Update: February 10, 2020 (11:35 AM ET): We got a look at a few Samsung Galaxy Z Flip commercials that reveal a new possible special edition design variant and confirm a few existing rumors. We also heard yet another rumored price point for the device. See the roundup below for more!
Original Article: January 13, 2020: Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone — the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip — will take the Galaxy Fold vertical. This clamshell design harks back to flip phones of old, competing toe-to-toe with the upcoming Motorola Razr reboot.
Samsung apparently confirmed the device at a secret meeting during CES 2020. We expect the company to announce the Galaxy Z Flip February 11, 2020 at its Unpacked 2020 event alongside the Galaxy S20 series of devices.
Samsung Galaxy Flip Z name and launch date
The device was first believed to be called the Galaxy Fold 2. Then Samsung referred to the device as the Galaxy Bloom in the aforementioned secret CES meeting. We thought this seemed like a codename more than an actual marketing name for the device, and a tweet by leaker Ice Universe affirmed our suspicions. The tweet revealed the possible new name and a self-made logo for the device.
The name gives us some insight into Samsung’s branding plans for its new smartphones. It’s entirely possible that this Z moniker is a one-off name for the flip-open foldable phone, or it could represent a new series of devices, though, this is not the first time Samsung has released a Z series of devices.
The company used to launch Tizen-based smartphones under that name up until 2017. However, the Galaxy Z title is brand new, as the older series was prefixed only with the Samsung brand name (Samsung Z3, Samsung Z4, you get the drift).
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will tout a vertical folding design, akin to old school flip phones, as the name alludes. Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh explained that the phone’s design is inspired by Lancome’s makeup compacts. The company thinks this design choice will help it reach its target market — 20-something women.
We also expect Samsung to build the device out of premium materials such as glass and metal. On Twitter, teen leaker Ishan Agarwal claimed the device would sport a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen, and a few leaked photos posted on Weibo (h/t Ice Universe) seem to back that up.
The photos above reveal a few things about the device, including a centered hole-punch selfie camera, a uniform bezel surrounding the display, and a tiny display near the dual rear-facing cameras that’s visible when the device is closed. They also reveal a USB-C port and speaker grille at the bottom, though there doesn’t seem to be a headphone port on this device.
That tiny display up front measures just one inch, according to a recent rumor, and can be used to check charging status and battery info. You’ll also presumably be able to use it as a viewfinder for the camera.
Not too long ago, tipster Max Weinbach claimed the display would feature an ultra-thin glass layered with a plastic layer to prevent scratching, unlike the Galaxy Fold’s entirely plastic display. This rumor first surfaced all the way back in October and has popped up a few times since, so it has some weight behind it.
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