Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold: Comparing Samsung’s original foldable phones

See how Samsung's two original foldable phones stack up against one another, spec by spec.

Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold
Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold

At Samsung’s Unpacked event back in February, the company doubled down on the foldable phone trend with its Galaxy Z Flip, a year after releasing its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold.

Since then, Samsung has also announced the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the forthcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2. While we wait for pricing information on the Fold’s sequel, deal-savvy buyers might be looking to Samsung’s previous models for a cheaper entry into the foldable phone club. Read on to discover the main differences between Samsung’s first two foldable phones.

For more foldable phone comparisons, read CNET’s Galaxy Z Flip 5G vs. Galaxy Fold vs. Razr vs. Z Flip: Which foldable phone has the best specs? and Microsoft Surface Duo vs. its foldable rivals: Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Razr specs compared.

Both the Fold and the Z Flip use Samsung’s Infinity Flex Display, which the company developed to enable its handsets to fold hundreds of thousands of times without breaking. Samsung claims both the Fold and the Z Flip can fold 200,000 times without breaking (i.e. the number of times a person would open and close their phone over five years of use), but when CNET tested this claim in October, the Galaxy Fold lasted about 120,000 folds.

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a 7.3-inch screen and opens and closes like a book, the Z Flip has a clamshell design. It also has a 6.7-inch display and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras. It costs $1,380 in the US and £1,300 in the UK.

GALAXY Z FLIP VS. GALAXY FOLD

Samsung Galaxy Z FlipSamsung Galaxy Fold
Display size, resolutionInternal: 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636×1,080 pixels / External: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED; 300×112 pixelsInternal: 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,152×1,536 pixels / External: 4.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 1,680×720 pixels
Pixel density425 ppi (internal) / 303 ppi (external)362 ppi (internal)
Dimensions (Inches)Folded: 2.99 x 3.44 x 0.62 ~ 0.68 in / Unfolded: 2.99 x 6.59 x 0.27 ~0.28 inFolded: 6.3 x 2.5 x 0.6 in / Unfolded: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters)Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 15.4 ~17.3 mm / Unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 6.9 ~ 7.2 mmFolded: 62.8 x 161 x 15.7mm ~ 17.1mm / Unfolded: 117.9 x 161 x 6.9mm ~ 7.6mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams)6.46 oz; 183g9.7 oz; 276g
Mobile softwareAndroid 10Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
Camera12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera10-megapixelTwo 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth
Video capture4K (HDR 10 Plus)4K (HDR 10 Plus)
Processor64-bit octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage256GB512GB
RAM8GB12GB
Expandable storageTBDNo
Battery3,300 mAh4,380 mAh
Fingerprint sensorSidePower button
ConnectorUSB-CUSB-C
Headphone jackNoNo
Special featuresFoldable display; wireless PowerShare; wireless charging; fast chargingFoldable display, wireless charging, fast charging
Price off-contract (USD)$1,380$1,980
Price (GBP)£1,300£2,000
Price (AUD)AU$2,199AU$2,999

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By Lynn La https://www.cnet.com/