Galaxy Z Flip could have a foldable glass screen: What we know about Samsung Galaxy Fold successor

CNET | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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An artistic render of how the Galaxy Z Flip could look.

Samsung's upcoming foldable phone -- likely to be called the Galaxy Z Flip -- code name Galaxy Bloom -- might be the first to get a bendable glass screen, according to a rumor that's bubbled to the surface from Lets Go Digital. Any glass that tops a foldable phone has to the extremely thin for it to bend without breaking, but strong enough to protect the electronic display underneath. Ultrathin glass that measures as thick as a strand of human hair is likely to be the first to come to market, with other possibilities down the line, like a foldable glass made of diamond crystal.

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With this smaller, and likely cheaper, flip model, Samsung has another chance to hook people who are interested in foldable phones. It also gives the brand an opportunity to hammer out problems that befell the Galaxy Fold's original design -- pitfalls that damaged the screen and caused Samsung to delay and redesign its phone.

The Galaxy Flip is expected to be smaller than Samsung's Galaxy Fold from 2019 and rival the Motorola Razr flip phone that was announced in November, and delayed. It could unfold into a 6.7-inch screen, unlike the Galaxy Fold design, which has a 7.3-inch screen that bends in half to open like a book.

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This render imagines how the Galaxy Z Flip phone's hinge might look with the foldable phone opened up.

Whatever it's called, Samsung is widely expected to launch the Galaxy Z Flip on Feb. 11 in San Francisco at its official Unpacked event. Invitations are out, subtly hinting at a second phone it will announce alongside the Galaxy S20 (previously thoughts to be called the S11). Rumors have long pointed to a flip design that folds into a square.

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