As we edge closer to the launch of Samsung’s next foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip (Fold II), more details are starting to surface.
By Jay McGregor
From the camera, to the battery and processor, Samsung’s next flexible flagship is starting to look very similar to the S10.
Last week Max Weinbach of XDA developers claimed that the Flip has a 3300mAh battery (100mAh shy of the S10) and last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which was the same chipset in the Galaxy S10. Today Twitter tipster Ishan Agarwal claimed that the foldable phone will house a 12MP rear camera instead of the 108MP snapper that’s rumoured to be in the S20.
Then there’s the price. Late last year the Korea Herald reported that the new Flip could cost around $840, which at the time I presumed to be highly unlikely – especially considering that the Galaxy Fold costs just under $2000. But with specifications that look very similar to the S10, which launched at $899, that report might not be too far off the mark.
I still think $840 is way to cheap for a next generation phone and the first of a new line, but I’d be willing to bet Samsung prices the Flip competitively so it undercuts Motorola’s Razr.
Leaks have to be taken with a pinch of salt, of course. But if the information is accurate, what we have is a similar chipset, battery and price to last year’s S10. Although it’s not the latest tech, the S10 was an excellent phone with an excellent camera. Motorola’s Razr, which has less impressive specs and a question mark around the camera, should be worried.
What’s interesting, though, is that Samsung has opted to rehash an excellent phone for its first foray into clamshell-style foldable phones.
Why? The clamshell-style is an awkward beast – mostly because they fold down into half their extended size, which means compromising on components under the hood. More
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