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Samsung's "mid-range foldable" takes a step closer to reality with an official Wi-Fi certification

Could there be a Z Flip Lite in the works? (Source: Samsung)
Could there be a Z Flip Lite in the works? (Source: Samsung)
A recent leak has pointed to an upcoming Samsung foldable that may be more affordable than its predecessors. This rumor now gains more weight due to the fact that the Wi-Fi Alliance has registered a device with its alleged model number. This new leak may also point to specs that may indeed render it the foldable for (more of) the masses.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

Samsung's foldable devices - which are currently organized into the Galaxy Z Fxxx(n) series - are the cutting-edge of premiumleak smartphones. However, they also all have the price-tags to match: even the technically lowest-end Z Flip launched for about the same price as a Note 20 Ultra 5G. Then again, there are some hints that the OEM is working on making this category accessible to more consumers as soon as possible.

They arose with a rumor that the Korean electronics giant have a foldable (thought to be so as its model number allegedly has the prefix SM-F, same as the Galaxy Fold, Z Fold2 and both Z Flip variants) with internal storage SKUs of just 64 to 128GB in the works. Now, this same device has popped up on the Wi-Fi Alliance's website.

This type of leak is often a sure sign that a device is real and will see a debut in the near future. It may also confirm that it is of the mid-range variety, as the wireless connectivity evaluated for in this certification only goes up to 802.11 ac (or "Wi-Fi 5", as it is sometimes known). Combine this with its rumored storage spec (even the Z Flip gets 256GB), and it is looking sub-flagship indeed.

This SM-F415F/DS, as it is known in its new official documentation, is also now projected to get a Snapdragon 7-series processor, and, thus, to fall into the ~US$700 price-tier. Should this be the case, its launch might come as a nasty shock to the upcoming Motorola Razr 2020 5G - not to mention conventional phones such as the OnePlus Nord. Then again, Samsung has yet to acknowledge this rumored affordable foldable in any way.

The SM-F415F/DS' Wi-Fi specs. (Source: Wi-Fi Alliance via MySmartPrice)
The SM-F415F/DS' Wi-Fi specs. (Source: Wi-Fi Alliance via MySmartPrice)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-23 (Update: 2020-08-23)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.