Samsung Galaxy Z series

The Samsung Galaxy Z series (named as Samsung Galaxy Foldables in certain territories) is a line of foldable smartphones manufactured by Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Galaxy Z series
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DeveloperSamsung Electronics
TypeFoldable smartphones
Release date6 September 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-06)
System on a chipQualcomm Snapdragon (2019–)
Z series
2019Samsung Galaxy Fold
2020Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
2021Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
2022Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

With the announcement of the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung's future foldable smartphones will be part of the Galaxy Z series.[1]

PhonesEdit

Samsung Galaxy FoldEdit

 
Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was the first phone in the Galaxy Z series, and the only one not marketed under the "Z" brand. It was announced on February 20, 2019 and released on September 6, 2019, in South Korea.[2] A version of the device marketed as the Samsung W20 5G was released on December 12 exclusively for China Telecom,[3] with a faster Snapdragon 855+ processor and a unique white finish.[4]

Samsung Galaxy Z FlipEdit

 
Galaxy Z Flip

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G were released on 14 February 2020 and 7 August 2020 respectively, and was the first device to be marketed under the "Z" brand.[1] Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the device folds vertically and uses a hybrid glass coating branded as "Infinity Flex Display".[5][6][7]

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2Edit

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G was released on 18 September 2020, and is the second generation of Samsung's outward fold design introduced with the original Fold. It features a significantly larger front screen than its predecessor, a high refresh rate 120 Hz folding screen, minimal bezels and improved cameras.[8] A luxury model called the Samsung W21 5G was unveiled in November 2020 exclusively for the Chinese market.[9]

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3Edit

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3

Samsung unveiled its third generation of folding phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G on 11 August 2021.[10]

Both the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 have more durable materials, a redesigned hinge, and IPX8 water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4Edit

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4

Rebranding in EuropeEdit

In March 2022, Samsung began to quietly rebrand the current Galaxy Fold and Flip devices in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) to remove the "Z" branding from their names. This is for sensitivity reasons due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine,[11][12] as the letter "Z" has been used as a symbol by the Russian military and as a pro-war symbol by Russian citizens.[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Samsung's foldable devices will fall under the Galaxy Z umbrella". SamMobile. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Williams, Andrew (2019-04-15). "Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: an odd glimpse of our phone future". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  3. ^ "Samsung Galaxy W20 5G goes on sale in China and sells out, instantly". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  4. ^ "Foldable Samsung W20 5G arrives in China with Snapdragon 855+". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  5. ^ Bohn, Dieter (2020-02-11). "Hands on with Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  6. ^ Amadeo, Ron (2020-02-11). "Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is the first foldable with a flexible glass cover". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  7. ^ Dolcourt, Jessica. "Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's foldable glass screen: Already more impressive than the Razr". CNET. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  8. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (2020-08-05). "Samsung announces the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with bigger screens and better cameras". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  9. ^ "Samsung unveils W21 5G - a more premium Galaxy Z Fold2 for China". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  10. ^ "Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 edge foldables closer to mainstream". CNET. 2021-08-11. Retrieved 2021-08-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Samsung drops the 'Z' branding from foldables, since Russia ruined it". Android Police. 2022-03-29. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  12. ^ SamMobile. "Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 rebranded in some Baltic countries". SamMobile. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  13. ^ Stieb, Matt; Danner, Chas (8 March 2022). "How the Letter Z Became a Pro-War Symbol in Russia". New York. Archived from the original on 8 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  14. ^ Mac Dougall, David; Davlashyan, Naira (8 March 2022). "What do we know about the Russian pro-war Z symbol?". Euronews. Archived from the original on 16 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.