Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Flip with clamshell design at Unpacked 2020

Galaxy Z Flip comes with a better starting price point than Motorola Razr, will be Motorola tough?

Foldable smartphones are on focus while some big tech industries are trying to show off, but not Apple or Sony.

With about 2 hours live stream, at the Unpacked event, Samsung unveiled a new foldable smartphone in a clamshell design, Galaxy Z Flip, to take on the Motorola Razr. Taking a place ahead of others, Galaxy Z Flip reveals its beautiful flip design, but a bit bulky and thick with its fold form factor. The flip phone in the past just launched in 2020 keeping its unique design, however, it is ported with an outdated flagship internal. Here's what you need to know about the Z Flip. 

Galaxy Z Flip on hand

Samsung realized its design foldable form factor, which it first showed off with the Galaxy Z Flip at a developer conference last year. Moto Razr now has a rival, and that too is a pretty tough one. With its prism gradient and purple color model, Samsung has not only designed Galaxy Z Flip to be sleek and fashionable but also looks more rugged overall.

Samsung took the lessons from Galaxy Fold and made their Galaxy Z Flip phone's hinge design more robust. The hinge is now completely hidden and contains fibers that prevent damage to dust and particulate matter.

You can also see that the Galaxy Z Flip is packing a physical fingerprint scanner which also acts as the power button. The volume rockers are to be found on the right, USB Type-C port at the bottom, along with stereo speakers and no headphone jack 3.5 mm, unfortunately.

The Galaxy Z Flip comes with a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED panel inside. This plastic OLED screen has an aspect ratio of 21.9:9, resolution of 1080 x 2636 pixels, and a density of 425ppi. Samsung called it a cinematic experience with an aspect ration but length 0.9 longer than a standard CinemaWide 21:9.

Wider Screen on Z Flip

The most important change to this foldable phone from Samsung will have to be the new protective layer over the foldable panel. You all might remember the screen-breaking fiasco that forced Samsung to return to its drawing board and postponed the launch of the Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Z Flip hopefully won't be on the same path.

Galaxy Z Flip replaces the more delicate layer on top of polyamide plastic for ultra-thin glass. This makes the foldable display more stable and less scratch-prone, or it can be permanent damage. The company also attached bumpers to display sides to protect the display from damage when folding the unit.

You can also see a punch-hole cutout at the rim, and it houses a selfie camera with 10MP (f/2.4). Not only will it come in handy to take a quick selfie when the phone is unfolded, but Samsung has also designed the software so that you can lock the hinge at different angles during video calls and support the camera. It is Flex Mode, and it has designed several apps to make use of this new feature.

Flex Mode on Z Flip

In addition to the foldable inside panel, Galaxy Z Flip also features a small 1.1-inch Super AMOLED monitor just placed outside next to the dual-camera. Samsung calls it the Cover Display and the time, notifications, incoming calls and more will be displayed. You can also take selfies using the Cover Camera, meaning you can use the tiny camera of Galaxy Z Flip as a viewfinder.

Cover Camera

Unlike the foldable Motorola Razr, with its mass-appealing clamshell-style foldable handset, Samsung is giving internals flagships, but an outdated Snapdragon 855 chipset, paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Now about its software, Samsung brings its OneUI 2.0 interface ported into the foldable form factor. It's based on Android 10, which has brought native support for foldable itself. Galaxy Z Flip features an outside dual-camera system and a single punch-hole camera in the inside center when you open the foldable unit. The external dual cameras have a primary 12MP (f/1.8) lens and an ultra-wide-angle 12MP (f/2.2) lens.

The device comes with a tiny 3300mAh battery, split into two parts while 2375mAh in the lower half and 925mAh in the upper half. Even though the smaller battery capacity can be appropriate, it's disappointing to see that only the Galaxy Z Flip can provide 15W wired fast-charging and 10W wireless charging.

Price for Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung doesn't ask you to wait too long to get the Galaxy Z Flip. Soon, Galaxy Z Flip will go on sale from February 14, just 3 days after launch with a USD1,380 price tag. The flip device gives you 3 attractive colors to choose Mirror Purple, Mirror Black, and Mirror Gold, but the gold one will be launched at the select regions.

Thom Browne Edition

Samsung also gives another option with Thom Browne edition of Galaxy Z Flip alongside other gadgets like Galaxy Bud+.