Samsung’s future vertically foldable smartphone would have a name: the Galaxy Z Flip. We take stock of all the features and rumours surrounding this new project of the Korean brand.
Samsung has more than one foldable smartphone in its bag. After marketing the Galaxy Fold, a smartphone that folds horizontally and which had a lot of setbacks in its early days, the Korean giant is already working on its second model, which also folds, but not in the same direction.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 (but is that just its name?) has no release date yet, but we’re already starting to see some important information about this new model, which could prove to be much more useful and practical than the first Fold.
- Read: We tried the Galaxy Fold: can we really test the first foldable smartphone?
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 // Source : Twitter/Samsung
The Galaxy Z Flip is now an open secret. And all he had to do was see it in action. This is now done thanks to a mysterious video that appeared on February 2 on the Twitter account of a certain Ben Geskin. We discover the phone being unfolded and then folded (resistance to opening seems to be there). The quality doesn’t show whether or not the fold is visible, but at least you can appreciate the small external display, the double photo sensor or that familiar purple finish.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – First Hands On Video pic.twitter.com/4b8Uzt5kRB
– Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) February 2, 2020
The name of this new model is still secret for the moment, but Samsung teams have been working for months with the code name “Galaxy Bloom”. According to the SamMobile site, which quotes a report from a Korean site on January 9, 2020, this name would not be provisional, however: it would be the official name of the brand’s next folding phone, as CEO DJ Koh announced during an informal meeting at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.
Another photo, blurred, was published by the specialized site Ajunews and taken up by The Verge, shows the name Bloom.
On January 12, 2020, in a tweet, the Leaker Ice Universe suggested a completely different name: Galaxy Z Flip. Bloom would then only be a code name, as is often the case with this type of device.
Bloom is just a code name, the real name is Galaxy Z xxxx, guess it ! pic.twitter.com/55mGBp4v0A
– Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 12, 2020
So goodbye, then, to the provisional name “Samsung Galaxy Fold 2”? We’ll have to wait a little longer for the official announcement to be sure.
The first images of the Samsung Galaxy Bloom may already have leaked: on December 19, photos appeared on the social network Weibo. You can see a smartphone almost similar to the one shown in a short teasing video by the Korean brand: it folds up vertically and seems to have no screen in front when folded.
In Chinese social media, Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Fold phone was leaked.
Source : @ 王 奔 宏 pic.twitter.com/f69FAbYGxX
– Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 19, 2019
The new foldable Samsung will look a lot like the concept of the new Motorola Razr: a “flip-flop” smartphone that folds in on itself, and takes on a nearly square shape to fit in any pocket – if you have one big enough.
Here, the Samsung Galaxy Bloom would have a first differentiating feature: a glass screen instead of plastic, which would allow it to be much thinner, and also adopt a more premium look. While plastic marks more folds and is dirtier, glass is considered a noble material.
Samsung also registered the Ultra Thing Glass brand at the end of December last year, linked to a very thin screen technology… for glass. Coincidence?
It is very likely that Samsung will present its new foldable smartphone on February 11, 2020, at its Galaxy S11 presentation conference.
However, no potential market launch date or pre-order date for the device is yet known.
If the price has not yet been revealed, it is possible that the Galaxy Bloom costs less than the Galaxy Fold, which still sells for around 2,000 euros, and is more of a “beta test” product than an object that has a real everyday use.
We are less than a month away from the next Samsung conference and rumors are growing around Galaxy Fold 2, which should finally be called Galaxy Z Flip. In a series of tweets published on 23 January, Max Weinbach, a journalist for XDA-Developers, shares several pieces of information about the folding phone. The unit should indeed rely on a Dynamic AMOLED screen protected by glass with Ultra Thin Glass technology. More interestingly, Samsung would have already planned for a marked bend, probably necessary for long-term durability.
The front display is 0.1″. You can use it to check charging speeds and battery info. It will also work as a view finder for the camera so you can use the better rear camera for selfies.
– Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 23, 2020
He also mentions a fingerprint sensor installed on the wafer, a dual 2 megapixel photo sensor (wide angle and ultra wide angle), as well as compatibility with 15W fast charge, wireless charge and reverse charge. When closed, the Galaxy Z Flip would show battery status and notifications via a small screen. The latter could also be used for framing when taking selfies.
The official launch of the Galaxy Z Flip is getting closer and, as is often the case with Samsung products, we know all the technical details in advance. In an article published on January 29th, WinFuture went there from its big leak detailing the features of the flip phone. We even get renderings that look official.
Here is the possible technical data sheet of the Galaxy Z Flip :
- 6.7-inch Ultra Thin Glass OLED display with a 22:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ resolution (2636 x 1080 pixels) and a hole for the selfie camera ;
- 1.06-inch (300 x 116) OLED external display for displaying time and notifications ;
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor (dating from 2019), supported by 8GB of RAM ;
- A dual 12 megapixel sensor on the back (wide angle and ultra wide angle) ;
- A 10-megapixel sensor inside;
- 256 GB internal storage (not expandable) ;
- No jack port (only one USB-C port) ;
- No 5G.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip // Source : WinFuture
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip // Source : WinFuture