As we shared the news of upcoming folding phones in 2020 earlier, the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is already out on the market. Hopes are very high as Samsung promised to bring back the glory after the failed attempt with Galaxy Fold last year. Samsung promised to be the Flip King of the market with this phone.
Once we got the information on this amazing phone we started wondering how this phone is different from the phones of this era. Also how it brings back the memory and mix the modern specs also an interesting question. We will go through all the details.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is something really astonishing. When folded, it is far more compact than any modern smartphone. Which is making it far more pocketable and portable. Though, the need for an external display over the top of this type of phone is crucial. Bringing back memories of a decade ago, the external screen lets you check who is calling, see missed notifications and even shoot photos although that last bit is a little challenging.
The opening and closing actions of the flipped version is cool. But you have to put more force than the average flip phone from the last decade. It will take some practice to flip it in a single move. You will need to cock your wrist back as you need to break the magnetic seal between the two halves and then flick your wrist forward with just enough force to get the hinge to reach the fully open position.
The external screen of Galaxy Z Flip is behind the reflective piece of glass over the top. At first glance much chance that you might miss it. Interestingly, it even supports swiping gestures. So you can even do stuff such as switching cameras.
Though the external screen sounds so promising in theory, in reality it is just a slim screen, so this small viewfinder is only going to help you make sure your faces are in the camera frame. Another fact is, using this very slim screen you are trying to capture a square aspect ratio photo. So framing is never going to be ideal. Let’s see if Samsung updates these features with any software update later on to support the functions.
Another problem, since you have to flip the phone every time to open to see the full viewfinder, you might find yourself slowing down to take a shot every once in a while. As that extra step to open up the camera, slows down the process. But there is that feature if you double-tap the power button before you open the screen, you can save some time off.
As expected you can use that external screen to see all the incoming notifications and follow accordingly. You can check your SMS or call notifications here. You can just clock and follow this notification with the corresponding app. Also, when playing music, you can access music controls from the external screen. So you will not have to open the phone to change a track.
Like the many other phones of Samsung, the Galaxy Z Flip also has an always-on display. But that won’t work on the external screen. It will only work while the phone is flipped open. But it will show on the external screen when connected to the charger.
The Galaxy Z Flip has some unique benefits because of it’s flipping structure. It can take a selfie without a stand. As half folded phone acts like a stand itself. Also, the V-shaped flipped phone can be used to make video calls or video recordings as it can stand on that v.
Flex Mode is not supported by many apps at the moment. You might find the Gallery, Camera, and Google Duo useful based on your purpose. The Google duo is probably the most useful. You can easily prop up the phone on a desk or table. Thus, you can use video calls completely hands-free. You can also place the Galaxy Z Flip up for a high-quality hands-free selfie video. You can even scroll through your Gallery’s photos while keeping the phone half folded.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in brief
The Galaxy Z Flip is so unique with its design and the combination of the old and new tech. You can flip like the old days and enjoy all this latest camera and display features. But it seems, there could be much more in the external screens as it created the scope of many more options.
Overall, the first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip are not bad at all. The flipped version for a bigger display and the external display both are impressive.