Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event was held in San Francisco, where the company unveiled the Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Buds+, 1000mAh battery power bank and their Galaxy Z Flip.
During the event, Samsung also announced the Thom Browne Edition of the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy S20+ Olympic Games Edition. Which is a collaboration between Samsung Mobile and New York fashion brand, -Thom Browne.
The new Galaxy Z Flip is actually an upgraded, and advanced version of the previously announced Galaxy Fold, and a better option also. Especially in its folding mechanism.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the world’s first folding glass phone, which the company called “Samsung Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG)” Samsung boasts that it had broken the laws of physics.
They added “We’ve done the impossible and created ultra-thin glass that folds,” it “protects your screen from scratches.” Well, there are tech innovations that keep the device rolling. Let’s take a look at the quick specs:
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Specs
*. Main Display: 6.7-inch FULL HD+ (2636 x 1080 pixels) 21.5:9 Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display,
– External/cover display: 1.1-inch (300 x 112 pixels) Super AMOLED display
*. Colors: Mirror Black, Mirror Purple, and Mirror Gold
*. Weight: 183 grams
*. Back camera: main 12-megapixels wide-angle lens SuperSpeed dual pixel f/1.8 + 12-megapixels ultra-wide with f/2.2, LED flash, HDR10+, and OIS
*. Front camera: 10-megapixels selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture
*. Processor: Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 Plus 7nm Mobile Platform
*. GPU: Adreno 640
*. Memory: 8GB RAM with 256GB storage
*. SIM: One eSIM and one Nano SIM
*. Fingerprint sensor: YES (side-mounted)
*. Facial recognition: YES
*. Network and connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou; 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
*. Battery: 3300mAh battery capacity with 15W fast charging, and 9w Qi wireless charging
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is definitely the best foldable phone right now, even better than the Motorola Razr. As expected, there are some complications, which will undermine the efficiency of the foldable phone.
Despite its ongoing doubts if its Infinity Flex display is actually a bendable and durable glass, Samsung has officially commercialized the Galaxy Z Flip glass for non-Samsung foldables.
Truth Behind the Foldable Glass
During the introduction, Samsung mentioned that the phone is protected from both dust and dirt. The company said they have “built a tiny mechanism that helps protects the phone… Sweepy tech”
But during ifixit and Jerryrigeverything tear down videos, the dust-resistant “fiber shield” failed at the dust test. However, the Galaxy Z Flip still excels at the very best function it was built for.
The phone sports a 6.7-inch FULL HD+ (2636 x 1080 pixels) 21.5:9 Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display, with external/cover of 1.1-inch (300 x 112 pixels) Super AMOLED display.
Samsung said that “we made a leap from polymer screens to ultra-thin glass technology. It is crystal clear, stunning inside and out” For the bending technique, the company noted that they have made its smallest and most durable hideaway metallic hinge that can fold, fold and fold.
The company said that they have “leap” from polymer screens to ultra-thin glass technology, with Samsung Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) but Glass experts warned us, and now Samsung’s supposed “leap” does use polymer and is easy to scratch.
German manufacturer Schott, is the brain behind the glass technology. Where he noted that it’s soft, scratchable plastic layer up top, and won’t require that extra protection.
If you wondering how glass bend, you should read Theverge full notes that expatiate what experts said, practically anything can be bent if you make it thin enough, getting a glass down below a hundred microns thick — like the thickness of a human hair, can solve the problem.
But you should be a little bit worry, because the thinner the glass is, it is more prone to little scratches. Where Schott’s Dr. Mathias Mydlak said “If you scratch it with something … this is going to be an initial defect that can cause problems later on,”
There is a dedicated ‘Flex mode’ that splits apps in half and puts the controls on the bottom half and in turn, the top half turns into a viewing area. It can bend 2,00,000 times, Samsung said.
Every other spec is quite understandable, powered by a Snapdragon 855 Plus, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage. It arrives with two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle lens. While a 10-megapixel camera sits at the front cut out at the top of the display.
It is fueled by a 3,300mAh dual battery which supports 15W fast charging, and 9w Qi wireless charging, after all, two batteries are inside the Galaxy Z Flip. It runs a customized version of Android 10 but the phone does not support 5G.
The new Galaxy Z Flip will be available in the US and Korea starting February 14th for $1,380. It costs Rs. 1,09,999 in India and pre-booking will begin February 21.
While the Galaxy Z Flip Thom Browne Edition is in March, but the pre-orders begin on February 14th, 2020 in select markets and will be a little bit expensive than the original version.