Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: display

After the Galaxy Fold, Samsung took a second stab at the whole foldable smartphone thing and, with the Galaxy Z Flip, has created the most practical and usable foldable phones to date. Read on the following Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review to learn more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review

1. Price

The Galaxy Z Flip’s $1,380 price was a $600 drop from the debut price of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy Z Flip also costs less than the $1,500 Motorola Razr. And the price has fallen even further in the subsequent months, as you can now pick up a Galaxy Z Flip for $1,299.

2. Design

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: design


The distinctive thing about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s design is its horizontal hinge, a contrast to the vertical hinge that the Galaxy Fold used. Samsung claims it can flip open 200,000 times.

More significantly, the Z Flip’s hideaway hinge is designed to keep out dust. It’s got a thin layer of fabric to make sure particles can’t find their way into the gap that exists between screen and hinge. Dust is what felled the original version of the Galaxy Fold, forcing Samsung to delay that phone’s release. This suggests that Samsung has learned its lessons.

When open, the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen measures 6.7 inches from corner to corner. Rather than using plastic to protect the panel — the tack was taken by every foldable maker prior to the Z Flip — Samsung has turned to a new ultra-thin glass material that seems to make the display less prone to damage.

Speaking of polish, you’ll need to apply a lot to the exterior metal case of the Galaxy Z Flip. On our Mirror Purple edition of the phone, our fingerprints are very visible on the reflective glass exterior.  That’s a shame because it mars an otherwise stylish look that you’d be eager to show off, as the Mirror Purple is especially eye-catching.

You can also opt for Mirror Black and — in some countries — Mirror Gold. When we first laid eyes on the Galaxy Z Flip, we thought Mirror Gold was the sharpest of its looks, but the light lavender glow of Mirror Purple has grown on us.

3. Display

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: display


The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a 6.7-inch foldable AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2636 by 1080 pixels. It looks great overall, as do all of Samsung’s premium displays nowadays, but the crease in the middle can be mildly distracting. It is noticeable during the day when there’s plenty of ambient light to expose it. In the evening, however, the crease becomes less visible – to the point that I completely ignore it.
What’s a much more serious issue is that the display on the Galaxy Z Flip is anything but durable. There’s a layer of super-thin glass in the display assembly, but it’s covered by a layer of plastic for protection, so plastic is what your fingers actually touch. Over the past two weeks, the display’s surface has accumulated four small dents, likely caused by fingernails, and one vertical scratch from when I tried to open the phone with a single hand.

4. Camera



The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with a dual main camera – not a big deal in 2020 but understandable given how thin the phone is. The setup is comprised of a 12MP main camera and a 12MP super wide-angle cam. There’s also a 10MP selfie camera on the main screen, available when the phone is unfolded. On the software side, there’s Samsung’s new Single Take feature, as well as a proper Night Mode, Super Steady stabilization, and manual controls for both photos and video.

5. Battery

In terms of energy storage, two battery cells are hidden in the Galaxy Z Flip’s divided case, which are of different sizes but are equal partners both during use and during the charging process. This measure is intended to ensure that both cells are worn down evenly and ideally, both will die at the same time. Overall, the Galaxy Z Flip is pretty well equipped with a 3,300 mAh battery. The Motorola Razr can only come up with a total battery capacity of 2,510 mAh, in comparison.

6. Software



Thanks to Android 10 and its support for foldable devices, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip offers multitasking through a Multi-Active Window feature. You’ll be able to select the apps you want to use on different parts of the screen, though that feature only works with select apps. You’re limited to two apps at once as opposed to the three you can use on the Galaxy Fold, but that makes sense given the dimension of the displays on the different foldable.

Multitasking on the Galaxy Z Flip is simply a matter of swiping right from the side of the screen to bring up a tray of apps that support the feature.

Some apps work better than others with the Multi-Active Window feature.

In conclusion, this is the detailed Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review you need to read to learn more about this phone.


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