As expected, Samsung has announced another foldable smartphone in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip. Here’s what you need to know about its price, release date and specs.
It really was no surprise to see the Z Flip at Samsung’s Unpacked event considering it showed it off in a TV advert ahead of the event. The follow-up (of sorts) to the Galaxy Fold is here to tempt you with a design much closer to the Motorola Razr.
The device makes a lot more sense than the somewhat flawed Fold as a day-to-day smartphone and we’re sure it will tempt many more people into trying out a folding phone.
When is the Galaxy Z Flip coming out?
It’s perhaps surprising to discover that the Galaxy Z Flip is available very soon - considering how much the Galaxy Fold was delayed.
You can get it on 14 February.
How much is the Galaxy Z Flip?
As you might expect, the Galaxy Z Flip isn’t an affordable smartphone. You can pick it up for £1,300 from Samsung.
In the US, its available from $1,380 with AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, Samsung Experience Stores and Samsung.com.
We've rounded up the best deals on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
What are the Galaxy Z Flip specs?
The most obvious thing about the Galaxy Z Flip, especially compared to the Fold, is that it folds vertically instead of horizontally. This matches the Motorola Razr and the style of countless flip phones from years ago.
The screen, once unfolded, is 6.7in and has an extremely tall 22:9 aspect ratio. Samsung calls it an Infinity Flex Display and uses a Full HD+ resolution (2636×1080) and Dynamic AMOLED tech. It’s also more durable than the Fold thanks to an ultra thin glass construction - as well as plastic.
Unlike the Fold, the Z Flip has a tiny secondary Super AMOLED cover display which is just 1.1in, offering a modest 300×112 pixel resolution. It’s mainly for checking the time, date and battery percentage without opening the phone but you can also use it to handle incoming calls and as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the main camera.
That camera is 12Mp - despite rumours of 108Mp - and offers an f/1.8 aperture. There’s a secondary ultra-wide lens with the same resolution sensor. There’s also a 10Mp Selfie Camera which is surrounded by the display like other Samsung phones such as the Note 10.
The Z Flip can do something clever when the phone isn’t fully unfolded where the screen is split into two for controls at the bottom and the video feed at the top when making a video call. This is enabled by an improved hinge that can be open at any angle like a laptop.
The feature is called Flex Mode and works for various apps. Samsung calls the top and bottom areas viewing and action.
Find out how the Galaxy Z Flip is sturdier and more logical than the Galaxy Fold.
Under the hood, the Z Flip is powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and 8GB of RAM. There’s also 256GB of storage. That’s a lot more power than the Motorola Razr.
How long the battery life will be is a big question though as the battery is a middling 3300mAh capacity. Samsung has also included 15W fast charging and Wireless PowerShare. It does not have a headphone jack and it's not a 5G phone, limited to 4G.
It's available in Mirror Black, Mirror Purple and Mirror Gold depending on market. There's also a special Thom Browne Edition.
Here’s a summary of the Galaxy Z Flip specs:
- Android 10
- 6.7in FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Inifnity Flex Display
- 1.1in Super AMOLED Display (cover)
- 12Mp f1.8 Primary camera
- 12Mp f2.2 Ultrawide camera
- 10Mp f2.4 Infinity-O selfie camera
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB storage
- 3300mAh battery
- 15W fast charging
- Wireless charging with Wireless PowerShare
- 87.4 x 73.6 x 15.4mm folded
- 167.9 x 74.6 x 6.9mm unfolded
- Mirror Black, Mirror Gold, Mirror Purple