The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the second foldable smartphone from Samsung. Less upscale than the Galaxy Fold released in 2019, the rival of the Motorola Razr is distinguished by rather modest technical characteristics. Datasheet, design, release date and price … We tell you everything you need to know about the Galaxy Z Flip.
Samsung took advantage of a conference dedicated to the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra to present the Galaxy Z Flip, its second foldable smartphone. As expected, the Z Flip is not the successor of the Galaxy Fold. With its foldable screen vertically, the smartphone is closer to the Motorola Razr. The two devices herald the return of the flip phone or flip phone, in vogue during the 2000s. “The Galaxy Z Flip is the next important step in building a new category of foldable devices that offer consumers a new form factor, a new screen, and most importantly, a new kind of mobile experience, “ said TM Roh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, at the Unpacked conference on February 11, 2020.
What is the release date of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip?
Samsung opened pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Flip in the wake of the February 11 conference. The foldable flip smartphone will be on sale from Friday, February 14, 2020. Like buyers of a Galaxy Fold, users of a Z Flip have access to the “Premier Service”, a premium customer service that provides access to advise and personalized assistance provided by experts 24 hours a day. ‘purchase of the Z Flip, Fnac offers a 4-month subscription to the Musical Deezer Premium streaming service. Finally, the firm will also offer a limited edition in the colors of the Thom Browne brand from February 14.
What is the price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip?
Samsung offers the Galaxy Z Flip at a price much lower than the Galaxy Fold in 2019. The flip smartphone is indeed displayed at the price of 1509 euros in France, against 2020 euros for the Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy Z Flip is available in three colors: gold, black (Mirror Black) and purple (Mirror Purple). The gold color will only be available in the coming months, says Samsung.
What is the datasheet of the Galaxy Z Flip?
|Folded: 87.4 x 73.6 x 15.4-17.3 mm
Unfolded: 167.9 x 73.6 x 6.9-7.2 mm
|6.7 inch Super AMOLED 21.9: 9 Infinity Flex Full HD + (2636 x 1080 px)
secondary screen: 1.06 inch 300 x 116
|Snapdragon 855+ 7nm
|Android 10 + One UI 2.0
|12MP f / 2.2 1.12μm ultra-wide-angle
12MP wide-angle f / 1.8 1.4μm
8x digital zoom
|10 MP / 1,22 µm / f / 2.4
|3300 mAh (Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare)
|Fingerprint scanner (on the edge)
What size for the foldable screen?
The Galaxy Z Flip is built around a foldable 6.7-inch Infinity Flex AMOLED screen. As with the Galaxy S20s, Samsung housed the front photosensor in a tiny hole in the panel. It is a 10 MP selfie sensor (f2.2) similar to that of the S20 and S20 +.
Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the flip smartphone is covered with a foldable glass cover. Samsung has indeed swapped the alloy made of glass and polymer from its first folding smartphone for flexible glass. The manufacturer assures that it is proprietary glass protection called Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG). The Z Flip promises to be more resistant than the Fold. Moreover, the screen of the flip phone does not escape the crease at the location of the central hinge.
What size for the secondary screen of the Z Flip?
On the backside, Samsung has also integrated a secondary screen of one inch intended to consult the state of the battery or the recharge. This tiny pop-up screen also allows you to check the number of text messages received and to pick up the phone quickly. Finally, there is a fingerprint reader on the edge near the power button.
What SoC and how much RAM?
To reduce the sale price of its folding smartphone, Samsung has been forced to cut corners on the datasheet. The Galaxy Z Flip is thus powered by the SoC Snapdragon 855+ in place of the Snapdragon 865 launched in late 2019. The chipset is supported by 8 GB of RAM. Samsung also integrates 256 GB of internal storage not expandable by a microSD card.
What size for the battery of the foldable smartphone?
The autonomy of the foldable smartphone is entrusted to two batteries for a total of 3300 mAh, against 4380 mAh for the Galaxy Fold. Samsung is more generous than Motorola with the Razr 2019, which has a 2510 mAh battery. This battery is compatible with 15W fast charging, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
What datasheet for the camera?
Samsung has also cut costs in the area of photography. The Galaxy Z Flip has a dual 12 MP rear photo sensor composed of an ultra-wide-angle module. We are far from the quadruple 108 MP photosensor of the S20 Ultra or the triple 64 MP photosensor of the S20 / S20 +.
What is the design of the Galaxy Z Flip?
The Galaxy Z Flip is a vertically foldable smartphone. Closer to the Motorola Razr clamshell smartphone, the flagship measures 87.4 x 73.6 x 15.4-17.3 mm when folded and 167.9 x 73.6 x 6.9-7.2 mm when fully unfolded. The screen is equipped with a central hinge (protected by an innovative system of fibers against the invasion of dust) which allows the smartphone to fold. The Infinity Flex screen has a Galaxy Note 10-style punch and thick borders.
The device hinge is able to lock in any position “like a laptop,” says Samsung. You can either lock the hinge at a 180-degree angle, to fully use the screen 6.7 inches like any other smartphone, or 90 degrees. The lower part of the smartphone is then horizontal. The lower part of the panel then acts as a support, ideal during a video call. No need to hold the smartphone at arm’s length in front of you. Samsung calls this functionality “Flex mode”.
Once unfolded, the foldable screen is not entirely flat. Like the Galaxy Fold before him, the Galaxy Z Flip is indeed marked by a fold mark at the place of the central hinge. “You may notice a little crease in the center of the main screen, it’s a natural feature of the screen,” says Samsung under the promotional videos for the Galaxy Z Flip. We await your opinion in the comments below.