external screen, hinge… everything we already know about Samsung’s folding

After a very successful folding clamshell smartphone in 2022, Samsung should normally release its successor in 2023: the Galaxy Z Flip 5. If no information has been confirmed on this model for the moment, serious rumors have been multiplying for a few months. Let’s recap what we know or think we know about this next premium smartphone.

No image of the Z Flip 5 is yet available, but that does not prevent Samsung fans from imagining the next model in the range. // Source: @MelloMaraj via Reddit

Like every year for the past three years, the South Korean manufacturer Samsung should release its next two models of folding smartphones in 2023: a model foldfoldable in book format, and a model flip, foldable in clamshell format. Two high-end phones that are always pushing technological innovation further on these products, but it’s the second model that interests us: the next Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.

The Z Flip series models outsell the Z Fold series due to their compact size and lower cost. Price, release date, new design… we take stock of the rumors and assumptions made about what could become the next most popular folding smartphone on the market.

The latest high performance chip

The first information on this Galaxy Z Flip 5 reached us as early as July 2022… i.e. before the release of the Galaxy Z Flip 4! It’s the South Korean media The Elec who fired the first salvo of rumours: according to his sources, the next two models fold et flip from Samsung would be equipped with a SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Although this rumor was relayed well in advance, it would seem logical since the last two Galaxy Z Flip models integrated the latest high-end chip from Qualcomm available at their release. Based on our previous tests of this chip , we can therefore expect improved performance as well as reduced heating during long gaming sessions. Good news if it is confirmed since the Z Flip 4 struggled to keep up with greedy uses.

Another credible rumour: the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5’s storage size choices may remain the same as the previous generation. This was stated at the end of February by the news site Sammobile, specializing in the South Korean brand. According to its source, you would therefore again have the choice between 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB of internal memory.

Sammobile further advances by estimating that, like the Samsung Galaxy S23 released in early February 2023, only the 128 GB model would use the UFS 3.1 flash memory standard, while the 256 and 512 GB variants would benefit from UFS 4.0. A technology which, on paper, doubles the speed of reading and writing files on internal storage compared to the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

A larger external screen than its competitors

However, the majority of leaks relayed by the specialized media for several months mainly concerns the design of Samsung’s next flip smartphone. An important point, since the exterior design of the Z Flip range has not changed much since the Galaxy Z Flip 3, released in 2021.

There should therefore be changes on this Galaxy Z Flip 5, in particular for its external panel, dedicated to accessing certain functions on a smartphone even if it is folded. In early December 2022, the screen production line specialist Ross Youngasserted that this screen would be much bigger» on the next modelflip, estimating this one at more than 3 inches (compared to 1.9 inches on the Z Flip 3 and 4). In response to another tweet Ross Young later clarified that corridor noises evoke a slab between 3.3 and 3.4 inches.

I said 2″ on the Flip 4. Came in a little below that at 1.9″…Hearing 3.3″-3.4″ on the Z Flip 5.

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) December 1, 2022

This change would not be a surprise: pioneer of clamshell folders in 2019, Samsung has since caught up by other manufacturers of smartphones on the size of this small screen, whether by theOppo Find N2 Flip (3.26 inches) or the Razr 2022(2.7 inches). Samsung could therefore get to their level.

At the beginning of February 2023, it was also the turn of another leaker, Ice Universe to corroborate Ross Young’s information by claiming that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 would be “bigger than [celui] du Oppo Find N2 Flip“. Two days later, the same leaker published a rough cut of what the smartphone “has a good chanceto look like, with a screen even covering half of the exterior of the smartphone when folded.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is very likely to be of this design. I am in further research… pic.twitter.com/1bVYOgmC0H

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 22, 2023

The same week, 3D renderingof the Motorola Razr 2023, its next competitor, showed a design almost identical to that advanced by Ice Universe for the Z Flip 5. This therefore leads us to believe that Samsung would follow this trend of the largest possible external screen.

A teardrop hinge without letting water through

Second very competitive design point of the clamshell folding smartphone market: the design of the hinge. It is the other subject of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 rumors . Also in December 2022, Ross Young’s tweet mentioned earlier gave another indication of the possible improvements of the next smartphone: Samsung would be working on a new hinge design “which should reduce the visibility of the crease” of the screen.

The patent sketch of a teardrop design filed by Samsung in 2016. // Source: Samsung via Naver

The technology adopted by the current folding models of the South Korean brand indeed leaves a fairly visible trace and sensitive to the touch on the screen. Here again, its competitors have caught up with it on this point: Motorola, Oppo or Huawei offer on their products a hinge design in “water drop» which allows to enormously reduce the hollow of the fold, while allowing to completely close the smartphone without leaving space between its two halves. On the other hand, this technology seems to prevent the smartphone from being waterproof, as is the case for the Z Flip 3 and 4.

It was this hinge design that Ross Young seemed to be referring to: in two tweets from January and then February 2023, the leaker Ice Universeagain echoed the information from the screen specialist, giving “confirmation“according to him that the next Galaxy Z Fold and Flip 5”will adopt teardrop-shaped hinges and support IPX8 waterproof ».

Confirmation: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5 will adopt water drop hinges and support IPX8 waterproof.

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 24, 2023

If this information is true, the Z Flip 5 would therefore be the first smartphone in the world to opt for this hinge design while retaining the protection against water present on the two previous models. We can believe it, because the manufacturer had already filed patents on this folded screen design as early as 2016. On the other hand, like the other folding smartphones on the market, there is no indication concerning an upcoming protection against dust.

Some characteristics that we can guess

Although the other specifications of the next Samsung flip smartphone are not the subject of credible rumors or leaks at the moment, we can easily guess that certain characteristics of this next Galaxy Z Flip 5 should be similar to the technical sheets of the two models. previous ones.

Logical evolutions

The Galaxy Z Flip range has always opted for the most recent version of Android available at the time of its release, and this is likely to continue: the Galaxy Z Flip 5 could be marketed directly under the interface One UI 5.1based on Android 13 . Like all its new models, Samsung should also offer 4 years of major updates of the operating system and five of security patches.

Another development that seems likely: the transition to the Bluetooth 5.3 standard, the most recent at present.

No change if it’s still current

We can also think that the materials used on the previous Z Flip models will remain the same, although their proportions may change due to possible external screen and hinge improvements. We could therefore find a screen made of plastic, a glass back and aluminum borders.

On the screen side, the technologie Amoled and the 120 Hz refresh rate are still among the best in the high-end smartphone market. We can therefore also expect the Z Flip 5 to be equipped with it.

Finally, the camera types could remain the same, with a main wide-angle module paired with an ultra-wide-angle module. Although market standards have been to integrate a triplet of cameras (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto) for several years, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and 4 have not taken the plunge. Samsung seems to want to make a difference with its Galaxy Z Fold range, equipped with these three modules.

A similar price, but which could increase

If there are no rumors about it at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 could be sold at a fairly similar price, but on the increase compared to the previous model, would only be as a consequence of the increase continuing consumer prices. In addition, the increase in raw material prices and the possibly higher production cost of the hypothetical new hinge of the smartphone could also affect the selling price.

For its base model at 128GB, we can therefore expect it to be sold between 1109 (the recommended retail price of the Z Flip 4 when it is released) and, according to our forecast based on forecast inflation for August 2023, up to 1180 euros.

When will the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 be released?

The official announcement date of the Z Flip 5 is quite easy to guess since the last two Galaxy Z Flips were both presented to the public on the second Wednesday of August 2021et 2022. We can therefore expect the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 during the month of August 2023.

By making the same parallel with the last two generations of Samsung’s folding clamshell smartphone, the marketing of this smartphone also has a good chance of being effective around two weeks after its presentation. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 should therefore be released around August.

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