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Everything You Should Know About The Newest Flip Phone On The Market

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

If you watched the Oscars, you probably saw something quite interesting, a Samsung flip phone. Samsung gave the first glimpse of their ideas for their new generation phones on Oscar Sunday, two days before Samsung’s unpacked event on Feb. 11. They debuted the Samsung S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra 5G along with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

The Z Flip isn’t exactly a pioneer in the smartphone flip phone area. Its predecessor, the Motorola Razr came out in mid-November last year. If we’re going to be completely honest, Motorola could have done better for costing $1500. 

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The features of the Motorola Razr and how it was executed make it seem like a phone worth less than $250. The phone’s screen is made from plastic which gives the phone the ability to fold completely in half with no spaces. The downfall of this is that the user can feel the dents and crevices, however, Motorola came out and said this is a normal attribute of the phone

Other downfalls of the Motorola Razr are the mediocre quality of the camera. In 2020, it is rare to lack a wide-angle camera. The processor on the Razr is the Qualcomm Snapdragon is a 710 processor. This is still a lesser version of Snapdragon than the Samsung Galaxy S10. Another thing that users can’t ignore is the sound the phone makes when it flips closed. Motorola came out with a statement saying that the noise made when the phone folds have no impact on how the mechanics operate. Despite all of these flaws, the Motorola Razr is still on the market.

Now the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip blows all of the Motorola Razr specs out of the ballpark. Starting at $1,380, the Z Flip comes in three different finishes: Mirror Black, Mirror Purple and Mirror Gold. The main feature that differs between Samsung and Motorola is the screen. The Z Flip has a thin, slick glass screen. This provides the phone with a seamless, smooth screen that is resistant to scratches. Also, this glass bends! With the thin specs of the glass, Samsung made it possible that the glass is able to bend.

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One of the aspects of the physical phone Samsung focused on was how it folds. They aimed to make a phone with similar attributes of a laptop. Having the feature of flipping halfway open lets the user set the phone on the table and have easier video calls and ratio to screen to keyboard ratio when typing anything. Samsung also has the feature of splitting apps on one screen so having the ability to technically have two screens in one device makes this feature significantly easier for Samsung users. While it has a stronger hinge, it isn’t able to slam closed like most traditional flip phones. 

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip also features the most advanced camera specs today, including wide-angle front and rear-facing cameras, loaded with 256GB of storage, and new ways to secure your device with Face Recognition and Fingerprint Scan

Presale opens up on Feb. 14 but only time will tell how successful the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be.  

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Hi, I'm Melissa! I'm a Junior at Florida State University. I'm originally from Orlando and like mac n cheese, art and Disney. I enjoy playing with my hyperactive American Eskimo and hanging out with my friends and binge-watching reality tv!
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