Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 performance
When it comes to the chipset of the Galaxy Z Fold 5, the safest assumption is that it will feature a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or a more advanced iteration. Based on Qualcomm's typical announcement schedule, we expect this silicon to be unveiled soon and become the powerhouse behind the majority of Android phones in 2023.
However, there is a possibility that the Z Fold 5 may utilize a Plus variant or an enhanced version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. A good example of this is the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which employed a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, providing it with an edge in performance and power efficiency compared to the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in earlier phones like the Galaxy S22 series.
According to one source, the Z Fold 5 is rumored to adopt the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chip utilized in the Galaxy S23. Utilizing this chipset would give the Z Fold 5 a performance boost over typical Android flagship phones, although not necessarily surpassing the S23 series (at least until a Plus version emerges).
Fortunately, recent alleged benchmarks for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 suggest that our concerns were unfounded. Despite employing the same chipset, the device offers a significant performance improvement over the Galaxy S23 series.
Moreover, it is highly likely that we will witness new One UI updates specifically tailored for the Z Fold 5's inner display, similar to how Samsung added a taskbar to the Z Fold 4's interface. Samsung has expressed its intention to develop software that better adapts to the 4:3 inner display, and we sincerely hope that this proves to be true. Currently, most apps are still optimized for rectangular displays, particularly when it comes to gaming on the Z Fold, which hinders the full utilization of the expansive inner folding screen.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 battery and charging
One area where Samsung should focus its attention for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is battery life and charging capabilities. Given the limited internal space and the need to power two displays, it's unlikely that the Z Fold 5 will surpass regular smartphones in terms of battery efficiency. However, it would be encouraging to see the Z Fold series strive for longer battery life, aiming to reach the 10-hour mark that most standard smartphones achieve, rather than the 8 hours and 20 minutes offered by the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The same holds true for charging. While the Galaxy Z Fold 4 boasts the fastest charging capability among Samsung's foldables, reaching speeds of up to 25W (delivering roughly 50% battery in half an hour), other Android phone manufacturers regularly provide charging speeds that are twice as fast or even quicker. It's reasonable to expect Samsung to introduce upgraded charging technology in the Galaxy S series before implementing it in the Galaxy Z series. If such improvements don't materialize in the Galaxy S23 (which currently appears unlikely), our hopes for notable charging enhancements in the Galaxy Z Fold 5 may diminish.