The Galaxy Z Flip’s 6.7-inch foldable glass display screen stands up by itself.
Wow. I’ve simply completed utilizing the Galaxy Z Flip, the foldable flip cellphone Samsung introduced on Tuesday in San Francisco, and I can already say this cellphone is one thing particular. I do know, I do know, I say that about all of the foldable telephones I take advantage of for the primary time. Each is exclusive, and appears to construct off the final. But the $1,380 (£1,300) Galaxy Z Flip has two necessary distinctions that blow me away — and that sign that the $1,499 Motorola Razr is in hassle.They each come all the way down to the display screen’s sturdiness and suppleness. The Z Flip has the world’s first foldable glass display screen and the highest of the cellphone can arise by itself at most angles. It would not damage that the Z Flip’s display screen would not creak while you open it. I attempted that out on three totally different demo models.Compared to the Razr, the Z Flip additionally prices $119 much less and packs in additional options — like two 12-megapixel cameras and a 10-megapixel inside digicam, quite than the Razr’s single 16-megapixel lens.
Galaxy Z Flip is the primary cellphone with foldable glass
The Galaxy Z Flip goes on sale Feb. 14 in Mirror Purple (yasss), Mirror Black and in choose international locations, Mirror Gold. That glass physique actually is mirrored, too — these fingerprints construct up quick. It’ll price $1,380 within the US and £1,300 within the UK. Australian pricing is TBA, however the UK worth converts to about AU$2,500.Read on for what it is like to make use of the Galaxy Z Flip, how the hinge works and all the professionals and cons I seen in my 40 minutes utilizing the clamshell foldable to this point (10 minutes in a single demo room and 30 in one other).
Z Flip’s glass display screen might be killerSamsung demos the Galaxy Z Flip on stage at Samsung Unpacked.
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What’s it like to make use of a foldable glass display screen, as an alternative of a plastic show?It may be too quickly to inform, however I instantly seen that the display screen crease appeared much less pronounced than I’ve ever seen it. I may nonetheless see mild reflecting off of it on the bend, and will really feel a slight dip after I ran my fingertip intentionally over the midline. It’s actually extra delicate than on the Galaxy Fold.I tapped the glass too, and listened, however did not hear that telltale clink. Must be as a result of it is ultrathin. Navigation felt easy in my transient time with the gadget, and so did the floor.Since the very first first peep about foldable telephones, glass has been the holy grail of foldable screens: Thin sufficient to fold with out breaking, however offering a simpler protect to the fragile OLED show beneath than a sheet of plastic. The hope is that an ultrathin foldable glass may even deflect scratches and water harm. The query we nonetheless need to reply is that if and the way it will break while you inevitably drop it.
An enormous deal: The display screen stands up on its ownIn addition to foldable glass, the Z Flip’s second distinction is the truth that the hinge is sturdy sufficient for the display screen to face upright by itself with out slowly closing or opening.I pushed and pulled the higher portion of the display screen at each angle from the bottom, and it wasn’t till the very backside or very prime of that arc that the cellphone both opened absolutely or else snapped shut, assisted by magnets on the corners.A self-supporting display screen has been excessive on my record because the first foldable cellphone prototypes we have seen, particularly in case you can view a picture or video on the highest portion whereas typing or doing one thing else on the underside. On a taller, narrower design just like the Z Flip, you will get the comfort of watching a video hands-free, although the clip itself will really feel pocket-size in comparison with the 7.3-inch Galaxy Fold, which you’d watch completely unfolded.
Samsung has additionally partnered with Google (particularly YouTube) to make its app cut up into two parts when the Z Flip bends. The concept is to observe YouTube movies on the higher display screen whereas studying feedback on the underside. I wasn’t in a position to check this, as a result of YouTube wants an replace for that to work, however I used to be in a position to see the impact on the digicam app. A row of controls seems on the underside and the picture retreats on the highest.We’ll want extra apps to reap the benefits of the aptitude to see how effectively it really works in the true world.How lengthy will the Z Flip display screen actually final?Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip’s display screen will final 200,000 flips with out harm, or about what you’d get after 5 years of use. This determine speaks to the damage and tear on the display screen and hinge ensuing from opening and shutting the gadget repeatedly.That’s the identical rated variety of makes use of because the Galaxy Fold, which CNET examined final October on a machine referred to as the FoldBot. That check, which was meant to be an approximation and never a scientific remaining phrase, lasted for 120,000 folds. Meanwhile, we stopped the check on the Motorola Razr after simply 27,000 folds when the identical machine may now not fold it. (We be aware the outcomes aren’t precisely comparable, and Motorola challenges the FoldBot’s outcomes.)All of that is to say that we do not know but how lengthy it would actually final in the true world, or much more importantly, what sort of environmental harm from water, moisture, mud, sand and abnormal objects like fingernails and keys the display screen and hinge mechanism can maintain. We do know that Samsung has included fibers contained in the hinge space that may work like nostril hairs to assist entice or filter out mud and particles.
A more in-depth have a look at the Z Flip’s glass show and crease.
Little hazard of repeating Galaxy Fold errorsThe Z Flip’s glass display screen is anticipated to bypass the Galaxy Fold’s greatest early vulnerabilities, like harm resulting from strain. But the Z Flip additionally avoids confusion as a result of there is not any hole between the thick plastic bezel and the display screen for a fingernail to slip into (or any mud).Samsung additionally carried over the plastic T-caps (as I name them) that match into the perimeters of the hinge. The function of those is to bolster the realm, which might be extra inclined to gunk getting caught beneath the show and inflicting bulges or inner harm. This is a carry-over from the Galaxy Fold redesign.What the outer display screen is sweet forProbably 95% of the time, you will use the Z Flip open. That’s as a result of the quilt show is a mere 1.1 inches on the diagonal. That would not offer you a lot room for something however the smallest notification icons that roll out ticker messages while you faucet them. You’ll see issues like a Wi-Fi icon, missed name and different notifications, and the alarm.You also can use it as a viewfinder for taking a selfie, or faucet a button on the within for another person to see their face earlier than you snap the shot. But it simply appears too small, squat and extensive to actually be efficient.I assumed the Motorola Razr’s 2.7-inch outer show was tiny, however at the least it lets you choose canned message responses and use voice instructions. The Galaxy Fold, in the meantime, has a 4.6-inch cowl show that allows you to do the whole lot that Android can do, however which is simply too small to comfortably sort on. I by no means thought I’d miss it.There’s a tiny air hole concerning the width of a pair enterprise automobiles or a bank card. You can see the sunshine by way of it, however total, that is a powerful achievement for foldable glass.
Camera, battery life, fingerprint readerForty minutes is not a very long time to check out a tool, so I did not get a lot probability to take images and analyze them. But I do like that the Z Flip has two fundamental cameras. I wind up utilizing wide-angle mode greater than I ever anticipated. It’s particularly helpful for making selfies look extra pure, and for bringing backgrounds into the scene.Battery life can also be one thing I’ll maintain a detailed eye on. The Z Flip has two battery cells that work in tandem to provide a 3,300-mAh whole capability. That’s lower than flagship common telephones, however typical for the foldable telephones we have seen to this point. The Flip is sufficiently small that the capability may final an entire day, however twin batteries are recognized for being much less environment friendly than a single cell.I’m additionally curious how straightforward the fingerprint reader might be to make use of. It’s built-in into the facility button on the Z Flip’s proper facet and has a flat floor, identical to on the Galaxy Fold. You double press it to launch the digicam, as you’d on different Android telephones (the Z Flip makes use of Android 10). When it is closed, the fingerprint reader is on the highest of the display screen sandwich, with an entire different facet of the display screen just under it. It feels a little bit bizarre, and I ponder if it’s going to get in the best way in any respect when utilizing the cellphone, or is that this is only one extra characteristic to get used to.Galaxy Z Flip specsThere’s much more of the Galaxy Z Flip to discover, particularly because it compares to the Motorola Razr foldable flip cellphone. CNET will assessment the gadget as quickly as we are able to.Galaxy Z Flip versus Motorola Razr
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Display dimension, decision
Internal: 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636×1,080-pixels / External: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED; 300×112-pixels
Internal: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / External: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800×600-pixels (4:3)
425ppi (inner) / 303ppi (exterior)
373ppi (inner display screen)
Folded: 2.99 x 3.44 x 0.62 ~ 0.68 in / Unfolded: 2.99 x 6.59 x 0.27 ~0.28 in
Unfolded: 6.8 x 2.8 x 0.28 in / Folded: 3.7 x 2.8 x 0.55 in
Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 15.4 ~17.3 mm / Unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 6.9 ~ 7.2 mm
Unfolded: 172 x 7 2 x 6.9mm / Folded: 94 x 72 x 14mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams)
6.46 oz; 183g
7.2 oz; 205g
Mobile software program
Android 9 Pie
12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (extremely wide-angle)
16-megapixel exterior (f/1.7, twin pixel AF), 5-megapixel inner
Same as fundamental 16-megapixel exterior
4K (HDR 10 Plus)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2GHz, octa-core)
Below display screen
Foldable show; wi-fi PowerShare; wi-fi charging; quick charging
Foldable show, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splashproof
Price off-contract (USD)
Converts to £1,170
UK worth converts to AU$2,500
Converts to AU$2,185
Originally revealed earlier this week.