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5 Things to Know Before You Buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip looks like an epic phone and it’s not Samsung’s first entry into the foldable phone market, which means they’ve already learned some things about this new form factor.

If you are planning to buy the Z Flip on Friday, or even later this month, here’s a look at the things we think you need to know before you buy the Galaxy Z Flip. With a fast release and a new form factor, there are several important things that potential buyers need to know about.

It’s Expensive

Galaxy Z flip Price

Prepare to pay for the Z Flip.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is $1,380, which is a lot of cash for a phone. Don’t expect a ton of deals on the Z Flip, but you should see some payment plans at carriers that help make the price easier to accept.

Expect to pay around $45 a month on a payment plan at AT&T or $50+ if you want to do the AT&T Next Up Plan. Pricing is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, so keep that in mind if you are cross-shopping. You can find the Z Flip at Best Buy and on Samsung.

The Hinge is Free Standing And Hidden

Galaxy Z flip hinge

Use the hinge at almost any angle.

Samsung uses a Freestop folding hinge that allows you to stop at multiple angles like a laptop display. This makes it possible to use for a selfie or a time-lapse without the need to carry a tripod. Just open the phone, set it down and make something beautiful.

One of the initial Galaxy Fold problems came from the exposed hinge that let dust get in and cause issues. The new Galaxy Z flip hinge is hidden away for looks and for reliability. Samsung says it is ready to handle being opened and closed 200,000 times.

You Can Do a Few Things With it Closed

Galaxy Z Flip closed screen

What can you do when the Z Flip is closed?

While there is no major display on the outside, you can still use the camera for several features while it is closed. You can take a selfie with the main rear camera using a tiny display to frame yourself.

You can also see notifications for incoming calls and missed notifications on that small display. This is a display to keep you informed, but not to take you out of the moment if you just want a selfie or to know the time.

There are Three Colors and a Special Edition

The Galaxy Z Flip Thome Browne Edition arrives in March.

Samsung announced three Galaxy Z Flip colors today and a special edition timed to Fashion Week. The standard colors are Mirror Purple, Mirror Black and Mirror Gold. You can buy purple and black in most countries, but the Mirror Gold is only coming to select countries.

The Thome Browne Edition includes a special style with a unique exterior and a Z Flip Thome Browne case as well as matching Galaxy Buds and a Samsung smartwatch. This special edition goes on sale this week but arrives in March. You can get it from Samsung, Thombrowne.com and Net A Porter and Mr Porter with an official launch in March.

You can add a leather cover to your standard Z Flip and we expect to see other options coming soon.

There’s No 5G and Carriers are Slim Now

You can get the Z Flip from AT&T and Sprint or look for an unlocked model.

One big thing you need to think about is that the Galaxy Z flip does not have 5G. If that matters to you, then you should look for the Galaxy S20 models. The Z Fli is packing in 4G LTE, so in most areas, this is the connection you’ll be using anyway.

While there will be an unlocked model the only carriers welling the Galaxy Z Flip directly are AT&T and Sprint. Best Buy will sell the Z Flip for AT&T and unlocked.

7 Cool Things the Galaxy Z Flip Can Do

Open to Almost Any Angle

Open to Almost Any Angle

While the Galaxy Fold and the Motorola Razr are meant to flip open completely so that you can use a big screen, the Galaxy Z Flip is designed to open to almost any angle. 

Samsung calls this Freestop Folding, which means that the hinge works like a laptop hinge. You can open and stop the hinge almost anywhere. That means you can set the upper half straight for photos or you can lean it back a little for a better angle while on a video chat or simply while watching something without holding the phone. 

This plays into some of the photography features as well as some of the interesting software multitasking features. If you like to stream, want to be able to do a little more without holding your phone. 

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7 Cool Things the Galaxy Z Flip Can Do

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The Galaxy Z Flip is a new foldable phone with a few fancy tricks up its sleeve. Here’s a look at the cool things that you can do with the new foldable Samsung phone. Whether this is your first flip phone or just your first foldable phone the new design offers interesting options that you can use to change up how you use your phone.

If you are looking into what the Galaxy Z Flip can do in order to decide if you should buy it, we also have a breakdown of what you need to know before you buy the Galaxy Z Flip and a look at where you can buy the Z Flip.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is $1,380 and it goes on sale Friday, February 14th on Sprint, AT&T and through Best Buy or Samsung. You can also get it on a payment plan for around $57 to $60 a month depending on the carrier and terms.

Cool Things the Galaxy Z Flip Can Do

Samsung shows off a mix of Galaxy Z Flip features on the short commercials and explains a little about what this phone can do on the website, but if you really want to know what this new phone can do we have a breakdown below. Here’s what the Galaxy Z Flip can do;

  1. Open to Almost Any Angle
  2. Take a Selfie While Closed
  3. Open to a 6.7-inch Display
  4. Take Timelapses Without A Tripod
  5. Easier Video Chat Angles
  6. Multitask on Both Halves
  7. See Notifications While Closed

BONUS: Wirelessly Charge, Powershare, and All-Day Battery Life

Click through each of the images below to see more about what the Galaxy Z Flip features look like and what you can actually do with this foldable phone.

Open to Almost Any Angle

Open to Almost Any Angle

While the Galaxy Fold and the Motorola Razr are meant to flip open completely so that you can use a big screen, the Galaxy Z Flip is designed to open to almost any angle. 

Samsung calls this Freestop Folding, which means that the hinge works like a laptop hinge. You can open and stop the hinge almost anywhere. That means you can set the upper half straight for photos or you can lean it back a little for a better angle while on a video chat or simply while watching something without holding the phone. 

This plays into some of the photography features as well as some of the interesting software multitasking features. If you like to stream, want to be able to do a little more without holding your phone. 

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Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a premium device, with a premium price, but you will be able to pick this up at multiple locations when it launches on Friday, February 14th. This new Galaxy Z Flip is $1,380 and is coming to Sprint, AT&T, and as an unlocked version that you can get at Best Buy or Samsung.

If you are shopping for this new Z Flip, you will want to look around and see if there are any deals or freebies that you can get. Or, perhaps you can purchase at Best Buy and get reward points or double-dip into credit card points.

The Galaxy Z Flip includes all the support you need to use 4G LTE on U.S. carriers, so even if you don’t have AT&T or Sprint, you should be able to bring an unlocked model to Verizon or even some of the cheaper carrier options out there.

Where to Buy the Galaxy Z Flip

This is where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

If you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip directly from a carrier, your options are to go to AT&T or Sprint on Friday. Both of these carriers will sell the Z Flip on February 14th. The Galaxy Z Flip is $57.50 a month on the Sprint Flex 18 mo. lease.

The other option is to look at Best Buy, where you can buy the Z Flip on AT&T or unlocked. If you want to use the Z Flip on another carrier, you will want the Unlocked version and may need to pay a premium.

Another option is to get the Galaxy Z Flip directly from Samsung or at a Samsung Experience Store. The Samsung option is online and allows you to get the carrier or unlocked options. The Experience Store locations are in major metro areas.

We may even see the Galaxy Z Flip appear on B&H Photo, eBay or other locations in the coming days.

7 Cool Things the Galaxy Z Flip Can Do

Open to Almost Any Angle

Open to Almost Any Angle

While the Galaxy Fold and the Motorola Razr are meant to flip open completely so that you can use a big screen, the Galaxy Z Flip is designed to open to almost any angle. 

Samsung calls this Freestop Folding, which means that the hinge works like a laptop hinge. You can open and stop the hinge almost anywhere. That means you can set the upper half straight for photos or you can lean it back a little for a better angle while on a video chat or simply while watching something without holding the phone. 

This plays into some of the photography features as well as some of the interesting software multitasking features. If you like to stream, want to be able to do a little more without holding your phone. 

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