The ZTE Libero Flip is a smartphone with a 6.9 inch AMOLED display that folds in half like a flip phone, a small circular cover display, and the kind of specs you’d expect from a mid-range phone.

Of course, most foldable phones don’t have mid-range price tags. But it looks like that’s starting to change, because the ZTE Libero Flip has a list price of $420 in Japan, and it’s up for pre-order for just $265 during a promotion ahead of the phone’s February 29th launch in that country.

That makes ZTE’s new phone substantially cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, which sells for $1000 and up or the Motorola Razr 2023 series (which have list prices starting at $700, but are currently on sale for $500 and up).

There’s no word on if or when the ZTE Libero Flip will be available outside of Japan though.

ZTE’s new foldable is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor and features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Its 6.9 inch primary display is a 2790 x 1188 screen, while the cover display is a 1.43 inch, 466 x 466 pixel AMOLED display for notifications, media controls, weather, and other widgets.

Other features include a 4,310 mAh battery, 50MP primary camera, 2MP depth-sensing camera, and 16MP front-facing camera, a fingerprint reader, and support for WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2, and 5G.

The phone has a USB Type-C port with support for 33W fast charging, a nano SIM card slot, and eSIM support. It ships with Android 13 software.

The ZTE Libero Flip comes in white, gold, or blue color options, and features an IPX42 design, which means it’s not exactly dustproof or waterproof, but it should offer a little protection from dripping water or dust particles large than 1mm.

via NotebookCheck

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  1. I never understood why you would want to basically take a normal smartphone that folds in half.

    What you save in length, gets you double thickness at what until now has been eyewatering prices. At least with something like the Samsung Fold 4 and the like you have a normal phone which is thicker, but also contains a much bigger screen when unfolded.

    Thickness and/or length doesn’t bother me, but people are always whining on about phones being thin.

    1. People come in different sizes, what fits in one pocket doesn’t necessarily fit in another, and not everyone can carry bags around with them all the time.
      In my experience, overly long phones will dig into my pelvis if I attempt to sit down with them in my pocket.

  2. “It ships with Android 13 software.”
    Wasn’t ZTE under the same kind of restrictions as Huawei when it comes to the Google stuff? So is it a de-googled Android as the one have to Huawei ship worldwide, or most other Chinese brands ship in China only?
    It seems cool though, especially for the pre-order price of $265. I myself managed to buy a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 for one in my family from Vodafone Spain for €485 for Black Friday.

    1. Answer I my own question.
      Seeing that it has a Qualcomm 5G enabled chip, HTC is probably not under the same restrictions as Huawei, because they could only use American 4G chips.