Samsung announces Galaxy Z Flip 5G with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus and a familiar design
In 2019, Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola set out to create and conquer the segment of foldable smartphones with their respective contenders. Out of these, Samsung undeniably received most of the spotlight for the Galaxy Fold, primarily owing to its worldwide popularity. The Galaxy Fold was followed by Samsung’s vertically folding and relatively much more compact Galaxy Flip Z that was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S20 series. Although the Galaxy Z Flip is projected as futuristic, it has one major hurdle that deters it from being future-ready i.e. the lack of 5G connectivity. That changes today as Samsung is launching an overhauled Galaxy Z Flip with 5G. Even though the Galaxy Z Flip 5G was expected to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series at the live Samsung Unpacked event next month, the Korean giant has officially announced the new device, presumably to avoid chaos at the already packed (pun unintended) launch event.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip sports the exact same design and primarily the same features as the previous 4G variant. It features the same 6.7-inch Full HD+ “Infinity Flex Display” with a pixel density of 425ppi. Just like the previous model, there’s another tiny display outside that measures 1.1 inches and has a resolution of 300 x 112 pixels. The 12MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide cameras outside and the 10MP selfie camera remain the same as well.
Powering the Galaxy Z Flip 5G is Qualcomm’s latest and the most powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform on which the Prime Core is overclocked from 2.84GHz to 3.1GHz. 5G connectivity is facilitated by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system that can render speeds up to 5Gbps in theory. In practice, however, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G supports sub-6GHz spectrum bands on NSA and SA 5G networks along with Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). The smartphone does not support mmWave spectrum bands.
As per its purported TENAA listing, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G supports N41, N78, and N79 bands for both SA as well as NSA 5G networks, although that could be limited to the Chinese variant.
Price & Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G comes to the U.S.A. in Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze colors. The unlocked variant is priced at $1449.99 which can be bought at Samsung.com, Amazon, and Best Buy starting from August 7, 2020. The carrier model will be available via AT&T and T-Mobile from the same date.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G Specifications
|Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G|
|Display||Main Display||6.7″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display(21.9:9) Infinity Flex Display
2636 x 1080
|Cover Display||1.1″ Super AMOLED Display
300 x 112
|Dimension & Weight||Folded||73.6 x 87.4 x 17.3mm (Hinge) – 15.4mm (Sagging)|
|Unfolded||73.6 x 167.3 x 7.2mm – 6.9mm (Screen)|
|Camera||Front Camera||10MP Selfie Camera: F2.4
Pixel size: 1.22μm
|Rear Dual Camera||12MP Ultra Wide Camera: F2.2
Pixel size: 1.12μm
|12MP Wide-angle Camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8
Pixel size: 1.4μm
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for Rear Wide-angle Camera
Up to 8x digital zoom
|CPU & GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus (7nm DUV (N7P) process)
Adreno 650 GPU
|Memory||8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage|
|Battery||3,300 mAh (typical) dual battery|
|Charging||Fast Charging compatible via power cord and wireless
Wireless PowerShare reverse charging
|Sensors||Capacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor (digital, analog), Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: Fingerprint sensor, Face recognition
Surround sound for Bluetooth and earphones with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.)
UHQ 32-bit &DSD64/128 support
PCM: Up to 32 bits, DSD*: DSD64/128
|Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF|
Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy Z Flip to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.
|Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.|
Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.
|Video||Video playback format
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30fps)
|Security||Knox platform: real-time monitoring and protection.
Virus, malware prevention. (Powered by McAfee)
Secure Folder: a secure space on the device to isolate and protect content such as apps, photos, movies, and private files.
|In the Box||Galaxy Z Flip, Data Cable, Travel Adapter, Ejection Pin, USB Connector (OTG), Quick Start Guide, Clear Cover, Earphones (USB Type-C) with sound by AKG|