Rumor has it that Samsung’s next smartphone with a foldable display won’t be a tablet that folds in half to become a phone-sized device like the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It’s expected to be a foldable flip phone-style device, more like the Motorola Razr.
In December the first real-world picture of the rumored phone started making the rounds. Since then there have been a bunch of leaks that allegedly give us an idea of what to expect.
Today WinFuture posted a list of key specs plus a bunch of images of the upcoming phone, while @evleaks shared the unwatermarked image you can see below:
So if the latest leaks are accurate, here’s what we’re looking at:
- 6.7 inch, 2636 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display with a 22:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+ support, and a thin glass cover that should offer better protection than the plastic used for the Galaxy Fold
- 1.06 inch, 300 x 116 pixel super AMOLED external display that you can interact with when the phone is folded
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
- Dual rear cameras (12MP 78-degree + 12MP 123-degree)
- 10MP front-camera (80 degree)
- 3,300 mAh battery
- 15W fast charging
- 9W Qi wireless fast charging
- 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC
- Face recognition + fingerprint sensor
Like most modern phones, the Galaxy Z Flip lacks a microSD card reader or headphone jack. But it does appear to be a phone designed that handles one of the challenges of recent phones — as screen sizes have gotten larger, smartphones have become less pocketable. By folding the Galaxy Z Flip in half, it should be a lot easier to slide into a pocket or handbag.
Whether that’s enough to justify the asking price remains to be seen. According to WinFuture the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will sell for somewhere around 1500 Euros, which is the equivalent of $1650 in US dollars. While that makes it a lot cheaper than the Galaxy Fold (2100 Euros in Germany), it’s still a lot of money to spend on a smartphone with the kind of specs you could get for half the price from just about any other recent flagship.
New technologies like foldable displays aren’t cheap to develop or manufacturer. But unless/until the price comes down, it’s likely going to be hard for Samsung, Motorola, and others to convince people to spend that kind of money on a smartphone that will probably be replaced in 2-3 years with a newer model. But at least it doesn’t have a mid-range processor like the Motorola Razr.
You can find many more pictures that allegedly show the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at WinFuture.
Samsung will likely officially unveil the Galaxy Z Flip during its Samsung Unpacked event on February 11th.
The LG V10 had a near-usable “second screen” which could just about be interactive beyond displaying notification icons. It could be programmed to become useful for short text information, although it wasn’t easy to do so with the LG software. That was a 2.1 inch wide 160×1040 pixel strip, and it was just above the main screen. A display of this size could be useful outside the phone.
But an oval a bit bigger than the camera pustule? That could nearly show an icon for the first three apps with notifications. Or a clock. But not both.
….and why use yesteryears chipset?
Should’ve been the new QSD 865, if you’re paying 2020 prices you should expect 2020 hardware.
Do all the new Snapdragons have their cellular modems removed? I recall Qualcomm removing them for the next generation to force OEMs to use separate 5G modem chips. I assume that’ll have worse battery life like the early 4G handsets with separate LTE modems.
Separate 5G AND 4G modems.
Yeah, it’s going to hurt efficiency, despite any gains made from 2019 to 2020. Probably hurt performance too as heat will be a factor. And it will hurt prices as well, as the QSD 865 is a little more expensive than the QSD 855, and you’ll have to pay extra for the radio-chipset.
All in all, I’m glad to have (finally) upgraded back in 2019 and not waited for these. 5G will be a major factor in 2022, but not now.
So whilst 2020 chip is disappointing, it should still be prioritized for a 2020 phone. Otherwise, use a 2019 chipset and reduce the price for 2020 phones. Some manufacturers are doing it by using QSD 835 chipsets instead of the QSD 710/730/720/765.
Why not just two separate screens for a fraction of the cost?
Looks like a lady’s compact mirror. No thanks.
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