Unfolding the Future: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Review

In this article, we’ll elaborate on the design, price, performances, camera quality and other features of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5.

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With its foldable devices, Samsung is currently at the cutting edge of innovation, as evidenced by the frequent updates we’ve been receiving over the past year. That’s fine, but it also means there’s not much to be thrilled about. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 was released in July, and this year was no exception. Along with the more common improvements like a faster processor, Samsung has also adopted a modified hinge mechanism that has helped reduce the weight and thickness of the phone a little. In no way does this alter the nature of the game, but it is unquestionably a positive step. Of course, owners of a Galaxy Z Fold 4 currently available can wait for the following year’s model and forego this generation.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 appears essentially indistinguishable from its predecessor, but if you look closely, there are some subtle differences, such as where the LED flash is located and the colors used, that help you tell the two apart. Thanks to the shatter-resistant glass on the front and back and the aluminum frame, it’s still one of the best-built horizontally folding phones. Additionally, the redesigned hinge permits the two sections to fold almost flush with one another, narrowing the gap. The phone has an IPX8 water resistant rating.

With the exception of the peak brightness of the folding display, which is now 1,750 nits as opposed to 1,200 nits on the Galaxy Z Fold 5, both displays on the device are fairly comparable to those of the Fold 4. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 has the same display specifications as its predecessors, including a 7.6-inch QXGA+ main panel and a 6.2-inch HD+ AMOLED outer display both with 120Hz refresh rates.

Both displays create vibrant colors and have good sunlight legibility. The exterior display is excellent for doing fast chores, but it’s still a little too small to type comfortably. The inner foldable display is best used for multi-app use or leisure pursuits like gaming and movie watching. When viewing the display directly, it can be difficult to discern the crease, but it is still fairly noticeable and can be seen at odd angles.

With the exception of a SIM remove tool and a USB Type-C connector, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 doesn’t come with many accessories preinstalled. It does make sense to spend a little more and acquire the S Pen cover case for such a smartphone, which gives you additional protection in addition to the stylus.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 specifications and software

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 employs the same specialized Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 “Mobile Platform for Galaxy” SoC as the S23 series. It is a capable CPU with good performance that is also energy-efficient. It still only supports 25W cable charging and 15W wireless charging, and the battery capacity is the same as it was last year at 4,400mAh.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5’s software is built on Android 13 and runs One UI 5.1.1. Samsung has promised to provide four significant Android OS upgrades and five years of security patches. The ability to utilize three apps at once and the Flex mode in apps like Google Meet and YouTube are among the software gimmicks that have been brought over from the Fold 4. 

The ability to display up to four recently used programs in the taskbar is one of the newer enhancements. Due to the fact that the default is still two apps, this must be manually activated via the Settings app.

For those occasions when you don’t have two programs open in split-screen mode, there is also two-handed drag and drop. The way it works is that you long-press an image or other thing you want to copy to another app, and then you may use your other hand to open the second app’s full-sized version while the item is still pressed. Then you drop the selected item into the second app.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Performances and Battery Life

Even when you push the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, it maintains its status as a real flagship. No matter which programs you use, there will always be adequate power thanks to the large RAM and potent SoC. In tense situations or while playing games, the SoC-equipped half of the phone vibrates, while the other half never does. When multitasking or playing games, performance is fairly good.

It’s unfortunate that the outer screen doesn’t support the S Pen because it makes using it to take notes or do anything else necessary to open the phone. The S Pen however performs effectively. It’s also important to bear in mind that the Z Fold 5 only supports the unique “S Pen for Fold” edition of the stylus, thus the S Pen for ordinary S series phones (like the S23 Ultra) won’t function here.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Cameras

The camera’s hardware has not changed. Three rear cameras are available on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: a 50-megapixel wide, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 10-megapixel telephoto with a 3X optical zoom (up to 30X total zoom). A 4-megapixel under-display camera is located in the folding display, and a 10-megapixel selfie camera is located on the outer screen. The latter is solely useful for video calls because the camera quality is below average for taking pictures. Samsung might have chosen to use larger sensors and better optical zoom, like it did with the S23 Ultra, but that would have likely resulted in a thicker phone, which is not what you want on a foldable.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Price in India

Surprisingly, the starting price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is the same as that of the previous generation (which is still formally offered for sale in India). You can purchase 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM for Rs. 1,54,999. There are two other models with the same RAM capacity but extra storage. Priced at Rs. 1,64,999 for the 512GB model and Rs. 1,84,999 for the 1TB model. Given that the storage cannot be increased, having such alternatives is convenient. I think the base variant will be adequate for the majority of people. Icy Blue, Phantom Black, and Cream are the available colors.

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