Simply as anticipated, Samsung went forward and unveiled the new Galaxy Z Flip alongside the Galaxy S20 series at its February launch occasion. In reality, it truly led the presentation with the Z Flip, which exhibits simply how a lot it cares to place the highlight on the brand new foldable after the Galaxy Fold’s rocky launch in 2019.
A large wave of leaks of the Z Flip, together with Motorola’s release of the RAZR, have tempered our expectations for this kind of vertical-folding clamshell kind issue. Even nonetheless, it is fairly a sight. It is having this rough sq. piece of hardware that unfolds to a tall-and-skinny trendy smartphone type issue is simply downright cool.
The exterior of the novelty of its capacity to fold in half, the hardware is typical Samsung high quality. A metal body rounds out on all sides with nice symmetry, and the glass curves to satisfy it on the again. The one distinction is the glass end, which is extremely fingerprinty. The tremendous-mirrored end jogs my memory of the Galaxy S7 … however twice as reflective. In fact, the difficulty was, in fact, made worse by harsh lighting on the launch occasion; however, it was inconceivable to maintain smudges from piling up on this factor.
The fingerprint challenge was minimized on the all-black mannequin; however, that color was so devoid of any fascinating options that it makes you wish to tackle the color-shifting purple or rainbow-like gold and simply cope with the fingerprints. When the Z Flip is both open or closed, the hardware appears somewhat regular. There is a common quantity rocker, the place you’d anticipate it, and an influence button that integrates a fingerprint sensor. There is a common USB-C port and speaker on the underside, and nothing else notably fascinating anyplace else. And that is a factor; Samsung made giant swaths of this expertise very “regular” although it folds in half.
On the surface of the Z Flip, you will see a typical pair of cameras — a typical and extremely-large — next to a tiny 1-inch “cover display” that exhibits quick data just like the time and date and incoming notifications. It is truly contact-delicate, so you possibly can scroll by way of current notifications; nevertheless, it’s so tiny you will not wish to work together with it for lengthy. It serves its function nicely for exhibiting your time and date info without having to flip open the entire phone.