We’ve seen and heard all sorts of rumours about Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip over the past month. But now, with the clearest images so far, it looks like we’re closer to seeing the finished product in the flesh.
Rumours about a new take on Samsung’s Galaxy Fold have been circulating for a while now. Last week we showed you leaked photos of a vertically-folding prototype phone which looks remarkably similar to Motorola’s new Razr.
At first it wasn’t clear whether the vertically-folding prototype was a Samsung device or not. But now, thanks to fresh leaks published by WinFuture, we’re getting a better idea of what the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will actually look like when it’s finally released.
The new leak
As you can see from the photo below, it’s clear that the leaked prototype photos we saw earlier in the month were indeed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
Samsung has been pretty secretive about the device, but considering the brand new, unconventional design, it’s easy to see why the manufacturer didn’t want too much information getting out.
Alongside images of the device, marketing materials have been leaked which reveal a bit more about the specific consumers Samsung wants to target with the Galaxy Z Flip.
It will probably come as no surprise that the device isn’t intended for the typical business user. Instead, the marketing materials make heavy reference to the phone’s individuality, which also translates to the target consumer.
The device is described as ‘influencer ready’, presumably because its unique design gives it high potential to become a viral sensation on social media.
Not just a pretty face
But, now that we know more about the technical specs of the device, it’s clear that it’s not just a novel design solely intended to get heads turning.
While it hasn’t got flagship specifications, it certainly looks like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be able to hold its own in today’s increasingly competitive smartphone market.
According to WinFuture’s leak, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will get the current generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+. The Snapdragon 855+ has eight 2.84 GHz cores and it will be paired with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal flash memory.
Unfortunately, it looks like the device won’t be 5G-compatible. Also, as with most new smartphones, it won’t have a slot for expandable SD memory.
Alongside solid computing specs, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will get two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear face. As we mentioned last week, it will also get a glass screen.
It seems far from coincidence that Samsung is releasing a clamshell phone when Motorola’s Razr is just around the corner. Spec wise Samsung has the medal and to be honest. The Razr may have nostalgia up it’s sleeve but I don’t think that will be enough for it to last long term.
While that may sound like a risky move for a foldable phone, especially given the problems with the original Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung seems pretty confident that it’s ‘Samsung Ultra Thin Glass’ is up to the job.
Although we now have two vertically-folding smartphones on the horizon, we’ll have to wait and see which one comes out on top.