Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Vs Galaxy Fold: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is finally official.
I’ve had some early hands-on time with it.
And in this video, we’re going to be comparing it to Samsung’s first-generation foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
So initially, I think it’s important to understand that yes, these two are very different devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is more of a tablet device that you fold into the size of a smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is more of a smartphone size device that you fold into half.
But nevertheless, this is the second generation foldable from Samsung.
And it’s going to be interesting to see what improvements and what changes Samsung has adopted and which one of these foldable is a better option for you.
So initially in terms of the overall look and design, they do look like they’re from the same family, of course, Samsung has
adopted the metal frame with the glass panels.
But I’d say the biggest physical change in terms of the materials is with the foldable displays, Samsung has somehow managed to fold glass.
That’s insane like I don’t know how they’ve done it and what kind of wizardry they’ve used.
But the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip actually has an ultra-thin glass display that folds.
Now, this should make it a lot more durable compared to the plastic display of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
On top of that Samsung has also improved the hinge mechanism.
So although it looks pretty similar in the way that the Samsung Galaxy Fold does, it actually has layers of fibers in the gap, which prevent from dust getting in.
Now you may remember that in the initial version of the fold, a lot of reviewers had dust trapped inside which then would push out against the screen.
So hopefully this will prevent this world together.
I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy Fold for a few months now and I’ve been using it very regularly.
And it’s actually been pretty fine, I’ve not had any dust trapped in, and because this is the improved version, it’s not really had an issue, but I have noticed a bit of flex in the hinge.
Now, this is very minor, and it still works absolutely fine.
So it’ll be interesting to see how this improved hinge on the Z Flip lasts over time.
But generally speaking, the Z Flip is more of a doable device compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fold because it is the second
Another thing about the hinge on the Z Flip is that it is a flexible hinge so you can kind of have it open halfway if you want.
This is something that you can’t really do with the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
If you try to open it halfway, this is going to kind of like flop because it doesn’t have that mechanism.
So the hinge improvement on the Z Flip does seem to be something quite significant.
Now speaking of the displays when the devices are folded out, on the Z Flip we have around the 6.7-inch display, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold we have around a 7.3-inch display.
But the important thing to note here is that the aspect ratios are completely different.
We’ve got a very tall aspect ratio, 21.9 by nine on the Z Flip, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold there’s more of a 16 by 10 aspect ratio.
So, even though it might seem like you’re getting a very similar screen size or not too much of a difference, you do get a lot more screen real estate on the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
And when it comes to things like gaming and viewing content, you are going to get more of an immersive experience, shall we say, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
One thing to bear in mind, however, is that you do have a cutout on the Samsung Galaxy Fold towards the side, whereas you have a very clean center punchout on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
So when it does come to screen-to-body ratio, you are getting more screen-to-body ratio on the Z Flip, although you are getting more screen real estate on the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Now although both have Dynamic AMOLED technology, you do get a high resolution on the Z Flip compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, you’re getting a high PPI, this is going to mean that details are generally going to see me sharper compared to what you’ve
got here on the Fold.
Now let’s talk a little bit about this crease.
So the crease is definitely visible on both the Samsung Galaxy Fold as well as the Z Flip.
Personally speaking, after using the Fold for quite some time, it’s something that you do get used to and you kind of learn to ignore, especially when you’ve got content on the screen, it’s something that’s that kind of fades away quite easily.
Yes, you do see it when the screen is off.
But if you’ve got something bright in the background, should we say, then it’s much less noticeable on, it’s something that I think, generally speaking, most people will look past after using the devices for some time.
Now when the devices are closed, both of them do have a cover display, an outer display.
But the Samsung Galaxy Fold does have a more usable outer display.
It’s actually around 4.6 inches.
And you can do a lot of things on it.
Although typing is not the best experience, personally speaking.
But if you want to go through your phone book, make a quick phone call, if you want to just you know scroll through social media quickly without having to open the display.
You can do that here on the Fold, on the Z Flip, the cover display is very much a preview display.
Yes, you’re going to be able to see things like notification icons, you’re going to be able to see who’s calling you, you can just wipe but that’s pretty much all the interaction that you can have with that smaller display.
So that is one advantage we say that we’ve got here on the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Now looking at the sizes of the devices, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a larger device and although that might be an advantage when you viewing content when you carrying this around, it still does fit in your pockets.
But it’s quite heavy, it’s almost 100 grams heavier compared to the Z Flip.
The Z Flip, although it’s the same thickness when you have it folded, it does take up a lot less space compared to the Fold.
Because it’s so much lighter, it’s definitely a lot more of a compact and more comfortable device to carry around.
Now let’s talk a little bit about the cameras.
So the Samsung Galaxy Fold actually has six cameras, which do seem like a bit overkill.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has three cameras.
So let’s talk about the rear-facing cameras initially, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
We’ve got pretty much the same camera setup as we had on the Samsung Galaxy S 10.
So we’ve got a 12-megapixel primary camera.
It has a variable aperture, switches between F1.5 and F2.4
depending on the light in your scene, you’ve got an ultra-wide camera at 16 megapixels.
And then you’ve got a telephoto camera which is going to give you two times optical zoom.
Now the Z Flip has rear-facing cameras, you’ve got a primary 12-megapixel camera as well.
This has a fixed aperture at F1.8.
And then we have an ultra-wide camera, now this is that 12 megapixels, but it actually has larger pixel sizes, so this means it should perform better in lower light situations.
So although you are losing a bit of resolution, 12 megapixels is still pretty good.
And then for the front-facing cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Fold actually has three front-facing cameras in total.
You’ve got one on the cover display, so this is mainly if you want to quickly take a selfie and you don’t want to open up the fold, so this is 10 megapixels, but on the inside once again have the same 10-megapixel camera but it’s also accompanied by a depth camera which does a really good job in my experience when it comes to living focus portrait mode, having that additional depth of information is definitely quite useful.
Now the Z Flip has a single front-facing 10-megapixel camera and that is in the punchout.
In terms of specifications, it’s very similar to what we’ve got here on the Fold, minus that depth sensor.
Now that one of the things that you can do on the Z Flip uses the front cover display as a bit of a viewfinder to enable you to use
the rear-facing cameras as front-facing cameras.
Now, this isn’t ideal because that display is very, very small.
But if you do manage to use it, then you’re going to get much better quality selfies from the Z Flip.
Now I’m going to have to spend some more time with the Z Flip to see how good the cameras are.
However, for video from the rear-facing cameras,
you can do 4K up to 60 frames a second on both the Fold as well as the Z Flip.
But for the front-facing cameras on the Fold, this is something that I noticed, you can only do up to 30 frames a second at 4K.
This is on the Fold.
On the Z Flip, you can do 4K up to 60 frames a second, which is quite interesting.
So this seems maybe because the new hardware, it’s capable of recording the higher frame rates, but that is something that I didn’t notice and it’s an advantage that you have on the Z Flip.
Now let’s talk a little bit about the internals.
So here’s where the Z Flip does get a bit of an advantage and that’s because we’ve got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipsets as opposed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, or the Exynos 9820, depending on your region when it comes to the fold.
So something has been decided to consistently go with the 855+, which is a more superior chipset.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Fold does have more RAM, so you’ve got 12 gigabytes of RAM.
And that really does go towards the multitasking because you’ve got more screen real estate, you’re going to probably go to be doing more multi-window tasks on the Fold compared to the Z Flip.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold also has double the storage.
So you’ve got 512 gigabytes of storage versus the 256 gigabytes that you get on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
And neither of these has a micro SD card, so you can’t expand storage.
However, both of these do have UFS 3.0 storage, which is going to be very, very fast.
Now looking at the software, the Z Flip out of the box, is going to be coming with Android 10.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, however, my version anyway, is still on Android Pie, so I’ve not had the update as yet.
Both of these do have One UI, but you have the new version of One UI on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
So for software, you do get this advantage here.
And also we’ve got some new features as well that Samsung has baked into the Z Flip.
One of these is taking advantage of that hinge.
So because you can replace the hinge as you would like on the Z Flip.
You can actually have what Samsung is calling a flex mode.
Now, this is basically going to allow you to do things like watch a video on the top half of the screen but then scroll through comments on the bottom half of the screen.
No, not all apps are going to be supported with this.
But your default apps such as the gallery, again, you’re going to be able to see the pictures on the top half of the display where you can kind of scroll through the bottom half.
So this is quite an interesting implementation.
And when it comes to security, both devices do have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which works really well.
But the Z Flip does have a button for the fingerprint scanner.
So it combines the fingerprint scanner, the power button into one which is a lot more useful compared to the Fold, which kind of just has a capacitive area, it’s not a button.
And then you do have a separate power button, which initially was a little bit confusing, it is something that you do get used to eventually, but it’s definitely a welcome improvement on the Z Flip to combine those together into one button.
Now speaking of audio, neither of these have a 3.5mm jack, the Samsung Galaxy Fold does have dual stereo speakers, and they sound real, really good especially when you’re watching movies or playing games.
Having that immersive experience is something that’s a big plus here on Samsung Galaxy Fold.
On the Z Flip, you only have the single bottom-firing speaker.
Now, this is of course because of the way the device is designed, so I kind of understand why they’ve gone with a single bottom-firing speaker.
But the advantage for speakers definitely goes to the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Now looking at the batteries, the Samsung Galaxy Fold actually has a pretty large battery, you get a slightly smaller battery if you go for the 5G variant.
But it has given me no problems lasting a day, it’s got very, very good battery life.
Sometimes I was finishing with around 40% battery life.
And for somebody like me who’s a heavy user, that’s not something that I see all the time.
The Z Flip actually has a respectable 3,300 mh battery considering its folding form factor, which is a pretty decent size comparing it to something like the Motorola Razr, which has a similar form factor, that has a much, much smaller battery.
So I’m pretty confident that the Z Flip is also going to have good battery life.
But of course, this is something that I’m going to test out day-to-day after getting hold of the retail version.
Now both devices also support fast charging at 15 watts.
You’ve got wireless charging as well as wireless power share, so this is reverse wireless charging.
It’s interesting that Samsung has included this also on a foldable device, it’s something that you might not use all the time.
But when it comes to charging things like your Galaxy buds, it can be a very, very useful thing.
Now one advantage that the Samsung Galaxy Fold does have is that it’s available in a 5G version.
The Z Flip is only going to be coming in 4G.
Now, this may not even matter to you because you may be in an area that doesn’t really support 5G.
But if you are somebody who’s on the 5G train, then this is an advantage that Samsung Galaxy Fold has.
Finally, let’s look at the price.
The Z Flip is coming in quite a bit cheaper.
It’s coming in at around 1,300 pounds, which is I’d say around almost a 1/3 cheaper compared with Samsung Galaxy Fold.
I’m sure that the Samsung Galaxy Fold price will be coming down soon but currently going around and looking at prices online.
This is the price that you’re paying.
Now, having said that, you do get 5G at this price point, you get the highest storage, the more RAM.
And you also get Galaxy buds included out of the box with the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
So if you want to go and buy these right now, yes, these are a few extra things that you are getting.
But the Z Flip definitely coming in with a punch at 1,300 pounds, or around $1,380 actually makes it cheaper than the Motorola Razr and its offering, in my opinion, a lot more competitive Razr as well, which is very, very interesting.
So if you ask me which one of these should you go for?
Well, remember that these are two very different devices.
The Z Flip is more of an improved device for sure.
And it comes with the glass screen, the improved hinge, the improved specifications.
It’s a much more compact form factor.
But it is a smartphone that folds in half.
And this is something that Mark has mentioned.
Smartphones already fit in your pocket, even if they are 6.9 inches, they comfortably fit in most pockets.
Whereas something like the fold is very different.
It gives you a much more immersive experience because of the more screen real estate that you have on here.
And it does come with certain advantages that you have, maybe it might be worth waiting until this drops more in price or maybe when Samsung has the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 which we haven’t really had many rumors about as yet.
And hopefully these improvements such as that glass display, the improved hinge will come to the second version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
That’s what I think anyway, what do you guys think?
Definitely drop me a comment below.
Let me know your thoughts.
There’s going to be lots more coverage with the Z Flip, with the Samsung Galaxy S 20s, all that good stuff here on the channel.