SAMSUNG shows no signs of abandoning clamshell phones any time soon.
The South Korean tech giant has launched its fifth version of the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold.
We’ve managed to pick up the two new handsets for a first taste – and first impressions are mostly good.
You might think that there isn’t much of a difference compared to the last few models that came out last year, especially the Fold 5.
But there’s a real evolutionary journey to both phones, which makes sense, especially if you’re brand new to the range.
Judging by Samsung’s slogan “Join the back side”, that’s what the company is now aiming for.
It may not convince iPhone fans, but Android fans will surely be tempted by the nifty offering we have today.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: First Impressions
The first thing that strikes you about the Galaxy Flip 5 is that the screen is much larger on the front (when folded).
It now occupies much more space and nestles elegantly around the camera lenses.
The feature was already great for hands-free selfies by bending the device at a 45-degree angle, but now it’s even better.
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Not only that, it’s ideal for all those handy, clutter-free widgets like your calendar.
Speaking of the hinge, it feels a lot smoother now when folded, while still being very strong and sturdy.
There is also no annoying gap.
However, when you open it, you can still see a clear crease in the middle.
It doesn’t ruin the experience, nor is it overly inconvenient – but it’s clearly visible.
Being an iPhone user myself, I can’t help but fall even more in love with the Flip’s alluring compactness, having apparently addressed most of my earlier concerns – though I’m yet to do an extensive review before I buy for sure.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: First Impressions
With the bulky Fold 5, on the other hand, it’s much harder to tell a huge difference from previous models.
It’s noticeably lighter and thinner, which is to be welcomed.
The hinge is also much easier to open and close.
And finally there is no visible gap.
But other than that, judging from this brief encounter, it doesn’t seem to have evolved that much.
What you don’t see is the more powerful chip inside, which also needs more testing to see if it really makes a difference.
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