Samsung Galaxy Z flip gets official renders, full spec sheet

Samsung's next foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip, is expected to be shown off in full at the February 11 "Galaxy Unpacked" event. But to tide you over until then, a set of official renders and a full spec sheet have been posted by the German site WinFuture.

The pictures show a phone that shares a lot of DNA with Samsung's first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold. Just like on the Fold, there's a raised bezel around the edge. On the Fold, this held the display to the body of the device and protected it while it was closed. The bezel was also pretty annoying, though: Android features several edge gestures, and trying to swipe in from the side or bottom of the device is awkward when the bezel isn't flush with the display. We can also see the same T-shaped hinge caps that were added to the second, post-recall version of the Galaxy Fold after it was delayed.

Like the Galaxy Fold, it sounds like the Z Flip is going to have a creased display and close into a wedge shape so it doesn't crush the display crease. WinFuture lists two thickness dimensions for when it's closed: 15.3mm and 17.3mm, which would be the tall and short side of the wedge. Several pictures show the phone in an L shape, like a tiny little laptop. WinFuture's report suggests that Samsung will pitch this as a way to easily see the phone while it's on a table.

A full spec sheet was posted, and interestingly, the phone features last year's Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 855+, instead of the newer Snapdragon 865, which is launching with the other phone that will be shown off alongside the Z Flip, the Galaxy S20. Samsung is Qualcomm's biggest customer, and Samsung phones usually launch with the newest Qualcomm chip, so this is odd.

I can imagine only two scenarios that result in Samsung launching a phone with an old chip. One possibility is that this phone was originally scheduled to come out last year—perhaps alongside the Galaxy Note 10 in August—and was delayed to 2020 after the problems with the Galaxy Fold.

A second possibility: the Snapdragon 865, with its separate 4G/5G modem, might not be a good fit for a phone with a 3300mAh battery. Both a separate modem in the Snapdragon 865 and the mandatory inclusion of 5G should make the chip use more power than last year. Samsung's Galaxy S20 line is rumored to be bigger than last year and have across-the-board Read More – Source

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