Samsung abruptly announces the 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung has quietly introduced the Galaxy Z Flip 5G today (July 22, 2020), despite the fact the next Unpacked event for premium device launches takes place in about 2 weeks from this date. That may have a lot to do with the fact the phone debuted today is not a brand-new product.
The OEM has confirmed that the Z Flip 5G (which will be of the sub-6GHz variety only) runs on the Snapdragon 865 Plus platform. However, the lack of reference to any other specs in its press release is a strong indication that they remain the same as in the original 2020 clamshell. In fact, the two only differ in that the newer one has UFS 3.1 storage and Wi-Fi 6.
Then again, Samsung claims that the version of One UI for this form-factor is an improvement in this Z Flip 5G. For example, its Flex mode, which activates when the device is opened at a 90-degree angle (like a tiny notebook), is apparently more effective in this updated hardware. Therefore, some apps should be distributed more effectively across both "halves" of the screen in this mode.
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G will start selling from August 7, 2020. It will be available in the 2 new shades Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze as an unlocked device and through AT&T or T-Mobile in the US. Finally, Samsung has announced that it will cost US$1449.99 on its release.