Galaxy Flip: Why I'm excited for the Galaxy Fold's smaller sibling. It's not just the novelty

CNET | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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The Galaxy Z Flip could be announced on Feb. 11.

With the tablet-like Galaxy Fold, Samsung's embraced the saying, "Go big or go home." But its second foldable phone -- rumored to be called the Galaxy Z Flip -- is almost guaranteed to be cheaper, smaller, vertically bending and outfitted with half the cameras. I couldn't be more excited.

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There's something about foldable phones that still feels magical to me, a sensation that's hard to come by after nearly 14 years working with phones. I thought I'd seen it all: phones that flip up, kick out, flex, even phones shaped like a circle. But a screen that's both thin and strong enough to bend in half without breaking feels like the future come to life.

Where the Galaxy Fold was a luxury device designed to make a splash as the first major foldable phone, the Z Flip (internal code name: Galaxy Bloom) will take on the Motorola Razr as a more affordable phone that highlights not the luxury, but the practicality of a foldable phone. It's likely Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Z Flip at it Unpacked event on Feb. 11.

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For Samsung, the Z Flip will give the company a dramatic lead in the foldable space, with a large premium device (the Galaxy Fold) followed by a simpler phone with a smaller screen. That's two pathways for Samsung to secure interest from early adopters. For the rest of us, there are several practical reasons to train our eyes on the Galaxy Z Flip, or whatever it winds up being called, that go way beyond the novelty of a foldable phone.

An artistic render of how the Galaxy Z Flip could look.

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The first foldable phone with a glass screen?

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