Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5: what we know so far

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 will join the Z Fold5 at Samsung’s summer Unpacked event in Seoul in the last week of July. Being one of the most anticipated phones of the year, there’ve been plenty of rumors and leaks to give us more than a rough idea of what the phone will bring.

So let’s gather all the rumors under one roof. This is all we know so far about the Galaxy Z Flip5.

Bigger cover display

The biggest change, quite literally, is the cover display. It’s ballooned up from a barely-usable 1.9-inches and 260x512px to a 3.4-inch 720x748px screen that takes most of the cover.

The new display has an interesting, folder icon-like look, and makes room only for the dual camera system and flash.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5's outer screen will run specially optimized Google apps

Samsung will make better use of the bigger cover display by running specially optimized Google apps on it. Maps, Messages, and YouTube will all be functional on the new screen, finally making the Galaxy Z Flip usable without the need to open it.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 promo image

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 promo image

New hinge that closes flat

One of the biggest user complaints with Samsung’s foldables has always been the crease and the fact that they don’t clasp shut flat.

By all reports, Samsung has made strides on both counts thanks to a new hinge design. Reportedly, thanks to a new “droplet” folding hinge mechanism, the Galaxy Z Flip5 will be able to flip shut flat and have a less-noticeable hinge.

Samsung Display ''droplet'' folding display patent from 2016

Samsung Display “droplet” folding display hinge patent from 2016

IP58 resistance

Samsung’s new foldables could feature the highest rating for ingress protection out of all other foldables. This is hardly a surprise – up until this year, Samsung was the only maker that achieved water resistance in foldables.

The Galaxy Z Flip5 will improve the rating from IPx8 to IP58, which means that there will be some form of dust protection (that’s the 5), and a high degree of water protection (that’s the 8). Technically, the Galaxy Z Flip5 will be able to take being submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes plus an additional depth and time, specified by Samsung itself.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with 8GB of RAM

This is rather obvious, but the Galaxy Z Flip5 will get a bump to the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (meaning a higher-clocked version than the standard one) with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB (UFS 3.1) and 256GB (UFS 4.0) versions.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 renders
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 renders

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 renders

While on the subject of specs, the Galaxy Z Flip5 will keep the 3,700mAh battery and 25W charging speed from its predecessor, as well as the display and camera specs – that means a 6.7-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and three cameras – an ultrawide and a wide and the back, and a selfie on the inside.

The screen could get a bump in brightness and the cameras a bump in lenses or sensors.

Also on the specs side, expect the Galaxy Z Flip5 to get DeX support. To use it, you need a compatible HDMI cable or wirelessly on TVs and monitors that support Miracast. On PCs, you only need a USB cable, provided the OS is Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Finally, Samsung is rumored to double the production for the Galaxy Z Flip5 over its predecessor, signaling higher expectations.

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