In recent years, Samsung has almost perfected the foldable phone, and the 2023 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is expected to be even better than current models.
We don’t expect to see this phone until late 2023, so there aren’t many rumors about it yet – but we’ve heard a few things, and you’ll find them all below, along with information on the possible release date and price.
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Also, at the bottom of this article you will find a wish list of the main things we want from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, to make sure it fixes all your problems with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s Next Foldable Phone
- When do you leave? Probably August 2023
- How much will it cost? Unknown, but expect it to be very expensive
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 release date and price
There’s no word yet on when we might see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4 was announced on August 10, 2022, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was revealed on August 11, 2021. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was also announced in August of its release year, albeit a little earlier on August 5th.
So early to mid-August seems likely for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. These announcements also happened on Wednesday, so our best guess for a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 release date is Wednesday, August 9, 2023 .
As for pricing, there’s no word on that just yet, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799 / £1,649 / AU$2,499, so a similar price tag is possible.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 news and leaks
There’s only been one actual Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 leak so far, and that points to the phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
This would be the successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipsets that power many of 2022’s Android flagships, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4. So the Gen 2 or Plus version always seemed likely.
The same source also suggests that the phone will have a triple-lens rear camera with a 50MP main sensor. That’s exactly what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has – with the other two sensors being a 12MP ultra-wide and a 10MP telephoto – so that could mean there aren’t many upgrades to the camera. Although, of course, we take all of this with a pinch of salt.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: what we want to see
In order for Samsung to make the best folding phone, there are five key things it needs to do, which we’ve highlighted below.
1. Same cameras as the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s cameras aren’t bad at all, but they’re not Samsung’s best, despite being the company’s most expensive phone. Anyone who can spare the money the Z Fold 4 costs is likely to want the best of the best, and in front of the camera it just doesn’t get that.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, we want the phone to match the camera setup of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which based on the former shape will likely have the company’s best snappers.
2. No visible crease
As impressive as Samsung’s folding screens are, the company hasn’t broken the crease, being visible and something you can feel when you slide your finger across the screen.
That’s no big deal, and it’s something most people will get used to quickly, but it’s an imperfection in a great display, so we’d like to see Samsung successfully hide it in the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
3. A lower price
The biggest issue with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is simply how much it costs, as this is one of the most expensive phones on the planet – almost making the iPhone 14 Pro Max look cheap in comparison.
It’s no surprise that the price tag is high given the screen size and technology involved, but if this folding line is really going to be popular, the price needs to come down, and we expect Samsung to start cutting it down with the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
4. Faster loading
Most Samsung phones are pretty slow charging, and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is no exception. It comes in at 25W wired or 15W wireless, both of which are much lower than other flagships like the 150W OnePlus 10T or the 120W Xiaomi 12 Pro.
We don’t expect or need Samsung to hit these kinds of charging power levels, but we’d like to at least see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 split the difference and offer around 60W-80W.
5. A bigger battery
Along with faster charging, we’d also like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 to have a bigger battery. At 4,400mAh, that of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is mid-sized at best, and actually smaller than the batteries in many mainstream phones.
But given that it has a huge folding screen, it could be a particularly big battery. So at the very least, we want a 5,000mAh in the Z Fold 5 – the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has that, so it shouldn’t be too much to ask.