Samsung Unveils the Galaxy Z Flip Folding Screen Phone

Samsung enters the folding screen clamshell wars

What: Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Z Flip, its second folding-screen mobile device. This one is truly phone-sized and competes head-on with the Motorola Razr

How: The Galaxy Z Flip was one of four new Android handsets introduced by the South Korean tech giant at a San Francisco event.

Why Do You Care: There are now more options than ever to own big-screen devices in surprising small form-factors, and all thanks to flexible displays. Samsung’s track record with folding screens has been a little spotty, but this device and its popularity could be one to watch.

Samsung Flip on display at Galaxy Event

After teasing its folding screen clamshell phone during the Oscars, Samsung finally revealed all the details on its new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip folding Android phone.

The new handset is essentially square when closed and the size of a standard 6.7-inch-screen smartphone when unfolded. It's 6.9 mm thick when opened and weighs 183 grams. Remarkably, the OLED screen has a flexible glass screen covering that Samsung claims can handle 200,000 folds.

On the outside of the Z Flip are a pair of cameras (12 MP ultra wide and wide-angle), a flash, and a secondary screen—not much larger than the dual camera array—for notifications and that can be used as a tiny camera viewfinder when the phone is closed.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.  Lifewire / Samsung

On the inside is a hole-punch 10 MP selfie camera. The device also supports something called Flex Mode, which allows you to use the Galaxy Z Flip in a half-opened fashion that splits the screen in two, like a tiny little laptop. With the bottom half sitting flat on a surface, the top half operates as a selfie viewfinder. This might also be useful if the bottom half can be a virtual keyboard and the top, say, a word processor.

The Android 10 phone features a 7 nm, 64-bit Octa-Core Processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also supports wireless and fast-charging, as well as wireless powershare. The battery is on the smaller side, though, just 3,300 mAh.

For security, there's a fingerprint reader on the edge.

Samsung seems to have gotten the message on durability and built the Z Flip with a new "hidden" hinge that disappears when you unfold the phone while protecting the fold mechanism from debris.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip goes on sale February 14 and will list for a substantial $1380.