Despite a relatively high level of negativity on the Samsung Galaxy Fold, especially after the initial launch disaster and constant delays, you have to give it up for Samsung; they still aren't giving up on foldable smartphones.
With the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked just weeks away, you can look forward to the next foldable smartphone from Samsung; the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. It looks a lot like the Motoral Razr - a very tall phone that folds up into a more pocket-friendly size.
So here's what we know so far on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
WHEN WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP BE OUT?
we have the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event that's happening on 11 February to look forward to, in which we we will see the Galaxy S20 (the S10's successor) for the first time.
There's a high chance that the Galaxy Z Flip will be announced alongside as well. In fact, leaker Max Weinbach of XDA Developers suggests that the phone will go on sale very soon after, on 14 February.
You can expect it to appear during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked and a possible sale at a later date, though it will take some time for it to reach Malaysia possibly.
HOW MUCH WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP COST?
There's no doubt about it - foldable smartphones are going to be very, very expensive. But at least it sounds like the Galaxy Z Flip won't be nearly as insanely pricey as the Galaxy Fold.
Weinbach points to a price around US$1400 which converts to around RM5347 . If this is true, that makes it significantly less expensive compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fold which was sold at RM8388 here in Malaysia. It's still nowhere near the affordable level though.
So far, we can at least expect it to cost less than the Galaxy Fold.
WHAT WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP LOOK LIKE?
There are plenty of official renders to look out for, such as these from WinFuture, where they show a foldable phone that's similar in approach to the Razr but with modern Samsung style.
There's even a video by Ben Geskin, showing the flip phone in motion.
It looks much like a makeup compact when closed, but when opened up, you get a huge, super-tall screen with a Galaxy Note 10-like punch-hole camera cutout at the top. The rounded frame has more of an iPhone-like look to it, though.
On the outside, the phone – which looks to be available in purple and black versions – has a pair of cameras and a small 1.06in screen for notifications and viewing the time. All told, it's minimal looking but we don't think that's a bad thing.
With that video, you can bet that's exactly what we're getting.
WHAT ABOUT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP'S SCREEN?
According to WinFuture, the Galaxy Z Flip has an "Infinity Flex" display that is 6.7in tall when full unfolded and has a staggering 22:9 aspect ratio – making it taller than Sony's recent Xperia screens, for example.
It won't be as high-res as Samsung's usual flagship panels, but at 1080p, it will at least be crisper than what the new Motorola Razr is rocking. WinFuture points to an "Ultra Thin Glass" cover for the screen instead of the Galaxy Fold's film, which will hopefully help keep it from getting creases and other visual blemishes from everyday usage.
Get ready for long and large
HOW MUCH POWER WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP PACK?
According to that WinFuture report, the Galaxy Z Flip is expected to pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chip, which is cutting-edge as of right now.
However, the Galaxy S20 line is slated to feature the newer Snapdragon 865 instead, so the Z Flip could be slightly behind the curve by the time it launches. In any case, that's a speedy flagship level chip, so you should expect stellar performance and strong gaming capabilities as well. The 8GB RAM will help with all of that too.
With that price tag, it should pack a punch and more.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS WILL THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP HAVE?
Don't expect as many cameras as the Galaxy S20 line. Based on renders: the images show two exterior cameras and one selfie cam integrated within the screen.
WinFuture says both outside cameras are 12-megapixel shooters, one standard (f/1.8) and the other a 123-degree ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.4). The selfie camera is claimed to be at 10MP and feature auto-focus capabilities.
Samsung makes stellar smartphone cameras, but that won't be the biggest hook of the Z Flip.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP?
There's a few more things we've gleaned from reports, including the lack of 5G support. That's right, it seems that the Galaxy Z Fold may only be compatible with LTE networks.
Additionally, the unique form factor has apparently resulted in lack of a microSD slot for expandable storage, but the 256GB internal storage mentioned by WinFuture should do the trick for most users.
That report also suggests a total battery capacity of 3,300mAh split between multiple cells, and that the fingerprint sensor will be on the side-mounted power button.
This all sounds pretty compelling, and hopefully the end result will be more appealing than the Galaxy Fold… but it will depend a lot on price too. If the rumours and leaks prove true, we should see the real deal in just a couple of weeks.