Samsung Galaxy Z flip review - Compact, Stylish, yet FRAGILE?

With smartphones technology evolving, it seems like Samsung has decoded the secret of folding smartphones. Learning from their past experiences of folding smartphones, Samsung has come up with their second folding smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z flip. Let’s check what technology it unfolded and what specification it offering.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, folding smartphone review.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip


Samsung is playing with foldable smartphone technology from quite some time now. They launched "Galaxy fold" which is their first folding smartphone and now they came up with Samsung Galaxy Z flip. Unlike Galaxy fold, this one folds vertically, making it very compact square design. Samsung claimed this phone as statement phone. Means this phone are for the people who want to make a style statement.


Price:

US - 1400$
Indian Market expected to cost approximately INR  110000- 120000


Colours:

Mirror Purple
Mirror Black
Mirror Gold(Limited Edition)


Software Specifications:

Processor: Snapdragon 855+
RAM: 8GB.
Storage: 256 GB.
Battery: 3300mAh.
Charging: 15 w fast charging


Physical Overview:

On the Right side, it has Volume rockers and Power button. The power button also equipped with a built-in fingerprint scanner for locking/unlocking the phone.

Bottom side it has a primary microphone, speaker grills and USB type C port for charging and data transfer.

Left side it has Sim tray. Sim tray holds single sim and doesn’t have SD card slot for expanding memory. But this phone also supports eSim.

On the top, it has a secondary microphone.

Moving toward back it has dual camera setup, flash and small 1.1 inch Super AMOLED cover display.

On the front side, it has 6.7 inches of Full HD+ dynamic OLED display with a small 10 MP selfie camera at the top.


Features:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, folding smartphone review.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip


Display:

Samsung Galaxy Z flip has 6.7 inches of Full HD+ dynamic OLED Infinity flex display. This display is said to be made up of ultra-thin glass and not plastic. That means Samsung has made innovative folding glass display, that’s pretty impressive technology from Samsung. This screen has 22:9 aspect ratio with 60HZ refresh rate. That’s a big display and you will see big black vertical bar while playing a video and if you play it in full screen, you will notice a significant amount of video being clipped from top and bottom.

This display has a locking mechanism for various folding angles which can be used according to requirement. You can fold and use it as a laptop and even you can place it on flat surface and record like from tripod. Various functionalities are added by Samsung at various folding angles. Even the split-screen is one of that.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip screen has thin bezel which is slightly elevated than the screen surface. So whenever one folds the phone it's bezel closing on another bezel instead of glass.

Even though Samsung has come far in developing the folding phone still they have to work on removing the crease. The crease is folding part of the display. The crease is still visible in this phone and while operating the touch screen, it can get annoying. Also, the display is said to be glass but still, it’s not scratch resistant. When tested it’s found that, it can even get fingernails scratches. So the legitimacy of glass display, only coming time will prove for Samsung Galaxy Z flip.

Talking about the cover display, Samsung Galaxy Z flip comes with a tiny 1.1 inch Super AMOLED display. This display shows time and notification previews like Messages, calls etc. It can also be used for taking a selfie when mobile is closed. This display provides the smallest viewfinder.


Hinges:

Samsung seems to have done a lot of R&D while making hinges. This are the best hinges they have designed till now. These hinges are gapless and Samsung installed some microfibre, like small brushes to protect dust or sand particles, accidentally entering this phone.


Cameras:

  • Rear Camera Details:
    • 12 MP Wide
    • 12 MP Ultrawide


  • Front Camera Details:
    • 10 MP

The front camera is a punch-hole design at the centre. You can see and feel slight curves on the screen around the front camera.


Battery:

Samsung Galaxy Z flip comes with 3300mAh battery. Being a folding phone Samsung did an ok job in providing 3300 mAh battery in small space. This phone comes with wireless as well as fast charging feature. Samsung is providing 15 W fast charger with this phone.


Internal specs:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is housed with the latest Snapdragon 855+ processor. Problem with using a powerful processor is that it generates lots of heat, for which liquid cooling is required. Which adds up to the cost as well as the weight of the phone and although being a folding phone Samsung has seamlessly added all these technical specifications in this phone is quite impressive.



Concluding Words:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, folding smartphone review.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip


Good to see folding smartphone technology emerging and I won't be surprised if a couple of other smartphone companies come up with more such folding phones this year as the revolution of folding phones has just begun.

Samsung is offering flagship internals with this phone. It’s a compact and premium piece of technology. Easy to carry and of great use. Samsung specially designed it for a certain segment of users. The durability of this phone is yet to be tested. In short Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a long way to go, to prove its worth.

What are your views on this phone? Do let us know.





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