Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip range offers some of the most popular foldable phones on the planet, and with good reason – they pair a folding form factor with decent specs and a relatively affordable price.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is set to continue that trend, following a July 26 debut at Samsung Unpacked. It's out now too, so the wait is over if you're after Samsung's latest clamshell foldable.
Update: Samsung’s new devices are now official, and you can check out our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review and full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review for our verdicts on these devices, and our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 review and full Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic review for our verdicts on the company's new wearables.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is out now, and our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review is live.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next entry in Samsung's foldable Z Flip line
- When is it out? It hit stores on August 11
- How much will it cost? From $999.99 / £1,049 / AU$1,649
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date and price
- Announced on July 26
- Shipped on August 11
- From $999.99 / £1,049 / AU$1,649
As these are some of the best foldables, expect them to be rather pricey. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 costs $999.99 / £1,049 / AU$1,649 for the base model, with the price going up to $1,099.99 / £1,149 / AU$1,849 if you’d like to double the storage. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 was available for pre-order from July 26, and shipped on August 11.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 design and display
- Has a much larger 3.4-inch cover screen than the Flip 4
- A new waterdrop hinge design is here to close the gap
- Similar 6.7-inch 120Hz foldable main screen to Flip 4
Starting off with the color options, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 comes in Mint, Graphite, Cream, and Lavender. If you choose to order directly from Samsung, the company will offer it to you in Gray, Blue, Green, or Yellow. You have quite the choice of colors, just keep in mind that they won’t be available in all countries and all regions.
Design-wise, it’ll look broadly the same as the Flip 4. We say broadly because the cover screen is getting larger. It is now a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED 60Hz Display. It has a resolution of 720 x 748 which works out to 306 PPI.
Samsung hails this new cover screen – Flex display – as impressive, noting that you can check the weather, control your music, get stock market updates, and more. You can also view your notifications, adjust your settings, return calls, reply to texts, and use Samsung Wallet. Essentially, it’s a mini smartphone on your smartphone. The actual smartphone itself still holds up, however, being a 6.7-inch FHD+ display equipped with a Dynamic AMOLED panel supporting a refresh rate of between 1 - 120Hz (depending on what’s being shown).
Samsung hasn't pursued certification for any dust-proofing on this foldable, as rumors suggested it might. It’ll keep the same IPX8 rating as the Flip 4, but it also gets its new waterdrop hinge, allowing it to fold all the way flat. Just don’t play too rough with it and you should be fine.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 cameras and battery
- Two 12MP cameras, just like last year
- New lens on main sensor and improved image processing
- Same battery as last yer
Camera wise, nothing much seems to have changed from last year. There’s a 10MP selfie camera, and two 12MP rear cameras. That’s the usual wide and ultra-wide camera set up we’ve seen on phones like this. No, there aren’t any periscope or zoom cameras, and that’s very much a consequence of the Z Flip 5 needing to conserve space. If you want the best cameras, you'll need to look at something like the bigger S23 Ultra or even the Z Fold 5.
As for the battery, that is a 3,700mAh unit that just about matches the quality of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The Z Flip 4 had good, not great, battery life. However, the Z Flip 5 has an ace up its sleeve that could see it grab an hour or two more screen on time than its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 specs and features
- Comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 'for Galaxy' chipset
- 8GB ram + storage tops out at 512GB
- Up to five years of updates
The Samsung Galaxy Flip 5 comes with the expected Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. This is the same excellent 4nm processor the company put in the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra. Expect top-tier performance and long-lasting battery (even though the battery size remains the same as the Flip 4). You can get it with 256GB of storage, or 512GB of storage. Either way, you get 8GB of RAM, and your apps will love it. If you want more RAM or storage, the best Samsung phones offer a lot more.
The usual extras are here. There’s fast charging up to 25W, fast wireless charging too. It comes with Android 13 and One UI 5.1.1, and Samsung will keep this updated for up to five years with security updates and four years with software updates.
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