In early 2020, Samsung launched its foldable smartphone called the Galaxy Z Flip. About six months later, the South Korean conglomerate incorporated 5G connectivity into an updated model. In 2021, Samsung will ship the next generation model, commonly known as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Below is a compilation of the latest news on this highly anticipated model.
In short, the Galaxy Z Flip range features the brand’s compact foldable display phones. While the also foldable Z-fold transforms into a tablet form factor when fully opened, the Galaxy Z Flip offers dimensions similar to a conventional smartphone plate. The Flip family is the direct competitor of Motorola’s Razr range, which this year also has a new generation in tow.
The foldable Galaxy Z is getting more robust
LetsGoDigital reported that Samsung has filed trademark applications for Armor Frame in South Korea, Europe and the United States. This trademark application was filed on April 13th and did not reveal any further information as to which model that particular language will apply to. However, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if it acted as a selling point for the upcoming Galaxy Z model. Who wouldn’t want a more robust handset that won’t break apart at the slightest knock?
The emphasis on a reinforced frame in the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip and Fold models could change the perception that foldable smartphones are weak devices. This public perception was fueled in part by the tumultuous pre-launch of the first Galaxy Fold, which was recalled and then released with numerous changes from the prototype previously released to the media.
LetsGoDigital speculated that the name will be adopted for devices with a more robust structure, possibly to obtain certification for impact resistance as well. To further improve its use, we could even consider using materials like carbon fiber or titanium, which could further reduce the overall weight of the smartphone.
The battery capacity remains unchanged
On April 1st (yes, it’s not an April Fool’s joke!) Samsung received certification for a couple of batteries from the South Korean safety certification body Safety Korea. These were identified by the company’s well-known model codes EB-BF711ABY and EB-BF712ABY. This shouldn’t make waves in the news if it weren’t for the battery capacities.
The attached photos show that the BF711 model has a typical capacity of 2,370 mAh (officially rated 2,300 mAh). Indian side MySmartPrice It also became known that the same component has already been registered with the Chinese regulatory authority 3C, alongside the Dutch branch of the German certifier Dekra.
The latter listed the identification information shown on the second model, CU9032F101 (right in the photo above) as a certified component with a capacity of 903 mAh. The values for both batteries are the same as the components of the first-generation Galaxy Z Flip, which has a typical capacity of 3,300 mAh.
Component capacities are lower than newer hardware versions, which typically exceed the 4,000 mAh mark. In addition, the time of joint registration and similar identifiers indicate a combination of both batteries in a single device.
Possible start in July
South Korean portal TheElec reported that Samsung is preparing for a joint kick-off event with the new Flip and Fold generations. The unpacked event for these upcoming models should happen sometime in July as that’s the direction it’s headed TheElec indicated.
It’s worth noting that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was unveiled at the Unpacked event in September 2020, just a few weeks after the Note 20 line’s launch event in August. With the annual launch of a new Galaxy Note model in 2021 looking very unlikely, the new Galaxy Z Flip and Fold models should carry the flashlight as the brand’s flagship for the latter part of this year.
The product code suggests an even cheaper 4G version
Also Dutch website at the end of 2020 Galaxy Club published a story about the new generation Galaxy Z Flip, which indicated that it would bear the model number SM-F720F. This naming convention follows the current standard that Samsung has adopted for the Galaxy Z Flip (SM-F700F) and Z Flip 5G (SM-F707B) models. However, the “F” suffix caught the site’s attention considering how the brand’s 5G models are traditionally used to create the letter “B”.
This particular detail fueled the rumor that the South Korean manufacturer was preparing an intermediate model for its range of foldable smartphones, which may be similar in many ways to the 5G version, with the exception that it would not have 5G network support because 5G networks would not widespread were only just established worldwide. However, it still seems too early for Samsung to make this line of premium smartphones available to everyone in First World countries as well.
In any case, is Samsung preparing for more competition with more manufacturers entering the foldable smartphone market like Xiaomi with their Mi Mix Fold? Share your thoughts in the comments below!