It’s that time again! Samsung took to the stage yesterday at Galaxy Unpacked 2020 to reveal their new S20 and Z Flip handsets though, as usual, most of the information was leaked ahead of time.
Introducing Z Flip
The biggest news was the Z Flip phone, which folds into a sort of Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP (remember that?) square of shiny metal and opens to reveal a large colourful 6.7” screen. The folded phone has a small notification bar and a mini screen to take selfies even when closed.
The Z Flip saves pocket space, helps protect the screen and just generally looks pretty cooi, but the best feature revealed at the show is the ability for the phone to be half folded, using the bottom and top half of the screen for different tasks such as adding a comment while watching a Youtube video. It also provides a stand while video calling. This is all due to Google’s work on their latest OS, producing a ‘Flex Mode’ which, they say, is available to any manufacturer or app rather than unique to the Z Flip phone.
The Z Flip comes with a 6.7-inch FHD dynamic AMOLED display, and a resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels. It has a 64-bit Octa-Core Processor with an Adreno 650 GPU and 8GB RAM, which is less than the 12GB in the S20 models. Default storage is 256GB.
Two 12MP cameras can be found on the rear and a single 10MP at the front, which can also be used with the lid closed.
The phone comes with a 3,300mAh battery, though it remains to be seen what real world battery life will be like.
Samsung’s Z Flip is the first phone of the new series to be released, coming out this Friday (Valentine’s Day) for £1299 though many will more likely be looking for a contract and a few mobile operators, such as EE, have already confirmed they will be stocking it.