Price (RRP): $2199
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the epitome of smartphone design. It uses the old flip clamshell design with a new twist – a gorgeous 6.7″ 21.9:9 (long and thin display) and internals worthy of a Galaxy flagship moniker.
While we could compare the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip with the Motorola Razr, we can’t as Motorola Australia decided not to make review units available.
While we will not bag the Razr – it is distinct and stylish – we think the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip nailed the flip phone format with premium electronics, performance, and finish. Oh, and at $2199 it is priced better than the Razr too. But we will never know if Razr has some good points now – will we Motorola?
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Model SM-F700F/DS (dual sim)
- Full model number SM-F700F ZKDXSA
- Australian Website here
- 239-page manual here
- Price: $2199 in Mirror Purple or Mirror Black with 8/128GB storage
- Warranty – 2-years
- Country of origin/manufacture: South Korea
Warning – only buy the Australian version SM-F700F/DS
Other so-called International versions are being ‘flogged’ online including SM-F700 (TobyDeals, TechoBuy, TechCart, JC Browns and BecexTech), SMF700U, SM-F700U1, SM-F00N (Kogan and BecexTech), SM-F7000FZ (Kogan alias Dick Smith are a prime grey market flogger) and SM-F7000 (plus DS – variants).
You cannot use the eSIM in so-called international models in Australia; they don’t have Australian chargers, wont make an 000 call without a sim and no Australian warranty.
As is usual we use the terms FAIL, PASS and EXCEED against the specific paradigms for measuring a flip, flagship-class phone.
First impression – EXCEED
I can’t help but love the concept. As readers often say, “What is it with these bloody big phones?” Well this is big when open and a lot smaller than a deck of cards when folded.
First thing you will notice is the care instructions. Paraphrased
- Don’t use sharp objects
- Don’t press too hard with your finger or fingernail
- Screen protectors are a no-no
- Strong magnets may damage credit cards or medical devices
- Don’t get it wet
- And don’t feed it after midnight!
When open, the phone is longer and narrower than you expect courtesy of the 21.9:9 screen. You barely see the centre crease, particularly if you use the dark theme. In fact, you barely feel the centre crease when swiping over it – sure it is there, but it is not jarring in any way.
When it is closed, it looks more like a rectangular women’s make up compact.
Sure, there are some negatives
- the camera is not a world-beater (but it is pretty good and a flip class-leader)
- a smallish battery (with USB-C/Qi charge who cares?)
- there is no microSD expansion (it has OTG)
- no IP rating (no toilet dunks)
- owners will wonder if the folding screen will last the distance (these have been torture tested 200,000 times and should do)
Bottom line: If you want a flip phone and have $2199 then this is it!
Screen – EXCEED
It is 6.7″ Dynamic, HDR10+, AMOLED. It uses a new foldable 30um Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) under a polymer-based protective layer.
2636×1080, 425ppi, and apart from a centre O-hole and the protective bezels all around, it is all screen!
Before you wonder about the screen’s durability, don’t forget Samsung’s excellent 2-year warranty against factory defects – that includes cracking or substantive pixel loss. If you otherwise break it the there is a fixed price screen replacement service.
The screen reaches about 700nits maximum auto-brightness and, as only self-emissive OLED can, it has an infinite contrast (because blacks are pure black). To put this in perspective the Galaxy Note10+ achieves about 800nits max auto.
Colours are typical OLED – bright and saturated in Vivid mode (closer to DCI-P3 movies as we all like) and closer to natural in Natural mode (closer to 100% sRGB). You can also adjust colour temperature and RGB in Vivid mode. We played some Netflix HDR10 content, and it did well bringing out details in dark and light areas that you can’t see on an IPS LCD screen.