Living with the Samsung Galaxy Fold shows why Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip could be a real winner.
A few days before Samsung’s Galaxy S20 announcement event, Google also started teasing the Unpacked event, suggesting that it’ll show up on stage to announce some sort of new partnership. It had to be all connected to the Galaxy Z Flip, a new foldable Samsung was supposed to launch. Then came the Oscars, where Samsung actually showed off the unannounced clamshell device, complete with its new video chat in laptop mode feature. That was another indication that Google would help Android behave that way. It turns out that Google did show up at Unpacked. Google’s senior vice president of platforms and ecosystem Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the strong Samsung-Google partnership over [...]
It’s Samsung Unpacked 2020 today, and the first 20 minutes of the event were by far the most interesting. Samsung jumped right into the thing that’s catching most everyone’s eyes and minds — the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This is the third major entrant in this new category of phones we call foldables, following last year’s Galaxy Fold and the more recent Moto Razr. I’m still trying to put my thoughts together on these as a category, but the Z Flip is definitely the most promising one yet.
Samsung is clearly making progress on foldables
Foldable phones have their detractors, but as they continue to evolve, it’s quickly becoming clear they’re maturing in both concept and execution. Enter the Galaxy Z Flip, the first phone I feel confident in saying feels like a regular smartphone. There’s no amazing use case it will enable, no killer software feature, and the specifications aren’t even cutting-edge in 2020. I contend that none of this actually matters, and that it doesn’t matter if you actually buy this phone. Read More