The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was announced on 11 February 2020 in the Samsung Unpacked 2020 event. Samsung also introduced the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.
The launch day of the smartphone was set for just 3 days later. That means that on the 14th of February users could finally order the futuristic Galaxy Z Flip although delivery times mean many users are still waiting to receive those.
What about its hardware?
The smartphone weighs 183g and its measurements are 167.3 x 73.6 x 7.2 mm (unfolded) and 87.4 x 73.6 x 17.3 mm (folded). The front is plastic and the glass back is Gorilla Glass 6 (it has also aluminium frame). Of course, it supports only Nano-Sim or eSIM and it also supports Samsung Pay (with Visa and Mastercards certified).
As every high-end Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip comes with a gorgeous foldable dynamic AMOLED screen that can produce up to 16 million colours. The size of the screen is 6.7 inches and the resolution is at 1080×2636 pixels. As for the smartphone users that love great colours on their phones, don’t worry, Galaxy Z Flip also supports HDR10+.
It has a smaller 1.1in (300 x 112) Super AMOLED external display which can display basic notifications such as callerID and messages.
Samsung makes Multitasking a useful function on the massive 6.7” screen with Multi Active Window.
Software – CPU – GPU – Memory
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with Android 10.0 out of the box. For the chipset of the smartphone, Samsung has gone with the very capable Qualcomm (SM8150) Snapdragon 855 plus, it’s one of the best in the market right now and it seems like a great combination with the Octa-core Kryo 458 CPU.
More specifically one of its cores runs at 2.95 GHz, 3 cores run at 2.41 GHz and the remaining 4 cores running at 1.78 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 640 (700MHz) and promises a great gaming experience without compromises. As for its memory, the Galaxy Z Flip comes with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM, a combination that should cover even the most demanding users!
So, it’s a pretty expensive smartphone, right? That means that every buyer wants to have a top-class camera on a smartphone that costs this much… and this is the case! Although, we should mention that the camera isn’t as good as the camera on the S20.
The camera is dual 12MP, the main camera has: f/1.8 aperture lens, 1.4-micron pixels and also supports DPA (dual pixel autofocus) and OIS (optical image stabilisation), the second camera has f/2.2 aperture lens and 1.12-micron pixels. There is an LED Flash on the back of the phone and the camera can also capture HDR photos.
As for the videos, it can capture 2160p videos at 30 and 60fps, 1080p at 60 and 240fps and 720p at 970fps all with HDR10+.
The front facing selfie camera is a single 10MP camera, with f/2.4 aperture and 1.22-micron pixels. It also supports PDAF (phase-detect auto focus). The videos that you can shot here, are on 2160p resolution at 30fps.
Galaxy Z Flip’s camera is powerful even at night. Seconds of long-exposure shots are morphed into an impressive low light image.
The battery capabilities of Galaxy Z Flip are somewhat mediocre. At this screen resolution and with a 3300 mAh non-removable battery, a full day of use seems unlikely! Although an included 15W fast charger will help here, and the now standard wireless charging will also help with keeping the phone topped up.
As is becoming the standard now, the phone has no 3.5mm audio jack. It supports NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and has 3.1 USB Type-C. The fingerprint sensor is located on the side of the phone
Colours – Price
The colours that Galaxy Z Flip is available in are: Mirror Black, Mirror Purple, Mirror Gold, and Thom Browne Edition.
The price is an eye-watering £1300.00 and most people will be picking this phone up on contract to make it affordable.
How good is the Galaxy Z Flip compared to other recent folders?
The Galaxy Z Flip is the newest folder smartphone in the market. As its a Samsung smartphone, it has one of the best displays for a folding phone and also has many of the useful features from that S20 series.
It folds along the horizontal plan which along with the Motorola Razr sets it aside from the recent vertical plan foldables such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. On balance I prefer this new design as it makes the folded device far more ‘pocketable’ than these other models which still retain the full height of the phone.
The camera is for sure not its strong point but it’s still better than most of the other folders out there. At the end of the day, Galaxy Z Flip promises a great user experience with a futuristic look!
I love tech things, especially the way they infiltrate our lives without us even realising. I don’t like having to explain how a gadget works to every member of my family though!