After a messy launch of the Galaxy Fold in 2019, Samsung is back with their second foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. With plenty of room for improvement from the first generation, Samsung has promised some significant advancements in the durability and usability. First impressions of the device show signs of improvement, but whether the device is worth you spending $1,380 is a whole separate question. The Galaxy Z Flip is set to drop on Friday, February 14.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The Z Flip has a 6.7-inch OLED display (plus a tiny 1-inch notification display when the phone is closed), a Snapdragon 855+ processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a dual 12MP camera system featuring an ultra-wide camera and standard wide camera. All this means the phone itself is a very capable flagship device that is only lacking in 5G connectivity. If you’re looking for a phone with similar specs, you can find them for significantly cheaper. But if you’re looking to be on the cutting edge of tech, the Z Flip is certainly a unique device guaranteed to turn heads.
A More Durable Foldable
One of the drawbacks of Galaxy Fold was a weak hinge. For a folding device, a strong hinge that can withstand daily abuse is the single most important factor. Samsung touted a new and improved hinge mechanism that can stay open at any angle with flex mode. Samsung also ditched the plastic screen used on the Fold in favor of an ultra-thin glass that they claim is tested to last for more than 200,000 folds. The Galaxy Z Flip does still have a natural gap near the hinge, but Samsung has taken measures to prevent dust and debris from getting into the hinge.
Galaxy Buds Plus
Additionally, Samsung released their newest generation of true wireless ear buds, the Galaxy Buds Plus. The earbuds offer the wireless connectivity that you expect. Improvements from the previous generation of ear buds include significant battery life upgrades and better sound quality with a dual speaker system in each bud. You can quickly switch between Galaxy devices and the Galaxy Buds Plus also offer iOS compatibility. They will hit stores on Friday, February 14 at a starting price of $149.