Last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 impressed with brighter outer and inner displays, a reliable camera system (though not as competent as the S22 Ultra), and an Android 12L software experience that was surprisingly optimized for the shape-shifting form factor.
This year, Samsung can either stick to its strengths (and resources) and retain the narrow, candy bar form factor, or get experimental and possibly match what we’ve seen from Google’s interpretation of the phone-to-tablet foldable.
In either case, expect to see improvements to the Z Fold’s durability and hinge system, both of which are becoming more of a focal point given the fragile nature of foldables. According to a recent press release, both the Z Fold and Z Flip will be thinner and lighter than last year’s models. By how much? We’ll find out next Wednesday.
Like the Z Flip 5, Samsung should also be giving the Z Fold 5 the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon processor treatment. And, hopefully, that will extend to overseas models, too, which have previously been equipped with a different in-house Exynos chipset.
The biggest question with the Z Fold, save for its premium asking price, is the camera system. Samsung has yet to feature its top-of-the-line cameras on its foldables, but if it manages to fit the recent Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200MP sensor (among other specs) into the larger Fold, that may be the biggest upgrade the model has had since its debut.