According to leaker SnoopyTech, Samsung will remove the 'Z' from the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, a move that will also apply to all future foldable devices in the series.
Samsung Electronics is attempting to get rid of the "Z" letter in their folding phone series. Starting with Flip/Fold 4, the letter will no longer be printed on the boxes. That's because the Russian military is using the letter.
When it comes to Galaxy Folds and Galaxy Flips, the majority of consumers tend not to mention the Z part, but the main reason for Samsung's alleged decision is the negative connotations behind the letter following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Days before the invasion of Ukraine in February, hand-painted Z-shaped letters were discovered on Russian tanks and military trucks near the Ukrainian border, and it has been used as a symbol of Russia ever since. From Zapad (west), which is where Russian troops were stationed, to Za pobedu ("for victory").
In April, a Russian news presenter claimed that the Z was actually two number 7s on top of each other, one of them upside down and reversed, indicating the 77 years since Victory Day ended World War II.
In this clip, two number 7s are stacked (one of them upside down), indicating that Vladimir Putin has decided to establish a WWZ to commemorate the end of WWII. https://t.co/WOvki2nChj
Samsung has already removed the Z from the Flip 3 and Fold 3 in Baltic countries such as Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia in April, and it is one of many companies that has dropped phone shipments to Russia.
Ivan 'Pure' Moskalenko, a Russian DOTA 2 player, was kicked out of a tournament and had his contract terminated after displaying what appeared to be the Z symbol during a livestreamed match in May. He claimed it was an "accident."
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In just one week, we'll find out if Samsung's next phones will be called the Galaxy Z Fold/Flip 4 or they'll delete the Z entirely. In the meantime, check out these official leaked renders of both devices, which do show the letter Z.