Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is the successor of the Galaxy Z Fold. While the predecessor still had some weak points, the South Korean tech company has now managed to eliminate some of them.
Especially the folding mechanism feels much more stable in the Galaxy Z Flip. You immediately notice that the South Koreans have responded to the criticism regarding the predecessor and have improved a lot.
However, the most significant difference is the direction in which the new smartphone is flipped. Instead of the side, as in the Galaxy Z Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip is now opened upright. This might even evoke a feeling of nostalgia for older users aged 30 and above, since flip phones were actually quite trendy about 15 to 20 years ago.
But of course, a report about the fact that the Galaxy Z Flip can now be opened on edge is not nearly enough for a review. Don't worry, you'll learn a lot more about this new smartphone from Samsung in the following.
When closed, the Galaxy Z Flip looks quite inconspicuous. But once you open it up, you'll notice that it can easily keep up with most modern smartphones. In addition, the smartphone fits into any pocket, no matter how full it is. This is an advantage that other smartphones with a similar display size do not have.
Although the Galaxy Z Flip is as wide as your thumb when it is closed, you can completely hold it with your hand. On the other hand, the smartphone is even quite narrow with a width of 0.81 cm when unfolded.
The best thing is that Samsung has improved the mechanism of the flip hinge extremely compared to the predecessor. It can now be adjusted steplessly. Besides the full 180 degrees, you can also set it to 90 degrees and thus watch videos, for example, while the lower half of the display can be used as a control panel.
You can look forward to a 6.5-inch display on the Galaxy Z Flip. This is not one of the largest screens on the modern smartphone market, but it is still impressive. Like in the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung relies on AMOLED for the display.
The resolution of the display is 1,080 × 2,363 pixels. Other smartphones on the market today have a much higher resolution. However, you will hardly notice this in everyday use. Pictures and videos still look razor-sharp.
Even though the highlight is the foldable display inside, you should not underestimate the outer display. However, as you can probably guess, it is also much smaller and measures just 1.1 inches. Enough, however, to see new text messages or pictures on it.
The downside is that you cannot use a protective film for the display. These can severely damage the flexible panel. Furthermore, the crease even disturbs the enjoyment a bit. Because especially compared to the otherwise quite soft screen, it feels quite unpleasant.
Another drawback is that the display also scratches easily. And since you cannot use a protective film because the display is so sensitive, you will probably have to live with the scratches as well.
The working memory of 8 GB is joined by an internal memory of 256 GB. This may be enough for some time, but the Galaxy Z Flip, like all newer models from Samsung, has a huge disadvantage. The storage is unfortunately not expandable, there is no slot for a microSD memory card. And with today's common data sizes, 256 GB can also get full faster than you might initially think.
As far as the battery is concerned, the Galaxy Z Flip is also special. It is divided into two parts. However, this might also create false expectations. If you expect a powerful battery that lasts for an extremely long time, we will unfortunately have to disappoint you.
The battery of the Galaxy Z Flip only has a capacity of 3,300 mAh. Thus, the battery life is about 6 hours. Compared to other modern smartphones, this is actually quite below average. Even the predecessor Galaxy Z Fold could offer more.
A 15-watt charger is also included in the scope of delivery. The folding smartphone needs about two hours to fully recharge. Quite a long time when you consider that 50 watt charging cables are already standard in the direct competition. The fact that this smartphone supports inductive charging is no longer a special feature, but is now also standard for modern smartphones.
You will certainly enjoy the camera for everyday use. However, if you have higher demands, the Galaxy Z Flip might even disappoint you. In terms of features, even the older Galaxy S20 Ultra is ahead. Especially since the Galaxy Z Flip unfortunately cannot offer a Space Zoom.
Three cameras are used - a main camera and an ultra-wide-angle lens with 12 megapixels each as well as a front-facing camera with 10 megapixels. However, a macro and a telephoto lens are not included. The main advantage of the main camera is mainly that it has an image stabilizer as well as autofocus.
The practical thing is that you can even use the folding mechanism for other purposes. For example, you can use the lower part of the Galaxy Z Flip as a tripod and take photos or videos with the main camera.
You can record videos in 4K at 60 fps. Thus, all movies that you shoot with this smartphone run extremely smoothly and completely without judder.
Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip did not convince us in terms of picture quality. It shoots excellent photos in good lighting conditions, but as soon as it gets even a bit darker, they look pretty grainy. There is a night mode, but the difference between this and the normal mode is negligible.
The eightx zoom also sounds better at first than it actually is. Instead of wonderful pictures, you get more of a colorful pixel mash that looks anything but beautiful.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip had some promising ideas. Especially after the justified criticism of the quickly breaking folding mechanism of the direct predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold, the South Koreans have improved quite a bit on it.
However, it seems as if almost everything else has been cut back. The camera was better in the predecessor, as was the battery performance. And a layman will hardly notice the difference between the normal and the night mode in the camera.