The future bright for foldables even though 2019 proved to be gloomy for them. Samsung’s latest Galaxy Z Flip is living proof of this theory of mine. It is not only the first foldable smartphone to have glass display instead of plastic; it is foldable which channels the 90’s to create something nostalgic like Motorola’s new Razr but done in the most refreshing and aspiring way yet. And yes, don’t be surprised that if women are attracted to this phone just the way they are drawn to anything Chanel makes.
- The glass foldable screen is a huge breakthrough. The plastic foldable screen wasn’t just prone to scratches it would never be as vibrant and crisp as a glass OLED. On the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung claims that the screen can withstand more than 200,000 folds which is reassuring. It also gives you a massive 6.7-inch OLED screen with a Full HD+ resolution making sure that you are getting the most immersive experience. Those who want to compare this with the new Moto Z don’t need to bother with specs as this is definitely the more scenic screen.
- Samsung’s folding mechanism aka hinge is uber cool. It not only doesn’t have many gaps for the dust to seep through, but it is also rigid which allowing for a flex mode which allows certain apps to have a split-screen interface. This is unique to the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung actually has done a lot of work to optimise the form-factor and the folding screen for the same.
- You get great cameras on the Galaxy Z Flip, unlike the Moto Razr. You get the same 12-megapixel wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera combination from the Galaxy S10 Plus which was rated by DXOMark as one of the best cameras of 2019. On the front, this phone becomes the first foldable to have a hole-punch camera — that’s largely due to the glass screen.
- The Galaxy Z Flip is fast and furious. It is faster than the Galaxy Fold and the Moto Razr thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset coupled with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage and a decent 3,300mAh battery. This basically screams flagship even though it isn’t bleeding edge like the Galaxy S20. Regardless, Samsung’s OneUI 2.0 which is based on Android 10 is very responsive which is only a good thing. The Moto Razr is out-classed here if you’re looking for a clamshell foldable.
- Last but not least is the uber chic design. You get shimmering purple, gold and black colours which will definitely catch the fancy of women. The flex mode, I’d imagine, will be used for doing make-up on the go. More than that on the back, there is a tiny screen which is for notifications and selfies, while the side also incorporates a fingerprint scanner which enabling one to unlock the phone in one action while opening the flip.