Samsung typically releases a number of smartphones throughout the year. It kicks off with the Galaxy S range – which saw the Galaxy S23 series announced on 1 February – and it follows with some Galaxy A devices shortly after, with the Galaxy Z devices then arriving in the second half of the year. We’ve seen the Galaxy A54 and Galaxy A34 launch in April 2023, so now all eyes are on the Galaxy Z smartphones and all their folding glory.
The next Galaxy Z devices are expected to be the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 5. We’ve rounded up the Galaxy Z Flip 5 rumours separately, but here we are focused on the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Here’s everything we have heard so far.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
If you don’t want to wait until the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 launches, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is an excellent folding phone with plenty of power, a great design and flagship cameras.
Galaxy Z Fold 5 release date and price
- August 2023?
- From £1650/$1800?
Both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 were revealed in August of 2021 and 2022, respectively. After Samsung discontinued the Galaxy Note series, replacing it with the Galaxy S Ultra, the Galaxy Z line took its August launch spot.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is likely to appear alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 5 though this is expected to be in July 2023, rather than August. Samsung has yet to reveal the specific date for its next Galaxy Unpacked, though most rumours point towards the end of July. The company has confirmed it will be July however, so we know that much for sure.
In terms of price, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 was a little more expensive than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at £1649 in the UK and it will set you back $1799.99 if you are based in the US. It’s possible therefore that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will stick with a similar pricing structure to the Z Fold 4 this year – and this is what the rumours currently suggest.
With the Google Pixel Fold also retailing at this price, we can’t imagine Samsung going any higher, we think a direct match on pricing is most likely.
Galaxy Z Fold 5 design
- Folding flat
- Larger than Z Fold 4
- Waterdrop hinge
So far, rumours are suggesting the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be increasing in size compared to its predecessor in order to make room for a built-in S Pen, like the S22 Ultra offers, and like the S23 Ultra is expected to offer. Currently, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 just offers the ability to use an S Pen with it rather than having it built into the device.
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It’s been claimed the Galaxy Z Fold 5 could increase 0.2mm in thickness, to 6.5mm, compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to accommodate this, whilst also increasing the weight to 275g from 263g. There have been a number of contradicting rumours around this though, so it is possible it may be another year we don’t see this happen.
Elsewhere, it’s said Samsung will use a waterdrop-shaped hinge in the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which should allow the device to fold completely flat and have a smaller – and less obvious – crease when open, which is something shown in the most recent renders that look very unofficially official. The IPX8 water and dust resistance is claimed to be remaining in some rumours, while others have suggested an IP67 rating will arrive.
It’s expected that the book-style design will remain for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, though it’s currently not clear if there will be more design changes than there were between the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4.
Whether Samsung will move to an under-display fingerprint sensor for the Z Fold 5 isn’t clear at the moment – it was something that was rumoured for the Z Fold 4. We do expect to see the rear camera housing in the top left corner, as well as an under-display camera on the inside display, but this of course could change too.
In terms of colour options, rumours suggest the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will come in Beige, Black and Light Blue.
Galaxy Z Fold 5 display
- 7.6-inch internal?
- 6.2-inch internal?
- Dynamic AMOLED up to 120Hz
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has the same size display as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, though the bezels were reduced on the 2022 model, allowing for wider displays within a similar footprint.
There haven’t been many rumours surrounding the displays for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 as yet, and the ones we have seen suggest the displays won’t be too dissimilar from what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers. There has been a suggestion that the inner display might be more durable on the new model, though.
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For reference, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has an external display of 6.2-inches, while the internal display opens up to 7.6-inches. Both are Dynamic AMOLED panels and the internal display offers Ultra Thin Glass technology, allowing it to fold. In terms of resolutions, the main screen has a 2176 x 1812 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 373ppi, while the external screen has a 2316 x 904 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 401ppi.
The internal display offers an adaptable refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz and support for HDR10+, while the external display has an adaptable refresh rate between 48Hz and 120Hz and offers an Always On Display.
Galaxy Z Fold 5 hardware and specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 for Galaxy
- At least 12GB RAM
- 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage likely
Rumours are pointing towards the Galaxy Z Fold 5 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset that is slightly customised for Samsung. This matches the Galaxy 23 series phones, which also run a custom version of the SD 8 Gen 2 chip with increased clock speeds on the CPU and GPU.
We’re not sure about the memory and storage options just yet, but we imagine they’ll be very similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. For reference, the Z Fold 4 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 12GB of RAM. There are three storage options of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
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There’s a 4400mAh battery on board the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which was optimised for the Z Fold 4 compared to the Z Fold 3. We’d expect a similar capacity for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, or larger.
The Z Fold 4 offers 25W fast charging, which will deliver a full battery from flat in 1 hour and 30 minutes, or around 50 per cent in 30 minutes. There is also 15W wireless charging on board and you’ll find reverse wireless charging too. Rumours point to the charging speed remaining unchanged on the new model
Galaxy Z Fold 5 cameras
- 50MP main with OIS + 12MP Wide + 10MP telephoto with OIS
- 12MP UPC camera
- Upgraded front camera?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 featured the same camera load out as the Galaxy S22, suggesting the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will have the same camera system as the Galaxy S23.
Leaked specs are pointing towards this being the case. For reference, this is a triple rear camera with 50-megapixel main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 12-megapixel ultra wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. There have also been rumours of Samsung offering a 108-megapixel main sensor on the Galaxy Z Fold 5, matching that of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Though, it’s claimed it isn’t possible for it to have the 200-megapixel camera that you’ll find on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Elsewhere, rumours have claimed the Galaxy Z Fold 5 might have an improved under-display camera, but details are thin surrounding this unit. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 4-megapixel UPC camera on the internal display and a 10-megapixel selfie camera. Leaks suggest we’ll see a front camera upgrade to 12 megapixels, which again matches the Galaxy S23 series.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 rumours: What’s the story so far?
Here’s everything we have heard about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 so far.
16 June 2023: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 photo leak reveals a really exciting new detail
MySmartPrice published a couple of images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, leaving very little to the imagination.
9 May 2023: More Galaxy Z Fold 5 specs leak, including a new hinge and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 inside
Another leak via Twitter, this time courtesy of @Gadgetsdata, who claims we’ll be seeing a new gap-free droplet hinge and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy.
27 April 2023: Leaked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 specs prove controversial
Twitter leaker @TheGalox_ tweeted a list of specifications expected for the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
21 April 2023: You could get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 sooner than you think
Leaker @Tech_Reve on Twitter claimed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 could arrive earlier than first expected.
5 April 2023: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 colours leak – which will you choose?
Display analyst Ross Young tweeted the colour variants rumoured for the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
14 March 2023: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 might finally be dust resistant
According to a leak, both the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 are on course to feature dust resistance for the first time in a foldable phone, with Samsung looking for an IP67 rating.
11 March 2023: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 might not get the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s big camera upgrade
A report from leaker Universe Ice said that the “Galaxy Z Fold5 will continue to use the same camera module as Fold4.” Ice Universe’s tweet said that it’s “impossible to use HP2.” In other words, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 won’t come with a 200-megapixel main sensor if this is to be believed.
21 February 2023: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 rumour pours cold water on our stylus silo dreams
An ETNews report claimed Samsung “has decided not to embed an S-pen in its new foldable smartphone, which is scheduled to be released in the second half of the year.”
16 January 2023: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 might fix the crease and the camera at the same time
Reports suggest that Samsung is set to fix the screen crease annoyance for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, while upgrading the main camera to a 108-megapixel snapper.
12 January 2023: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 could finally have a space for the S Pen
A report claimed the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5 is going to get bigger, making a space for the S Pen to live in.
24 March 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 could have much improved under-display camera
A report claimed Samsung is working on improved display tech that would see a better under display camera for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, and the possibility of one on iPhone 15.