With the new Galaxy Fold 5 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5, Samsung is determined to prove that foldable is no fad. Staying power is hard to measure, but the impending arrival of Samsung's fifth-generation foldable smartphones makes it difficult to dispute that the company aren't here for the long run.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 has come a long way since the durability concerns of the original Z Fold, and it's built around the same core value proposition. Like last year's Galaxy Z Fold 4, it's a slim device that can become a bigger tablet-sized one whenever you need it to.
The outside of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 boasts a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen. The inside gives you a larger 7.6-inch AMOLED to work with. Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is powered by the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor found in last year's Galaxy Z Fold 4 and 12GB of RAM. It's available in three storage variants: 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
Courtesy of a new "zero gap" hinge and a number of other enhancements, Samsung is billing the Z Flip 5 as the lightest and toughest tablet-sized foldable to date. Compared to the original Z Fold, the Z Fold 5 is 30g lighter. It's also got a less visible crease.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is more durable as well, thanks to inclusions like Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and Armor Aluminum. While it seems unlikely that anyone Aussies are out there selecting their next phone based on hinge design alone, Samsung's targeted take-down of the infamous pain points associated with previous Z Fold devices seems primed to please those sitting on the fence as well as power users looking for the ultimate multi-tasking mobile device.
The only obvious improvement that Samsung seems to have left on the table here has to do with the S-Pen. As with last year's model, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is compatible with Samsung's stylus. However, there's still no built-in storage for the accessory.
If you plan to use the S-Pen regularly, you'll need to invest in a carry case that adds bulk and additional expense to the equation. Even if this year's Slim S Pen Case is an easier sell than last year's, it's still something you have to consider at all.
As for the camera tech side of things, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 has a pretty similar setup to last year's Galaxy Z Fold 4. The back of the device features a 50MP main lens, a 12MP ultrawide and 10MP telephoto lens. The front boasts a 10MP camera selfie camera. There's also a 4MP under-display camera built into the larger AMOLED screen.
The main difference here is that the rear camera on the Z Fold 5 comes with the same upgraded image sensor introduced in this year's Galaxy S23 line and should inherit a lot of the same improvements.
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