Fresh information about the specifications of Samsung’s upcoming clamshell foldable phone, the GALAXY FLIP, has surfaced which – if accurate – shows the Korean company could cause problems for Motorola’s Razr.
By Jay McGregor
The leak comes from Max Weinbach of XDA developers, who had information about the Galaxy S20 Ultra earlier this week. Weinbach’s source claims that the Flip has a 3300mAh battery and last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. To compare, the Motorola Razr has a 2510mAh sized battery and a firmly mid-range processor in the Snapdragon 710.
Samsung has clearly being paying close attention to Motorola’s new flip phone and rightly concluded that the battery size might be an issue for users. At 2510mAh it’s on the small side for a device that ultimately folds out into a 6.2-inch display. Motorola has tried to mitigate the small power pack by talking up the Quick View screen – which is on the outside of the device – as a hub for using your phone without having to fully extend it and use more battery.
Although bigger, the Samsung Flip’s 3500mAh battery is still not huge, especially compared to the rumoured battery sizes of the S20. But the Flip’s design – alongside the Razr’s – makes it difficult to carry a large power pack. The central problem is that these phones fold into a shape that’s almost half the size of a traditional smartphone and certain components, like the battery, aren’t flexible.
Any manufacturer making clamshell-style foldable phones will come against this problem.
I had presumed that the Razr’s 2510mAh battery was as large as possible for a phone this shape without completely comprising the design, so it’s impressive that Samsung has managed cram in a bit more power (if this information is accurate).
We’ll have to wait for February 11th to see what sorcery Samsung conjured up to pull this off. The Korean company had been working on curved batteries for wearables back in 2014, although I doubt that there’s a bendy battery in the Flip – not least because I don’t think that technology is ready for the prime time yet. More