“Galaxy Z flip,” Samsung says “this is no ordinary smartphone, It changes everything a phone shape, size and the very way we use it, That’s what Innovation true Innovation is all about.”
We knew this one was coming We were going to get a vertical folding phone from Samsung of some kind there’s plenty of leaks out there, And we finally got it. And now that I’ve had my hands on my feelings are very mixed.
So I’ve held this phone now in my hands for maybe half an hour and I’ve had fleeting moments with it on or off for a bit longer than that and on one hand, it feels like it’s easily the most polished and mature full-length phone yet, but on the other hand, Still has a long way to go to be something I would actually buy and so has it flossed.
So let me just start with the specs right off the top. So it’s got Flagship internals, unlike some other folding phones, Let me unlike the Moto razor, let just called what it is. I’m going to be comparing it a lot to the other folding flagship phone. The razor does not have Flagship specs but the Samsung Z flip it does.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Flagship
It’s got the Snapdragon 855 plus, 8 gigabytes of RAM, 256 gigs of storage, and a combined 3300 milliamp-hour battery which is okay, and it still has wireless charging which is nice and you’ve got dual cameras one 12 megapixel standard and a 12 megapixel ultra-wide, these specs on paper pretty much wiped the floor with the razor.
I’ll just say it, I mean you can’t help but compare the two maybe you leave a thumbs up on this post If you want to see a separate dedicated razor versus Samsung Z flip post, either way, playing with the Z flip you can see they’ve made some different design and material choices that make it a very different phone the main one being the screen.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Screen
So this is now an ultra-thin folding glass, not plastic and you can feel that right away when swiping around and using the screen. It’s not a soft plastic that you can almost literally dig your fingernails into its glass, So that’s a great advancement, It’s hard, It’s a 6.7 inch 21 by 9 display 1080p OLED 60 hertz and it has that hole-punch cut out for the selfie camera up top instead of a notch and much thinner bezels. So all these things make it feel like more of a Samsung Flagship than any other folding phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Crease
But the crease to me is still major. I thought from many different angles. I used it for many different things and there’s just no way around it. It’s a very noticeable crease, I’d say it’s better than the original Galaxy fold, but here’s the thing since this is a vertical folding found in the same thing goes for the razor because it’s vertical folding the creases across the center here and that means every time you use the phone anytime you do any scrolling or any sort of using the UI you’re constantly moving over that Center crease and you’re constantly feeling the center of that fold with your finger.
So unlike a horizontal folding phone. You really noticed that a lot here and You can feel it when your finger swipes over it over and over and over again. Now, I still prefer it to the razor’s plastic display because that one feels a bit more delicate and softer, but I’m not going to sit here and tell you the creases are gone or anything. I mean you can clearly see it.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Front Cover Display
When we close the phone the front cover display is the other different choice, so they’ve basically just put a tiny one-inch 300 by 112 display on the outside of the fold, and really all it’s good for is the time and seeing a little preview of your notifications.
Some people like me, maybe find a little extra functionality on the outside as the razor has so you can actually go into your notifications and read stuff like texts and emails but in the Samsung galaxy Z flip it will just tell you you got a text or who it’s from and really if you want to open it or actually do anything you have to unfold the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Front Cover Display Has Selfi Screen
But also if you double-tap the power button, you can actually open the primary camera and take selfies with it and use that one-inch cover display as the world’s most hilariously tiny viewfinder, There it’s fine, You can use it I guess but I probably won’t, I think most people will take selfies with the normal selfie camera because of the final major design update the hinge.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Hinge
II don’t think this can be overstated, hinges are extremely important for folding phones and learning from your past hinges to make better ones is going to be something we start to see and I think Samsung learned a lot already from their first Chen Galaxy fold and the things that went wrong with it and we can already see that here in this second generation Hinge.
The Galaxy Z flip has a really good hinge, I’d say the best hinge I’ve seen yet. It’s nearly gapless and Samsung says it’s put a bunch of small fibers like a brush inside this hinge to give it even more protection from anything accidentally getting inside. It still might not pass the carriage everything poor handful of Pebbles directly onto the phone test, but it is another step in the right direction.
Samsung Galaxy Z flip Flex Mode
And then the hinge weight is also really nice, I feel like I can open this phone with one hand much more easily and it’s a Vstep hinge meaning you can fold the phone halfway like a little laptop and set it down on a flat surface and it’ll just sit that way letting you use half the screen at a time and then they’ve even built-in some of their apps to take advantage of this including the camera and the gallery and even Google’s do a video call.
I didn’t get an answer on if this is an open API and other developers can you know change their apps to use this fold too but it seemed like a no-brainer like taking advantage of having a hinge that’s this impressive and keep the phone this good balance from tipping over would be great.
So that’s three major ways that the galaxy Z flip is differentiating itself and is always better than smaller folding phones that cover display on the outside It’s different, the specs and the build quality and that hinge and then some other small things I noticed, on the fingerprint reader is on the power button right below the volume buttons, so kind of like they did with the Galaxy S10e
I like that.
And no there is no headphone jack, Sorry, If you thought they would be one and the bezels are pretty thick and At first but the more you use the phone the more you realize they’re necessary for protecting the glass when you close it, as the screen sits just barely sub flush, so when you close the phone, you’re not slamming glass and the glass you’re closing bezel on the bezel.
The Galaxy Z Flip is available in three colors at launch — Mirror Black, Mirror Purple, and in select markets Mirror Gold. (Access to YouTube Premium is included with every purchase.).
So yeah overall. I’m very curious to see what you guys think of this Z flip to me. It’s really fascinating but it has to be a little more than just fascinating to be worth $1,380. We thought it might be a little bit cheaper those rumors of it undercutting the Razor start to Bubble Up, but no it’s 1380 bucks.
But also can’t wait to review this thing. I want to see what the battery life is like with the 3300 milliamps pawer battery and giant screen, I want to see how durability and that hinge last over time.
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