Samsung Galaxy Z Flip adds 5G, arrives Aug. 7 for $1,450

From CNET: Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 5G, a variant of its clamshell foldable packed with next-generation cellular capabilities, will launch on Aug. 7. But that extra performance will cost you $1,450.

A 4G version of the Galaxy Z Flip went on sale for $1,380 on Feb. 14 -- about a month before the coronavirus pandemic caused lockdowns in the US. That device, Samsung's second foldable after last year's Galaxy Fold, features a design similar to Motorola's updated Razr. The Z Flip, like the Razr, is essentially a high-tech flip phone, with an interior, 6.7-inch bendable screen and a small, exterior notifications panel. The Z Flip also has a glass screen, the first for the foldables market.

The Z Flip 5G will eventually sell through AT&T, T-Mobile, and Amazon, and is already available for preorder at Best Buy. On AT&T, the device will only be able to connect to the carrier's low-band and midband 5G networks, which currently make up the bulk of its 5G footprint. Likewise, it will only be able to tap into similar 5G bands on T-Mobile.

The phone will not, however, be able to use the faster millimeter-wave 5G that's available in parts of 35 cities for AT&T and six cities for T-Mobile.

In addition to 5G support, the new Z Flip 5G will also run on Qualcomm's updated Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and comes in two new colors, a "Mystic Gray" and a "Mystic Bronze."

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