The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is being unveiled at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked July 2023 today in Seoul, South Korea, but it's launching against a far more crowded foldable market than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 of last year.
Samsung remains the dominant force in the foldable market, but new options like the Google Pixel Fold, Motorola Razr+, and soon the OnePlus Open are all vying for attention in this lucrative high-end foldable phone space.
Here's a closer look at everything we know so far about the Galaxy Z Fold 5 including the release date, price, specs, design changes, and more.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: Latest news (Updated 7/26)
- The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is launching on August 11 for $1,799.
- Galaxy Unpacked July 2023 is July 26 in Seoul, South Korea where the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is being shown off.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 release date
The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on July 26 in Seoul, South Korea is now happening. And during the event, we were given an official release date for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. It will be launching on August 11 in some countries, with pre-orders available now.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 price
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is launching for $1,799, which is consistent with the previous prices for the Z Fold 4. Featuring a new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and more compact hinge gap, it's probably not worthwhile for users who already own the previous iteration, but it'll be an exciting entry point.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 specs
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is built with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 12GB of RAM and options between 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of internal storage. It is pretty similar to the Fold 4, excluding the addition of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is set to be far more powerful than the predecessor.
We tested the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in our Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review and put it under the Geekbench 5.4 synthetic test, with its multi-core score coming out to 5,081. The Galaxy Z Fold 4's 8+ Gen 1 got a multi-core score of 3,831 comparatively.
Other specs include a 4,400mAh battery, 50MP wide-angle camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, 10MP telephoto camera, 10MP selfie camera and 4MP under-display camera. The main screen offers a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display at 2176 x 1812-pixel resolution at 374 pixels-per inch and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Its cover screen is also 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display with a 2316 x 904-pixel resolution at 402 pixels per inch with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 design
Including a stronger hinge that lets the user be even more granular with their phone placements, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is also built with an even more compact hinge that minimalizes the gap to be nearly nonexistent, although it's certainly still present. Flex mode lets the user swap between various different viewing modes depending on how they're using it at the moment.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is also lighter than the previous iteration, with the official specs suggesting it'll be 8.92 ounces. The Z Fold 4 was 9.28 ounces, which makes it only slightly heavier, but it's still a notable change. Its dimensions folded are 6.1 x 2.65 x .53 inches, while its unfolded dimensions are 6.1 x 5.11 x .24 inches.
It also features IPX8 water resistance, which will be disappointing for those who hoped Samsung would finally figure out dust resistance with foldable devices this time around. Unfortunately, that's not the case, and the Flip series is facing the same issue. IPX8, at the very least, ensures water resistance of up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 will also be available in Phantom Black, Gray, Icy Blue, Cream and Blue. Blue and Gray are exclusive Samsung's website, so if you are particularly taken aback by those colors (for some reason), you should head over to Samsung's website. It also features a "wider variety of recyclable materials" included in its design.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is launching with a lot of similarities found in the previous entry, but if a more compact hinge gap and heightened performance excites you, you'll enjoy upgrading to the Z Fold 5.
And if you are interested, you can finally get your hands on it on August 11 for $1,799, which is unsurprisingly considering this is the same price as the previous model.
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