The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung’s second folding smartphone after the Galaxy Fold. This time the folding mechanism is designed vertically in the style of earlier clamshell phones. When opened, the smartphone offers a foldable OLED screen, which is covered for the first time with thin glass. Market launch is on February 21 for 1,480 euros.
While the Galaxy Fold (hands-on) has turned a large smartphone into a small tablet, the Galaxy Z Flip folds from the compact, closed format to a smartphone with the usual 6.7 inches today. When unfolded, the user is presented with a flexible OLED screen with 2,636 × 1,080 pixels in the format 21.9: 9. For the first time, the display is protected by a wafer-thin glass pane, which was developed in cooperation with the Mainz specialist Schott. The multilayer glass is not produced in Germany, but at Samsung.
Brushes protect the new hinge
Glass is also the material of choice for the outer front and back, in both cases Gorilla Glass 6 is used, for the camera the harder Gorilla Glass 3 serves as protection. The frame that holds the glass in place is made of aluminum, which is also used around the hinge. This in turn, Samsung has newly developed compared to the Galaxy Fold with two internal axes in order to be able to design the folding mechanism continuously. The screen only snaps into position when it is almost completely open or closed, and users can freely choose the angle in between. The hinge builds with even smaller gaps than with the Galaxy Fold, fine brushes on the inside should keep dust away. End caps in the area of the fold are intended to prevent lateral penetration behind the panel. Samsung names 200,000 guaranteed folding processes for the hinge, which can be translated into 100 folds over a period of 5 years.
At 183 grams, the Galaxy Z Flip is significantly lighter than the 263 gram Galaxy Fold. When closed, the new model measures 87.4 × 73.6 × 17.3 mm, when open it is 167.3 × 73.6 × 7.2 mm, which is only slightly more than other smartphones of this display size. The Galaxy Z Flip is pocket-compatible.
Samsung focuses on lifestyle customers
When marketing the smartphone, Samsung will primarily address the topic of lifestyle, the generation Instagram and Co. is the goal. To this end, the Group has integrated features such as a hands-free camera that can be triggered by gesture control when the smartphone is positioned in the angled state as if it were fixed on a tripod. The device does not have to be opened for selfies, since the small status display shows a preview of the main camera, which in this case is used for self-portraits. The camera hardware with two 12-megapixel sensors for wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle corresponds to the equipment of the Galaxy S10. On the inside of the display sits another camera for selfies in a circular recess, which again offers 10 megapixels.
Qualcomm delivers the processor
On the hardware side, Samsung relies on the Snapdragon 855+ from Qualcomm, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB non-expandable memory – there are no variants with an Exynos chip. The smartphone accepts SIM cards in nano format as well as an additional eSIM for dual SIM operation. 5G support is reserved for the new Galaxy S20 family and the Galaxy Fold, with the Galaxy Z Flip there is a maximum of LTE Advanced Pro. The battery measures 3,300 mAh and is distributed over both halves of the smartphone. When discharging and charging, both halves should always be “worn” evenly in order to keep the battery wear at a level. The Galaxy Z Flip supports wired charging with up to 15 watts, wireless charging with up to 12 watts.
Galaxy Z Flip costs 1,480 euros
Samsung is now accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Flip at a price of 1,480 euros via its own website. The general market launch is scheduled for February 21 in the colors Mirror Black and Mirror Purple at selected retailers and mobile operators. As with the Galaxy S20, Android 10.0 with One UI 2.0 is used as the operating system.
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