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An allegedly leaked video showing Samsung's upcoming "Galaxy Z Flip" has been shared online, offering a hands-on preview of what the company's second attempt at a folding phone will look like.


Shared on Twitter by mobile leaker Ben Geskin, the short clip shows the clamshell-like device in action for the first time. The Galaxy Z Flip is reminiscent of a traditional flip phone that folds up into a compact palm-sized phone, making it small enough to easily fit into a pocket.

The handset appears to have two cameras on the back next to a digital clock readout, similar to the alleged leaked images we saw in December. What isn't clear is whether the model uses the previously rumored "ultra-thin glass" that Samsung is said to have developed in an effort to avoid the display issues that plagued the Galaxy Fold, which uses a plastic screen.

The 6.7-inch Galaxy Z Flip is expected to be more affordable than its book-style predecessor, which costs $1,980 in the U.S. Motorola announced in November the resurrection of its Razr brand in the form of a similar-looking vertically folding Android phone. The new mid-range Razr will cost $1,499 when it's released next month.

The Galaxy Z Flip is expected to be revealed alongside the Galaxy S11 (possibly called the "Galaxy S20") at Samsung's Unpacked event in San Francisco on February 11.


There are no rumors suggesting that Apple has plans to release a foldable smartphone anytime soon, but Apple is undoubtedly looking into foldable devices given that rival companies are coming out with them. In the past, Apple has patented some foldable display technology, and a rumor earlier this year suggested Samsung has provided folding display samples to Apple.

Article Link: Alleged Leaked Video Shows Samsung 'Galaxy Z Flip' in Action
 
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nikaru

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The foldable display technology is interesting, but I don't understand the point of bringing back flip phones - it adds no benefit, the folded device is too thick, it's like having a power brick in your pocket.
Well I will much prefer something more thicker but smaller in overall size. These 6,3+ inch monsters destroy our pockets and are incredibly uncomfortable. In any case, I believe that Apple will first try with a foldable iPad and then, when it has mastered the technology will go with the iPhone.
 
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joelhinch

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Well I will much prefer something more thicker but smaller in overall size. These 6,3+ inch monsters destroy our pockets and are incredibly uncomfortable. In any case, I believe that Apple will first try with a foldable iPad and then, when it has mastered the technology will go with the iPhone.
But it’s not smaller in “overall” size. That’s impossible. It’s shorter when folded. That’s all. Everything else is the same.
 
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Well I will much prefer something more thicker but smaller in overall size. These 6,3+ inch monsters destroy our pockets and are incredibly uncomfortable. In any case, I believe that Apple will first try with a foldable iPad and then, when it has mastered the technology will go with the iPhone.
I would say that it would make some sense for iPads - in a bag you don't really care about the thickness, but the display would be somewhat protected. You won't pick up a tablet as often as a smartphone, too.
For phones, however, the original point still stands: No one wants a short thick phone. Instead of being able to use it, you have to always flip it open and close it. It just makes no sense.
 
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The foldable display technology is interesting, but I don't understand the point of bringing back flip phones - it adds no benefit, the folded device is too thick, it's like having a power brick in your pocket.
It's like you dont understand technology, at all. Yes, currently they are fat and chunky, which is quite reasonable considering this is a new tech and batteriy tech for mass market hasnt really progressed in the last couple of years. Wait some time and they will be thinner and lighter.
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And there's a big crease...

Really don't see the point in haven't to open something to use it.
Did you ever read any book in your life? Well, guess what...
 
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It's like you dont understand technology, at all. Yes, currently they are fat and chunky, which is quite reasonable considering this is a new tech and batteriy tech for mass market hasnt really progressed in the last couple of years. Wait some time and they will be thinner and lighter.
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Like a book?


No I won't wait. Don't want one. Never will.

Or a car door.
or a door.
or a fridge.
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You don't USE a book or interact with it do you?

You can glance at normal phones to see information and they don't have mechanical wear. Apple and others have spent a lot of time to avoid that. Sealed batteries and port removal etc.

Old flip phones used to wear at the hinges very quickly... wonder how well a screen will fare being opened and closed 100 times a day.
 
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As a fan of smaller phones, this doesn't appeal to me at all, don't want to have my pocket sticking out more. I probably spend too much time interacting with my phone for various stuff, having to flip it open all the time would be a pain (maybe a good thing..).

It is nice to see the tech being pushed so one day it will get to a point that could change my mind. For now I see a big folding tablet as a better use, making it fit in a small bag/purse. Or a bracelet wearable having the screen go all the way round.

Also I loved flip phones back in the day where I would violently open them whipping my wrist, which I don't see that now.
 
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Puppuccino

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I really don't get the whole foldable phone thing.

Why would you want a long, narrow phone that when folded is chunkier than an overflowing wallet?
 
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