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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Hands-On: Smarter, Better, Faster, Stronger!

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Smarter. Better. Faster. Stronger. These are the adjectives that come to mind when I think about the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6. Samsung presented its new pocket-friendly phone today, and here are our first impressions of the Z Flip 6.

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In a nutshell

First things first: the new Galaxy Z Flip 6 is 10% more expensive this year. One would think that with the sixth generation this device would be cheaper, but with the hardware upgrade and the Galaxy AI integration, Samsung increased the price of its flip phone.

The Z Flip 6 will be available for pre-order today for $1,099 with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. The devices will be available in stores on July 24.

For the early birds, Samsung is offering a free slim clear case with their flip phone, an optimized trade-in program, and a one-year Samsung Care+ subscription. And if you decide to buy the Z Flip 6 at the Samsung e-store, you will have the option to choose one of these three exclusive colors: Crafted Black, White, or Peach.

Samsung exclusive colors for the Galaxy Z Flip 6 in detail: Crafted Black, White, and Peach.
The Galaxy Z Flip 6 comes in three exclusive colors on the Samsung store: Crafted Black, White, and Peach. / © nextpit

Design & Display

I tested the last three Z Flip iterations, and it feels like Samsung is making them more robust over time. The new generation is really squarish and gives a feeling of durability when held in hand. However, except for my impressions, nothing has really changed from the previous edition to the new one in terms of build quality and display characteristics on paper .


Pros:

  • IP48 certification.
  • Nice variety of colors.

Cons:

  • Nothing really changed from the previous generation.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 in detail
The Z Flip 6 front display is clear and colorful, making it comfortable to answer messages. / © nextpit

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 features a 6.7-inch main display with a 22:9 aspect ratio and a Dynamic AMOLED screen. It also supports a variable refresh rate ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz. The front display, designed for quick interactions and notifications, is a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED panel that maintains the same 60Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 side take in detail
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6: No space between screens. / © nextpit

The device has an IP48 rating, which is an improvement over last year's water resistance certification, now including some dust protection. As this device is marketed with style in mind, there are various colors available, including Silver Shadow, Yellow, Blue, Mint, Crafted Black, White, and Peach.

The proof that almost nothing has changed is that the Flip 6 weighs the same 187 grams as its predecessor. However, it remains relatively lightweight and portable for a foldable phone.

Overall, I have good impressions of the hinge mechanism, the crease, and display quality.

Software & User Interface

The Z Flip 6 runs on Android 14 with Samsung's One UI 6.1.1 overlay. Samsung promises seven years of software updates, including seven Android upgrades, ensuring long-term support and security. This commitment to updates is a significant advantage for users looking for longevity in their device .

One neat feature of the Z Flip 6 combines hardware and software. The FlexWindow allows us to interact with the device by offering quick access to essential functions and grouped apps directly on the front screen. I like this feature because it's basically unique to devices like this one.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 FlexWindow feature in detail
The FlexWindow supports quick access to essential functions like the Health app. / © nextpit

As expected, Samsung is also bringing Galaxy AI to their flip devices. We've already shown you how to use some of these smart features on your Galaxy devices, but now I'll talk about a few that can make the flip experience more interesting.

Samsung has introduced new ways to communicate as well, with features like live translation and chat assistant modes that can be used to quickly switch between different languages. However, we all know features like this from the past. They're supposed to help interact more efficiently, but in the end, they often don't deliver. However, I'm curious to test them deeply.

Screenshots of the AI Drawing feature in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6
The AI drawing feature is cool, but it is not revolutionary. However, it shows the potential for creatives. / © nextpit

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 includes features like Smart Select and AI Drawing, which can make your pictures a bit more creative. However, from my brief experience with it, it still needs improvement. Additionally, there is a Photo Assistant that leverages AI to provide suggestions for improving photo compositions.

Finally, the Z Flip 6 supports generative AI wallpapers that offer personalized background options that change based on time and weather.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 wallpaper in detail
If you're in Paris, the Galaxy AI might suggest some cool themes for your Z Flip 6 wallpaper. / © nextpit

Overall, I believe Samsung is still experimenting with gimmick features when it comes to AI on the Flip, or outsourcing them to Google services like Circle to Search. In summary, the software offers smarter options, but they are not revolutionary.

Performance

Under the hood, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy, promising speedy performance. Coupled with 12 GB of RAM, this device is supposedly equipped to handle all the AI features Samsung is incorporating into it. The storage options include 256 GB and 512 GB .

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 comes with a new vapor chamber for better thermal management. This addition, also seen in the Galaxy Z Fold 6, is supposed to improve heat dissipation, keeping the device cooler during intensive use. I'm definitely curious to see how it will work in a compact form factor with a bunch of AI features.

Right now, we don't know much about how well the devices work. But if we use the Galaxy Z Flip 5 as an example, it should perform consistently.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 side by side with the Galaxy Z Fold 6
The new Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 have a new chamber that helps control heat better. / © nextpit

Camera

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 is equipped with a dual-camera system on the rear. The new main camera features a 50-megapixel sensor with a 1.0 µm pixel size, an f/1.8 aperture, and Dual Pixel autofocus. The ultra-wide-angle camera is well-known, and it has a 12-megapixel sensor with a 1.12 µm pixel size, and an f/2.2 aperture. For selfies, the front camera offers 10 megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture and an 85-degree field of view .


Pros:

  • A bigger main sensor with a bigger resolution.
  • Auto-zoom functionality for well-framed objects.
  • Camcorder Grip feature.

Cons:

  • -

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 new camera module in detail
Z Flip 6 introduces a new camera module to the series. / © nextpit

The camera system on the Galaxy Z Flip 6 has finally changed, upgrading from a 12 MP main sensor to a 50 MP sensor. One cool addition is the AI-supported portrait modes and auto-zoom functionalities, ensuring that subjects are consistently well-framed. This feature works quite well; I had the chance to test it, and if the device is in the FlexCam position, it automatically reframes the main object to fit it into the image.

A person using the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 to record a video
When using the Camcorder Grip, there will be a new option on the screen for better control when recording videos with the Flip at a 90º angle. / © nextpit

Samsung also presented a new vapor chamber cooling system that is supposed to sustain high-performance levels during intensive tasks like recording high-definition videos with the Z Flip 6. There's also a neat new feature called Camcorder Grip, which provides better control and stability when recording videos with the phone at a 90º angle. Honestly, you shouldn't need much testing to understand this is a cool feature.

Finally, the 50-megapixel sensor also supports a 2x optical quality zoom, and AI-assisted capabilities allow for up to 10x zoom​.

During my hands-on session, I was able to take some pictures with the Galaxy Z Flip 6, and here are some samples for you. However, take this with a grain of salt, since we will probably need a more comprehensive camera test to provide a more solid opinion about it.

Battery life & Charging

In terms of battery life, the Z Flip 6 is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery, supporting 25W wired charging and 10W wireless charging. This should provide adequate power to get through a full day of use. But probably a bit safer than its predecessor because it got a 300 mAh upgrade in battery capacity .

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 USB-C in detail
Samsung offers a classic USB-C port for charging and data transfer. / © nextpit

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 technical specifications

  Specifications
Device Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6
Image Samsung Galaxy GZ Flip 7 product image
Display Main display: 6.7-inch | 22:9 | Dynamic AMOLED 2x (2,640 × 1,080 pixels) | FHD+ | 1 to 120Hz
Front display: 3.4-inch | Super AMOLED (720 × 748 pixels) | 60 Hz | 306 PPI
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy
Memory 12 GB LPDDR5X RAM | 256 / 512 GB internal storage
Software Android 14 with One UI 6.1.1
Seven Android upgrades
Seven years of software updates
Rear camera Main: 50 megapixels | 1.0 µm | f/1.8 aperture | FOV: 85˚ | OIS | Dual Pixel AF
Ultra-wide angle: 12 megapixels | 1.12 µm | f/2.2 aperture | FOV: 123˚
Front camera 10 megapixels | f/2.2 aperture | FOV: 85˚
Battery 4,000 mAh
25 W wired charging
10 W wireless charging
Connectivity 5G, LTE, eSIM, Wi-Fi 6E (2.4 / 5 / 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, USB Type-C, GPS
IP IP48
Colors Silver Shadow, Yellow, Blue, Mint
Online exclusive (e-store): Crafted Black, White, Peach
Dimensions Closed: 71,9 × 85,1 × 14.9 mm
Open: 71,9 × 165,1 × 6.9 mm
Weight 187 g

Early Verdict

It's not a surprise that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 comes to the market as an all-rounded device; this is Samsung's sixth attempt to produce something consistent. It comes with the fastest processor, a bigger battery capacity, and a camera that offers a higher resolution. Amidst all that, we have a layer of Artificial Intelligence that might sometimes help. However, it still needs to prove itself.

The Z Flip 6 is not cheap—even in its sixth generation. However, Samsung devices tend to get a heavy discount a few months after their release. Additionally, many carriers will offer this pocket-friendly device in a bundle with very accessible contracts, and many of you will probably get one.

As for my first impression of the device, it still sparks joy! However, only an in-depth test will tell.

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over a decade of experience in tech product reviews, I’ve recently embraced the world of wearables and developed a passion for digital health innovations. While I am now deeply immersed in the Apple ecosystem, my enthusiasm for Android still burns strong. Formerly editor-in-chief at AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now share my insights with the US audience at nextpit. Beyond tech, I cherish my vinyl collection and believe exploring local cuisine is the best way to discover new places. Join me as I explore the fusion of technology and culture in our everyday lives.

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