The rear dual 12MP cameras feature one wide-angle and one ultra-wide lens, and will take photos with the phone folded or unfolded. A 10MP selfie camera is nestled at the top of the internal screen.
The power button on the side doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and notably there is no Bixby button. The Flip has a physical SIM slot as well as an internal eSIM, but is not 5G compatible.
No Australian pricing of availability details have been shared yet, but it’s expected to be out in the first half of 2020. In the US the Z Flip is going for $US1380 ($2055); a big drop from the Galaxy Fold’s $US1980.
Meanwhile the range of Galaxy S20 phones is coming to Australia on March 6, with each of the three tiers (S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra) offering a 5G variant for the first time.
The S20 will feature a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, a 6.2-inch 120Hz OLED screen and a 4000mAh battery, at $1349. The S20+ for $1499 ups the screen size and battery capacity slightly, while the $1899 S20 Ultra does the same again and also adds more RAM. These also feature no Bixby button, come in single SIM and dual SIM flavours and unlike the Z Flip support microSD cards for more storage.
The 5G base models are a bit less expensive this time, with the S20 and S20+ models adding $150 to the price (as well as an additional 4GB of RAM). The 5G Ultra is $1999, with an additional 16GB RAM, 512GB storage model going for $ 2249.
Things start to get interesting with the cameras, which have been redesigned from the ground up. The vanilla S20 and the S20+ have roughly identical setups with a 10MP front camera, and rear 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide and 64MP telephoto lenses, with the plus sneaking on an extra depth sensor. Samsung claims both phones can make it to 30x digital zoom.
Over on the Ultra it’s a similar deal, but with the front camera expanded to 40MP, the telephoto changed out for a 48MP sensor and the wide angle for a huge 108MP. Samsung rates it for 100x digital zoom.
New camera tricks being introduced on the S20 range before being rolled out to other Samsung phones include Single Take, which has you record a ten second video and then uses AI to choose a selection of photos and boomerangs made out of that moment.
Also announced at the event were the Galaxy Buds+, an update to last year’s Galaxy Buds. These ones are different because they’re a bit shinier, have a better tuned 3-microphone array for phone calls, and have 11 hours battery life built into the buds with a further 11 hours in the case. They’ll be available to buy from March 6 for $299, or can be redeemed for free with pre-orders of the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra at participating stores.
The author travelled to San Francisco as a guest of Samsung.
Alice is a freelance journalist, producer and presenter.