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Samsung vs. Samsung: Galaxy Z Flip or Galaxy Fold. What to buy?

The folding phone revolution is still in its infancy, but Samsung has already released two such devices. There are some clear design differences between the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip, and you will find many differences in the spec sheet, but if you've decided to jump in and dive into flip phones, which one do you stick with? Next, Samsung vs. Samsung, or what is the same, Galaxy Z Flip vs. Galaxy Fold in a brotherly duel.

specs

Galaxy Z FlipGalaxy Fold
SizeOpen: 167.3 x 73.6 x 7.2mm

Folded: 87.4 x 73.6 x 17.3 mm

Open: 160.9 x 117.9 x 7.5mm

Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 17mm

Weight183 grams263 grams
Screen Size6.7 inches Dynamic AMOLED and 1.06 inches Super AMOLED7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED and 4.6-inch Super AMOLED
Screen Resolution2636 x 1080 pixels and 300 x 112 pixels2152 x 1536 pixels and 1680 x 720 pixels
OSAndroid 10Android 9.0 Pie
Storage256GB512GB
MicroSD slotDo notDo not
Tap-to-pay servicesGoogle Pay, Samsung PayGoogle Pay, Samsung Pay
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusQualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM8GB12GB
CameraBack: 12 megapixels and 12MP ultrawide.

Front: 10MP

Rear: Triple-lens ultra-wide-angle 16-megapixel, standard 12MP with OIS and variable aperture, and 12MP telephoto with OIS.

Front: 10MP with closed front, 10MP 8MP with open front

Video2160p at 60 fps2160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps
Bluetooth version5.05.0
PortsUSB-CUSB-C
Fingerprint sensorS (aside)S (aside)
WaterproofDo notDo not
Battery3,300mAh

Fast charging (15W)

Qi wireless charging

Wireless Powershare

4,380mAh (4,325mAh 5G model)

Quick Charge 2.0 (18W)

Qi wireless charging

Wireless Powershare

App storeGoogle Play StoreGoogle Play Store
Network supportAT&T, SprintAT&T, T-Mobile
ColorsMirror Purple, Mirror BlackCosmos Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, or Astro Blue
Price$ 1,380 dollars$ 1,980 dollars
buy onSamsungSamsung, AT&T

Design, display and durability

Both are foldable, but there are significant design differences between these two devices. The Galaxy Z Flip obviously differs from the old shell-style phones, though it brings a unique modern look to the shape. It has a very small external screen to break the mirror finish and it unfolds to reveal a vibrant 6.7-inch screen with a hole punch camera in the upper center. The Galaxy Fold has a larger external display, though it's still not big enough to comfortably write on, and it opens up like a book to reveal a large 7.3-inch display on the inside with considerable notch at the top right. They both have a Samsung logo spine and are quite thick when folded.

The Fold is obviously bigger and heavier, like a phone that folds out to be a small tablet, while the Z Flip is a phone that folds up to be stored in your pocket. The main screen of the Galaxy Z Flip is significantly sharper than the main screen on the Fold, and feels more like a conventional big-screen phone when it is deployed, while the Fold has a much bigger and squarer main screen when opened. . Neither one offers water resistance and durability is likely to be an issue, so a case is recommended.

The best option here depends on what you are looking for.

Winner: tie

Performance, battery life and charge

Galaxy Z Flip Open

There are surprising differences between the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the Samsung Galaxy Fold in this category. For starters, the Z Flip has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which is slightly faster and more capable than the regular Snapdragon 855 in the Fold. However, the Fold has 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, while the Z Flip has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. None of the phones supports MicroSD card. Based on these specs, they both will be able to run all the latest apps and games, no matter how demanding they are, and they're multitasking-friendly, allowing you to get in and out of apps and continue where you left off.

With a much larger battery and slightly faster wired charging, the Fold plays to the advantage, but it also has two much larger displays to power. We have found that the Fold has enough power that you can get through a busy day and even further with lighter use. We haven't had enough time with the Z Flip yet, but we hope the battery life will be good. Both support Qi wireless charging and can be used to wirelessly charge other devices if necessary.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold

Camera

Galaxy Fold in the hands

With six lenses, the Fold offers a better photographic system than the Z Flip. The main triple-lens camera consists of a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, another standard 12MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and variable aperture, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. On the front with the fold closed, you will find a single 10MP camera and inside, when opened, there is a dual-lens camera on the notch that combines a 10MP lens with an 8MP lens.

The Z Flip has a dual-lens main camera that combines a standard 12MP lens with an f / 1.8 aperture and OIS with a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens. The secondary selfie camera at the top of the screen when you open it has a 10 megapixel capacity.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold

Software and updates

Galaxy Z Flip Open

The new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes with Android 10 and Samsung's One UI 2.0 interface, while the Galaxy Fold still runs Android 9 and the older version of One UI. Current estimates indicate that Fold will catch up in April, but remains behind the Z Flip in this area.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Special functions

Galaxy Fold screen

The Galaxy Fold not only has a larger screen, giving you space for three on-screen apps at once to multitask, but it also supports Samsung's DeX mode, which allows it to mirror like a PC, something that Z Flip lacks. Both phones have Bixby, Knox and some other Samsung applications and services such as Samsung Pay.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold

With a bigger screen, a better set of cameras and other extras, the Galaxy Fold takes the victory, but it is much more expensive than the Z Flip and the truth is that these devices are probably not aimed at the same people.

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