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Samsung's folding Galaxy Z Flip looks shiny and expensive in first leaked video

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (Image credit: Ben Geskin)

What you need to know

  • First video of Galaxy Z Flip leaks.
  • Samsung's foldable is the company's second overall and first vertical-oriented.
  • It's set to be announced alongside the Galaxy S20 series on February 11.

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip folding phone has seen fewer leaks than its Galaxy S20 series counterpart, but we still know a fair amount about the vertically-oriented folding device.

For starters, it's set to fold from top to bottom, as opposed to Samsung's Galaxy Fold, which folds horizontally. It's also considerably more compact than the Fold, turning from a short clamshell into what we know as a regular-sized (but still-tall 22:9 aspect ratio) smartphone.

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Now leaker Ben Geskin has published a video he obtained by someone who appears to be testing the Galaxy Z Flip in a controlled environment. It's clearly an engineering sample, with the phone, once opened and unlocked, showing a Samsung security consent form. There are also unique watermarks on the side of the phone to identify the holder. Either this person put their job at risk, or the video was stolen and distributed without their knowledge (either way, the phone's original owner is likely without a job).

According to Ishan Agarwal, this particular model's color is Mirror Purple, borne out by the reflective coating that shows reflections (and likely fingerprints after a short amount of time).

In this video, you can also see the small 1-inch ticker OLED, which shows the time and date and, presumably, incoming notifications and even, according to previous leaks, functions as a viewfinder for the selfie camera.

Once opened you can see the phone's tall inner display, which is expected to be covered by the first iteration of a folding glass that should make it more difficult to damage with everyday use.

What are the specs?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Source: WinFuture (Image credit: Source: WinFuture)

Because of the phone's long development lead time, we're expecting specs in-line with most 2019 phones, not ones upcoming in 2020. This includes a Snapdragon 855+ SoC and 8GB of RAM as opposed to the upcoming Galaxy S20 series' Snapdragon 865 and 12GB of RAM.

CategoryGalaxy Z Flip
Operating SystemAndroid 10
One UI 2.0
Primary Display6.7-inch
Super AMOLED
2630 x 1080
22:9 aspect ratio
HDR10+
Secondary Display1.06-inch
Super AMOLED
300 x116
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Memory8GB RAM
Storage256GB
Expandable
Rear Camera 112MP primary camera
f/1.8 aperture
Rear Camera 212MP ultra-wide camera
f/2.2 aperture
123-degree field-of-view
Front Camera10MP
f/2.0 aperture
Battery3,300 mAh

When will the Galaxy Z Flip be released?

While we're not sure when the Galaxy Z Flip will be released to the public, it's possible that it will come out alongside the Galaxy S20 series on March 6.

How much will the Galaxy Z Flip cost?

Nothing definitive has been revealed at this point about the Galaxy Z Flip's price, but it's rumored to be in the neighborhood of $1,500 USD when it's released, coming in a bit lower than the original Galaxy Fold's $1980 price tag.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

13 Comments
  • Should price it same as s20 prices as it has lesser specs. Very nice phone to own.
  • Apart from its size when folded, I can't see the point of it. Fail.
  • I totally agree.
  • Well.... The size IS the whole point.
  • Yep half hight but twice as thick when folded. No real benefits IMO
  • I'll stick with the Galaxy Note line. I'm beginning to think that Samsung designers have forgotten the phones need adequate width to write notes on. "Tall and skinny" (20:9 ratio) aren't as appealing to me as say 18:9 ☹️. Watching videos is getting ever more displeasing for me. It's stupid to keep on increasing the height while maintaining our reducing the width so that they can claim the screen size is larger. From the Note 4 to the present Note 10 Plus the height of the phones has increased by 9mm while the width has increased by a maximum of 1 mm.
  • What's the point if you can't interact with the folded screen, that needs to be a full screen like the Moto razr? Dumb!
  • I'm with you on this for me I think this is the future of folding phones but design wise the Razor is the perfect way. I also find it funny how people said The Xperia 1 screen was wrong yet this is how folding phones will be.
  • Nope.
    I want a star-tac sized flip. Ridiculously small screen, with NO bixby or GA button. Just volume rockers and for nostalgia purposes, even a faux antenna. Something super simple for peeps that don't need to glance at FB every minute.
  • I don't see what your point is, this has neither.
  • Looking at how it opens and closes in motion, i can say that i don't trust that hinge. It looks like the screen closes very sharply in the center, which means the creasing effect will occur on this device once again. Also, that rear display is pretty impractical because it's so small. I was looking at this phone as a possible purchase, but I'm really glad I decided to preorder the razr instead.
  • So we're going to pay extra to turn it into a a regular phone? Pass. Give us the original fold.
  • Anything with a price tag above 1000 dollars equals to 2 kidneys price.