We’ve got used to a pattern in the smartphone space. Displays are getting larger, cameras sharper and yet there’s rarely a device or cutting edge technology that makes us sit up and take notice. Foldable screens have been the exception. We’ve seen different brands adopt different approaches. Samsung has experimented with two in the past few months.
The first – the Galaxy Fold, ironed out some of its initial glitches to create an engaging experience with a tablet-like screen when fully opened up. It’s the second approach – a clamshell form, that has our attention. We’ll go as far as to say that this one’s the foldable to beat right now. Here’s why.
Pioneering tech comes with its share of downsides. Most concept devices end up being work in progress making early adopters constantly revisit their decision. The Z Flip may not be perfect but it’s surprisingly sorted for an early mover. It all begins with the form factor. It folds into a clamshell form, slipping easily into your smallest pockets or clutch purses and opens up to an immersive 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1080 x 2636 pixels) with a unique 21.9:9 aspect ratio. It feels great in your hands, at 180-odd gm it’s much lighter than the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung has kitted the Z Flip with a ultra-thin glass display unlike the plastic OLED on the Fold and the Moto RAZR. It’s what sets this apart. Just like the Fold, you have to handle this device with utmost care.
Samsung allows you to make best use of the split screen thanks to its proprietary Flex Mode. You can prop up the device on a table or surface and do video calls hands-free or even snap selfies. The 10MP selfie shooter snaps great selfies while the dual rear cam aces lowlight photography. The rear cam combines two 12MP lenses including an ultra-wide angle lens. The camera is not the only area where the Z Flip shines in everyday performance. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Internal memory. While the specs might be in line with 2019 flagships, the device aced our intense gaming and benchmark tests, while the 3300 mAh battery didn’t disappoint either.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is certainly not the best flagship out there. The S20 trio and the Note 10+ might have better cameras and hardware specs to boast of. But if you think of yourself as an early adopter and are seeking a refreshingly new smartphone experience, give the Z Flip a spin. It’s that rare concept device that does most everyday things without a fuss.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is priced at Rs109,999 and is available in Mirror Gold, Mirror Black and Mirror Purple colour variants.