Samsung hasn’t changed the design of the Galaxy Z Fold since the release of the second generation in 2020. So perhaps it’s no surprise that we expect the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 to look quite similar to the company’s current foldable flagship.
But a new leak from the trusted tip of Ice Universe shows exactly how little that can change. The leaker has shared what appear to be frames for both the upcoming Z Fold 5 alongside the current generation. Except for moving the flashlight to the right of the camera hole, there seems to be no change at all.
Fold4 vs. Fold5 pic.twitter.com/edRifG4rGAMay 14, 2023
In a follow-up tweet, the leaker layered the two frames on top of each other. With some red lines, Ice Universe has revealed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5’s external display width will also remain unchanged.
Unchanged external monitor pic.twitter.com/rwT8xc3Mm6May 14, 2023
In other words, we can’t expect a change in the aspect ratio of the phone in the folded phone form this time around. It will stay tall and slim, unlike the newly announced Google Pixel Fold which has a more traditional aspect ratio when folded.
That’s unfortunate, because the current slim design makes typing a bit more difficult, and exposing just to send a quick text feels like an inconvenient and unnecessary extra step.
But, complaints about the closed aspect ratio aside, the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a beautifully designed phone, and there’s a strong case for Samsung to keep making small iterative changes. We’ve already heard that the phone will be thinner and lighter this time, thanks to the adoption of a new teardrop hinge, for example.
Plus, the frame of the phone says nothing about what’s inside. We fully expect the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to adopt the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for a welcome boost in speed – perhaps more than expected. Claimed benchmarks show a significant performance bump even from the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which indicates that Samsung has made some progress in optimizing the “For Galaxy” chips.
However, if you’re starting to find the design of Samsung’s foldable devices a little stale, good news could come next year. A leaker believes that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 will see a “major change in form factor”. What form this change will take remains unknown, but if that sounds a little tempting, it might be worth sitting outside this generation and seeing what Samsung does in 2024 instead.
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