Just like every other year, there are plenty of upcoming smartphones that we’re getting excited about. We’re only into the third month of 2023, and we’ve already seen the release of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
, which blew everyone away with its superb quality and performance, as well as the impressive OnePlus 11. Although many other new devices are coming out this year, here, we are diving straight into one of the most anticipated releases; the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, and what this device may offer.
When will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 be released?
The short answer is, we don’t know. There has been no official announcement about an upcoming Fold device for 2023. However, if we look at previous announcements and releases for this range of mobile phones (shown below), there tends to be a release within a month of the announcement:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold: Released September 2019 (announced February 2019)
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2: Released September 2020 (announced August 2020)
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Released August 2021 (announced August 2021)
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Released August 2022 (announced August 2022)
With this in mind, we predict both an announcement and release date of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 in August 2023.
How much will the Galaxy Z Fold 5 cost?
Due to there not being an official announcement about the next version, it is hard to pinpoint the exact cost. With the most recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the price was within the range of £1,649 - £2,019 for all three models (256GB, 512GB, and 1TB). Prior to that, there was the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 256GB and 512GB models, with a price range of £1,599 and £1,699. It seems unlikely that we will get a cost reduction with the next handset.
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What new features should we expect?
Some companies increase the size of the screens on their ranges of mobiles consistently, which we think could impact the Galaxy Z Fold. If we do see a bigger screen on the Fold 5, then it could be even better than the previous version for people who value organisation and productivity, as it will be like carrying around a genuine mini tablet that can fold down into your pocket.
One of the features that many people have been talking about is the possibility of a reinforced screen. The phone being folded throughout the day can cause damage and creases, and a more hard-wearing screen would help resolve this issue.
There has also been a rumour that there will be a triple-lens rear camera with a 50MP main sensor, the same as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, although the new model could have a 2x optical zoom and a 12MP ultrawide lens. If this is the case, there won’t be many upgrades for the rear camera, although the front camera could be improved as rumours suggest a 12MP selfie camera is on the cards, which will be a nice change compared to the previous 10MP.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 runs on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 12GB RAM, and as stated above, the model comes in three storage options. We believe, like many others, that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will run on an upgraded Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset with at least 12GB of RAM and the same storage options, which would make it a real powerhouse. This would be beneficial for daily usage and also for more demanding tasks like streaming 4K videos and gaming.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 and 4 had the same size battery at 4,400mAh and charge at 25 Watts. We could be looking at the battery being upgraded, as the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra could offer 45 Watts fast charging, but this would likely result in the price of the handset increasing.
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