The most famous flip smartphone is Samsung’s Flip series. Last year Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 did quite well but still had some major problems like the hinge, small gap when folded and smaller cover screen. These are now fixed with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5. The Flip5 now has a larger cover screen and a new hinge making it fold completely flat.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 was unveiled alongside the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, Tab S9+, Tab S9 and Samsung Watch 6 series in the Samsung Unpacked Event held on July 26. This is the second unpacked event by Samsung this year after the one in February where Samsung introduced its flagship S23 series.
Let us see what changes it has in terms of specs from last year.
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 165.1 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm|
Folded: 85.1 x 71.9 x 15.1 mm
Weight: 187 grams
|Display size||Main screen: 6.7-inch|
Cover screen: 3.4-inch
|Display type||Main screen: Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X|
Cover screen: Super AMOLED (Flex Window)
|Resolution||Main screen: 2640 x 1080 pixels|
Cover screen: 720 x 748 pixels
|Glass Protection||Main screen: Gorilla Glass Victus 2|
Cover Screen: Gorilla Glass Victus 2
|IP rating||IPX8 water resistance|
|OS||Android 13, One UI 5.1.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×3.36 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)|
|Storage||256GB | 512GB|
|Main camera||12MP, f/1.8, 24mm wide, Dual pixel PAF, OIS|
12MP, f/2.2, 123 degrees ultrawide
|Selfie camera||10MP, f/2.2, 26mm wide|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e|
|Battery||Li-Po 3700 mAh, non-removable|
4.5W reverse wireless
|Sensors||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor|
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
|Colours||Lavender | Cream | Graphite | Mint|
Online exclusive colours
Gray | Blue | Green | Yellow
|Price (expected)||Rs 136,000 (8/256GB)|
Rs 150,000 (8/512GB)
Design and display
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 retains its sleek design with few major changes. The most significant improvement lies in the redesigned hinge, which now allows the phone to fold completely flat, eliminating the gap present in the previous Galaxy Z Flip4.
This improved hinge addresses concerns of bulkiness and dust particle interference, creating a more streamlined and reliable flip phone.
The Z Flip5 can lie completely flat when folded, thanks to its redesigned hinge, which is now slimmer. This improvement not only reduces the gap between the screens but also greatly decreases the chances of dust entering the device.
Another significant improvement in the Z Flip5 is the larger cover screen. Samsung calls it a “Flex Window” and is an end-to-end cover screen. However, it is not completely an end-to-end cover screen like the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra which includes the whole first half of the flip phone. The Flex Window looks like a folder logo. It is now 3.4 inches in size, which is significantly larger than the 1.9-inch cover screen of the previous generation. The Flex Window has a resolution of 720 x 748 pixels, and it is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
The Flex Window cover screen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 offers a versatile experience. It allows users to reply to messages, make calls, check the weather, and access their wallets. Crisscross gestures simplify navigation, while Multi Widget View ensures easy access to installed widgets. Customisation options allow the users to personalise the Flex Window to their liking, making the Galaxy Z Flip5 a huge improvement over last year’s Flip4.
On the front, the phone has equal bezels on all sides with a centre hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. The main screen features a Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+. The panel is 6.7-inch in size which accounts for approximately 85.5 per cent of the device’s screen-to-body ratio. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels with a pixel density of 426 pixels per inch.
Performance and storage
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 gets the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset for Galaxy which is based on a 4nm process. It features an octa-core CPU which includes one Cortex-X3 core clocked at 3.36 GHz, two Cortex-A715 and two Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.8 GHz, and three energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores at 2.0 GHz. The graphics are handled by Adreno 740. The OS is the latest Android 13 with Samsung’s latest One UI 5.1 UI.
It comes with 8GB of RAM as standard. The base storage option has been upgraded from 128GB to 256GB, with a 512GB option also available.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 features a dual-camera setup with a primary camera of 12 MP sensor, an f/1.8 aperture, 1.8µm pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The other one is a 12 MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 123˚ field of view.
It comes equipped with features like LED flash, HDR, and panorama mode. For videography, it can shoot 4K videos at 30/60fps, along with 1080p videos at 60/240fps and 720p videos at 960fps for capturing captivating slow-motion footage. It also has HDR10+ support for better photos and videos.
The Flip5 also features a 10 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and 1.22µm pixel size with HDR. It can shoot videos in 4K resolution at 30fps. And of course, using the cover screen you can click high-res selfie photos and videos. With the larger cover screen users can now view and adjust themselves for proper selfies and videos.
Battery and others
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 comes with a Li-Po 3700 mAh non-removable battery. It can be charged via wire using a 25W charger. It also supports wireless charging at 15W and a 4.5W reverse wireless charging feature. The battery allows the users to listen to audio for up to 57 hours and watch videos for up to 27 hours.
In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi 802.11 standards, including a/b/g/n/ac/6e, ensuring fast and stable wireless internet connections. Bluetooth 5.3 allows seamless pairing with compatible devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 is equipped with various sensors, including a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyro, proximity, and compass. Furthermore, the phone is certified for Samsung Pay, allowing you to make mobile payments with ease using Visa and MasterCard.
It is available in a wide range of colours; Lavender, Cream, Graphite and Mint. In other countries, there are four more online exclusive colours which include; Gray, Blue, Green and Yellow.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 is expected to cost around Rs 136,000 for the 8/256GB option and Rs 150,000 for the 8/512GB option when it arrives in Nepal.