Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s Only “shortcoming”: 1.1-inch Secondary Screen


[Bestbuy618 cell phone channel]As a new generation of Samsung folding screen phone, the Galaxy Z Flip has been recognized both inside and outside the industry, and it sold out quickly after it was listed abroad. In comparison to the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip employs a new top and bottom folding method, prompting netizens to compare it to the Motorola RAZR released last year. With one exception – the secondary screen on the outside of the body – the Galaxy Z Flip has received much better reviews than the Motorola RAZR in many comparisons at home and abroad.

The Motorola RAZR features a tribute to the classic design, with a 2.7-inch OLED secondary screen with a resolution of 600×800 on its outer side in addition to a 16-megapixel main camera. Although the secondary screen is much smaller than that of the Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X, the display area is much larger than the 1.1-inch OLED screen of the Galaxy Z Flip, allowing users to browse more information. A few days ago, I also experienced the Galaxy Z Flip, which is not yet available in China, and carefully felt the 1.1-inch sub-screen.

Despite its small size, this “short board” is not completely useless.

When 1.1 inches is compared to the 12MP dual camera next to it, the primary role of the Galaxy Z Flip’s secondary screen is for message notifications, such as displaying the time, and so on. This sub-screen, for example, supports left and right swipe and tap operations. The screen can be illuminated to display the time and other basic information, and swiping to the right displays unread messages in the phone’s notification bar.

However, due to space constraints, the single screen display information is also limited to three icons, which you can click to view further. However, “Once again” is limited by the size, you can view the message “profile” after clicking the icon, such as the file delivered by Bluetooth, but the next step will require the user to “open” the phone to view it, and there is also a prompt on the secondary screen when adjusting the volume. Although “limited by size,” I believe the existence of this 1.1-inch sub-screen is still very necessary.

While it is convenient for users to view information, it also reduces the number of flips and lights up the main screen, relieving the battery life pressure on the Galaxy Z Flip. Although it has 800mAh more than the Motorola RAZR’s 2510mAh battery, the Galaxy Z Flip’s 3300mAh battery is insufficient when compared to traditional “straight” flagship phones. (Unfortunately, the hands-on time is insufficient to test the battery life; a detailed introduction will be provided in the subsequent in-depth experience.)

When you use the app to play music on the Galaxy Z Flip, the music symbol will appear on the right side of the secondary screen when the phone is closed. At this point, swiping to the left on the secondary screen will display the song interface, which allows you to pause/play and switch between previous/next song. The photo preview will be more interesting than the other features. The ability to turn the “rear into front” (Huawei Mate X) or use the outer secondary screen as another viewfinder, allowing both the shooter and the subject to see the current image, was one of the major applications of the folding screen phone released last year; the Galaxy Z Flip also supports this feature, and there is an option in the upper right corner of the phone’s camera interface to turn on the “external screen preview,” but the result is laughable.

“Once again, the size is limited, and the 1.1-inch secondary screen can display the shooting interface after opening the external screen preview, but in the case of people shooting, whether vertical or horizontal evaluation of the shooting, the size of the display is severely limited, so you want the students in front of the secondary screen to see the contents of the screen, it can’t be too far apart, but if the distance is too close, you will find the main screen, Despite the fact that it is not comparable to the Huawei Mate X, it can serve as a reminder. After becoming acquainted with the display range of this 1.1-inch sub-screen, users can use it to determine their overall position in the frame when taking selfie videos and vlogs, ensuring that they are always in the C position.

The reason for this application scenario is the Galaxy Z Flip’s unique folding design, which allows the phone to “sit” on the desktop without the use of a stand or stabilizer, making it ideal for shooting video (or time-lapse, long exposure). In fact, the Galaxy Fold’s external screen preview feature may be more useful than the Galaxy Z Flip, after all, the former has a 4.6-inch secondary screen, and the rear triple camera combination shooting performance is also superior.

During my brief hands-on time with the Galaxy Z Flip, I discovered that its 1.1-inch “secondary screen,” which appears ribbed, has room for improvement. With the completion of Samsung’s software adaptation, the secondary screen should be able to unlock multi-functional, and in addition to system prompts, some APPs may also be able to take advantage of this small screen. Of course, many users wonder why Samsung will not be equipped with a larger front side screen.

The most important reason why Samsung chose a “conservative” solution is perhaps the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Flip, which is 800mAh larger than that of the Motorola, so it feels more secure. If equipped with a larger secondary screen, the display module will obviously occupy the battery space, reducing the phone’s life naturally, and on the other hand, Galaxy Z Flip “only” 15W fast charging clearly cannot quickly return to blood.

After weighing the pros and cons, the “first generation” Galaxy Z Flip may have to settle for a compromise design; whether the next generation of products can expand the secondary screen remains to be seen.