A 100-Day Review
HWM Singapore|July 2020
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
PY Ho

Samsung’s first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, had a phone-to-tablet design. Its second, the Galaxy Z Flip, takes on the old-school flip phone paradigm. As a gadget freak, I dashed to be an early adopter. Since many were concerned of the phone’s durability over prolonged usage, here’s my take after 100 days with the Galaxy Z Flip.

When the Z Flip is in its folded form, it feels very snug in the palm even if it is thick. In fact, it feels like holding a rather exquisite (and large) powder compact. Its front is mostly empty real estate, save for a tiny 1.1-inch 300 x 112 pixels resolution Super AMOLED Cover Display on the bottom left, and a dual camera module on the bottom right. The front display is so tiny that it can be mistaken for not being touch responsive, but users can actually interact with it.

Some may argue, why not just utilize a larger, more useful display, like the Motorola Razr, but I think its large reflective real estate makes the Galaxy Z Flip look classier and less of a tech gadget.

One interesting thing about Z Flip is that its fingerprint scanner is located on the power button (like the Galaxy S10e). It may seem like a step back from an in-display fingerprint scanner, but ergonomically, it makes sense as you’ll have to hold the sides of the phone to flip open anyway.

On the top of the folded Z Flip is a new hideaway hinge. According to Samsung, it was redesigned to strengthen the durability and allows the Z Flip to be held open at any angle, minimizing dust. I’ve never used the Galaxy Fold, so I am unable to quantify the differences between them. That said, after using the Z Flip for a couple of months, I have little worry about the hinge despite heavy usage.

When unfolded, the Z Flip hosts a rather oblong-shaped 6.7inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display. It has an odd display ratio, at 21.9:9. While suitable for anamorphic movie formats, I got amusing results for practically everything else, one being a seemingly long web browsing view (a positive outcome), another being cropped sides when viewing Instagram Stories (which is not so great).

One side effect of having a foldable screen is having a slight crease along the folding line. Whether it bothers you depends on your ability to ignore it.

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