The foldable phone category continues to get crowded, with the majority of new models coming from Chinese brands. Google recently released its first foldable phone. But Samsung - which is the only serious manufacturer of foldable phones globally - has already revealed its fifth version with Galaxy Z Fold 5 today
However, instead of making drastic changes in the design of the phone, Samsung just makes some minor additions while keeping the device the same with its internal components to meet the daily needs of the user. This means there isn't much difference between the Fold 5 and its predecessor, aside from the newer chip and stronger hinge system.
The most notable new additions to the Z Fold 5 include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, just like the processor inside Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Galaxy S23 series. But the Fold 5 comes with 12GB of RAM and is available with up to 1TB of internal storage. This phone works with the pre-installed One UI 5.1.1 interface, based on the Android 13 operating system.
When it comes to specifications, the Fold 5 retains most of what its predecessor brought last year. For example, its 4,400mAh battery remains the same as the previous model, with support for up to 25W fast charging, which the company claims can charge the device to 50% in just half an hour.
The cameras are similar to last year's model, too, with a total of five sensors. There's a 50MP wide-angle primary camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree field of view, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom capabilities. Like the Fold 4, the Fold 5's primary camera offers up to 30x telephoto zoom, which is really a marketing term for digital zoom.
The 10MP selfie camera embedded in the secondary display has an 85-degree field of view. Meanwhile, a 4MP camera sits under the internal display for making video calls while using the phone in laptop mode.
Both screens are still OLED panels that support up to 120Hz refresh rates. The phone also remains compatible with Samsung's S Pen (sold separately), although there isn't a dedicated Note-style slot yet. Regardless, you can get the S Pen case in different colours.
The Z Fold 5's secondary cover screen remains 6.2 inches diagonally, while the main screen remains 7.6 inches. While this looks similar to its predecessor, Samsung says "the main screen is equipped with a shock-absorbing layer and a new design for a more solid screen." The brightness level has also increased by more than 30%, now at 1,750 nits.
The South Korean tech giant has also improved the Fold 5's durability by using Armor Aluminum alloy on the phone's hinge and frame. Samsung also claims the Fold 5 is its "thinnest and lightest foldable phone yet," however, it's only slightly slimmer than the Fold 4.
Galaxy Z Fold 5 is available for pre-order from July 26, and is scheduled to go on sale from August 11. It is available for retail at a basic price of $1,800, which exceeds EGP 55,000, and is available in ice blue, phantom black, and creamy white. In addition, you can pick up the blue and gray colors only through the Samsung online store.
If you pre-ordered the phone via the Samsung website or app Official store between today and August 10, you can get the 512GB version for the same price as the 256GB model. Plus, Samsung is offering up to $540 off when you buy the Fold 5 device bundled with the Galaxy Tab S9 and Galaxy Watch 6.
Like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the latest generation of foldable devices doesn't feel like a unique experience anymore. With updated hardware and a more durable hinge system, the Fold 5 remains on par with Samsung's other flagship phones.