Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Delightfully stylish with loads of AI personalization

A fun, refreshing upgrade that's packed with AI features

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 in tent position.
(Image: © Future)

Early Verdict

The changes to the Galaxy Z Flip 6 could very well redeem Samsung, just as long it proves there's enough value in this phone's higher $1,099 price.

Pros

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    Bold, refreshing design

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    Upgraded cameras

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    Speedy performance

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    New Galaxy AI features

Cons

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    Higher cost than the Galaxy Z Flip 5

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    Stuck on the same slower charging speeds

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After holding onto the throne for years, Samsung faced a major challenge last year in the foldable phones space. While the Galaxy Z Flip 5 was a much improved flip-style phone, it was overshadowed by the Motorola Razr Plus 2023 (which has since been succeeded by the Motorola Razr Plus 2024). Not surprisingly, Samsung’s back to challenge its rival with the Galaxy Z Flip 6.

There are significant upgrades worth pointing out, like its new 50MP main camera, more durable design, and more functional FlexWindow display. In typical fashion, the foldable phone is also graced with many of the same Galaxy AI features I fell in love with in my Galaxy S24 Ultra review — along with a few new ones I haven’t seen before. Plus, there’s a huge emphasis on personalization to help the phone feel like it's truly yours.

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Even with all of these upgrades, it’s going to take a lot to convince people to shell out $100 more for this new model. In my Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review, I’ll explain everything that’s new and cool — and hopefully give you insights into whether the phone's $1,099 starting cost is worth it.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Specifications

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Price$1,099
ColorsSilver Shadow, Yellow, Blue, Mint, Crafted Black, White, Peach
Inner display6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (2640 x 1080) , 1-120 Hz
Outer display3.4-inch AMOLED (720 x 748), 60 Hz
Rear camera50MP main (f/2.2), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2)
Front camera10MP (f/2.2)
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM12GB
Storage256GB, 512GB
Battery4,000 mAh
Wired charging25W
Wireless charging10-15W
Dimensions6.5 x 2.83 x 0.27 inches (open), 3.35 x 2.83 x 0.58 inches (closed)
Weight6.59 ounces / 187 grams

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Price and availability

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 in four different colors.

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No one wants to see a price hike, but that’s the reality here as the Galaxy Z Flip 6’s starting price goes up to $1,099 . The entry-level model comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. I’m on the fence about the higher price, but the new Flip will really need to prove its worth when Motorola held its latest Razr to the same $999 cost as before. If you need more storage on the Galaxy Z Flip 6, there’s a 512GB option, but that'll cost you extra, of course.

Preorders for the Galaxy Z Flip 6 are available starting today (July 10), with the phone available at Amazon, Best Buy, Samsung.com, and other wireless carriers starting on July 24. There are a total of four main color options you can pick: silver shadow, yellow, blue, and mint. Meanwhile, there are three additional Samsung.com exclusive colors: crafted black, white, and peach.

Galaxy Z Flip 6 preorder: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ SamsungFree storage upgrade!

Galaxy Z Flip 6 preorder: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Samsung
Free storage upgrade! Samsung is knocking up to $1,000 off Galaxy Z Flip 6 preorders when you trade-in an older phone. Additionally, you'll get a free storage upgrade with your preorder. The phone features a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (2640 x 1080) inner display w/ 120Hz refresh, 3.4-inch AMOLED (720 x 748) outer display w/ 60Hz refresh, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 CPU, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. You also get an upgraded 50MP f/2.2 main and 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide rear cameras and a 10MP f2.2 selfie cam. In our initial review, we called it a fun upgrade that packs many of the same great Galaxy AI features found in the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Design

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 in FlipSuit cases shown together.

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On the surface, it doesn’t look like much has changed with the design of the Galaxy Z Flip 6. It’s still incredibly compact when closed and constructed from aluminum to give it a solid feel. The size and design of the FlexWindow also looks identical to last year, complete with that fin cutout on the bottom right where the display meets the cameras.

However, I have to say that the design’s elevated by the new pastel-like color options that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is available in. The outlines of the camera lenses are also accented by the same paint job, giving the phone a much more pleasing contrast. Samsung has also increased the Flip 6’s durability with a new dual rail hinge design, giving the Flip a more responsive feel whenever I close it, with the crease in the middle of the phone being considerably softer looking than its predecessor's.

GIF animation of FlipSuit case on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6.

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Maybe it’s just the new color options, but the Z Flip 6 looks just as attractive as the new Razr phones I recently reviewed. Samsung also adds a dose of personalization when the Flip 6’s paired with the new FlipSuit cases that add unique interactive lock screens to the FlexWindow. There are even a couple of new ones I checked out with built-in LEDs that light up the back of the phone, powered via the phone’s wireless charging. These add-ons go a long way to make people take notice of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Display

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 shown at an angle.

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Before I jump into what’s cool about the Galaxy Z Flip 6 displays, just know that technically the specs of both displays are unchanged over last year’s Galaxy Z Flip 5. In other words, you still have a 3.4-inch 60Hz AMOLED on the outside and a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED with a dynamic refresh rate up to 120 Hz on the inside.

Despite this, the main display looks delightful thanks to the luscious colors it produces — along with its wide viewing angles. Samsung claims it can reach a peak brightness of 2,600 nits, which I’m actually optimistic about because of how iridescent it looked under all the lights at my hands-on session.

Dynamic wallpapers shown on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6.

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But the bigger changes pertain to the 3.4-inch FlexWindow, because it’s more customizable than before. Not only can you swipe through the various widgets on there, but now there’s the option to combine multiple widgets into one home screen layout — making it much more convenient. I also love the new interactive lock screens that respond to touch and movement, like one with a donut that moves around the lock screen whenever you tilt or rotate the phone.

While all of these new personalization options with the FlexWindow are great, accessing full apps still requires a workaround that involves downloading the Good Lock app. While not all apps are optimized for the FlexWindow, I do enjoy using them nonetheless — like all of my social media apps where I’m just scrolling through video reels.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Cameras

Camera preview with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6.

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I’m very excited for the cameras in the Galaxy Z Flip 6. That’s because the phone now features an upgraded 50MP main camera paired with a 12MP ultrawide lens. The former is a huge step up from the Z Flip 5’s 12MP camera, but it’s made better because of how the Galaxy Z Flip 6 leverages pixel binning to offer a reasonable 2x zoom with optical-like quality. This is the smarter way of approaching the cameras, seeing that it effectively offers the range in most triple camera setups, but with a more compact dual camera arrangement instead.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 used in Camcorder mode.

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There’s also a new camcorder mode, just like on the Razr Plus 2024, that gives a nostalgic feel when the phone’s folded in the halfway position — complete with zoom controls at your fingertips. Another new feature is the intelligent way the Galaxy Z Flip 6 can frame my shots with AI zoom — no matter who I’m shooting, whether it's just myself or a group of people — the AI zoom will automatically frame the shot correctly.

I’m really interested at seeing how the Galaxy Z Flip 6's cameras perform, mainly because this is an area where Samsung’s foldables have done well over Moto’s flip style phones. Head-to-head tests will tell us if that's going to continue.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Performance

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 FlexWindow shown on.

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In true fashion, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is powered by the same chip used in Samsung’s flagship phones: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Even in my brief time with the phone, animations and navigating around the interface always felt ultra responsive. I know the chip is behind the fluid actions, but the display's 120 Hz dynamic refresh also helps out.

I’m also impressed by how quickly the phone is able to generate some of the AI-generated portrait photos of myself that I shot. Given the extreme performance and benchmark scores I’ve seen from this chip in other phones, I suspect the results will be similarly strong here with the Galaxy Z Flip 6.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Software and AI

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 in halfway position.

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Samsung’s One UI 6.1.1 runs on top of Android 14 on the Galaxy Z Flip 6. The aesthetics look familiar for anyone who’s used a recent Galaxy phone, but this year's flip phone comes out of the box with the same suite of Galaxy AI features first introduced by the S24 series earlier this year.

These include things such as Instant Slow-Mo, Generative Edit, Note Assist, Transcript Assist, and much more. What’s exclusive to the Flip 6 is a feature called Suggested Replies, which works only on the FlexWindow display to generate tailored replies to text messages. It’s similar to the AI-generated responses in Chat Assist, but this is a more simplified version for the smaller outer screen.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Interpreter mode animation.

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One Galaxy AI feature that I find more practical on the Flip 6 than the Galaxy S24 Ultra is Interpreter Mode. That’s because I can position the phone in the halfway fold position, with both screens turned on to show the other person the translated conversations.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Portrait AI tool.

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I also tried out the AI-powered Photo Ambient feature that sprinkles more personalization to your wallpaper by changing subtly according to the time and weather, along with other options to select the frame color around the wallpaper. In the Gallery app, I also tried out the new Photo Assist feature that transforms any images to sketches with the help of AI. I think it manages to do a decent job at making me look good as a cartoon or 3D model.

Beyond all of the AI features, the one thing I’m curious to find out is if more apps have been optimized to work in Flex Mode, like the hands-free experience of putting the phone down and shooting selfies. And of course, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 also benefits from the same 7 years of software and security updates as the Galaxy S24. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Battery

Side profile view of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6.

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I’m extremely optimistic about the Galaxy Z Flip 6's battery life performance, seeing that the phone's battery has been upgraded to a 4,000 mAh capacity from the Z Flip 5's 3,700 mAh. Considering the power efficiency I’ve seen from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip in other phones, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 could very well surpass the Motorola Razr Plus 2024 in battery life. That flip style phone reached a time of 14-plus hours in our battery drain test, but it’s using a slightly lower-class Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip.

On the flip side, though, Samsung again hasn’t improved the charging speeds with the Galaxy Z Flip 6, so it’s still stuck on a slower 25W wired speed and 15W wireless.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on review: Outlook

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 placed in a pocket.

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I’m more stoked about the Galaxy Z Flip 6 than the Motorola Razr Plus 2024, especially if its camera performance ends up being significantly better. At the same time, I really like all the new Galaxy AI features because many of them help to make the phone look more customizable than ever before.

However, I can’t overlook that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 now commands a higher $1,099 cost. That’s tough to swallow, more so when Motorola ended keeping the Razr Plus at $999. All told, Samsung's new flip phone really needs to hit it out of the park to convince people they should choose the Galaxy Z Flip 6. We'll find out how well it pulls that off after more testing.

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