Well here’s one we can’t wait to get our hands on – Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy Z Flip smartphone.
Somehow doing more to challenge the laws of physics the Galaxy Z Flip has a folding glass screen – yes, glass.
In what could be an effort to address the durability issues of plastic folding screens the Glass display is a revolution.
Opened up, it’s a 6.7 inch smartphone.
Closed, it’s small and easy to carry or put away. On the front near the dual cameras is a tiny 1.1 inch touch display for notifications and always-on display info.
Introducing the phone in San Francisco, President of Mobile at Samsung Dr TIM Roh said “At Samsung, we were encouraged by the excitement for the Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Z Flip is an important next step as we look to build the foldable category by bringing to consumers a new form factor, new display and most importantly, a new kind of mobile experience,”
“With Galaxy Z Flip’s unique foldable design and user experience, we’re redefining what a mobile device can be, and what it enables consumers to do.”
The company refers to the Galaxy Z Fip as the “first device in the Z series” which points to a range of new form factors to come.
Most importantly, the company has done more than just add a fold to the screen, they’ve thought about how it might be used.
That 1.1 inch screen on the outside? Also a preview of the photo you’re taking on the rear camera if you choose.
The phone isn’t just open or shut, it can be opened and left on like an L shape or other angles. This allows you to sit it on a bench and use it for video calls, or perhaps on a ledge with the timer on the camera shutter for group photos. Real cool.
We’ll have more details and impressions once we’ve had a chance to check it out.
Here are the details of the Galaxy Z Flip, which while detailed, do not include the intricacies of local versions or fine print:
|Main Display||6.7“ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display(21.9:9) Infinity Flex Display 2636 x 1080 425ppi|
|Cover Display||1.1“ Super AMOLED Display 300 x 112 303ppi|
|Dimension & Weight||Folded 73.6 x 87.4 x 17.3mm (Hinge) – 15.4mm (Sagging)|
Unfolded 73.6 x 167.3 x 7.2mm – 6.9mm (Screen)
|Camera|| Front Camera 10MP Selfie Camera: F2.4 Pixel size: 1.22μm FOV: 80˚|
Rear Dual Camera 12MP Ultra Wide Camera: F2.2 Pixel size: 1.12μm FOV: 123˚ & 12MP Wide-angle Camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8 Pixel size: 1.4μm FOV: 78˚ OIS for Rear Wide-angle Camera (Optical Image Stabilization) Up to 8x digital zoom
|AP||7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor ※ 2.95㎓ (Maximum Clock Speed) + 2.41㎓ + 1.78㎓|
|Memory||8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage|
|Battery||3,300 mAh (typical) dual battery|
|Charging||Fast Charging compatible via power cord and wireless Wireless PowerShare|
|Network||Enhanced 2X2 MIMO, 5CA, LTE Cat.16 Up to 1.0Gbps Download LTE Cat.13 Up to 150Mbps Upload Up to 1.0Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),VHT80 MU-MIMO,256QAM Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)|
|SIM Card||One eSIM and one Nano SIM|
|Payment||Samsung Pay (Link) Credit & debit cards: supports MST or/and NFC, Prepaid card, Global remittance, Transit, Memberships, Gift cards, Rewards|
|Sensors||Capacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor (digital, analog), Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password Biometric lock type: Fingerprint sensor, Face recognition|
|Audio||Mono speaker Surround sound for Bluetooth and earphones with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.) UHQ 32-bit &DSD64/128 support PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD*: DSD64/128 Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF Bluetooth Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy Z Flip to play audio through the two devices simultaneously. Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference. Recording Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.|
|Video||Video playback format MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM TV connection Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30fps)|
|Security||Knox platform: real-time monitoring and protection. Virus, malware prevention. (Powered by McAfee) Secure Folder: a secure space on the device to isolate and protect content such as apps, photos, movies, and private files.|
|In the Box||Galaxy Z Flip, Data Cable, Travel Adapter, Ejection Pin, USB Connector (OTG), Quick Start Guide, Clear Cover, Earphones (USB Type-C) with sound by AKG|
Trevor Long travelled to San Francisco for UNPACKED as a guest of Samsung Australia.