Middle East folds with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Pardon my typo if I accidentally typed it as Galazy Flip, but this was also quite a surprise to me knowing that Samsung ‘Unpacked’ would be dedicated to the Galaxy S20 series. Looks like they’ve taken some of the learnings from the Galaxy Fold and brought it to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

I took my time in writing this up, as I wanted to dive a bit deeper into it; most of the attention has been on the success to the Galaxy S series. Never thought that the marketing work for Unpacked would hide the clue in plain sight.

Remix the Galaxy Fold, add everything nice

Buidling on what they’ve done with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has gone all out to ensure that none of the teething problems (hint: the hinge) will plague this foldable flip phone.

Samsung has created a new Hideaway Hinge design, incorporating nylon fibres to keep dirt and dust from creeping into the mechanical hinge. The hinge itself is quite sturdy that you can fold the upper display like a laptop at different angles. It also helps the base become a tripod when you want to use the camera for timelapses.

When unfolded, looking at the display would fool you into thinking that it’s one of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones. One small glance towards the middle would easily show you a near-visible folding hinge on the sides.

The whole display is made with a bendable Ultra Thin Glass, which makes it possible for the clamshell foldable design similar to the Galaxy Fold. It nicely becomes a dual-screen device so that you can easily work on two different apps.

If you’re looking to geek out more on what’s inside the foldable clamshell, your specs table is below.

Galaxy Z Flip
Display6.7" AMOLED display (425 ppi) and 1.1" Super AMOLED display (303 ppi)
Rear Camera12MP Ultra Wide f/2.2 and 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera w/ OIS and Dual Pixel AF; HDR10+ recording
Front Camera10MP f/2.4 selfie camera
Battery3,300 mAh
Memory8 GB
Storage256 GB
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC; Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
ColoursMirror Purple, Mirror Black, and Mirror Gold (in select markets)
SIMDual SIM (eSIM and Nano SIM)
Additional notesFingerprint sensor on side; powered by Android 10 with One UI 2

For those who’d want to use Dual SIMs, Samsung has heard you and has incorporated the eSIM along with a nanoSIM into the Galaxy Z Fold. I think this makes it the first one from Samsung’s lineup that incorporates it.

Order your Galaxy Z Flip

I’ve only spotted the following countries in the region that have announced a pre-order program for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Some have even put up the price with a release date of 15 February, though I expect that it’ll only be limited quantities:

Mirror Black and Mirror Purple are some of the colour options, with Mirror Gold being kept for select countries. A Samsung representative has confirmed that Mirror Gold will be coming to the GCC (Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain).

As an added bonus, every new purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be bundled with YouTube Premium for free. I’ve asked a Samsung representative for more details about it and will update it once I hear back.

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Author: Yasser Masood

Think of me as a grassroots community evangelist. Juggling social media while covering technology/digital trends across the Middle East and crossroads of society and culture, while unearthing other perspectives that pique my interests.

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