While the new Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra were undoubtedly the stars of today’s Samsung Unpacked event, a fourth Samsung device is also on its way to Australian shores. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the Korean company’s newest folding phone, offering high-end specs in a compact and cute package.
The Z Flip is the world’s first foldable glass smartphone. Unlike last year’s controversial (and expensive!) Galaxy Fold, the Flip features a horizontal mid-body hinge. Unfolded, it’s the size and shape of a regular smartphone; flip it over, and you’ve got a portable and protected device that fits easily into a handbag or pocket.
Galaxy Z Flip: features and specs
The Galaxy Z Flip features a 6.7-inch screen with Samsung’s Infinity Flex display, meaning you can fold and un-fold your phone without impacting on your device’s screen quality. Samsung’s design also allows you to adjust and set the folding angle, giving users plenty of options for hands-free viewing and multi-perspective photography.
The Flip can also be used in ‘Flex’ mode, which splits compatible apps in two: control your phone with the bottom half, and view via the top. You can also use this split-screen feature to view two compatible apps at once, and the Z Flip’s outer cover screen displays notifications to keep you up-to-date even when folded.
Aside from the Z Flip’s design, the device also includes plenty of in-demand features. Selfie lovers will appreciate the 10-megapixel front camera, and in the back you’ll find dual 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel wide-angle lenses. You’ll also get 4K ultra-HD video recording, plus photo and video bokeh and custom photo filters.
Internally, the Galaxy Z Flip features an Octa-Core processor, and a 3,300mAh battery with PowerShare compatibility. With 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage, the Z Flip runs the Android 10 operating system and includes Bixby, Samsung Know security, and fingerprint and face authentication.
Unfortunately, we don’t yet know when the Galaxy Z Flip will arrive in Australia, nor how much it will cost. US pricing is listed as $1,380, so it won’t be cheap – but if you’re keen on a pocket-sized smartphone, start saving now.
Samsung Galaxy prices and plans
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Folding phones compared: the Motorola Razr
If you’re not sold on Samsung, but like the concept of a bendable device, the new Motorola Razr offers similar features. Like the Z Flip, the Razr’s 6.2-inch OLED display can be folded in half, and the device features a 2.7-inch external display for notifications.
The new Razr includes a 16-megapixel rear camera with Night Vision and a 5-megapixel front shooter, with a 2,510mAh battery and on-board fingerprint sensor. You’ll get 128GB of storage, along with 6GB of RAM, but only one choice of colour (black).
The Razr is definitely a novelty for Motorola lovers, but a 2020-era flip phone comes at a price. You can pre-order the device now for $2,699, with phones expected to ship at the end of February. If you’d rather buy on a plan, Telstra will exclusively stock the Razr later this month.