Samsung unveiled the latest version of its flip-format smartphone back in August with the arrival of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. That particular model has already garnered a very enthusiastic review from us, but there are rumours starting to float around about what we should expect in its successor, the Z Flip 5.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.
When will the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 be released?
There is no official date as of yet from Samsung, but we can look at the past release schedule to give ourselves a clue on when we might see the device appear. Here’s how the previous models lined up (note: there wasn’t a Galaxy Z Flip 2):
As the past three generations have made their debuts in August, we think it’s a pretty safe bet that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will be revealed in August 2023.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 cost?
Phones with folding screens still occupy the higher end of the price bracket when it comes to mobile devices, but we have seen costs starting to come down as the innovative technology becomes more mainstream. There’s a good chance you’ll still be paying top dollar when the Flip 5 comes around, so here’s a quick guide to the pricings of the last two versions to give you an indication of what you’ll need to put aside.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4:
256GB Bespoke Edition: $1,139/£1,099/€1,199
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3:
Prices on the Flip 4 are mostly the same as those of the previous generation, with Europeans actually seeing a slight decrease, though Brits ended up paying a bit more.
Whether Samsung can repeat this trick with the class of 2023 remains to be seen, as the financial markets and supply chains are showing signs of turbulence. Hopefully the prices you see above will be the ceiling rather than the ground floor in terms of costs with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.
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What new features will we see in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5?
With its release date still being far off in the distance, there aren’t too many rumours about the Galaxy Z Flip 5 at the time of writing, although there are a few things we’ve seen that make a lot of sense.
Korean site The Elec was first out of the blocks, reporting that the new model will boast the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. This chip was announced in November 2022 by Qualcomm, and promises a major performance jump without giving up the energy efficiency gains that made the Z Flip 4’s battery life so much better.
Display industry expert Ross Young has also chipped in with notes on both of the phone’s screens. First up, he says that the outer cover display will be much larger, at least 3in across the diagonal – a big jump from the current 1.9in display. That will presumably mean a significant redesign for the phone too.
Young adds that the inner display will get its own upgrade thanks to a new hinge design “which should reduce the visibility of the seam.” Samsung’s rivals have made serious progress in eliminating the crease from foldable displays, so here’s hoping that the Korean company has caught up.
The Elec also reports that Samsung is scaling back its production numbers for this generation of the Flip and Fold models, with the Korean giant hoping to sell around 10 million units (combined) of the two devices. The interesting part about this is that Samsung is looking to sell 8 million units of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 along with 2 million units of the Fold 5. This indicates that the manufacturer seems quite confident in the appeal of its next-gen flip phone compared to the larger form factor.
So far, that’s all we’ve seen so far in terms of rumours around the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. But, as one of the main weaknesses of the Flip range has been battery life and camera performance, it could be that the more energy efficient processor and potential sensor upgrade for the main camera will address both of these areas.
Of course, we’ll continue to update this article regularly as more information becomes available, so be sure to check back regularly. In the meantime, be sure to check out our current favourites in the best smartphone and best Samsung Galaxy phone charts.
Martyn has been involved with tech ever since the arrival of his ZX Spectrum back in the early 80s. He covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews for Macworld and its sister site Tech Advisor.