San Francisco: Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its second folding phone, a “Z Flip” model with a lofty price tag aimed at “trendsetters.”
The smartphone flips open, like a pocket cosmetics case, opening into a 6.7-inch screen.
Ultrathin glass that makes up the bending screen can be folded and unfolded more than 200,000 times and resists scratches, according to Samsung.
The Galaxy Z Flip will be available beginning Friday at a starting price of $1,380, head of Samsung product marketing in Rebecca Hirst said at a San Francisco unveiling.
“It changes everything — space, size, and the very way we use it,” Hirst said as she held a Z Flip in the palm of a hand.
“The Z Flip is a statement smartphone; it is for trendsetters and trailblazers.”
When closed, the Z Flip displays notifications such as time and phone calls, and can still be used to take photos.
The new device comes amid growing interest in folding handsets, and a similar “flip” Razr device recently introduced by Motorola.
Samsung also introduced a new Galaxy S 20 Ultra flagship model for its line-up of smartphones.
The S20 is the latest version of its Galaxy series, with an all-new camera architecture and an immense focus on 5G.
“5G will completely change how we communicate, how we game, and how we engage with the world around us,” Samsung head of US mobile product management Drew Blackard said during the presentation.
“This is the year of Galaxy 5G, and it begins right here with the Galaxy S 20.”
“As we enter this new decade, 5G will completely change how we communicate and how we experience the world around us,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
“As all three S20 variants come with 5G connectivity, Samsung is providing a next-generation device for transforming people’s lives. With an incredible, AI powered camera, you can capture the moments as they happen and connect more seamlessly with the people you love.
The S20 series consists of the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra.
All phones come equipped with 5G capabilities, Infinity-O displays, all new cameras, bigger batteries and a whole lot more. All phones are powered by 12GB of RAM and storage starts at 128GB.
For a detailed look at the devices, click here.