Whatever we believe we know about Samsung’s next foldable phone

Samsung’s next Unpacked occasion, where the company is expected to reveal its next flagship phones, is taking place on February 11 th, and the rumor mill has currently offered us a respectable concept of what to anticipate. A follow-up to the Galaxy S10 series (obviously called the Galaxy S20) appears like a lock. But rumors also point towards Samsung introducing its second folding-screen phone at the same occasion, one that may look very various from the struggling Galaxy Fold. The brand-new phone supposedly folds up flip phone-style, similar to the new Motorola Razr, which will be out on February sixth.

It’s a phone we’ve had on our radar for a long time now, as Bloomberg reported last March that Samsung was working on a clamshell-style foldable, and Samsung officially teased a clamshell foldable principle last October. But it seems as if a real, vertically folding phone from Samsung may in fact be exposed at Unpacked.

There have been a lot of reports about this new phone, obviously called the Galaxy Z Flip, and we have actually collected whatever we can discover about it right here.

The Galaxy Z Flip might be a new kind of foldable for Samsung

The Galaxy Fold was a tablet-sized thing that folded into a phone, but the Galaxy Z Flip looks to be a phone-sized thing that can get even smaller sized. The Z Flip looks like a lot of other smartphones when unfolded, but it seems to fold up into a small square in a method that reminds me of a closed-up Game Kid Advance SP.

Images: 王奔宏 through Weibo

The Z Flip’s square folded shape has actually also shown up in what seem dripped marketing pictures of the gadget shared by WinFuture

Image: WinFuture

Otherwise, the Z Flip seems to be opting for a similar vibe as Motorola’s new Razr collapsible, which is likewise a normal-sized phone that folds up into something smaller. Though you can see in the photo listed below that the Razr has a chin, even when folded, while rumored photos of the Z Flip appear to suggest its 2 halves might close more symmetrically.

Photo by Vjeran Pavic/ The Brink

However, there’s a chance the Z Flip may have a tiny space in between its two halves when closed; 2 little bumps show up on the bottom corners of the screen in this evident marketing render from WinFuture:

Image: @rquandt

The Z Flip’s screen might be glass, not plastic

The first version of the Galaxy Fold was notorious for its unreliable plastic screen, which broke within days for numerous reviewers (including at The Verge), forcing the business to postpone the Fold and revamp it. The Razr hasn’t been released yet, so we don’t understand if its screen will have comparable issues, however Motorola has actually already alerted that “bumps and swellings” on the screen are “regular.” The Z Flip, however, is rumored to have a glass screen, and possibly that could help it avoid a few of the inconsistencies in the plastic screens of the Fold and Razr.

Phone leaker Ice Universe declared in December that the Z Flip would have a glass screen:

The screen looks flatter and has less wrinkles. This is the proper cover material for collapsible phones.

Leaker Max Weinbach likewise stated something comparable previously this month, including that there might be an additional plastic layer to provide additional protection for the screen.

They are using ultra thin glass and plastic.

— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 14,2020

Weinbach has actually likewise shared an apparent brand name for the glass: “Samsung Ultra Thin Glass,” a term for which Samsung also made an application for a hallmark in 2015 in Europe.

But there’s also a report that Samsung’s partnered with German glass manufacturer Schott, which has actually been developing an ultra-thin glass process for numerous years, originally for business that utilized it to cover their phones’ fingerprint sensors.

The phone will probably be called the Galaxy Z Flip

The Galaxy Z Flip name appeared on a certification on an Indonesian government site, as reported by SamMobile, which appears to lend weight to that being the main name. Weinbach has actually been calling the phone the Z Flip since January 14 th when he supposedly heard that would be the name of the phone. WinFuture also says the phone might be called Z Flip.

In early January, however, a blurred image appeared from Korean outlet Ajunews that recommended the phone might be called the Blossom. That name and the blurry image were obviously shown off at closed-door conferences at CES where the Blossom was apparently stated to be developed for female consumers in their 20 s and made to look like a structure compact box from French cosmetics brand name Lancôme. The Bloom name was obviously expected to stimulate the image of a flower opening and closing.

WinFuture states Flower was a codename, however. We believe Bloom is less most likely to be the phone’s real name offered the Indonesian certification and Weinbach’s use of Z Flip.

Image: Ajunews

The Z Flip might have a larger screen than the Razr, a Snapdragon 855 , and dual video cameras

The phone’s OLED display screen will obviously be 6.7 inches diagonally, according to leaker Ishan Agarwal, which would make it bigger than the Razr’s 6.2-inch display screen. That screen might have an FHD (2636 x 1080) resolution with a 22:9 aspect ratio, according to WinFuture.

Image: @rquandt

You may also have the ability to notice a small display screen on the Z Flip when it’s closed in this rumored image of the phone posted on Weibo:

Image: 王奔宏 through Weibo

It appears you’ll have the ability to see the time on that display, and the little screen might also show you charging speeds, battery info, and be used as a viewfinder for the rear camera, according to Weinbach. WinFuture also reports that the front screen is a 1.06- inch OLED display screen with a 300 x 116 resolution and always-on support.

However, the Z Flip’s front screen looks much smaller sized than the Razr’s 2.7-inch front-facing OLED display.

The Razr’s front display screen.

The Z Flip might utilize a Snapdragon 855 chip, states Weinbach and WinFuture, which offers greater peak clock speeds and a 15 percent GPU efficiency improvement over the non-plus Snapdragon 855 and a flagship-tier processor. The Z Flip may have 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, however it does not support microSD for expandable storage, according to WinFuture

Weinbach and WinFuture’s leaks together have actually revealed nearly all of the comprehensive specs for the Z Flip. Ajunews reported the Z Flip may be the very first phone to be able to tape 8K video, though it’s not clear at what quality.

The phone could have a 3,300 mAh battery and assistance 15- watt quick charging, cordless charging, and reverse cordless charging, implying you could be able to charge your Galaxy Buds simply by placing them on the phone. The Z Flip may also have a capacitive fingerprint sensor on its side.

It does not promise that the Z Flip will support 5G, as Federal Communications Commission filings found by PhoneScoop for a Samsung phone that might be the Z Flip don’t suggest the phone will support any US 5G bands. WinFuture also reports that it won’t support 5G.

Nevertheless, Samsung has actually just recently turned non-5G phones into 5G phones by adding a different 5G modem, like it did with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, so there’s constantly the opportunity Samsung might do something similar with the Z Flip. And Ajunews reported in early January that a 5G variation of the Z Flip may be released in South Korea, so perhaps Samsung does have plans for a 5G-enabled Z Flip at some point.

Based upon the rumored pictures and apparent marketing images, it does not look as if the Z Flip will have an earphone jack.

The Z Flip’s hinge might make it fantastic for video calls

In October, Samsung showed off a clever way it may utilize the crease in the middle of a clamshell-style foldable’s screen as a dividing line to divide the screen into 2 parts and push material just to the top screen.

Weinbach says the Z Flip will in fact be able to do something like what Samsung teased, as it may be able to lock at 90 degrees so you can utilize the bottom half of the phone to support the leading half.

That hinge might also hold the Z Flip’s screen in position at any angle, according to Weinbach, though WinFuture reports that the hinge can only support angles between 70 and 110 degrees.

Just got a message from my source with more details on this. It’s a double pivot hinge. You can basically utilize it to totally free stop at any large and helpful angle and it will hold. Seems quite terrific. https://t.co/jRK4YjmPI4

— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 23,2020

Regardless of precisely how versatile that hinge is, I believe a self-supporting hinge might be an actually useful method to do things like let you take video calls without having to hold up your phone. Samsung may also make software application tweaks to the Z Flip to make it work well with photo apps like Instagram, and it might market the phone as “influencer all set,” according to WinFuture.

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The Z Flip could be the most inexpensive folding phone yet, but it might still be expensive

The Z Flip may be a costly $1,400 with a “likely” launch date of February 14 th, according to one source who consulted with Weinbach. That source apparently informed him that the phone might be an AT&T timed unique however also might be offered in an unlocked design.

Just head from a brand-new source:

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip will likely launch on February 14 th. It retails at $1400 It’s possible it is an AT&T special again, but this time it might be a timed unique. It will likewise be readily available unlocked.

— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 27,2020

That reported cost, if true, would be expensive, however it would make the Z Flip cheaper than the $1,499 Motorola Razr and much cheaper than the $1,980 Galaxy Fold.

The Z Flip might introduce in Europe on February 14 th also with a price of around EUR1,500, according to WinFuture.

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Update January 28 th, 3: 42 PM ET: Added information released by WinFuture.

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