Samsung has shown its new flip phone with a folding screen in an advertisement two days before the device is officially announced.
The Galaxy Z Flip, which is said to have made a 6.7-inch foldable display of “ultra-thin” glass, was revealed in an advertisement during the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.
The advertisement shows the telephone, which is supplied in black or purple and transmits video calls while it is folded at different angles.
The device appears to remain open while on a flat surface, suggesting that users can video chat hands-free.
The phone can be folded to reveal a compact square, while the back of the hinge shows the Samsung logo embossed.
The tech giant will officially unveil both the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy S20 during its Unpacked 2020 media event in San Francisco on Tuesday from 19:00 GMT.
The new phone comes in black and purple and can stand open on a flat surface, so users can get a good angle and make hands-free video calls
There are two screens on the new device – one on the inside that folds on itself and a second outside screen that shows the time, notifications, and number display when the device is folded.
The design is intended to mimic the classic ‘clamshell’ flip phones from the 2000s, including the Samsung S500 and T609.
Although the fold was not mentioned in the advertisement, it is generally assumed that it is confirmed as the ‘Galaxy Z Flip’.
In small print during the advertisement, Samsung warns: “You can see a small fold in the center of the main screen, which is a natural feature of the screen.”
Once unfolded, the main screen appears to be separated into a video display area and a control panel
The same warning can also be found on the marketing web page for the first Samsung folding device, the Galaxy Fold smartphone, which was withdrawn after the first release last year due to sensitivity to screen damage.
Viewers with an ad eagle will also see the text in the lower right corner that reads: “Google Duo is a trademark of Google LLC” – showing that the device supports the Google video calling app for Android.
Previous leaks of the Galaxy Z Flip suggest that the new device comes with a 6.7-inch OLED screen and “ultra-thin glass” screen and a metal case.
Small print in the ad warn viewers: “You can see a small fold in the center of the main screen, which is a natural feature of the screen.” The warning follows complaints directed at the Galaxy Fold smartphone, which was released last year and which can pick up wrinkles and stains after a few folds
The advertisement shows the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and its ability to stay open from different angles
The base of the phone, once folded, shows the Samsung logo embossed in the metal base
The phone uses USB-C and has no physical headphone connection, the leak suggests, and supports wireless charging.
The Galaxy Z Flip is also expected to support 5G, the next generation communication standard that enables super fast internet speeds and downloads.
The Galaxy Z Flip enters an emerging market for folding smartphones, which also includes the Huawei Mate X, the Motorola Razr and Samsung’s own £ 1,800 Galaxy Fold.
The Galaxy S20 will also be unveiled on Tuesday-evening and will be the next flagship of the Korean tech giant and a successor to the Galaxy S10 series last year.
The S20 line includes the standard S20, the slightly larger S20 Plus and the high-end S20 Ultra, which is said to come with more advanced camera technology, including ultra-wide, telephoto and macro lenses.
Leaked images of the Galaxy S20 Plus also show that the handset will have an arrangement with four cameras on the back, along with a flat screen and thin edges.
It is assumed that the S20 line will contain both 4G and 5G variants of the S20 and S20 Plus handsets – meaning that at least four S20 devices can be revealed.
While the 6.7-inch main screen is split up for video calls, the Galaxy Z Flip forms a single screen, just like any other smartphone
Leaked photos seem to have confirmed that Samsung’s next flagship phone will indeed be called the Galaxy S20, as previously speculated. Pictured a leaked image of the Galaxy S20 Plus
Samsung is also expected to announce more details about its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini.
In a now removed press release, Samsung revealed that the new smart speaker costs $ 83 (around £ 140) and will be equipped with its digital assistant Bixby.
Galaxy Home Mini also comes with 360-degree surround sound to play music and send and receive messages via voice commands.
The Galaxy Home Mini (shown above) is also likely to be unveiled tomorrow at the Unpacked event, a major press event from Samsung
Samsung has revealed what was originally planned to enter the smart speaker market in August 2018 – but the “Galaxy Home” has never been released commercially.
With the Galaxy Home Mini, Samsung will probably bypass the original Galaxy Home, which was mocked because of the weird, kettle-shaped design with tripod legs.
The Homepage for the original Galaxy Home, the Unpacked event of tomorrow is now being redirected.
The original design for Samsung’s first smart speaker looked more like a kettle or a rocket ship – and was never released