In recent years, Samsung has almost perfected the foldable phone and the 2023 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is expected to be even better than the current models.
We don’t expect to see this phone until quite late in 2023, so there aren’t many rumors about it just yet – but we’ve heard a few things and you’ll find them all below, along with information on the possible release date and price.
We’ll also update this article as new leaks or rumors surface, so bookmark it if you want to stay tuned.
Moreover, at the bottom of this article, you will find a wish list of the most important things we want from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, to make sure that all the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 are solved.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s next flagship foldable phone
- When is it out? Probably August 2023
- How much is it? Unknown but expect it to be very expensive?
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 release date and price
It is not yet known when we could see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4 was announced on August 10, 2022 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was unveiled on August 11, 2021. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was also announced in August of the year of release, albeit slightly earlier on August 5.
So early to mid-August seems likely for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. These announcements also all happened on a Wednesday, so our best guess for a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 release date is Wednesday, August 9, 2023.
As for the price, there’s no word on that either, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799 / £1,649 / AU$2,499, so a similar price is possible.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 news and leaks
There has only been one real Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 leak so far, and this indicates that the phone has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
That would be the successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipsets that power many of the Android flagships of 2022, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4. So the Gen 2 or a Plus version of it always seemed likely. .
The same source also suggests that the phone will have a triple-lens rear camera with a 50MP main sensor. That’s exactly what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has – with the other two sensors being a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 10MP telephoto – so this may mean there aren’t many upgrades to the camera. While we would of course take this so far, we would take all of this with a grain of salt.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: what we want to see
For Samsung to create the ultimate foldable phone, there are five key things it needs to do, which we’ve highlighted below.
1. Same cameras as Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The cameras on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 aren’t bad at all, but they aren’t Samsung’s best despite being the company’s most expensive phone. Anyone who can afford the kind of money the Z Fold 4 costs probably wants the best of the best, and on the front of the camera, it just doesn’t manage to do that.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, we want the phone to match the camera configuration of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which will probably have the company’s best snappers based on previous shapes.
2. No visible crease
As impressive as Samsung’s folding screens are, the company hasn’t cracked the fold, it’s visible and something you can feel when you swipe the screen.
This isn’t a big deal and is something most people will soon get used to, but it’s an imperfection in an otherwise excellent display, so we’d love to see Samsung successfully hide it on the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
3. A lower price
The biggest problem with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is simply how much it costs, given that it’s one of the most expensive phones in the world – making the iPhone 14 Pro Max look almost cheap in comparison.
It’s no surprise that the price is high considering the size of the screen and the technology involved, but if this foldable line is ever to really go mainstream, the price has to come down, and we hope Samsung will lower it with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 .
4. Faster Charging
Most Samsung phones charge rather slowly, and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is no exception. It comes out at 25W wired or 15W wireless, both of which are much lower than other flagships like the 150W OnePlus 10T or the 120W Xiaomi 12 Pro.
We don’t expect or need Samsung to achieve that kind of charging power, but we’d like to see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 split the difference and offer around 60W-80W.
5. A bigger battery
In addition to faster charging, we also want the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 to have a larger battery. At 4,400 mAh, the one in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is average in size at best, and actually smaller than the batteries in many conventional phones.
But since this has a huge folding screen, it could use a particularly large battery. So we want at least a 5,000mAh one in the Z Fold 5 – the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has that, so it shouldn’t be too much to ask.