Samsung Galaxy Z Flip takes aim at the Motorola Razr

Razr's edge: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a folding clamshell phone to rival Motorola
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip by LetsGoDigital (Image credit: LetsGoDigital)

Fans of folding phones should hold onto their hats, as we now have information on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – the Korean manufacturer's latest folding camera phone, which features a clamshell configuration. 

The leaks just keep on coming ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event on 11 February, where the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is expected to be announced. First we had the full set of camera specifications leak for the Samsung Galaxy S20 (opens in new tab) lineup, and now we have intel on the company's next generation of folding phones.

A follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Fold has long been in gestation, as evidenced by all the smartphone rumors (opens in new tab) revolving around Samsung's many patents for various folding, bending and wrapping screens. 

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For whatever reason, however – whether it's to distance itself from the beleaguered Galaxy Fold brand, or simply to launch a companion product line – the new phone will have a completely different name in addition to a different design. 

Where the Galaxy Fold featured a book-like design, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip features a traditional clamshell design featured in old school phones – and recently resurrected by the cult classic Motorola Razr (opens in new tab), which is a direct rival to Samsung's new product. 

The first purported photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, leaked by Ice Universe

The first purported photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, leaked by Ice Universe (Image credit: Ice Universe)

Originally codenamed Samsung Galaxy Bloom, the first information on the new phone was revealed by leak impresario Ice Universe (opens in new tab) (via GSM Arena (opens in new tab)), who confirmed the new moniker, leaked an image of the handset, and revealed that it will use ultra-thin glass material rather than the plastic of the Fold (resulting in a screen that's flatter, thinner and potentially wrinkle-free).

Precious little else is known about the Z Flip, other than it appears to feature a centered punch-hole for its front-facing camera (believed to be 10MP). GSM Arena was also able to uncover that it comes with a 15W charger (opens in new tab), and believes that it features a dual camera array on the rear with last year's Snapdragon 855 processor – meaning that this will likely be a junior alternative to the higher end Fold. 

LetsGoDigital (opens in new tab) – which also generated renders of the expected design (seen at the top of the page) – posited that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip might be available as early as April or May, the intended release window for the Fold. It also noted that sources have claimed a price tag of anywhere between $800 and $1,500 (for reference the Fold retails for $1,980 / £1,900 / AU$2,999). 

With Samsung's official announcement just weeks away, we won't have to wait long to find out. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.