We should see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 around the middle of the year, and new leaks give us an idea of the sort of design improvements we can expect to see compared to the 2022 versions of these foldables .
Prolific tipster Ice Universe has taken to the Chinese social network Weibo (opens in new tab) (via Android Police (opens in new tab)) And Twitter (opens in new tab) (via Notebook Check (opens in new tab)) to confirm that both phones will use water drop style hinges – essentially both sides will lie flat against each other when folded (the closed hinge looks like a water drop when viewed from the side).
In the case of the Galaxy Z Fold 5, that apparently shaved a few millimeters off the thickness of the device compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 – we’re specifically talking about a maximum thickness of around 13mm compared to 16mm. We don’t have the dimensions of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 yet.
Confirmation: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5 will use waterdrop hinges and support IPX8 waterproof.February 24, 2023
The switch to the waterdrop hinge not only looks a bit nicer, but should also make the foldables more reliable and durable. The technology is already being used in certain phones from Chinese manufacturers, so it has been tested in the wild.
This type of hinge usually comes at the expense of waterproofing, but according to this source, that won’t be the case here – apparently the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 will be able to survive a dunking to a certain depth for a certain amount of time.
It’s worth bearing in mind that these rumors have been reported before, so this isn’t completely new information. However, having it repeated more often by a tipster who is right means we are more likely to take it seriously now.
Analysis: We’ve come a long way
To Samsung’s credit, we’re now at a stage where the durability of foldable phones isn’t much of an issue. Over the years, foldable devices have become more reliable, and it looks like that trend will continue with this year’s handsets.
Okay, these foldable phones are still very much on the expensive side, but you’d expect that given the intricate technology involved. These prices will hopefully fall over time as production processes improve.
Of course, that also leads to more competitors. Rumors continue to circulate about the existence of a foldable iPhone, while the Google Pixel Fold could be out even sooner, and maybe even sometime this year.
These new entrants will have Samsung to compete with, and Samsung has a five-year head start when it comes to foldable devices. With the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, we’ll see how far they can get ahead before Apple and Google catch up.