Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G leaks ahead of expected Unpacked debut – CNET

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip could be getting a 5G variant at Samsung’s next event. 


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Samsung sent out invites for its next (virtual) Unpacked event earlier this week. The Aug. 5 event is expected to feature a host of new devices, with a new leak Friday seemingly giving a peek at one of the new products set to be revealed. 

In a tweet, noted leaker Evan Blass shared what appears to be a promotional video for the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Featuring a new bronze color the foldable flip phone looks similar to the original $1,380 Z Flip that was released earlier this year, though with the 5G name it should have at least some updates to support connecting to the latest wireless networks. 

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It is unclear which, or if, US carriers will carry the new phone and which 5G networks it will support. AT&T and Sprint were the two US providers for the first Z Flip that ran on 4G LTE networks. 

Given its history, AT&T seems like a decent bet as, in addition to the Z Flip this year, the carrier was the only US provider to sell Samsung’s Galaxy Fold tablet-style foldable when it finally came out last year. 

Sprint has since merged with T-Mobile, which did not sell the Z Flip and backed out of selling the Fold after that foldable’s design issues led to a lengthy delay. Verizon, meanwhile, is the exclusive home of Motorola’s rival Razr foldable and has not yet carried a Samsung foldable device. 

In addition to a new Z Flip, Samsung is also expected to introduce an updated line of Galaxy Note 20 phones and a successor to the original Galaxy Fold. 

Samsung did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. 

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