Samsung has recently released the fifth generation of its foldable smartphones, continuing the tradition of the dual model/form factor. With the Galaxy Z Flip5, the Korean brand aims at those who want a powerful device that takes up little space in their pocket, whereas with the Galaxy Z Fold5, it aims at those who use the smartphone for productivity, benefiting from a larger screen with an almost tablet-like diagonal.
Both models share several innovations, including Qualcomm’s latest high-end SoCs, the same Snapdragon 8 Gen2 as the Galaxy S23, and the new Flex Hinge, which features a double-track structure that allows you to mitigate impacts. To further improve the resistance of Samsung’s new foldable smartphones, Samsung utilizes Armor Aluminum shells and the Gorilla Glass Victus2, both on the external display and in the back.
Galaxy Z Flip5
The most noticeable difference between the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and previous versions is undoubtedly the 3.4” external screen, which has a diagonal increase of 1.9” over the Flip4.
Larger dimensions also imply greater functionality. For example, the external “Flex Window” screen, in addition to providing a series of widgets related to weather forecasts, music, and the latest news, also allows you to use some apps without having to open the smartphone, such as WhatsApp, which allows you to not only read but also reply using a full QWERTY keyboard on the screen, and Samsung Wallet, which allows you to make payments or access your accounts.
The Flip5 features a 6.7-inch InfinityFlex screen with FullHD + resolution and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz and uses the aforementioned Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 chip flanked by 8GB of RAM and 256 or 512GB of memory.
On the photographic front, the Galaxy Z Flip5 has a 12MP dual camera on the outside (the main one with f/1.8 aperture and optical stabilization) and a 10MP selfie cam inside. Thanks to FlexModem, you can shoot from a distance with the Camera Controller function on your Galaxy Watch6 and finally take the perfect selfie you have always dreamed of.
The battery, on the other hand, has a capacity of 3,700mAh and supports fast charging (at 25W) as well as wireless fast charging 2.0.
The new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is available in four colors: Mint, Graphite, Cream, and Lavander, with a starting price of €1,249 for the 256GB model and €1,369 for the 512GB model.
Galaxy Z Fold5
Samsung improves on what it has done in earlier generations of the device with the new Fold 5, without changing the overall formula.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 excels at multitasking, allowing you to enjoy the enormous 7.6-inch internal display. The QXGA+ allows you to handle up to three separate applications on the screen at the same time, operating smoothly on being and letting you drag and drop content between the apps on the screen and those running in the background via the application bar. To boost productivity even further, the new S Pen Fold Edition is more compact and thinner, and owing to the Slim S Pen Case, it can be carried alongside the smartphone without adding significant thicknesses when compared to a regular cover.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is powered by the aforementioned Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2, accompanied by 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of internal memory, and features a 6.2” external screen HD+. The battery, on the other hand, has a capacity of 4,400mAh and supports 25W rapid charging as well as wireless charging 2.0.
The Fold5 features a triple camera system at the back, including a main camera with a 50MP sensor (f/1.8 and OS), an ultra-angular camera with a 12MP sensor, and a telephoto camera with 10MP sensor capable of 3x optical zoom. For selfies and video calls, the Samsung smartphone has a 10MP camera on the external screen and a 4MP camera placed beneath the internal display.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 is available in three colors: Icy Blue, Phantom Black, and Cream, with a starting price of €1,999 for the 256GB model, €2,119 for the 512GB model, and €2,339 for the 1TB model.
Our impressions about the two new smartphones are generally positive. On the one hand, the Galaxy Z Flip5 demonstrates the project’s maturity, driven above all by a truly functional external display. On the other hand, the Galaxy Z Fold5 presents itself as a solid product ready for those who will use it intensively.