Samsung Announce S20 and Z Flip Phones At Unpacked Event
By now you’ve probably heard of both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Z Flip phone releases. The Korean tech giant announced both models at their Unpacked event last night.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 will come in three different models: the standard S20, the S20+ which will feature a bigger screen, but now they’ve introduced a third S20 Ultra which has a whopping price tag of around $1,600 dollars. That’s insane, especially when the iPhone 11 Pro Max is being right now significantly cheaper!
The other handset that was announced was the Galaxy Z Flip, which we’ve already seen a ton of leaks online prior to the event. It takes the shape of a traditional flip phone, and vertically folds, father than the book style of the Galaxy Fold. It looks pretty nice too, and still retains the bigger screen on the inside of the clam shell.
Introducing the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
So, let’s speak about the show. First up was the Z Flip, which looked absolutely glorious. The phone as I said flips up, like an old skool clamshell design, and gives users the ability to use the phone as a single screen once all folded out, or as a dual-screen mobile. The example they gave was watching YouTube videos in the top half and commenting in the bottom half, or if you’re cycling through photos, you can cycle on the bottom screen and see a larger image on the top screen.
The hinge is completely hidden too, which is nice for those worried about dust. Inside you can also find a 2636 x 1080, super-AMOLED, 6.7-inch display with 303ppi, which looks quite large, but that may be down to the fact it folds out from half the size. Aspect ratio sits at 21:9. There’s also a cover display to show off your clock, notifications and more.
The camera, a 12-megapixel sensor, which of course is important, can now be used without actually holding the phone, thanks to the fold. It’s stiff enough to act as a tripod of sorts, giving users the ability to capture some interesting selfies and also some nice hyperlapse night shots. It has an aperture of f/1.8. It has an 8x digital zoom which is a little disappointing but can shoot in HDR10+ recording.
Specs also include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, although I got this from GSMArena. The official Samsung press release didn’t state which processor was inside, possibly for regional reasons, like we’ve seen in the past. It also has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. No mention of additional microSD storage.
All of this for a cool $1,380. Which okay, is a lot. But in hindsight, isn’t as much as the Galaxy Fold when that was first announced.
Samsung Releasing Two Galaxy S20 Phones
One thing as I mentioned about the new Galaxy S20 phones was the price. $1,600 for the Ultra model!
So standout features include 5G, some new colours and and new AI stuff which has been designed to improve speed.
The screen again uses AMOLED technology and is sized at 6.7-inches with 120Hz support, which requires activation in the settings and is HDR10+ certified. The Ultra is sized at 6.9Hz.
Like with the Z Flip, we’ve got different processors depending on your geographical location. These are either a Exynos 990 for a global audience or a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 for the USA and 8GB RAM. There’s 128GB storage too. The S20+ and Ultra have 12GB RAM. There is the chance for expandable storage with a microSDXC slot which is shared with the SIM card.
The S20 and S20+ both have 64MP cameras, while the S20 Ultra sports a whopping 108-megapixel camera. All phones have larger sensors for better low light performance too.
Whatmore, the S20 Ultra has a 100x zoom, thanks to AI involvement to produce sharper and more detailed images at higher zooms. The lesser handsets are stuck with a 30x digital zoom. The S20 line also offer 8K filming, which is completely insane, but cool at the same time I guess. Just means those file sizes are going to be much larger than what we’re used to.