After a long and winding road to get its first Galaxy Fold to market, Samsung has a second folding phone in the works. But unlike the original, it’s rumoured that the Galaxy Z Flip will sport a clamshell folding design.
This feature rounds up all the leaks, rumours and speculation surrounding the next-gen Galaxy folding phone. Here’s everything we know so far…
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Release date & price
- Possible 11 February announcement
- Available from 14 February?
- Price of $1400 suggested
Samsung usually announces its flagship Galaxy S range – which will be the S20 series – ahead of Mobile World Congress and Samsung has confirmed that Galaxy Unpacked will be held on 11 February 2020. It’s likely that the Galaxy Z Flip will be announced at the same event – and the teaser has what looks like folding devices in it.
The event will take place in San Francisco.
It’s been suggested that the Galaxy Z Flip might be available as soon as 14 February – quite the Valentines gift.
In the early days of rumours for the Z Flip, it was suggested that Samsung would be pricing it a lot lower than the Galaxy Fold. We’ve now had a price of $1400 suggested – that’s not exactly cheap, but it’s in the same sort of ballpark as Motorola’s folding phone, the Razr.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip name
It’s been called the Fold 2, the Bloom, it’s known by the SM-F700 model number, but it looks like the go-to-market name will be the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
This comes from a reliable leaker on Twitter, providing a sensible name for the phone, following a run of rumours suggesting it was going to be called “Bloom” – it’s long-established codename.
Galaxy Z Flip pic.twitter.com/WKA5mpICVE
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) January 12, 2020
While there’s nothing else to substantiate this rumour, it does give the series a name – Galaxy Z – meaning that Samsung can release other folding phones into the Galaxy Z family in the future.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Design and display
- Clamshell design
- 6.7-inch display, 1-inch external display
- 167.9 x 73.6 x 6.9-7.2mm (open); 167.9 x 73.6 x 15.4-17.3mm (closed), 183g
Where the Z Flip is rumoured to differ dramatically from the original Fold is in its design: the second-gen folding phone will sport a clamshell design, so it’s a smaller folding device, akin to the Moto Razr. It’s said to be coming in black and purple options, both of which have appeared in leaks.
We’ve seen leaks that look like (and are claimed to be) official press images, but we’ve also seen the device leaking in real life shots too, leaving us with little doubt about what to expect.
What’s interesting about these images is that there’s still a hefty bezel around the display, hardly the edge-to-edge experience we’ve come to expect from Samsung. That display was rumoured early on to be 6.7-inches. The hinge looks similar to the existing Galaxy Fold, something that’s been corroborated by reputable leaker on Twitter.
The exterior of the phone is said to be Gorilla Glass 6 and there’s a small secondary display on the outside which will be a 1-inch display that you can use to check notifications, but also use as a display for the camera, so you can use the main camera as a selfie camera.
There will be a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip display
- 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display, AMOLED
- 22:9 aspect, 2636 x 1080 pixels, 425ppi
- 1.06-inch, 300 x 116 pixel external display, 303ppi
Samsung recently filed a patent for ultra thin glass, which might add protection to the display, with sources saying that there will be a crease in the display to accommodate the fold. That display is being referred to as Infinity Flex, with a punch hole for the front-facing camera.
The main display measures 6.7-inches on the diagonal, with a resolution of 2636 x 1080 pixels for 425ppi and it has a tall 22:9 aspect. That’s taller than most other phones, even Sony’s 21:9 Xperia 1.
It’s said that the display will be able to lock at 90-degrees, designed for video calling. When used in this way, only the top half of the display will show you the content, meaning you can put the phone on a tablet rather than having to hold it all the time.
There’s a small display on the outside of the handset where you’ll be able to glance at information when the phone is closed; it measures 1.06-inches with a resolution of 300 x 116 pixels. It’s also said that you’ll be able to use this display in conjunction with the rear camera, so you can use the main camera for taking selfies, rather than using the front camera.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Specifications
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, 8GB RAM
- 3,300 battery, wireless charging
- 256GB storage
- 4G LTE
An early leak revealed that the Galaxy Z Flip will sit on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ platform. This might be to keep the price under control or that the development cycle didn’t give Samsung the time to use Snapdragon 865. Either way, it’s a minor point and still flagship grade hardware. Using Snapdragon 855+ also chimes with the rumour we’ve heard that it will be 4G only.
Galaxy Z Flip. Snapdragon 855+.
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 23, 2020
The Galaxy Z Flip will have 256GB storage, but there’s no going to be support for microSD.
The total battery capacity should be 3300mAh. There has also been some code discovered in One UI which suggests that it might support fast charging, although this is thought to be at 15W. It will support wireless and reverse wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip cameras
- 12MP, f/1.8 main; 12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide angle
- 10MP, f/2.4 punch hole front camera
The first thing to note about the cameras is that there are dual cameras on the exterior, the main camera here is going to be 12-megapixels. Whether that’s the same, new, 12-megapixel sensor as the Galaxy S20 with 1.8µm pixels, or an older sensor, we don’t know. It’s said to have an f/1.8 aperture.
The second camera is also 12-megapixels offering an ultra-wide view at 123 degrees, with an f/2.2 aperture.
For the front facing camera, it looks like Samsung is going with a single punch hole camera and this is reported to be a 10-megapixel sensor – probably the same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, with f/2.4. The front camera offers autofocus.
Samsung Galaxy Fold clamshell rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here are all the rumours and leaks surrounding the new Galaxy Fold so far.
28 January 2020: This is what Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip folding phone looks like and features
A huge leak has not only revealed images of the forthcoming Galaxy Z Flip folding phone from Samsung, but has also fleshed out all the specs for the phone too.
28 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable might launch in mid-February for $1,400
A Twitter leak has given a date of 14 February and a price of $1400 for the Galaxy Z Flip, giving a timeline for launch in the US.
24 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip to feature Ultra Thin Glass display (UTG)
Following a previous rumour about ultra thin glass, things return to suggesting that Samsung is going to coat the flexible display with ultra thin glass for added protection.
So Galaxy Z Flip. Capacitive fingerprint scanner on the side. Dual 12MP cameras, wide and ultra wide. 15W charging. Wireless charging and reverse wireless charging are supported.
It will use “Samsung Ultra Thin Glass” which has crease. It will use a Dynamic AMOLED display.
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 23, 2020
23 January 2020: Samsung’s incoming Galaxy Z Flip can lock at 90 degrees
Rumours are suggesting that the Z Flip will be able to lock in different positions to allow different functions.
21 January 2020: Specs leaked, including camera and battery details
Specifications of the Galaxy Z Flip suggest we’re going to see a 12MP camera, as well as either 3,500mAh or 3,300mAh battery inside.
17 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hinge is like the Galaxy Fold
A Twitter source has suggested that the hinge of the Z Flip is the same sort of design as the Galaxy Fold and that the bezels are raised for screen protection.
The hinge is visible, the bezels are raised (for durability I guess) it has the same type of cap on the hinge as the Galaxy Fold. The Punch-hole for front camera is small, the back has dual cameras, flash and a very small pill shaped screen. #GalaxyZFlip #GalaxyS20 #Samsung
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) January 17, 2020
16 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip could cost as low as $860
Prices have leaked in Korea and converting those prices suggests that the Galaxy Z Flip might not be as expensive as originally thought.
13 January 2020: Samsung’s second-gen folding phone is called the Galaxy Z Flip
A reputable Twitter leaker has confirmed that Samsung will be calling the folding phone the Galaxy Z Flip.
10 January 2020: Samsung’s next Galaxy Fold might actually be called Galaxy Bloom
Reports coming from Korean media stated that they were shown the name Bloom on a slide at a behind-closed-doors meeting at CES 2020.
7 January 2020: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 rumoured to come with Snapdragon 855
A reliable leaker has suggested that the Galaxy Fold 2 could come with Snapdragon 855.
5 January 2020: Samsung confirms Galaxy Unpacked for 11 February 2020
Samsung has confirmed that it will be holding a Galaxy Unpacked event for 11 February 2020 and we might see the Fold 2 announced there.
3 January 2020: Samsung’s next Galaxy Fold could have super fast charging
A piece of code discovered in Samsung’s One UI suggests fast charging for the Galaxy Fold.
19 December 2019: Samsung’s clamshell Galaxy Fold leaks out in dramatic style
Images claiming to show the forthcoming Samsung clamshell folding phone have appeared on Weibo, giving a good look at the potential design of Samsung’s next folding phone.
13 December 2019: Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) trademark application
As we first touched upon back in October 2019, Samsung is looking to patent ‘UTG’ (that’s Ultra Thin Glass), which it is producing via Dowoo Insys. It’s scratch-resistant, tougher than plastic coatings, but doesn’t necessarily get around the problems of glass fragility – especially for a folding device.
11 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy S11 series could launch on 18 February
Although this story suggests the Samsung Galaxy S11 might launch on 18 February, it’s possible that the next folding phone will be unveiled at the same event.
2 December 2019: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could cost around $845
Reports from Korean media suggest that the new Galaxy Fold could cost 1 million won, around $845 with a launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S11.
18 November 2019: Second Samsung Galaxy Fold will be cheaper, and possibly a flip phone
Rumours suggest that the next Galaxy Fold will be a clamshell design and positioned in a slightly more affordable space.
29 October 2019: Samsung’s latest foldable smartphone is basically a touchscreen flip phone
Samsung revealed a folding flip phone at a developer conference, introducing it as a concept model, but giving an insight into where Samsung might go with folding phones in the future.
29 August 2019: Here’s what a Samsung horizontal folding phone could look like
Concept renders based on Samsung patents give us a look at what a Samsung flip phone might look like.
6 June 2019: Notch-free, edge-to-edge renders (based on a US patent)
Way back before the original Fold even launched proper, renders appeared of what the next-gen device could look like, complete with edge-to-edge screen and no pesky notches in the way.