Top-secret 5G Samsung flip-phone leaked online ‘from every angle’ – and it could beat the iPhone
AN OFFICIAL trailer for Samsung’s next folding mobile has leaked online weeks ahead of the gadget’s rumoured launch.
The short clip posted to Twitter shows the Samsung Galazy Z Flip 5G, which boasts a screen that bends like a retro flip phone from the noughties.
Images of Samsung’s latest folding mobile appear to have leaked online[/caption]
It’s an alleged followup to the original Galaxy Z Flip, which hit shelves earlier this year but had no 5G connectivity.
Samsung has yet to acknowledge it’s making a 5G version yet, but is expected to announce an updated version of the phone next month.
Now a video posted to Twitter by notorious leaker Evan Blass appears to reveal that one is in the works.
The clip, which looks to be an official trailer leaked to Blass long before it airs, shows a folding smartphone similar to the original Galaxy Z Flip.
The alleged mobile folds a bit like a retro flip phone from the noughties[/caption]
The device flips around the screen a bit before it’s replaced with text that reads[/caption]
Showcased with a pinkish hue, the device saunters across the screen before it’s replaced with text that reads: “Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G”.
Blass, who is based in the US and regularly breaks news of upcoming phones and announcements, gave no context for the 60-second clip.
It’s not clear where he got it from, or whether it’s an official Samsung trailer or something else entirely.
However, it has all the hallmarks of an official ad, and ties in with recent rumours that have suggested the phone will be unveiled imminently.
Samsung is expected to unveil the new phone in August[/caption]
The original Galaxy Z Flip launched in February and sold for $1,380 in the US and £1,300 in the UK.
The phone has a bendy screen that allows it to fold in half like a retro flip phone, making it easier to fit into your pocket.
A cover display on the outer shell shows information you might need at glance, such as the time, text notifications, alarms or calls.
The Z Flip’s foldable, ultra-thin glass is apparently “built to last”, and can fold 200,000 times before breaking.
However, some early adopters reported that the screen broke after just a few days of use.
Samsung is rumoured to be unveiling a 5G version at its live-streamed Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5.
As well as the Z Flip, the South Korean firm is also expected to reveal its hotly-anticipated Note 20 smartphone.
Take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now though, as Samsung hasn’t said a word on what will feature at the event just yet.
Samsung – a brief history
Here’s what you need to know…
- Samsung is a major South Korean company made up of many businesses that operate globally
- It’s known locally as a “chaebol”, which means “business conglomerate”
- It was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company
- But over several decades, it branched out into food processing, insurance, textiles and retail
- It wasn’t until the late 1960s when Samsung entered the electronics industry – for which it’s best known in the west today
- It also launched businesses in construction and shipbuilding in the 1970s
- Today, Samsung’s most important sources of income are its smartphones and computer chips
- The firm accounts for around a fifth of South Korea’s total exports, and roughly 17% of the country’s GDP
- More than 320,000 staff are employed by Samsung globally
- And in 2017, Samsung turned over the equivalent of £174billion today in revenue
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