Samsung announces the Galaxy Z Flip

At the same event where Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S20 series, the company has also introduced its newest foldable phone.

Samsung is calling it the Galaxy Z Flip, and it’s the same handset it showed off on Sunday during the latest Oscars ceremony. It has a similar idea to the company’s first foldable phone, but instead of opening up in a landscape fashion, this one looks more familiar to the old, familiar foldable phones from years past, opening in a portrait style.

There are plenty of features baked into the folding handset, but let’s get to the specifications first.

The Galaxy Z Flip has a 6.7-inch FHD Dynamic AMOLED glass display (the first foldable phone of its kind), with a resolution of 2636×1080. On the front, there is a smaller external display that measures in at just 1.1 inches, but it, too, is a Super AMOLED screen.

The selfie camera is 10 megapixels with an f/2.4 and an 80-degree field of view (FOV). While the other two cameras measure in at 12 megapixels for an ultra wide with an f/2.2 and 123-degree FOV, and an wide-angle with an f/1.8.

There is a 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood, and the Galaxy Z Flip features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage. The dual-battery measures in at 3300mAh.

It supports Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare so you can charge other wireless charging-supported devices on the back of the handset. It supports wireless charging itself, and wired connectivity with a USB-C port. It has NFC support for mobile payments, Android 10, and does not support 5G.

There is a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone, and it also supports face recognition for additional biometric security measures.

Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip will be available in select markets like the United States and South Korea beginning February 14, 2020 in Mirror Black and Mirror Purple color options. It will retail at $1,380 — significantly less than the Galaxy Fold from last year. Samsung will launch an additional color, Mirror Gold, in select countries in the near future.

One of the new standout features for the Galaxy Z Flip is called “Flex Mode”, which Samsung describes as:

Samsung worked closely with Google to design Flex mode – a custom-built user experience for Galaxy Z Flip’s unique forward folding form factor. When the device is free-standing, the display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens so you can easily view images, contents or videos on the top half of the display, and control them on the bottom half. Easily watch and navigate YouTube – stream on the top while searching for other videos, reading descriptions and writing comments on the bottom.

So, there we have it. The Galaxy Z Flip. What do you think?