Samsung has officially unveiled the folding Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (pronounced Zee Flip), its rather clumsily-named answer to the new Motorola Razr. But will it erase memories of the disastrous Samsung Galaxy Fold?
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip design
First of all it looks very different to Samsung’s first folding smartphone. Instead, the Z Flip looks a lot like the rebooted Razr, though it’s not quite as attractive due to its oddly tiny 1.1-inch external “cover” display, something that makes the entire device look strangely blank.
It’s like those pictures of Mario with no moustache − there’s something missing.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, has an outer screen that measures 4.6 inches, which opens out into a tablet-shaped device with a large 7.3-inch display. The Z Flip is designed to take up much less space in your pocket or bag.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip screen
The Z Flip’s main screen is a 6.7-inch folding AMOLED panel with a 2636 x 1080 resolution (21.9:9 aspect ratio, 425ppi), and Samsung claims the “ultra thin” glass panel will survive more than 200,000 folds.
That’s a crucial detail. The Fold relied on a fragile plastic screen, which quickly led to major issues. Hopefully the Z Flip’s new screen will prove to be significantly more durable.
Its external cover screen is strangely miniscule, measuring just 1.1-inches from corner to corner, with a 300 x 112 resolution. You can use it to quickly preview things like messages and selfies.
When it’s folded, the Z flip measures in at 73.6 x 87.4 x 17.3mm, and when it’s flipped open its dimensions are 73.6 x 167.3 x 7.2mm. It weighs 183g, significantly less than the 276g Fold.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip camera
The Z Flip’s main camera combines a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, while there’s a 10-megapixel camera for selfies.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specs
The battery has a capacity of at least 3200mAh, and there’s 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage on board too.
The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted.
Samsung hasn’t revealed all of its specs yet, but the chipset is believed to be the Snapdragon 855 Plus (which launched in the second half of 2019), rather than the newest Snapdragon 865. This is still a capable processor of course, but not the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm.
It doesn’t support 5G, there’s no 3.5mm microphone jack and no opportunity to boost storage via a microSD slot either.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip release date
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be released on February 14, and will be available in purple, black and, in “some” markets, gold. The UK is not one of those lucky markets, so we’ll have to make do with the purple and black models.
However, Samsung says quantities will be “limited”.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip price
Predictably, it’s very expensive, with prices starting at £1300 in the UK, and $1380 in the US.
While that sounds like an exorbitant price for a smartphone, it’s actually a decrease when compared to the ruinously expensive Galaxy Fold, which retailed at £1900 ($1980) at launch.