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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Operating system

    Android 10.0

  • Screen size

    6.7 in

  • Processor frequency

    2.95 GHz

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After a successful trial in folding smartphones with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung is doing it again with the Z Flip, which is positioned in a very high-end sector due to its price and promises great performance.

We have in front of us a square smartphone that unfolds and stretches vertically, for a classic design. The finishes are beautifully crafted and reassure as to the premium positioning of the device, which is also conveyed by its price. Unfolded, it's very long, with an elegant slab and fairly thin edges and just a punch for the photo sensor on the front, but it's still difficult to use this device with one hand. Everything is designed by Samsung to ensure that the hinge doesn't let too much dust through, and this hinge allows the Z Flip to be left half open when needed. While this is very useful, it is still not used enough by applications. When folded, the smartphone is quite elegant, but still thick enough to protect the screen. A micro display allows you to see its notifications when the Z Flip is closed, but that doesn't go much further than to take a quick selfie. As for the connectors, there's a mini-Jack port for a micro-SD or even a second SIM card, and the fingerprint reader is on the right side, which will suit right-handed people, not necessarily left-handed.

The solidity of the screen does not pose too many worries, even if the classic models are necessarily more reassuring, and the fold is not too noticeable and it does not hinder the use. Very long, which is a concern in some applications, the Z Flip's screen is nonetheless pleasant. It's not too prone to glare, thanks to good brightness, it's sharp enough for unobtrusive reading, and the color rendering is almost optimal.

As for the audio, the lack of even a USB-c adapter for a conventional headset is bitterly regrettable, which is quite petty at this price level. The only onboard speaker on the smartphone does well, even if it shows limits for the most demanding uses.

In terms of performance, while the onboard components are a bit old-fashioned, their performance for everyday use is excellent. There's no concern about fluidity or in the sequence from one application to another. As for gaming, the Z Flip is simply a great terminal for gaming in the best conditions.

As for photography, Samsung hasn't gone overboard with only two photo sensors. The 12-megapixel sensor dedicated to the majority of photos is correct for most uses, despite a real propensity to force contrasts in particular, which makes it lose a bit of its naturalness. Of course, darkness is a big problem for this sensor, and the Galaxy Z Flip only provides smooth shots and details that are not very precise. There is also a problem with the quality of the wide-angle module, medium detail and a regrettable overexposure. These shortcomings only worsen in a dark environment. You can't count on 4K video capture, but in high definition, the smartphone does quite well. For selfies photos, here again, good light is the condition for their success.

Battery life is clearly not the strong point of this Galaxy Z Flip, due to a capacity that's too limited to accompany the user for a long time. You have to be satisfied with a day or so, without being too demanding, and as the recharge is not very fast, you are not satisfied with this aspect.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip done by Julien Hany the 2020/04/15

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Key points

Internal storage

256 GB

RAM

8192 MB

Processor frequency

2.95 GHz

PPI

425

Screen size

6.7 in

Thickness

7.2 in

SAR

0.369 W/kg

Video resolution

2160 p

Photo resolution (Front camera)

10 MP

Capacity

3300 mAh

eSIM

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Qi wireless charging

Yes

Weak points

Weight

183 oz

Removable storage

No

Audio

No

Radio

No

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Technical specifications

General
Operating system Android 10.0
Available Yes
Released (US) February 2020
Original price (US) 1500 $
Released (FR) February 2020
Street price (EUR) 1500 €
Design Candybar
Color
Black
Gold
Purple
SAR 0.369 W/kg
Rugged No
Display
Screen type Foldable Dynamic AMOLED
Resolution 2636x1080 pixels
Screen size 6.7 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 425
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 800
850
900
1700/2100
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA No
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
850
900
1700/2100
1800
1900
2100

2500
2600
5G No
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
Photo resolution 12 MP
Video resolution 2160 p
Flash Yes
Flash type LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 10 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
73.6 in
7.2 in
167.3 in
183 oz
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Height 167.3 in
Width 73.6 in
Thickness 7.2 in
Weight 183 oz
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SM8150-AC
Processor frequency 2.95 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 8192 MB
Internal storage 256 GB
Removable storage No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio No
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Dual SIM Yes
eSIM Yes
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Video player Yes
Radio No
FM Transmitter No
Battery
Battery type Lithium-ion
Capacity 3300 mAh
Qi wireless charging Yes
Type Embedded
Quick Charge Yes



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