With Samsung set to launch its next-gen foldable smartphones at the end of July, numerous leaks have started to appear. The latest is perhaps also the most exciting one so far, previewing the Galaxy Z Fold 5 in what looks like an official photo while revealing significant design changes such as the gapless folded flat panels, a new color, and slightly larger camera lenses.
Early rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be a minor upgrade to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (review) in terms of its exterior. That seems to be true upon referring to the leaked promotional material of the upcoming foldable device that was shared by MySmartprice.
Thinner bezels, gapless design, and bigger camera lenses of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
When fully unfolded, we can easily see how the Galaxy Z Fold 5 shares the similar book-style folding form factor as its predecessor albeit with fairly noticeable thinner bezels around the main display. It's hard to tell if the crease has been reduced given the angled at which it was opened. Furthermore, speakers' positions, microphones, and USB-C port on the sides apparently remained unchanged.
In another view of the device when folded, there is no obvious gap between both folded panels of the device, which is very different from the Galaxy Z Fold 4 that sports a space near the hinge. This is likely the result of the teardrop-shaped hinge that is reportedly part of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5.
When it comes to the other changes, the triple camera layout was retained, although the lenses appeared to be bigger than before with the rings being closer to the edge of the camera island. It remains unclear whether these would usher in the presence of new sensors, although we doubt that the primary shooter will receive an update after it was already updated just last year. Additionally, the LED flash has now been repositioned along the camera, nearer to the top.
New colors and S Pen support for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
New colorways could also debut with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 as shown in the picture, sporting a light blue hue. Perhaps Samsung may give the larger foldable similar paint jobs as with the Galaxy Flip lineup, which has always been offered in many variants, such as two-tone finishes and Bespoke editions.
Lastly, the S Pen is included. This means support for the active stylus is standard for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 just like its predecessor. However, this could be an optional accessory and users would most likely purchase it separately rather than having it right out of the box.
Samsung's next Unpacked event
When it comes to what powers the Galaxy Z Fold 5, it is widely expected to run on custom Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC with a higher clock speed. It could also include the faster LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage similar to the Galaxy S23 that our colleague already reviewed.
Samsung plans to host its next Unpacked event at the end of July in South Korea where they would announce the foldable duo alongside the rugged Galaxy Tab S9 tablets and Galaxy Watch 6 smartwatch. There is no indication about the pricing for these devices yet. What do you think of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 based on this image?