Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 design and display
According to renowned tech leaker Ice Universe, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 will bear a striking resemblance to its predecessor, the Fold 4, with minimal design differences. However, one notable improvement will be its slimness, as it is expected to be noticeably thinner and marginally more compact. Additionally, the device will weigh less compared to its predecessor.
But just how thin will it be? Leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, popularly known as @OnLeaks, has shared some exciting insights. Samsung has managed to make the Galaxy Z Fold 5 the thinnest handset in the Galaxy Z Fold series. Hemmerstoffer reveals the device's dimensions as 154.9 x 129.9 x 6.3mm when unfolded and 154.9 x 67.1 x 13.5mm when closed. This represents a significant reduction in thickness compared to the Fold 4, which measured between 14.2mm and 15.8mm when closed.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is anticipated to feature a 6.2-inch outer display and a 7.6-inch inner display, both equipped with 120Hz refresh rates and OLED panels, continuing the trend from previous models. Despite hopes for an enlarged cover screen, prominent leaker Ice Universe suggests that Samsung won't be making that change.
Regarding the inner display, Samsung has hinted at the possibility of a larger yet shallower crease. This adjustment aims to minimize the visibility of the crease, resulting in an improved overall appearance. Another intriguing rumor suggests that Samsung might even eliminate the crease entirely on the Fold 5 by introducing a new "waterdrop" type hinge. This innovative mechanism could enable a portion of the inner screen to roll inside the phone's main body, effectively preventing creasing. Internally referred to as a "dumbbell" hinge, Samsung reportedly filed a patent for this design back in 2016.
Not only could this new dumbbell hinge design enhance the Galaxy Z Fold 5's aesthetics, but it also promises improved durability. The device is expected to endure even more folding and opening cycles throughout its lifetime. According to reports from The Elec, Samsung aims to test the new hinge with up to 300,000 folds, a significant increase compared to the Z Fold 4's 200,000. Additionally, the report suggests that the new hinge design will contribute to a thinner and lighter form factor for the Z Fold 5.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 cameras
The camera setup on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 received positive feedback for matching the quality of Samsung's older flagship phones, utilizing the same rear sensors found in the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. This included a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera, 12MP 3x zoom telephoto camera, a 10MP outer selfie camera, and a 4MP under-display inner camera.
Unfortunately, according to reliable leaker Yogesh Brar, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is expected to retain the same camera specifications as its predecessor (50MP + 12MP + 10MP). This means that enthusiasts should not anticipate the inclusion of the impressive 200MP main camera featured on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. However, there is some good news as Brar suggests that the phone will incorporate new image sensors, potentially leading to improved image quality.
Contradicting this information, another leak indicated a possible upgrade to a 108MP main camera, similar to the one found on the S22 Ultra. Additionally, this leak mentioned the inclusion of a 64MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and a 12MP ultrawide shooter.
On the contrary, a separate leak suggested that there might be no changes from the camera setup of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Furthermore, it stated that incorporating a 200MP main camera like the one in the Galaxy S23 Ultra would be impossible. This leak hinted that Samsung desired to enhance the Z Fold 4's cameras further but was limited by the weight of the phone.
Critically, there is a growing sentiment that it may be time for Samsung to abandon the under-display inner camera. While this camera allows for an uninterrupted display experience, its picture quality falls short for anything beyond video calls. However, without any substantial rumors supporting this speculation, it is reasonable to assume that the under-display camera will persist in the Galaxy Z Fold 5.