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REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

John Reilly
  • On April 15, 2020
  • https://www.theeffect.net

Right off the bat, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is the best foldable smartphone you can buy. Now, you may say this is quite the claim but this is taking its unique form factor, software, camera credentials and price point all into consideration. The bigger question though is whether this a smartphone that you should spend over €1,500 on? And that’s what this review will aim to answer. That may not be an easy task, given that it’s tough to compare this device with other flagship devices that cost close to €1,200 And that includes Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ or S20 Ultra or the iPhone 11 Pro twins. Because there’s one thing that sets this device apart, a foldable display.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Flex Mode

Display

Samsung calls it Flex Mode, it’s the one reason we believe that this device is worth checking out. Over the last few years we haven’t seen too many radical new takes on the smartphone, foldable displays have changed that over the past few months. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and the new Moto RAZR are among the devices that consumers have access to, but both these feature a plastic OLED display. The Z Flip boasts of a new cutting edge ultra-thin glass display in a unique clam shell form.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip front display

 

Once folded, it can slip into the tiniest pockets or the inside pocket of your jacket. It’s certainly delicate and I must confess I used it more carefully than some of the other review devices that we’ve tested recently. The fold or the crease is less obvious than the Fold too. But most of all, it feels much lighter and nicer in your hand.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip screen crease

 

The Z Flip comes with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1080 x 2636 pixels) with a unique 21.9: 9 aspect ratio. There’s also a 1.1-inch cover display that’s useful to check alerts and the time; you don’t have to keep flipping open the phone all the time.

If you double press the power button when the Z Flip is closed, you can also launch the camera’s viewfinder to open on the tiny front display which is actually quite handy for catching quick Selfie shots and, if you tap the display, it will switch to the ultra-wide camera so you can capture even more in the image using the handy little feature.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Front Display Camera Viewfinder

 

The display is great for binge watching but the best thing about is its handsfree capabilities. Whether you’re on a Video call or clicking a selfie, you can leave it on a surface (and not worry about holding it) thanks to Flex mode.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Flex Mode

 

Cameras

The 10MP selfie cam shoots sharp selfies while the dual rear cam also features a 12MP ultra-wide lens. This camera set up is probably in the same league as last year’s S10+. It shoots very impressive images in lowlight though which is a nice touch.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Selfie Camera Placement

The Selfie camera is placed in a punchhole in the centre of the foldable display

 

Selfies are also very well balanced with some impressive HDR with direct lighting behind the my test photo being handled very well.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Selfie Camera Sample

 

The ultra-wide angle is also decent, which is to be expected from a Samsung phone but given the lack of any sort of optical zoom lens, the Z Flip’s zooming capabilities definitely don’t hold up to the likes of the Samsung S10/S20 or Huawei P30/P40 series of handsets.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Ultra Wide Angle Camera Sample

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Ultra Wide Camera Sample

The Ultra Wide lens offers good dynamic range and overall width to its images

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Zoom Image Sample

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s 30x Digital Zoom – Not great compared to the Huawei P40 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S20+/Ultra

Battery

Battery life is decent, we managed a whole day with a mix of camera, calls and some video consumption. The 3300mAh battery comes with 15W fast charging that’s not as zippy as the S20 flagships. We wish we had more time to test this phone in day to day life but we were impressed with what we managed in our short time with the handset, given the size of the screen.

Conclusion

Most times, concept devices don’t always deliver in practical day to day usage. It’s what sets the Z Flip apart. This is only Samsung’s second foldable but it’s more than just a concept device. Whether I was typing a furiously fast response to an email or indulging in intense gaming like PUBG, this device didn’t let me down. It’s powered by a Qualcomm 855+ processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Internal Memory.

 

 

If you’re one of those Prosumers who is always keen to experience cutting edge tech, the Z Flip is an interesting proposition and one that’s not just work in progress.

Pricing & Availability

The Galaxy Z Flip is available “in limited quantities” in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black and has an RRP at €1,520 on the Samsung online store (https://shop.samsung.com/ie/) and also with Three Ireland.

Review Overview

Display
9
Cameras
8
Battery Life
8
8.3

Great

Most times, concept devices don’t always deliver in practical day to day usage. It’s what sets the Z Flip apart. This is only Samsung’s second foldable but it’s more than just a concept device. Whether I was typing a furiously fast response to an email or indulging in intense gaming like PUBG, this device didn’t let me down.

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