Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip!

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Excellence Score
79.0
82.4
Value for Money Score
25.6
43.4
Price ₹ 173,999 onwards ₹ 115,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Feb, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 7.3 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1536x2152 pixels (~ 362 pixels per inch) 1080x2636 pixels (~ 425 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Flexible Dynamic AMOLED, Secondary Display (Outside): 4.6 inches; HD+ Resolution; Super AMOLED Foldable Dynamic AMOLED, Secondary Display (Outside): 1.1 inches; 112 x 300 pixels; Super AMOLED; Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640
RAM 12 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Variable Aperture; 26mm Focal length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; Autofocus; OIS; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP: F/2.2; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), HDR, Panorama 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide, Video: 2160p@30/60fps, HDR10+
Secondary Camera 10MP + 8MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features 10MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Cover Selfie Camera: 10 MP: F/2.2 Aperture, HDR f/2.4 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1.22um Pixel Size, PDAF, HDR
Internal Memory 512 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM
Thickness 15.5 mmThick 7.2 mmSlim
Weight 263 gmHeavy 183 gmMedium
Width 117.9 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 73.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4380 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Bixby; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Wireless Charging; Flexible Chassis, UFS 3.0 Storage; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG Sound Qi Wireless Charging; Flexible Chassis, UFS 3.0 Storage; Unfolded Dimensions: 73.6 mm width; 7.2 mm thickness; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG Sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Futuristic head-turning design in a never-before-seen foldable form factor - the Galaxy fold is not really a phone, but a tablet-phone - and one thing is for sure, wherever you go, people will be asking you what "that" is
  • The most exciting part about holding the Galaxy Fold in your hands and casually flipping it open to reveal that big 7.3-inch tablet-like display is that it just feels like the future
  • The idea is simple - everyone wants bigger screens but tablets are not the easiest to carry around freely - the Galaxy Fold addresses this problem in the simplest way of letting you have your cake and eat it too: have the big screen when you want or need it, and have a smaller device that better fits in one hand or your pocket when you don't
  • It does make a lot of sense in some fundamental ways - with two hands wrapped around it, you feel focused and in control of everything happening on the screen with both thumbs at the ready - hop into two (or even three) apps at a time with the split-screen multitasking view, and you can really get a lot accomplished - the ergonomic split keyboard is actually very easy to type on, and the expanded home screen lets you make liberal use of widgets but also fewer app folders
  • But what really lets this big folding screen design work is Samsung's decision to add the "cover" screen on the outside of the Fold - along with having the added benefit of letting the main screen fold inward to protect it in your pocket, the cover screen is critical for one-handed usability - even though it's easy enough to browse and read with one hand on the opened Fold, you can't do much else without the addition of the second hand - the cover screen saves you from having to open up the Fold for simple tasks — it's kind of like a lock screen, but more capable - being a fully-featured view of the phone you can use apps and anything else like you would on any "normal" phone, but because of its size you typically just use it to quickly manage notifications, hit a quick message or two, manage media playback and then flip open the screen as soon as you have a second hand free to get more done with the big screen
  • Seamlessly switching back and forth between using the cover screen and main screen quickly becomes second nature, even though it seems like it would be confusing at first
  • Massive, high quality AMOLED, 7.3-inch main screen for content viewing
  • The external 'cover display' is another high quality AMOLED 4.6-inch panel with a long 21:9 aspect ratio
  • The main display is a size that doesn't take long to make complete sense - the 7.3-inch display at a (roughly) 4:3 aspect ratio immediately feels natural like small tablets and e-readers have in the past, both in the way that it physically works in your hands and how the software formats on that shape of screen - because it's relatively close to a square shape, you will usually be using the Fold in portrait mode
  • The main display is excellent for watching videos, photos and reading, and it makes for an excellent second screen - it proves that a foldable phone can be truly useful and not just a gimmick
  • Samsung's OneUI works well, and split screen multitasking is especially pleasurable on the big display - there aren't any Fold specific customisation yet but hopefully the software experience can, and will, evolve to make even better use of the screen space over time
  • Flagship grade specs, and flagship grade performance (the internals are similar to the Galaxy S10+) - making for one of the fastest and richest hardware packages around
  • Excellent cameras for both photos and videos - very similar to the Galaxy S10+ - which means top-grade in the current smartphone space
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good, dependable battery life - just a little worse than the very good battery life on the Galaxy S10+ - not bad considering the extra screen real estate the Fold has to power
  • Fast charging & wireless charging support
  • Dedicated customer support
  • Included case and Galaxy Buds
  • The Galaxy Fold has amazing, path-breaking potential, of that, there is no doubt - and it sets the wheels in motion for folding phones tech over the next few years - tech that might change the smartphone world in very fundamental ways
  • The Galaxy Z Flip is a stunning device - it looks iridescent and commands attention, the Mirror Purple colour will take your breath away
  • Feels solid and substantial thanks to the hinge and design changes Samsung made
  • The futuristic main screen is without any notch, there's just a single front facing camera atop the screen which is in the middle of the phone - around the whole screen, there is a raised bezel that prevents the screen from hitting itself when you fold it over, as well as preventing dust and dirt from getting beneath the screen
  • The idea behind this phone is simple, to have the full smartphone functionality when you need it, in a small form factor, that can disappear into a tight pocket or small purse when you don't - unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip takes a phone-first design that emulates the experience we're already used to - when open, the Galaxy Z Flip is basically a normal phone, it just happened to have a hinge in the middle which you can use to fold it
  • Flex Mode: the hinge is considerably tighter than other foldable phones which lets it rest at any angle between roughly 20 and 160 degrees which helps with a lot of tasks, like taking photos, making video calls or watching videos and it also allows hands free interactions with the phone (though, it makes opening the phone a two hand job, you can't just flick it with one hand and start using it)
  • Samsung has also added fibers inside the hinge that brush away dust beneath the screen
  • The taller 21.9:9 aspect ratio of the Galaxy Z Flip means it's also slightly narrower than a typical handset, allowing it to be more ergonomically friendly
  • The main screen is a 6.7-inch FHD+ Foldable Dynamic AMOLED display, which features all the characteristics of any Samsung screen, including vibrant colours and deep blacks - it is the best of any foldable thanks to the 'glass' layer Samsung has added which makes the screen completely flat, there's no creak, no flexing when you press on it with force
  • There's also a 1-inch "cover screen" which shows the time and date, and lets you scroll through select notifications and media playback
  • Samsung's OneUI works well, and split screen multitasking is especially pleasurable on the foldable display - Samsung's software feels like it was meant for foldables
  • Samsung has also made some key optimisations in the software to make use of the flip form factor, working closely with Google, a small handle of apps feature "Flex mode" interfaces that have been specifically optimised for the form factor, which are activated when the phone is folded at a roughly 90-degree angle
  • Very good, flagship grade performance powered by a Snapdragon 855+ - the processing package inside the Galaxy Z Flip is more than capable of handling anything you throw at it
  • Good dual camera setup at the 'rear' - a 12MP primary camera and a 12MP Ultra-wide
  • The two main cameras offer similar performance to the Galaxy S10 range of last year - in good lighting conditions, the Galaxy Z Flip takes great images full of detail and featuring a rich degree of sharpness
  • The back cameras can also double as the selfie cameras when the phone is folded and you can take "higher quality" selfies using them
  • Decent dependable battery life - will easily last a day worth of use with moderate to heavy use
  • Supports 15W Fast charging & also, wireless charging
  • Included AKG Type-C earphones
  • Unlike the Galaxy fold, which was more of a proof of concept than being a regular phone, the Galaxy Z Flip has come very close to being a daily driver that you can carry around and if you see value in the combination of the compact form factor and novelty (or wow factor) of folding the phone in half, it comes as a solid choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Thick, heavy and cumbersome - the thickness is obviously a concern when the Fold is closed, because it makes the cover screen tougher to reach around and manage even though it's quite small - the weight doesn't cause problems most of the time, but is very noticeable in your pocket and when trying to use the Fold while laying down
  • The size of the hardware in general detracts from what would otherwise be highly positive experience with this type of folding form factor - the thickness, weight, considerable bezels on both displays, awkward fingerprint sensor placement, and large display notch all remind you that this is still an early version/beta sort of product
  • Another side effect of having a phone that folds in half is that the phone.. shifts around and makes noise when you use it - we've gotten so used to phones being entirely solid-state devices with zero moving parts, that it's rather disconcerting to all of a sudden have the sensation that the device you're using moves and creaks and rattles like it's 2005
  • Sometimes typing sessions can be briefly interrupted by the phone folding inward a tad, causing you to mistype and then flatten the screen back out again - and the small amount of slack in the hinge when closed isn't the most reassuring as you grip this heavy (and expensive) phone in one hand
  • The screen crease is also hard to stop noticing
  • It's far from water or dust proof, and particles may easily get under the screen
  • Finally, there are some very real screen fragility concerns - a lot of reviewers have reported inadvertently breaking or damaging the display - this is a device you will need to be "particularly" careful using
  • Because the main screen is covered with a plastic protective layer rather than glass, the screen doesn't look quite as brilliant as it does on Samsung's usual AMOLED phones
  • Unfortunately the Android ecosystem doesn't have too many tablet-optimized apps that would work well on the Fold, especially when you start going beyond the main players - so basically what you often get is the phone UI on the main 'tablet' screen, which tends to usually be a waste of space
  • Samsung's App Continuity software is sometimes buggy - it is meant to ensure that whatever's happening on the phone's tiny outer screen keeps happening on the big one, when you open it - and it works well for most apps, but for some apps, opening the Fold reveals a standard smartphone-sized app window flanked by big black bars (this might get sorted through software updates)
  • But ultimately the Fold right now is potential and promise, not a product
  • As a consumer-ready device, it comes up short with far too many compromises and poor app ecosystem support to justify the exorbitant price
  • It is one very fragile device, super susceptible to dust and other particles which may enter the space under the foldable screen and annoy you forever
  • Even outside of the screen's potential durability and longevity, the Fold has a level of compromise and number of fundamental usability issues that put it well into the "hard to recommend anyone buy this phone" column - smartphones are so good nowadays, with every company standardising on efficient processes and very mature technology, that facing the reality of giving up modern conveniences in order to get a unique feature (like a folding screen) will not be worth it for 99.9% of the people
  • In summary, the Fold is a profoundly cool device, but almost no one should actually consider buying one
  • The 1-inch "Cover Screen" at the outside is too small to be useful for anything
  • It's far from water or dust proof, and particles may easily get under the screen even after Samsung's improvement in design
  • You can still feel the crease in the middle and as the phone folds vertically, it is apparent when you scroll through anything (though, the crease is dramatically reduced and it's not as visible as it was in the Galaxy Fold)
  • It's reflective and a giant fingerprint magnet, which means you'll be constantly cleaning it
  • The Galaxy Z Flip is slippery, really slippery - put it on a flat surface, and it'll find a way to slide off
  • Finally, there are some very real fragility concerns - it is an unusual device with a lot of moving parts - this is a device you will need to be "particularly" careful using
  • While the main screen is made of 'glass' it is still covered with a plastic protective layer, the screen doesn't look quite as brilliant as it does on Samsung's usual AMOLED phones, also not as durable, it will get scratch very easily
  • The screen resolution while not bad, but for what you're paying is on the lower side compared to other phones at this price
  • Again, the Snapdragon 855+ is no slouch but at this price, it would be more future proof to add the latest Snapdragon 865
  • The Galaxy Z Flip isn't the phone you'll buy for its cameras, while they are capable of taking pictures you'll want to share on social media, at this price there are much better camera phones available, including Samsung's own S20 line up
  • Having said that, the Galaxy Z Flip has it downsides, from durability concerns to the "okay" cameras and the hardware compromises Samsung has made, doesn't make it an excellent choice as a daily driver and if a folding phone isn't your thing, it would make more sense to go with the Samsung's S20 lineup in the similar price range
Expert Reviews
  1. The Fold is like a prototype device you can buy a few months (or years) before its completely ready and it will show you a glimpse of the future....Perfect it is not, but a perfect show off it truly is
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy Fold makes a convincing case for foldable phones, but wait for Samsung and others to fix inherent problems that keep it costly and plague the screen
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A lot of money for a prototype
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The future is here, and it won't fit in your pants
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Represents a potentially exciting future for a stagnant smartphone space - but that future is just not here yet
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Galaxy Fold delivers a ‘wow’ factor that no other phone offers today, and yet we’d only recommend it to early adopters with a penchant for impressing their peers, and who have money to burn
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Samsung Galaxy Fold is definitely one of the collector’s item that one can keep because of its novelty factor
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. This is a phone to flaunt
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Fragile, but a total head-turner
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy Fold is an impressive piece of art
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. A successful start...The design, the thickness and the two screens can all become a part of your routine and habit in no time at all
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Galaxy Fold is a very innovative and exciting foldable phone, but Samsung doesn’t quite justify the high price for this first-generation device
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Potential and promise, not a product
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Samsung Galaxy Fold may not be my favorite smartphone of 2019, but I have no problem in calling it one of the coolest products I’ve used in the last decade
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. As a first step, and considering the great tech packed in, it's a great start for great things to come
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. Most innovative smartphone of the decade
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Galaxy Fold in its current form may not be perfect, it is, however, the first step towards a new future for smartphones
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. It’s a brazen leader that marks the dawn of a new school of thought in the world of smartphones
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  24. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  25. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Galaxy Z Flip is one of the most unique smartphones to come out thus far with its high-end specs and folding display
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Flex Mode is the Galaxy Z Flip's killer feature
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want to ditch your current phone for something ambitious and exciting, the Galaxy Z Flip is your best, most elegant option
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Still an expensive curiosity
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung didn’t skimp out on the specs and overall made an impressive first generation clamshell-style foldable phone
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A step forward in the right direction
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. This is yet another phone you buy to flaunt
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Samsung is clearly closing the gap between flat and foldable phones, but there's still compromises to be made
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Samsung has crafted the most refined and fully featured foldable device to date
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. It's the latest tech and that carries with it some gravitas
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Galaxy Z Flip is a head-turner
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. A giant step for foldables
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Galaxy Z Flip is an experience, and if you're passionate about technology in general and phones in particular, it's an experience that's absolutely recommended
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the first folding phone to really work, but it's still a costly and potentially fragile fashion object rather than a mainstream hit
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. One of the most beautifully designed smartphones that can be bought for a unique experience
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Samsung makes big technical improvements in an anachronistic form factor
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Providing something unique that looks great... but not without compromises
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. techcrunch.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
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