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It’s official: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip folding screen phone

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)
Weight 183g
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
OS Android 10
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.

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