Apart from just being one of the biggest names in the world of tech, Samsung is also one of those brands usually at forefront of innovation in the smartphone industry. From introducing us to the world of phablets to launching the first commercially available foldable phone in India last year, the company has come up with interesting products over the last decade.
And at its Unpacked 2020 event held in San Francisco, California, the phone maker added to the list by introducing another device that could very well be another glimpse into the future of smartphones.
Launched as the company's second foldable device, the Galaxy Z Flip brings with itself a design that's innovative, yet not seen for the first time by the world. This is because the phone sports a clamshell design seen previously on the Moto Razr.
Yet, despite sharing similarities in design, the Galaxy Z Flip is a smartphone that sets the trend for the industry. The phone has been launched at $1380 in the United States and will be available for sale in limited quantities in the country starting today.
There's definitely a lot to like about the Galaxy Z Flip. It's the first foldable smartphone from Samsung that's not intimidating in its size and has a nice manageable form factor that can slip into your pocket without any troubles but can also expand into a full-sized 6.7-inch display flaunting flagship.
Thus the phone brings an interesting form factor that's manageable and large enough for media consumption at the switch of a flip.
The display itself appears to a major positive for the device. Samsung's used a foldable OLED panel here that can churn out a high resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels and is the first foldable phone to come with a folding glass on top of it. There's also a secondary Super AMOLED display on the device that's 1.1-inch size and appears primed for checking notifications on the go.
Under the hood too, there appears to be enough power to help this phone stand out as a flagship device, as it comes powered by a 7nm 64-bit Octa-Core chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.
Overall, the core specs and the design come together to create a device that could very well turn out to be a mainstream foldable smartphone which many of us may end up choosing as our daily driver.
But there are a few things that may hamper the Galaxy Z Flip's chances of becoming this breakthrough foldable device that Samsung so wants it to be.
To begin with, the phone doesn't appear to pack a big enough battery for a device flaunting a 6.7-inch display. The 3300mAh pack on the Z Flip pales in comparison to the 4380mAh pack found on the slightly bigger, 7.3-inch display flaunting Galaxy Fold.
Having said that, it will be prudent to not forget that the Galaxy Fold was one of the most impressive smartphones from 2019 when it came to battery life, and if the Z Flip is optimized anything like it, the new foldable device may still end up providing at least a day's use on a single charge to its users.
As far as the spec sheet goes, the cameras are another department where Samsung could have done a little better with the Galaxy Z Flip. While the Galaxy Fold brought with it a total of six lenses for shooting pictures and videos, the Galaxy Z Flip only gets three, with the main camera module only getting a dual camera set-up with no fancy 108-megapixel lens being found on it.
Although it is too early to be handing out verdicts on the Galaxy Z Flip -- especially with the phone not even being available in India yet one of the biggest factors working against it after its launch could be the device's price.
The Galaxy Z Flip has been launched in the US at $1380, and by the time it gets to the Indian shores, the phone could very well be retailing at a price point that eclipses the Rs 1.2 lakh mark. If this indeed ends up being the case, the Galaxy Z Flip will become too expensive for most of the buyers even in the premium segment.
The other big miss that we would have definitely liked to see on the Galaxy Z Flip is a bigger display on the cover of the display. The 1.1-panel housed on the device may well be good enough for receiving notifications, but a slightly bigger display would have allowed users to actually reply directly from it too. This would have not only improved the battery performance of the device but also improved the overall life of the hinge-based mechanism on the phone.