Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: First impression Performance review
Samsung’s second foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, is a huge leap forward for the new device category. We tested it. After Samsung’s first foldable generation, the Galaxy Fold, whose market launch had to be postponed several times due to hardware defects, the new Galaxy Z Flip shows that the manufacturer has done its homework. The folding phone with a flexible screen left a much more mature and everyday impression than the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Less Chunky and Handy
With the Galaxy Fold, Samsung unveiled its first foldable a year ago. The device is similar to a Nokia Communicator with the latest technology, a small exterior and a large, flexible interior screen – its weight of 263 grams is not particularly light. It is only conditionally suitable for convenient one-hand operation.
Handling and weight should be the least of the problems of the first foldable generation, because the screen, which is only protected with a plastic film, is particularly susceptible to scratches and damage. Samsung has tackled all of these criticisms with the new Galaxy Z Flip: the device is smaller, at 183 grams, as light as an average smartphone and, thanks to its vertically foldable 6.7-inch screen, easier to open and handle with one hand.
One of the most important improvements is the use of an ultra-thin, flexible glass, which Samsung developed together with the Mainz glass specialists Schott. It is the first foldable whose screen is protected almost like a classic smartphone and is therefore more robust.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip lets fans of old clamshell phones reminisce with its shape and open it with an elegant “snap” using the newly developed hinge. From the outside, the hinge looks similar to that of the Galaxy Fold, but Samsung says it has changed a few things inside. So it consists of two hinge elements, the gap dimensions are slightly smaller than those of the Galaxy Fold. Samsung has integrated protective brushes to prevent dust and particles from getting into the housing.
Thanks to the hinge, the flip can also be turned into any position and placed on a surface, for example, to take selfies or make video calls. The manufacturer also developed the software together with Google, which, according to the search engine provider, could also be used in other devices in the future.
Galaxy Z Flip: Samsung Announces
Despite the moving parts, Samsung promises a long service life: According to a Samsung spokesman, the Galaxy Z Flip should survive “200,000 folding processes without any loss of quality”. With 100 folds per day, it would last over five years, until 2025. After the short time with the Z Flip, we cannot say whether it actually lasts that long, but it not only feels high-quality, but also robust and suitable for everyday use.
In terms of equipment, it is without a doubt superior to the Motorola Razr, which follows the same foldable concept. Samsung’s folding model has a better equipment with a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, 256 gigabytes of memory and a larger battery. With the Snapdragon 730, the Razr only has a middle-class chip and with 128 gigabytes less memory and no wireless charging, although according to the current status it should be offered at almost the same price of around 1,500 euros.
Although Samsung’s new foldable looks convincing at first impression, it is questionable whether it is a useful everyday companion. Because the classic clamshell shape allows you to fold it into a handy format. However, the design comes from times when it was much less possible to start with a cell phone. We are now taking out our smartphone at every opportunity to consume news or other content on countless pages on Twitter, Instagram, Slack or on the web. Do I have to open and close my smartphone every time? Or do I stay with the usual smartphone without a folding option?
|OS||Android 10 OS|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Internal||256GB Built-in, 8GB RAM|
|Primary||Dual Camera: 12 MP main sensor, LED Flash|
|Others||Geo-tagging, touch focus, HDR, panorama, Video (2160p@30/60fps)|
|2G Bands||SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 SIM2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|Sim||Dual Sim, Dual Standby (Nano-SIM)|
|Type||Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch|
|Protection||To be confirmed|
|3.5mm jack||3.5mm Audio Jack, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player, MP4/WMV/H.265 player, Speaker Phone|
|Others||Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Documet viewer, Photo video/editor|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes + AGPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Radio||(not yet confirmed)|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Others||GPRS, Edge, 3G HSPA, 4G LTE-A|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Others||YesBuilt-in + Downloadable|
|Type||(Li-Po Non removable), 3300 mAh|
|Others||– Fast battery charging 15W|
|Colors||Black, Purple, White|
|Price in Pakistan||Rs. 279,999/-|