Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch its fifth-generation Galaxy Z Fold smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, later this year. The foldable handset is expected to have a lightweight design, measuring just 13.4mm in thickness and weighing only 250 grams. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 could be the lightest Galaxy Z Fold smartphone launched to date, with a new ‘droplet’ hinge design expected to reduce the device’s overall thickness.
What to Expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5
According to a report by ETNews, Samsung is expected to debut the Galaxy Z Fold 5 as the lightest model in the Galaxy Z Fold series. The device is said to feature a redesigned hinge with an IPX8 build, which could contribute to the device’s lightweight design. The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s successor will measure 13.4mm in thickness when folded, 13 grams lighter than its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
A New Hinge Design
Reports suggest that Samsung is introducing a new ‘droplet’ hinge design for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which would make the foldable device thinner than its predecessors. The redesigned hinge, along with its reported IPX8 build, could make the device more durable and water-resistant.
No S Pen Slot
Prior rumours speculated that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 would feature a dedicated S Pen slot, but it has been reported that Samsung ultimately had to abandon the slot due to weight and thickness limitations. As such, the device may not come with an S Pen, as previous models did.
Galaxy Z Fold 4’s Successor
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is the expected successor to last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. The latter was unveiled during the Galaxy Unpacked event in August 2022, with a starting price tag of Rs. 1,54,999 for the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and runs on Android 12-based OneUI 4.1.1. It has a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display as its main screen and is backed by a 4,400mAh dual-cell battery that supports 25W fast charging.
With the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Samsung is likely continuing its trend of reducing the thickness and weight of its foldable devices. As with its predecessors, the device is expected to feature top-of-the-line specs and innovation. While Samsung is yet to confirm any details about the device, early rumours suggest an exciting release later in the year.