Does Samsung's folding-glass flip phone beat the Razr? (The Daily Charge, 2/12/2020)
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So the last time phones had this much hype flip phones had this much hype facebook.com was a little tiny site for Ivy League students and Google had just gone public as a $23 billion company.
That's so cute.
It's worth a trillion dollars now.
Anyway, yesterday Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy z flip.
Phone, which bears a very close resemblance to the Motorola Razr that went on sale just last week.
Eli, how does the new Z-Flip stack up against the Razr and other folding phones so far?
Yeah, we talk about technology moving really fast all the time.
The Razr just went on sale last week, and it already has gotten eclipsed by something that is faster, it is cheaper, And by all accounts looks a lot better.
It looks pretty snazzy.
Compared to the razor and we've been using the razor for the last week.
We have one here.
And yeah, it's got a glass screen on this the flip side and the razors plastic that's saying it's been getting dinged about a lot, including in our review on CNET.com.
It's got a better processor.
It's got wireless charging, it's got better cameras and And it's a at just under 1400 dollars.
It's $100 cheaper right and will be available beyond just on one carrier at&t and sprint are selling it.
It's also available on lock so you can use on Verizon, and on T Mobile whereas the razor if you're using it, you have to have Verizon right that's so it checks nearly all the boxes.
Are there any bosses that doesn't check?
That's the thing.
So future proofing when you're buying a fourteen hundred dollar phone
You're kind of future proofed it.
Yeah, but it looks really cool.
[LAUGH] But it looks so good.
You win some you lose some.
Yeah, compared to the Galaxy S21, that seems an awesome introduced yesterday, it's not as powerful Right.
As those phones, but again those phones are looking a lot like the phones we've had for the last 10 years or so.
Talk a little bit about, so they announced a trio of, like the Galaxy S.
So, there's three Yes 2030 s 20 the 20 plus and yes 20 Ultra.
They all have largely the same underlying specs, the same Snapdragon 865 processor underneath.
They all support some form of 5g, the plus and the ultra support basically all three flavors of 5g.
Little bit mid band and millimeter wave.
So depending on your carrier,
You'll you'll get a full experience.
The differences mainly between the S20 are in their screen sizes.
S20 is the smallest of the bunch at 6.9 inches.
I believe the S20 Ultra is the largest.
Yeah That's already close to you're talking basically seven inches there.
That's a pretty big phone.
If you don't like big phones, don't look at the ultra even though it has a really fancy camera on the back with 108 megapixel sensor and 100 x zoom that Samsung call space zoom,
space zoom,>> right we'll have to see in our testing
What that actually means is that useful?
Like is it, what if is like digital zoom?
Like how much of it is just making a picture?
I think the bulk of it is digital zoom.
Which is partially I guess why they put a hundred and eight megapixel sensor in there.
So, you have that flexibility to really get close to a subject without completely Losing all semblance of an image.
But, yeah, so it'll be interesting to see how that translates into the real world, and if people find that useful.
It's definitely a buzzworthy future, though.
What about the prices on the three phones, how do they stack up?
So it starts out, $1,000 for the S20, or 999.
Then $200 more, $1,200 for the S20 Plus, and $1,400
For the ultra, those are the base models to play and how much storage you get.
It could go up I think the highest was 1600 dollars on the ultra.
Well, we also, there was another product that they announced there were earbuds that came out.
Anything interesting about those?
A battery life seems to be pretty promising 11 hours directly on the Galaxy buds plus themselves.
These are $150 headphones.
Basically Samsung's rival to Amazon's Eco Buds, Apple Airpods.>> Right.>> Google's Pixel Buds, Microsoft Surface buds because everybody has got headphones now.
It will have an additional 11 hours of charge in the case that it come with.>> Yeah.>> The case is wireless charging.>> Yeah.>> It also support fast charging.
So Samsung say if you put the buds in the case for 3 minutes.
You'll get an hours worth of playback time.
Which is pretty nice.
Especially if you're carrying these things around all day.
That sounds great.
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I'm Eli Blumenthal.
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