Two days before Samsung’sis set to kick off on Feb. 11, the company teased its that ran during the . The Z Flip, as the device is known to be called, marks the company doubling down on . We’ve known since October that a and for months, rumors, leaks and good old-fashioned speculation have formed a compelling look at the phone, possibly code named . And as the days get closer to Samsung’s event, the rumors and renders get juicier. See: a and a . (Here’s when it kicks off.)
The Galaxy Z Flip is likely to go down in history as the first foldable phone to introduce an ultra-thin glass screen that bends in half, a design element that promises to fix nearly every problem that .
Any glass that tops a foldable phone has to be thin enough to bend without breaking, but strong enough to protect the electronic display underneath. Ultrathin glass that measures as thick as a strand of human hair is likely to be the first to come to market, with other possibilities down the line, like a.
With this smaller, and likely cheaper, flip model, Samsung has another chance to hook people who are interested in foldable phones. It also gives the brand an opportunity to.
The Galaxy Flip is expected to be smaller than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold from 2019 and rival the, which and failed . The Galaxy Z Flip could unfold into a 6.7-inch screen, unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a 7.3-inch screen that bends in half to open like a book.
After only three significant devices in 2019, foldable phones still teeter on the edge of futuristic fancy and reality. Done right, they could double your usable screen space while still closing into a small enough rectangle to carry around. Done poorly, these expensive science experiments could confirm that ever-larger phones are the right way to make a phone.
Read on for everything we know and don’t know about Samsung’s next foldable phone.
Latest rumored specs
- 6.7-inch vertically folding display, possibly with bendable ultrathin glass and 2,636×1,080-pixel screen resolution
- 1.06-inch external display with 300×116-pixel resolution
- Two 12-megapixel rear cameras (one main, one ultrawide)10-megapixel front-facing camera with auto-focus
- Two batteries, one with 900-mAh capacity (other unknown)
- “Hideaway Hinge” that could help keep our dust and crumbs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset
- 8GB RAM, 256GB on-board storage
- 3,300-mAh battery
- Wireless charging
- 4G only; no 5G
- Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2Colors: Black, purple
It could be an AT&T exclusive in the US
The Galaxy Z Flip is said to go on sale Feb. 14 for $1,400, according to Weinbach. In the US, it might sell exclusively through AT&T, at least for a limited period of time. The foldable flip phone will also sell unlocked.
An AT&T exclusive or limited-time exclusive would give both Samsung and the carrier ammunition against the Motorola Razr, which sells exclusively with Verizon’s service in the US.
In addition, Samsung is rumored to partner with New York-based fashion designer Thom Browne to release a special edition Z Flip, according to. The ad shows a red, white and blue striped design along with other accessories like earbuds and a smartwatch band.