When Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold last year before it failed spectacularly, Evan Blass explained why it wasn't for you. It was for early adopters. This week, Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. It could be for you.
If you're wondering whether you should pay at least $ 1,380, the Galaxy Z Flip is the cheapest foldable phone so far, simply because of the price. Samsung undercuts the new Motorola Razr ($ 1,500), its predecessor Galaxy Fold ($ 1,980), and the Huawei Mate X ($ 2,400). But $ 1,380 is still a lot of money for a phone. So it's fair to ask if you're the target audience at all. The Galaxy Z Flip is for you if you are an influencer, a business executive, or someone who needs to make decisions about foldable phones.
Disadvantages of the Galaxy Z Flip
Let's start with why this phone may not be for you. OK, so you have the money to buy a flagship phone. Would you like a flagship phone? Are specifications important to you? Are you interested in reliability? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, the Galaxy Z Flip is not for you.
The Galaxy Z Flip is not a flagship. If you wish, get one of the three other phones released by Samsung (Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy 20 Ultra) or one of last year's flagships (Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, iPhone 1
The Galaxy Z Flip doesn't have this year's top specs. For starters, it is operated with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ from last year. Other flagship phones this year have (and will) have the Snapdragon 865. The Galaxy Flip has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. If you want more, you're out of luck – there is no microSD slot and no other models. If you are interested in today's specifications, you should get a Galaxy S20.
The Galaxy Z Flip has not yet proven to be reliable. Samsung assures everyone that its latest foldable phone is up to snuff. But let's be real. A foldable phone has moving parts that your current smartphone does not have. Break moving parts. If you want a reliable phone in 2020, you shouldn't buy a foldable phone.
Advantages of the Galaxy Z Flip
Nevertheless, the Galaxy Z Flip currently appears to be the best option on the market, with the best specifications and chances for the best reliability in the category of foldable phones , (I say "looks like" because nobody has been using the Galaxy Z Flip for a few months. The reviews have not even been published. And if we have learned something from the Galaxy Fold, early adopters should wait at least ] On the reviews.)
If you are an influencer, this is the phone you can use to delight your fans. If you are a business exec, this is the phone that tells your customers that you are using the latest technology. And if you need to make decisions about foldable phones, this is your best bet. (Samsung plans to ship 2.5 million units this year, so you should have an audience where you can test your apps and games.)
My colleague Jeremy Horwitz argues that the Galaxy Z Flip even kills the Function that foldable phones need: Flex mode. This allows you to split the phone's vertical screen into upper and lower halves. Above all, Google promises that other manufacturers of Android cell phones can also integrate this function into their cell phones. If your company needs to start testing foldable phones, you should start here.
The Galaxy Z Flip occupies an interesting place in which it is the first of its kind and at the same time a second. Generation product. Samsung has learned a lot from the Galaxy Fold, probably more than most of the first generation products, since the company was forced to delay it and fix all of its shortcomings. You say that you only learn when you fail.
When folded, the Galaxy Z Flip is smaller than your current phone. When unfolded, the screen is probably larger than your current phone. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, this is not a phone that can be opened in a tablet. When it's open, it feels like a typical smartphone. In addition, other foldable phones use plastic that scratches more easily while the Galaxy Z uses flip glass. And again it is the cheapest foldable phone yet. But not too affordable – don't worry, you're still buying a top-end phone.
Yes, the Galaxy Z Flip, like its predecessor, is suitable for early adopters. But it is also better produced, evaluated and positioned. The early adopters of the Galaxy Z Flip don't have to be hardcore users who just buy the latest and greatest from Samsung. You can just be anyone interested in carrying a foldable phone in 2020.
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