In 2019 Samsung launched its first foldable phone with impressive specs, which was Samsung Galaxy Fold, and due to some of its design flaws, Samsung had to recall all those review units and relaunched it with some minor tweaks.
We loved how well the phone is designed, but some reviewers gave it minus points for its design and fragile display/hinge, knowing that the bendable display will have some downsides to it.
When we talk about the bendable displays, its nothing but a piece of plastic that is actually doing the work, and its main motive is that it should show you the vibrant colors and respond to your touches. That is how this technology works, but one more thing is that we cannot forget the fact that smartphones are the most abused tech available on the planet.
People will test these phones according to their views and how they want to use these phones, and there’s no denying to it, anyone who is paying for these devices must get what they want.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Specification.
- Display – Foldable Dynamic AMOLED, 1080 x 2636 pixels, 425 PPI, HDR10+
- Cover display – 1.1″, Super AMOLED, 112 x 300 pixels
- OS – Android 10, One UI 2
- Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
- Memory – 256GB 8GB RAM UFS 3.0
- Main Camera – 12 MP, f/1.8 (Wide) | 12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide).
- Selfie Camera – 10 MP, f/2.4, (Wide)
- Battery – 3300 mAh, Fast charging 15W, Fast wireless charging.
- Colors – Mirror Black, Mirror Purple, Mirror Gold, Thom Browne Edition.
Samsung launched the second iteration of its foldable display category, and this time it comes with a vertical folding display.
A Glass that can bend?
Samsung launched Samsung Galaxy Z Flip with a foldable display at Samsung unpacked San Francisco.
Samsung is claiming that they have managed to create an ultrathin folding glass that can bend. Some reviewers are calling it a gimmick. The phone looks stunning, and there’s a hole-punch selfie camera instead of a notch.
One thing to notice is that the phone comes with the taller aspect ratio with thinner bezels, and these bezels are there for the protection of the glass, but you still can’t ignore the crease which runs in the middle of the display. Yes, the crease is noticeable.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with a dual-camera system that consists of 12MP Standard and 12MP Ultrawide lens with a single flash, and also it has OIS. With the 10MP front-facing camera, you can shoot videos in 4K with 60FPS.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with a beautiful display and it has bright colors as its OLED FHD+ panel. There’s another display on the front of the device, which is tiny 1″ 300×112 PPI also known as View Finder.
This small display is useful only to see time and preview of your notifications, and you can use it to take selfies as well. The phone comes with the metal frame and glass panels on the outer side. On the left side of the phone, it has a Sim card slot, no Micro SD expansion available.
The right side has the volume rocker and fingerprint scanner, which acts as a physical button to drag down the notification panel, and there is a Type C port on the bottom, Mono speaker, which is not that great for a $1380 phone, no room for the Headphone Jack.
Double-tap on the power button, and you can open the primary camera for selfies with the help of a 1-inch display that rests on the front of the phone. World’s tiny display.
The folding phone category will be the next big thing for smartphones, and designing strong and durable hinges is a big of a task for this smartphone manufacturers. The hinges are so crucial for foldable phones.
It’s a three-step hinge mechanism that helps to fold the phone in half like a laptop, which allows you to use the half portion of the phone. It is called Flex Mode.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with an excellent hinge, which is 2nd gen and its gapless thanks to the bezels. Most importantly, Samsung has managed to put small fibers like a brush inside the hinge to keep away dust and other small particles from accidentally getting inside the display.
This hinge mechanism on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip feels incomplete without software support. Samsung built some apps to take advantage of this hinge, including camera, gallery, and Googles Duo video calls. Lack of Headphone jack is a bit disappointing for a $1380 phone. Overall the phone looks decent with all the specs and feels futuristic.