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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review

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Quick verdict: There's a definite wow factor to the Galaxy Z Flip's folding mechanism, but once you get past that, you're left holding an overpriced mediocre phone.

  • Fold protects the screen
  • External display saves you from notification hell
  • Cheapest foldable to date
  • Display has prominent visual bar
  • Ordinary camera for the price
  • Still overly expensive for a phone

6.7 inches

Display size

1080 x 2636px

256GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

3,300 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.7 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2636px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
425 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.8
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
10MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
167.3mm x 73.6mm x 7.2mm
Weight
183g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Octa-core
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
256GB
Battery capacity
3,300mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$0
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Finder score: 2 How we score our reviews

Samsung's no stranger to the foldable phone space, with the Galaxy Fold already an established entity and rumours of its successor flying thick and fast. The Galaxy Z Flip targets a different demographic than the Fold, because rather than being a phone that uses its fold to expand and offer you more viewing space, it's a phone that uses its fold to become remarkably compact. It's gifted with some fine engineering, but Samsung's choices around the display and camera at this price point leave an awful lot to be desired.


Design

Design

  • Well built folding mechanism
  • Poorly built screen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Camera

Camera

  • Dual cameras are OK, but poor for this price range
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 855+ performs well
  • Limited range of foldable extra screen activities
  • No 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Battery life

Battery life

  • 3,300mAh battery isn't huge but runs well
  • No wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Verdict

Verdict

  • An interesting gimmick, but way too expensive given its limitations
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Should you buy it?

I truly love the promise of folding phones, because they open up all sorts of possibilities for manufacturers to invent new use cases and designs to take smartphones to the next level.

However, I don't love the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. That screen bar is just too much to stare at all the time for the asking price, and the limitations on its camera relative to what you could get for the same or less money are also a significant drawback.

However, what makes it worse is that one of the problems that the Galaxy Z Flip's design sets out to solve, protecting the screen when it's not in use, is one that you can solve for any phone with a simple and cheap folio case. That leaves its value proposition resting on the fact that it folds up into a more compact shape.

Paying more than two grand for a slightly smaller phone some of the time that you can't even use all that well doesn't sound like a sound investment to me.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP from $2,199

Where to buy


Mobile plans

Alternatives

The most obvious competitor if compact foldables are your passion would be Motorola's RAZR. However, it's not a phone we can recommend at this time because Motorola hasn't shown any interest in providing reviewable models to any reputable Australian journalists at all. It's also more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

You could step up the folding ranks to the Samsung Galaxy Fold. We've heard rumours of a newer unit coming soon, and its folding story is more about having a tablet-style device some of the time and a smaller phone otherwise, but it has much better camera features than the Z Flip.

Equally, you could drop even more money on a Huawei Mate Xs, although that's a super-expensive phone that is also limited by Huawei's lack of access to Google apps.

Of course, for the Galaxy Z Flip's asking price you could easily buy any other flagship phone. If you want to stay in the Samsung family, consider the generally excellent Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.7 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2636px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
425 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.8
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
10MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
167.3mm x 73.6mm x 7.2mm
Weight
183g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Octa-core
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
256GB
Battery capacity
3,300mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
Qi

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