Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: This is what the foldable flagship offers

Samsung has unveiled their latest slate of foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, as well as the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Tab S9 range at today’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. The headline device, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, aims to build on its predecessor’s success.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5, a high-end foldable powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, boasts a lighter and slimmer design, encompassing all the features we have come to expect from Samsung. Here’s a comprehensive overview, including specifications and hardware details, to aid you in deciding whether to pre-order or upgrade to the latest foldable offering.

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Design

The physical appearance of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 bears a striking resemblance to last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. It maintains similar dimensions, measuring 154.9 x 67 x 13.5mm when folded and 154.9 x 129.8 x 6.1mm when unfolded. Notably, it is more than 2mm thinner than its predecessor, slightly shorter and narrower, while retaining the same screen size and IPX8 water resistance. The device’s weight has been reduced to just 252 grams (8.92oz), making it one of the lightest Galaxy foldables to date.

The design of the Fold 5 remains unchanged from its predecessor, with buttons and port placements in the same locations. In the folded state, the volume rocker and power button (with an embedded fingerprint sensor) are found on the right side. The bottom features a speaker, microphone, and USB Type-C port, while the top includes another speaker and three additional microphone cutouts.

Though the device lacks a dedicated S Pen slot, Samsung now offers an improved and sleek Slim S Pen case with a less protruding storage compartment. The case comes in a variety of colours and styles to choose from.

Samsung has emphasized that the Fold 5’s hinge mechanism is its most durable yet, folding flat and featuring a shock dispersion layer for enhanced inner screen durability. The new Flex Hinge mechanism with a dual rail structure provides better protection against external impacts. The device remains IPX8 water-resistant, maintaining water protection but not dust resistance.

Display(s)

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 retains the same display specifications as the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It sports a 6.2-inch cover display and a 7.6-inch main screen inside. Both displays feature a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, with the main screen offering improved brightness of up to 1750 nits, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Samsung has made significant software enhancements for the Fold 5, with improvements to the Taskbar supporting four recently used applications and enhanced two-handed drag and drop functionality.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, based on the 4nm technology. It’s fast, efficient, and while it doesn’t have the boosted clock speed of the newer Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2, the difference isn’t noticeable in day-to-day experience.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes with 12GB of RAM and offers up to 1TB of storage. In terms of design and aesthetics, it closely resembles its predecessor, the Galaxy Fold 4. However, Samsung has managed to make it lighter, slimmer, and more comfortable to hold in one hand. For a detailed look at the hardware specifications, refer to the provided sheet below.

Camera

Regarding the camera setup, the Fold 5 retains the same configuration as its predecessor. However, Samsung promises notable upgrades in low-light photography and videography, offering better-quality images and an impressive low-light experience. The device features a 50MP f/1.8 primary sensor with OIS, a 12MP ultrawide camera with f/1.8 and 123-degree FOV, and a 10MP f/2.4 telephoto camera capable of 3x optical zoom and 30x Space Zoom. The cover display’s selfie camera remains a 10MP f/2.2 sensor, while the under-display camera remains unchanged at 4MP with an f/1.8 aperture.

Battery

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 houses a 4,400 mAh capacity battery, similar to its predecessor. Given the device’s new and efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, it is expected to offer longer battery life, though comprehensive tests are required to confirm this.

Disappointingly, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 continues to support the same 25W wired charging technology as its predecessor. Samsung claims the phone can reach 50% charge in just 30 minutes using the 25W power adapter. The device still supports Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and Wireless reverse Powershare.