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Technology Galaxy Z Flip ongoing review: From how it bends to how it compares to rivals

18:05  14 february  2020
18:05  14 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Z Flip showcased in leaked hands-on video

  Alleged Samsung Galaxy Z Flip showcased in leaked hands-on video Video shows the device's flip process in action, as well as its tiny outside screen.The first taste comes courtesy of mobile leaker and renderer Ben Geskin, who posted a brief video on Twitter on Sunday showing what appears to be the Z Flip. The 19-second clip shows the handset's folding process in action and offers a glimpse of its tiny outer AMOLED screen that acts as an external display when folded.

The Z Flip 's folding mechanism feels much more refined than that of the Galaxy Fold. The fold only wants to be open or closed -- leave it halfway open Push the Z Flip closed however and the motion is smooth and constant -- there's no 'snapping shut' at any point and as a result this very much feels like

Here's how to get Samsung's clamshell this Friday. The 256GB Galaxy Z Flip will go for ,380 in the US and £1,300 in the UK. For comparison , Samsung's Galaxy Fold is ,980 and Motorola's new Razr is ,500.

The folding style of the Z Flip makes so much sense to me.

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I picked the phone up from Samsung's Edinburgh store this morning and CNET will be getting more models of the Z Flip all over the world. We'll be updating this article with our findings, so keep it bookmarked and pop back later for more.

I've spent spent about six hours with the phone so far -- not long enough for a review, but certainly long enough to have some strong first impressions of this new folding phone. In short, I'm impressed so far.

Z Flip Vs Fold

I've used the Galaxy Fold daily since it launched in the UK in September last year, and its folding design hasn't really worked for me. It's the wrong shape in either format; too big when unfolded, too small when closed. I'm not a huge fan. The Z Flip is a very different beast. When unfolded, it's almost exactly the same form factor as any other large smartphone, with its 6.7-inch display. It's easy to hold, comfortable to type on and all your apps will look the same as on any phone.

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The Galaxy Z Flip didn't come entirely out of the blue, but few of us expected to actually see it at the Unpacked experience zone. An actual bending glass surface finish on the Z Flip 's display, as opposed to a straight-out soft plastic. Clever control placement and use of the new form factor.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a big improvement on the South Korean electronics giant's predecessor, the Galaxy Fold. Whereas the Fold showed how you can cram as much as possible into a phone that folds out into a huge tablet, the When bending it at an angle, like with YouTube, the photo app

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And then when you're done doing what you're doing it folds neatly in half and becomes this cute little square, sitting comfortably in the palm of your hand or slipping mostly unnoticed into a jacket pocket. I like it. I love the vibrant shimmering purple that I bought as well -- it's much more interesting to look at than the black version, which I find intensely dull by comparison.

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Why fold at all?

The one question that I've asked myself so far in my testing is "Why bother folding at all?". The whole point of the original Galaxy Fold -- and indeed, the excitement of folding phones in general -- was that it gave you two devices in one; a pocketable smartphone you can use as an every day device and a larger, tablet-style screen to enjoy movies or whatever when you fancy. At least, that was the theory.

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The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's latest foldable phone, and while it seem like an experiment, it does have a premium design and decent specs for We're wondering how useful this will be compared to the larger cover displays of the Galaxy Fold and Moto Razr. There are two things that we feel

Galaxy Z Flip . Compared to what I remember about the first generation of the Fold, this version feels more significant, stronger, legitimate. Over the course of the day, I started tasks on the outer screen, flipped the Fold open and continued them happily on the larger screen.

The Z Flip isn't that. It doesn't offer multiple ways of using it. It's just a regular phone that folds in half (albeit with a tiny outer screen to check incoming calls). Don't get me wrong, I like it, but I can't help but feel that the folding here is more of a "because we can" gimmick, than actually offering any revolutionary benefit, beyond maybe being slightly easier to fit into a pocket.

This is a line of thought I'm particularly interested to follow in the coming weeks to see if I can settle firmly on one side or another.

Closing up

The Z Flip's folding mechanism feels much more refined than that of the Galaxy Fold. The fold only wants to be open or closed -- leave it halfway open and flaps around awkwardly. Close it further and it snaps shut like one of those awful snappy glasses cases. It's jerky and feels a bit unpleasant.

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Push the Z Flip closed however and the motion is smooth and constant -- there's no 'snapping shut' at any point and as a result this very much feels like a generation two device; one that's had months of refinement to make it better than its predecessor. You might not think it's particularly important, but when you open and close your phone possibly hundreds of times a day, it really is. It was immediately noticeable to me how much nicer it felt.

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The downside is that opening it fully one-handed can be a little more difficult. When walking around Edinburgh, I found the best way to open it flat is to start it off with my fingers, the press it against my body to assist the rest of the way. It's not always elegant. My colleague Katie Collins said she wished it had a button that made it automatically snap open. I agree with her.

The crease

The big crease of the Fold was always a sticking point, and yes, it's still present here. But it's smaller and the display itself is so bright and vibrant that I haven't really noticed it in my time so far. If you catch the light in just the right way then yes you can see the reflections rippling over the surface, but I've found you actually have to look for the reflections -- they don't really get in the way of whatever you're doing.

This story was first published at 07:38 PT Fri 14 Feb and will be updated with more findings throughout the coming days.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Flip folding smartphone .
Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding phone, a "Z Flip" model with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters." The Galaxy Z Flip will be available beginning Friday at a starting price of $1,380, head of Samsung product marketing in Rebecca Hirst said at a San Francisco unveiling. "It changes everything -- space, size, and the very way we use it," Hirst said as she held a Z Flip in the palm of a hand."The Z Flip is a statement smartphone; it is for trendsetters and trailblazers."When closed, the Z Flip displays notifications such as time and phone calls, and can still be used to take photos.

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