Samsung just launched the Galaxy Z Fold 5, and here is my hands-on experience of its latest foldable behemoth in all three main colour options!
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 : My Hands-On Experience!
I was one of the few who had the rare opportunity to get my hands on not one, but three Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphones, which allowed us to do a proper colour comparison.
And now, I present to you – my own hands-on experience with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone… in all three main colours!
I apologise for the shaky video – Samsung still insists that I do not take photos or record videos with a smartphone, even though it’s their own Galaxy S22 Ultra!
When folded, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 looks like a rather tall and chunky smartphone. Its 6.2-inch Cover Screen is large but has a tall aspect ratio. You can use it like any regular smartphone, without opening the foldable display.
The hinge mechanism, which occupies its entire left side, has been improved, allowing the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to fold completely flat, reducing its folded thickness by 15% to just 13.4 mm! It is also 10g lighter at 253 grams.
At the bottom, you will find the USB port, together with a row of speaker ports and a microphone port; while at the top are another row of speaker ports with what looks like three more microphone ports.
On the right side, you will find the Power button, with a built-in fingerprint sensor; and the volume buttons. You will also find the SIM tray near the top. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 supports two physical nanoSIM cards, and an eSIM.
The Cover Display itself features a 10 MP punch hole camera with an f/2.2 aperture, while at the back, it features the same triple camera setup, which consists of:
- a 50 megapixels Dual Pixel camera
- a 10 megapixel telephoto camera, and
- a 12 megapixel ultra wide angle camera
When unfolded, you will get a massive 7.6-inch display with a squarish 5 by 4 ratio, which offers about twice the screen space as a regular smartphone.
This super large display is what makes the Galaxy Z Fold 5 such a productivity powerhouse. It also features a hidden 4 megapixel camera under this large main display.
When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is about as thick as a regular smartphone, like the Galaxy S23. And from the back, it actually looks like two smartphones welded together!
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is protected all around by a tough Armour Aluminium frame. Incredibly, it is IPX8 water-resistant, even though it is not dust-resistant due to its hinge mechanism.
What may put some people off is how tall and thick it is when folded. It is quite hard to fit the Galaxy Z Fold 5 in most pockets. That’s probably why the Z Flip design is more popular, despite having a much smaller display.
But what people who have tried it out will realise – its large display is incredibly hard to give up, because you can do so much more on it.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 : Specifications
Here are the key specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone :
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 5G|
|Main Display||7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels, 374 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
1000 nits (HBM), 1300 nits (peak)
|Cover Display||6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
816 x 2260 pixels, 387 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
1200 nits (HBM), 1750 nits (peak)
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection
|Protection||IPX8 Water Resistance
No Dust Resistance
|OS||Android 13 with One UI 5.1.1|
|Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 5G (SM8550)|
|CPU||1 x Cortex-X3 core (3.36 GHz )
2 x Cortex-A715 (2.8 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A710 cores (2.8 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A510 cores (2.0 GHz)
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 740|
|Storage||256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB UFS 3.1|
|Cover Camera||10 MP camera, f/2.2 aperture|
|Front Camera||4 MP under-display camera (f/1.8)|
|Main Cameras||50 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8
10 MP 2X telephoto camera, f/2.4
12 MP ultrawide camera, f/2.2
|Audio||Stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos
UHQ 32-bit and DSD64/128 support
|Connectivity||Network : 5G / 4G
Wi-Fi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.3
USB : USB-C 3.2
|Fingerprint Sensor||Capacitive, Side-Mounted|
|Other Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, Light
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS|
|Battery||4,400 mAh Li-Po battery|
|Charging||Wired : 25 watt
Wireless : 11 watt
Reverse wireless : 4.5 watt
|67.1 mm wide
154.9 mm tall
13.4 mm thick
|129.9 mm wide
154.9 mm tall
6.1 mm thick
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 : Price + Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes in three main colour options:
- Phantom Black
- Icy Blue
Samsung is also offering two other colour options exclusively on its own online store:
These are the available models and launch prices for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone :
- 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1,799.99 / £1,749 / A$2,599 / S$2,398 / RM6,799
- 12 GB + 512 GB : US$1919.99 / £1,849 / A$2,799 / S$2,578 / RM7,299
- 12 GB + 1 TB : US$2,009.99 / £2,049 / A$3,149 / S$2,938 / RM8,299
Just in case you are wondering, the launch prices for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is the same as the launch prices for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. There was no price increase year-on-year.
Here are some online per-order and purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 :
- United States : Amazon
- United Kingdom : Amazon
- Australia : Amazon
- Singapore : Shopee | Lazada
- Malaysia : Shopee | Lazada
Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 : Colour Comparison!
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