Samsung has established a pattern of releasing new Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip devices in the fall season, and these foldable phones have gradually taken over the Galaxy Note series. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is anticipated to be the most premium phone of the year, following the flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Throughout the years, Samsung has consistently improved its foldable phone formula, making advancements in display technology, durability, software features, and hardware upgrades such as more powerful processors and enhanced cameras. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is rumored to surpass its predecessors and become Samsung’s most celebrated foldable phone. Although Samsung has not officially confirmed the Galaxy Z Fold 5 launch, multiple rumors indicate its arrival.
Samsung has been actively releasing new foldable phones since the introduction of the first Galaxy Fold in 2019, and the company aims for its foldable line to surpass the popularity of its flagship S series by 2025. Recent reports suggest that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 may be launched earlier than usual, in July instead of August. The exact date is yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to be announced a few weeks before the launch. Samsung’s Unpacked event, where the phone is expected to be unveiled, will take place in Seoul, marking the first foldable phone launch in the company’s home country.
While official information about the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is limited, rumors indicate several upgrades. One of the notable design changes is the implementation of a teardrop-style hinge, similar to other devices like the OPPO Find N2 and the Motorola Razr 2022. This hinge design will allow the display to close flat, reducing the appearance of the prominent crease in previous models. A patent from Samsung a few years ago depicted a similar design concept. It has been reported that a Galaxy Z Fold 5 hinge prototype was showcased at CES 2023, reinforcing the speculation about this new hinge design. Additionally, Samsung shared images of a new prototype display called the Flex In & Out, which can fold both inwards and outwards. This innovative screen technology could be featured in the Galaxy Z Fold 5, representing a significant design change for the series.
As for the color options, leaks suggest that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be available in Beige, Black, and Light Blue. However, Samsung may rename the colors Cream, Phantom Black, and Blue. Additional colors may be introduced as well. Leaked renders indicate that the phone’s folded thickness will be reduced to 13.4mm compared to its predecessor, while the external display and inner screen are expected to remain the same size. The bezels may be reduced to enhance the device’s aesthetics.
In terms of performance, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will likely feature the latest Snapdragon chipset. Speculations suggest that it may use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is expected to be announced by Qualcomm in May. However, specific details regarding the chipset have yet to be confirmed. The phone’s dimensions have been the subject of conflicting reports, with various sources providing different measurements. The camera setup is another crucial aspect, with reports suggesting a 108MP primary camera, a 64MP 2x telephoto lens, and a 12MP wide-angle camera. However, other sources dispute these claims and recommend a different camera system, such as a 50MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide sensor, and a 10MP telephoto camera.
Users want to include an S Pen slot considering the sizeable foldable screen. However, it was reported that Samsung decided against adding an S Pen slot to the Galaxy Z Fold.