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Samsung's upcoming foldable phone battery size leaks, and it's not that great
After much confusion, it looks like Galaxy Z Flip is the name for Samsung’s upcoming clamshell phone. The name was previously tipped by leakster Ice Universe and has now been reaffirmed by XDA Developers’ Max Weinbach.
In a series of tweets, Weinbach reveals some more information about the alleged Galaxy Z Flip. The tipster says that the foldable phone will get a 3,300mAh battery and will run on the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The 2019 flagship chipset was also tipped in a previous report, back when we thought the phone was called the Galaxy Fold 2.
The Galaxy Flip Z has a 3300 mAh battery. Along with the Snapdragon 855, this should be pretty ok in everything. About the same battery live as the mid size S10.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 14, 2020
At 3,300mAh, the new Galaxy foldable trumps the battery capacity of the recently launched Moto Razr clamshell. The Razr comes with a measly 2,510mAh battery, which Moto claims works well with the phone’s Snapdragon 710 SoC.
However, the Galaxy Z Flip’s more premium processor could drain its 3,300mAh battery pretty quickly. It’s even smaller than the 3,500mAh battery on 2018’s Galaxy S9 Plus, which was not very impressive to begin with. In our testing, the S9 Plus’ battery gave us merely three hours of screen-on time during our camera testing and six hours with heavy usage.
It’s possible Samsung had to compromise on the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Flip in order to maintain a thin form factor.
To mitigate battery drain, Samsung could look at deploying the Galaxy Fold‘s Adaptive Power Saving Mode on the new phone. The feature regulates battery consumption depending on how you use your device.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip display rumors
Apart from outing the Galaxy Z Flip’s battery details, Weinbach has also revealed some info about its display. He says that the phone will feature an ultra-thin glass layered with plastic to avoid scratching.
Samsung was very smart with the Galaxy Z Flip (just got word this is the name.)They are using ultra thin glass and plastic. Samsung will be layering a plastic over the ultra thin glass for extra protection. If it gets scratched, it’s only the plastic and not the display.— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 14, 2020
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Samsung’s next foldable using ultra-thin glass. Two previous reports have stated the same. However, that extra layer of plastic on top of the ultra-thin glass is new information to us.
Ultra-thin glass protection is good news since it’s more scratch resistant than plastic. It also reportedly results in less wrinkles compared to the first wave of foldable phone displays.
Weinbach claims the plastic layer on top will serve as additional protection for the display. If it gets scratched, only the plastic will suffer the damage, not the display.
What do you think of the Galaxy Z Flip so far? Are you excited for Samsung’s clamshell phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.