Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Rumors: Everything We Know So Far

This story is a part of Samsung Occasion, CNET’s assortment of reports, suggestions and recommendation round Samsung’s hottest merchandise.

If historical past is any indication, Samsung’s subsequent foldable cellphone may arrive subsequent month. The smartphone large is holding its subsequent Unpacked occasion in late July, resulting in hypothesis {that a} new Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip could possibly be in retailer. 

Rumors point out Samsung’s subsequent foldable, anticipated to be referred to as the Galaxy Z Fold 5, can be a minor replace to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Among the many greatest adjustments is anticipated to be a redesigned hinge that ought to cut back the machine’s thickness. However, after all, we can’t know for sure till Samsung makes an announcement. 

Nonetheless, the rumors pointing to routine adjustments like a thinner construct recommend Samsung continues to be fine-tuning the Galaxy Z Fold’s design. Annually, Samsung has carried out modest however helpful adjustments to the Z Fold’s physique that make it extra palatable. With the Galaxy Z Fold 4, for instance, Samsung elevated the duvet show’s width, a small change that makes it really feel a bit extra like an everyday cellphone when closed. However the Z Fold 4 continues to be notably girthy when folded in comparison with a normal cellphone, displaying there’s nonetheless work to be accomplished.

Samsung will even have extra competitors this 12 months now that Google has launched its first foldable cellphone, the Pixel Fold. 

Here is what we all know concerning the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to this point based mostly on rumors and historic Samsung product launches. 


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Galaxy Z Fold 5 launch date

Samsung’s subsequent Unpacked occasion can be held in late July, which suggests we will anticipate new merchandise to reach shortly thereafter. Samsung usually releases new foldable telephones within the August timeframe, whereas it usually broadcasts new Galaxy S telephones round February. 

The Galaxy Z Fold 4, for instance, was introduced on Aug. 10 and went on sale Aug. 26. Earlier than that, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 hit retailer cabinets on Aug. 27 in 2021. With that in thoughts, it appears doubtless that the July occasion will concentrate on the Z Fold and Z Flip.

Reportedly leaked Samsung advertising and marketing photos that surfaced on Twitter and have been first revealed by well-known leaker Evan Blass additionally steered that foldables can be introduced on the occasion. Nevertheless, that leak did not present the Z Fold 5 particularly.

Korean information outlet Chosun beforehand reported that Samsung will introduce its new foldable telephones sooner than regular on July 26 in South Korea. 

Galaxy Z Fold 5 worth

Samsung’s tablet-style foldable would not come low-cost. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 begins at $1,800 with no trade-in. That is definitely cheaper than Samsung’s unique Galaxy Fold, however it’s nonetheless significantly dearer than your common cellphone. It is also the identical worth as Google’s just lately introduced Pixel Fold. 

We’ve not heard a lot concerning the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s worth relating to leaks and rumors. However TM Roh, president and head of Samsung’s cell expertise division, acknowledged when talking with CNET final August that pricing is a problem.

“It is undoubtedly a problem that we’re tackling, and we might want to deal with,” he stated. 

Galaxy Z Fold 5 design

If the rumors develop into true, Samsung might make some design refinements to the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Korean information retailers The Elec and ET Information, in addition to prolific leaker Ice Universe, have reported that Samsung will implement a brand new water drop-shaped hinge for the Galaxy Z Fold 5. This might lead to a much less noticeable crease and a slimmer profile when closed, much like the Oppo Discover N, which has this hinge fashion. The most important profit could be that the cellphone folds fully shut with no gaps, making it really feel extra smooth when getting used as a traditional cellphone. 

That may be a much-appreciated enchancment, contemplating one of many Galaxy Z Fold 4’s greatest drawbacks is that it nonetheless feels chunky when folded. Opponents like Oppo and Huawei have additionally accomplished a greater job at hiding the crease, as my colleagues Sareena Dayaram and Eli Blumenthal have written, so this new hinge may assist Samsung catch up. 

Someone using an S Pen to draw on a Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4.

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 S Pen

Samsung’s book-style foldable has supported the S Pen for the reason that Galaxy Z Fold 3, so it appears doubtless that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will as nicely. The query, nevertheless, is whether or not you can retailer it inside the machine as you’ll be able to with the Galaxy S23 Extremely

ET Information reported that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is not going to embody a storage slot for the S Pen. There’s much less room for S Pen storage for the reason that hinge construction has modified, the report stated citing an individual near the difficulty.

Nevertheless, a earlier report from The Elec stated Samsung cited including a chosen slot for the S Pen as a problem that it believes must be overcome to additional popularize foldable telephones. This steered that Samsung was certainly contemplating including an S Pen holster to its subsequent foldable. 

Embedding the S Pen within the Galaxy Z Fold 5 may make it extra helpful as a productiveness machine, additional defining who that product is actually for. However doing so whereas lowering the machine’s thickness is definitely a problem. One answer could possibly be to create a magnetic mechanism for attaching the pen to the Z Fold 5, much like the way in which the Apple Pencil attaches to the iPad. 

Galaxy Z Fold 4's main screen showing the CNET website

The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s display when unfolded.

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 storage and different specs

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 will doubtless have some specs in frequent with the Galaxy S23 lineup. The cellphone could also be obtainable in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage choices, similar to the Galaxy S23 Extremely, in accordance with Sam Cellular. 

It’s going to additionally doubtless run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, in accordance with The Elec, similar to the Galaxy S23 household. Samsung optimized the model of the chip that is inside its newest flagship telephones, so it is attainable it would do the identical for its subsequent foldables. 

We’ve not heard many rumors concerning the digicam but, however The Elec stories it may have a 12-megapixel selfie digicam and a triple-lens rear digicam with a 50-megapixel fundamental digicam. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 additionally has a 50-megapixel fundamental digicam, so it seems like we can’t be seeing an excessive amount of of an improve there. But when it does have the brand new Samsung-optimized version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, we may even see a number of the behind-the-scenes enhancements to picture processing that arrived on the Galaxy S23. 

The 12-megapixel entrance digicam would additionally symbolize an improve from the 10-megapixel selfie digicam on Galaxy Z Fold 4’s cowl display, supplied that The Elec’s data is right.

Total, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 looks like it could possibly be a modest enchancment over the Galaxy Z Fold 4. But when the rumors develop into true, it will symbolize one other step towards addressing a number of the aesthetic compromises that include foldable telephones, like display creases and thick designs when shut. 

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