Electronics manufacturer Samsung is removing the Z suffix for its folding smartphones in several countries.
Samsung is renaming its folding smartphones in several countries.
Like many other electronics companies, Samsung has commented on the current situation in Ukraine and has confirmed that it no longer wants to sell smartphones in Russia. The group is now also removing the Z suffix for its foldable smartphones Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 in several countries.
Samsung removes Z suffix
The devices are now only referred to as the Galaxy Fold 3 and Galaxy Flip 3 on the Samsung websites for Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. However, the Z suffix can still be found in the URLs of the pages. This discrepancy suggests that the changes were made at short notice. It is also strange that the Z suffix is still used on Samsung’s Ukrainian website. There is no official statement from Samsung. It is also unclear whether the name suffix will be removed internationally or only in certain countries in the next few weeks.
Z as a synonym for Russian military
Samsung is said to have dropped the Z from the names of its smartphones because the Z symbol has become synonymous with the Russian military in its war of aggression against Ukraine in recent weeks. So Samsung may have changed the names of its smartphones to show solidarity with Ukraine and not anger customers in former Soviet countries.