outside seems to add very little in terms of functionality. It's so small it's of little use. It won't be able to give much more than the time and notifications. Here the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip clearly differs from the Motorola Razr 2019 where the screen outside is larger and touch sensitive.
Solid starting price
That moving images of the Z Flip now appear is painful for Samsung. The official announcement is scheduled at the time of writing in a week's time. However, recently images of the camera also appeared and all specifications are almost on the street. Stayed over the price and although it looked favorable at first it looked like 1599 euro. Although lower than the 2020 euro that should cost the Galaxy Fold, it is still on the high side.
We have received official press images of the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip; Samsung's 2nd foldable phone. Available in black and purple, it has an old-fashioned clamshell design and is in direct competition with the Motorola Razr 2019.
We knew he was coming, what he would look like and what specs he would get; the Galaxy Z Flip. Although that has changed a lot in the last few weeks. The price almost went over and the aircraft went from high-end to mid-range and back to high-end. There was also a lot of uncertainty in the camera area, but all that is now coming to an end.
We found the first pictures at WinFuture which also provides us with specifications. They attach the 6.7-inch Infinity Flex panel with 22:9 ratio and Full HD resolution. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the screen of the Flip is made of real glass; Ultra Thin Glass. That should make it more durable, although there is still a plastic layer on top to protect it. So it probably doesn't feel like a real glass panel.
Conservative camera selection
In the middle of the screen is a 10 megapixel self-image camera at the top with an f/2.0 lens. The screen does not have a built-in fingerprint scanner; it is located on the side of the housing. By the way, that housing is made of Gorilla Glass 6 and has a second screen of 1.06 inches. Big enough for notifications and time. For the time being, this screen does not appear to respond to touch.
On the outside we find two cameras, both 12 megapixels. Samsung chooses a regular camera with f/1.8 lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens of 123Â° and f/2.2 aperture. The whole is powered by a Snapdragon 855+ with which WinFuture rightly notes that the Galaxy Z Flip does not have 5G. There is 8 GB of RAM and the storage memory is 256 GB. That's so much because the memory is not expandable. The battery consists of 2 parts and has a total size of 3300 mAh. There is support for fast charging up to 15 Watts via a USB-C port. Wireless charging is also possible.
The 'Z' of?
We also receive images from @evleaks that immediately make clear why Samsung has chosen the letter Z. Probably this will be the new serial name for all foldables. Whether this means that the successor of the Galaxy Fold will be housed in this series as well, remains to be seen.
The foldable clamshell we have so far called the Galaxy Fold 2 may be marketed under a completely different name. A completely different name is now popping up: the Samsung Galaxy Bloom.
"Evidence" for this comes from an image. It does raise some questions. At first sight, the photo appears to have been taken with a potato. He's not very sharp. Another objection we have is that the fold doesn't seem to be quite in the middle. This is not consistent with renders that Samsung itself has given from the device.
Most important Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specifications