Samsung Galaxy Z Flip announced with UTG screen and Snapdragon 855+

Ruben Fields
February 26, 2020

The Galaxy Z Flip goes on sale February 14, retailing at $1,380. Samsung has worked carefully on how the folding mechanism works - for example; it can be opened and closed with a single hand, it can stay open at multiple angles, inside it integrates Samsung's new sweeper technology to repel dirt and dust, and it uses a proprietary bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) display. Outside there is a tiny status display - a 1.1-inch Super AMOLED 300x112 pixel screen.

It started taking preorders for its new flagship smartphone series Galaxy S20 the same day.

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Samsung is promising the hinge mechanism is good for around 200,000 folds - some of us will run through that quicker than others, of course - and the company will be hoping the phone isn't dogged by the same hardware issues that delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold. Easily watch and navigate YouTube - stream on the top while searching for other videos, reading descriptions and writing comments on the bottom. Enter the Galaxy Z Flip, the first phone I feel confident in saying feels like a regular smartphone. You can also multitask between two apps this way using Samsung's Multi-Active Window feature.

The hinge opens upwards, locking flat to reveal the screen, which resembles Samsung's more traditional Note 10 and new S20 smartphones with a small pin-hole selfie camera at the top of the display. The new Samsung foldable smartphones is likely to have an increased expectations from the Samsung users, which is likely to have an increased demand among the consumers. Under the hood we've got a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of built-in storage. It also has a 3,300 mAh battery, which on paper is presented as a superior alternative to Motorola's Razr. Unfortunately, the Z Flip misses out on stereo speakers, a microSD slot, and support for 25W or 45W fast charging, and there doesn't seem to be any support for 5G connectivity, either. As 5G roll out is only in its infancy, this isn't necessarily a dealbreaker either, so if you do have a 4G Galaxy S10 model you can hold on to it a little longer. I contend that none of this actually matters, and that it doesn't matter if you actually buy this phone. The timepiece comes with exclusive watch faces and two straps, while the earbuds are decorated in signature Thom Browne colors, nestled in a sleek grey cradle that matches the Galaxy Z Flip.

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