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    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on review: clicking with the foldable clique


    The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was just made official and it'll even launch much sooner than we thought — on the 14th of February! It's the cheapest foldable phone out there right now, starting at $1,380, but that doesn't mean Samsung was cutting corners. Oh no, the Galaxy Z Flip wants to be your premium foldable phone, somewhat aimed at the ladies in the crowd.

    We had some hands-on time with it, here's how it holds up:

    Design, fold, and screen



    Instead of being a semi-tablet, like the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip folds in on itself, horizontally. Essentially, it's a clamshell smartphone. Its edges are soft and its finishes are shiny, with two colors to pick from — Mirror Purple or Mirror Black.

    It's comfortable to hold in both folded and opened modes and it doesn't feel too heavy, despite the impressive tech that it packs. Specs have the weight listed at 6.45 oz (183 g) — for comparison's sake, that's slightly lighter than the iPhone 11 Pro's 6.63 oz (188 g).

    The screen on the outside is pretty much only good for telling the time and rejecting calls. We assume that short text notifications will be OK to read as well, but it's pretty much a ticker display at heart.



    As we open the device, it feels sturdy and reassuring. The screen is not a plastic film this time around — Samsung actually managed to make an actual glass panel fold here. This means it should be harder to scratch than the material we had on the Galaxy Fold. Here's hoping!

    The AMOLED panel is as beautiful as you've come to expect from Samsung screens. It's quite long — it's a 6.7-incher with an aspect ratio of 21.9:9. However, the OneUI interface has been designed so that any actionable content will usually be towards the bottom half of the display, so you don't need to make acrobatic thumb stretches. Well, unless you want to drop the notifications shade while you are within an app.



    It's kind of cool that the phone can stay unfolded at different angles — you can prop it up on a table for selfies or video chat, for example. There is still a very slight crease down the middle. This time around, it's so tiny that it's hard to catch on camera. So, it'll surely be much less of an annoyance for purists. We found it perfectly easy to forget it even exists as soon as we unfolded the device.

    Hardware and performance



    The Flip is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus. Yeah, it's a 2019 chip, but nothing to scoff at. Especially the Plus edition is quite capable (it was the one that powered the gaming Asus ROG Phone II). It comes with 8 GB of RAM, which is not as crazy as the 12 GB on the Galaxy S20 series, but it's quite enough for a contemporary Android device.

    So, how does it run? Quite well. We obviously didn't have enough time to put the device through all its paces, but we'd say the Z Flip felt like a confident performer in our hands.

    Camera


    When it comes to camera, Samsung didn't do anything crazy with the Z Flip. We have two 12 MP cameras on the back — regular and ultra-wide-angle —, and a 10 MP selfie shooter on the front.

    This doesn't necessarily mean they are bad cameras. In fact, with the very limited time we had with the Z Flip, we'd say they produce crisp, detailed images, with rich color. Of course, we will need some more time for a full review. But the outlook is pretty good here.



    Expectations



    The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a different kind of beast. It's not a flagship aimed at powerusers, it's more of a “tech accessory”. A cool and stylish smartphone that's also practical as it can fold in and fit any pocket.

    But that's not to say it doesn't pack some good performance. Sure, it may not have a gynormous battery, so it still won't please those that need double digit hours of screen-on time from their phones, but it will feel just fine to your regular, tech-savvy smartphone fan.

    We are a bit surprised that Samsung insisted on marketing it more towards young female users. We are pretty sure the Z Flip has what it needs to impress the male audience as well.

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    29 Comments

    33. thxultra

    Posts: 494; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

    Motorola did a much nicer design. I can't believe people would pay over $1300 for this. Neither phone is worth the price.

    34. tuminatr

    Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

    I did look and they are $940 on Samsung's website. That is still a bunch of money but it does have an embedded sim and a sim slot. I could not figure out if had dual imei's. Can someone answer is this phone is capable of Dual sim dual standby?

    25. oldtymer

    Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

    It's the radius around the edges... they feel clunky.... It reminds me of the red fisher price flip phone for babies https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004U5DECC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ywfrEbXHK6XB1

    26. oldtymer

    Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

    I hope to see sharper designs from the next generation of these flip phones... Razr did great on this front...

    24. oldtymer

    Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

    Obviously there is a feminine color, but the lines on it are also too soft... I think sharper edges would go a long way into making this thing look good... as it stands.. I can't get over how bad it looks...

    15. oldtymer

    Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

    If you are targeting ladies.. it's nearly perfect.. except that they forgot the Apple logo

    16. oldtymer

    Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

    Nearly every female I know sports Apple phones...

    23. Cat97

    Posts: 2087; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

    Give her enough money and she will switch to a Galaxy Z Flip.

    14. TechNeck

    Posts: 659; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

    I’m definitely getting the Z Flip. I don’t see the issue with everyone calling it feminine. It’s a nice phone and that’s all that matters.

    11. Demo-jay

    Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

    Made for girls.. they know it’s flop and females don’t care about details like it being bulky or thick, females don’t really care about looks after all... while we hate the punch hole, small screen on the outside, shape and designed..it has lips!!

    22. Vancetastic

    Posts: 1974; Member since: May 17, 2017

    1957 was a great year!

    36. Bimbo_wrangler

    Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 07, 2019

    Calm down, incel.

    10. Vancetastic

    Posts: 1974; Member since: May 17, 2017

    Wow, I really like this, and I'm not even one of the "ladies"... (Still hate the punch hole, dang it)

    6. boriqua2000

    Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

    If it were $800 as originally thought i would get it.

    7. shawman

    Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

    Considering even base S20 is 999 that was never practical. In fact it being slightly cheaper than S20 Ultra is itself a surprise. That said I wont get this phone as its not for rough use. I am not good with fragile devices.

    9. AngelicusMaximus

    Posts: 805; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

    I'm very curious as to why you "originally thought" that. No articles ever speculated a price that low from what I saw. It sounds like you just had unrealistic expectations.

    27. bpd898kosko

    Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 12, 2020

    There were articles on phone arena that said the priced was rumored at $800-900.

    4. Takeharu

    Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

    I'm really curious about how they made a foldable glass screen. Anyone has any info on it?

    1. Cat97

    Posts: 2087; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

    Something is wrong with the format of this phone. It's somehow unattractive with that square shape. Also too big for a flip phone, a flip phone should offer a smaller overall footprint, this remains thick and bulky when folded. I predict a flop.

    2. komet93

    Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 11, 2020

    a flip flop if you will

    3. cevon3239

    Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

    It is simply not a phone for you, so that makes it bad? The things you mentioned, don't have to be taken so negative. It is thin enough for a businessman, who can just carry it in a pocket or briefcase. And in female in her purse. For a female it's like a cosmetic thing. It is unattractive to someone who doesn't like the form factor. But the phone isn't ugly. All tech starts somewhere. This device is not meant to be a consumer device. This is something enterprise customers may like. The concept of the Microsoft Courier idea, is now a reality. It's cool, its unique, it is expensive. One day it won't have to be.

    17. oldtymer

    Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

    I just don't understand why anyone would Target one gender for a phone... It can be gender neutral..

    5. MsPooks

    Posts: 380; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

    There are no flip phones thinner than a modern smartphone. The Z Flip is just a hair thicker than the 2019 Razr, so no, it isn't thick and bulky.

    8. maherk

    Posts: 7113; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

    Why do people entertain fanboys who have a great record of hating on EVERY Samsung product?

    20. magnaroader

    Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

    The heck are you going on about?

    32. Cyberchum

    Posts: 1150; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

    I do wonder. Ignore them and they die a slow and miserable death.

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