Samsung Cancelled “Z” Over Russia

( Samsung, the South Korean technology company, has revealed that it will drop the “Z” from its lines of folding cell phones in Baltic countries over concerns that it may remind consumers of the “Z” that appears on Russian military hardware.

The “Z” symbol has become a sign of support for the Russian government and military, even though it has not officially been adopted by Russian troops.

Anybody familiar with Samsung’s line of folding phones, which includes a larger device that unfolds to a tablet-sized screen and a smaller flip phone that folds in half, will know that they also use the “Z” moniker.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 are already on the market, but no longer have the “Z” included in marketing materials in Baltic countries. Now, the devices are known as the Galaxy Fold 3 and Galaxy Flip 3. This is also true on their websites for Baltic countries.

Strangely, though, there has been no official statement from the company explaining why they made the change – presumably because it is patently obvious.

Weirdly, though, the Z symbol reportedly still appears on Ukrainian marketing – so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one.

It comes after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called on the world to “criminalize” the use of the Z symbol.

Some outlets wrongly reported that Kuleba was calling for the letter Z to be dropped in its entirety, which is not what he said.