Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is now official. Revealed at a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on July 10, 2024, this new flagship foldable phone builds upon the formula of its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but brings in more power, a tweaked design, and a host of artificial intelligence features baked in. 

People expecting new cameras and a titnaium design may be left disappointed, as on paper Samsung hasn't really made any significant changes. But a lot of little tweaks can add up to a big deal. For our first impressions of the new Fold, check out our hands-on Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 review.

Below we'll breakdown the main upgrades the Galaxy Z Fold 6 brings to the table and whether it looks set to get a spot on our best foldable phones list. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest flagship Samsung foldable
  • When is it out? Pre-orders started Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Full release on July 24, 2024 / July 31 for Australia
  • How much will it cost? It starts at $1,899 / £1,799 / AU$2,749
  • What are the core upgrades? New Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip tuned for Samsung, a bigger battery, a shorter and wider design
  • Is it tougher than the Fold 5? Yes. The hinge has been upgraded and the Armor aluminium is stronger

Release date and price

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I have some bad news: the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 has jumped up from that of its predecessor. 

In the US, the starting price has risen from $1,799 to $1,899. In the UK it's jumped by £50, from £1,749 to £1,799. Australians will need to pay an extra $150 as the price has risen from AU$2,599 to AU$2,749. 

Now the Galaxy Fold phones were never cheap, but the price hike may be difficult to swallow when the likes of the Google Pixel Fold and OnePlus Open undercut the Fold 6 but hundreds. However, Samsung is pitching the Fold 6 has a high-end device and it comes with a whole lot of feature that could justify the high ticket price. Just bear in mind, that Samsung once again doesn't bundle in an S Pen like it does with the Galaxy S24 Ultra

As for the release date, in the US and UK, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 went on pre-order July 10, while it was July 11 for Australians. A full release will take place for the US and UK on July 24, with Australia needing to wait for July 31. 

New Snapdragon chip

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As is the case with all new Samsung Galaxy phones, the Fold 6 gets a new chipset. And like the Galaxy S24 series, the new Fold has access to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, only it's not a standard off-the-shelf slice of silicon but one tuned for Samsung. 

Now the previous Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip was no slouch, or indeed the Gen 1. I know this as I've been using a Galaxy Z Fold 4 for some time and it's never felt slow. So the touted 14% boost in CPU performance and 25% jump in GPU performance in benchmarks, does not stir me. 

However, ray-tracing performance is up by 53%, which should deliver more visually impressive gaming, and add in a 1.6x larger vapor chamber and the Fold 6 could deliver high performance for longer than the Fold 5. 

And a 41% jump in neural processing performance means the Fold 6 looks set to power snappy responses from its baked-in AI tools; more on those later.  

It would have been nice if Samsung up the RAM of the Fold 6, but it sticks to 12GB. Likewise storage coms in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB variations. Check out the specs table below for more information and how the phone compares to its rivals, and do read my breakdown of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 specs for a deeper look and analysis. 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 specs
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6Google Pixel FoldOppo Find N2 Flip specs
Dimensions (folded):68.1 x 153.5 x 12.1mm139.7 x 79.5 x 12.1mm85.5 x 75.2 x 16.02mm
Dimensions (unfolded):132.6 x 153.5 x 5.6mm139.7 x 158.7 x 5.8mm166.2 x 75.2 x 7.45mm
Main display:7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2XInfinity Flex Display (2160 x 1856, 20.9:18), 374ppi120Hz adaptive refresh rate (1~120Hz)7.6 inch (2208 x 1840) OLED6.8-inch 21:9 (2520 x 1080) 120Hz LTPO E6 AMOLED, protected by UTG
Cover display::6.3-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display(2376 x 968, 22.1:9), 410ppi120Hz adaptive refresh rate (1~120Hz)5.8 inches (2092 x 1080) OLED3.26-inch 17:9 (720 x 382) 60Hz AMOLED, protected by Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform for GalaxyGoogle Tensor G2MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus
Storage:256GB / 512GB / 1TB256GB / 512GB256GB (UFS 3.1)
OS:Android 14 / One UI 6.1.1Android 13Android 13 w/ ColorOS 13
Primary camera:50MP, f/1.848MP, f/1.750MP, f/1.8, 23mm, 86° FoV (Sony IMX890)
Ultrawide camera:12MP, f/2.210.8MP, f/2.28MP, f/2.2, 16mm, 112° FoV (Sony IMX355)
Telephoto10MP, f/2.410.8MP f/3.05
Front Camera:10MP, f/2.29.5MP f/2.232MP, f/2.4, 21mm, 90° FoV (Sony IMX709)
Inner Camera4MP8MP f/2.0
Charging:30 mins with 25W adapter (wired)30W (wired)44W (wired)
Colors:Silver Shadow, Pink, Navy [Samsung.comExclusive] Crafted Black, WhitePorcelain, ObsidianAstral Black, Moonlit Purple

A shorter, wider design and display

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At a quick glance you'd be forgive for thinking the Galaxy Z Fold 6 was identical to its predecessor. But Samsung has shortened the phone's hight and made it a little wider. 

As a result, the cover display is bigger by 0.1 inches. That might sound inconsequential but it makes the display that bit more usable in one hand when the Fold 6 is folded shut. 

It's long been an issue with reviewers and myself that the cover display on the Fold phones feels too tall and narrow to be easily usable; Samsung may have fixed that with this design tweak. 

The Fold 6 is also slimmer and by a millimeter or two, and weighs 239g to the Fold 5's 252.3g. As such, the new Fold feels that bit nicer in the hand. Add in an improved dual-rail hinge that can better withstand shocks and pressure, along with a 10% improvement in the 'Armor Aluminium' chassis, and you're looking at a tougher overall foldable phone. 

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The range of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 colors is also pleasant if a little uninspired. I like the look of the pink model and the gray-meets-sliver of the Shado Silver option, but the navy version is basic. Exclusive through Samsung, there's also a 'Crafted Black' option and a white color; I've not seen these in the metal and glass, but neither shade sets one's pulse racing. 

Clever cameras and a stealthy upgrade

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It's arguably a little disappointing that Samsung didn't take the 200-megapixel main camera found on the Galaxy S24 Ultra and put it into the Galaxy Z Fold 6 , given the latter phones price. Insead the South Korean tech giant has suck with a 50MP main camera much like the one it gave the Fold 5.

However, a Samsung representative explained to me that give the AI processing and improved image signal processing, there's no need for a higher resolution main camera sensor. Be that as it may, but I tend to think the more megapixels to play with the better. 

The telephoto camera has also stuck to a 10x telephoto camera with a 3x zoom. That's fine but it's not likely to compete with something like the 5x optical zoom of the iPhone 15 Pro Max's periscope camera. 

However, the ultra-wide camera is new. Despite sticking to a 12MP sensor, aperture and pixel size, Samsung says the camera has improved low-light photography thanks to a dedicated image signal processing unit. And it can now capture HDR photos. 

A small upgrade, but add in AI features and you're still looking at a rather flexible camera system, especially when you add in there's the front-facing camera and an under-display camera on the foldable display. All this is helped by Samsung's ProVision engine having an overall upgrade, which should deliver better photos that are more balanced in terms of colors and contrast. 

AI features baked in

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Out of the box, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is running Android 14 with One UI 6.1.1 on top of it. So you'll get features like enhanced lock screen customization and Magic Compose that'll serve up smart responses to messages with different tones. 

But the significant thing here is the implementation of Samsung's Galaxy AI. We've already see this with Generatvie Edit on the Galaxy S24 series, which lets you basically recompose a photo using AI to fill in the gaps or get rather artistic with a real-world shot. 

For the Galaxy Z Fold 6 these features have been retooled to work on the foldable display.  This means Circle to Search can address search queries across the tablet-like screen on the Fold 6. That screen can also be used to better tweak photos with the Smart Select, a AI-powered image overlay and selection tool, and the new Sketch to Image tools, which recognises S Pen scribbles as trying to put sunglasses on an image of a dog, for example. 

There's now a new transcription feature for the Note app that can provide a summary of one's notes. And a new Composer feature in the Samsung Keyboard can generate  text based on simple keywords for emails, social media posts and comments.

Probably the smartest new AI feature is how the Interpreter app can work across the Fold 6's displays by providing a conversation mode that shows two-way translations of the main and cover displays, the idea being it aids more natural interactions between two people speaking different languages. Live Translation also works in third-party apps. 

A battery boost, but charging remains static

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Take a deep breath as the Galaxy Z Fold 6's battery has been boosted by a whole... 400mAh. Ok, so that's not a lot as it puts the Fold 6's battery at 4,400mAh compared to the Fold 5's 4,000mAh. 

But this is notable as the Fold 6's more-powerful chip and AI features means it's silicon heart will likely be running harder and faster for longer, meaning it needs more energy. So that 400mAh could make the difference between a phone that last a day and one that gives up the ghost mid commute home. 

I'm a little disappointed that the charging is still stuck at 35 watts when wired, as that's not fast at all, But then again, the Fold 6 can apparently charge to 50% in around 30 minutes, which ins't bad and may help prolong the battery's health. 

Should you buy the Galaxy Z Fold 6?

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Naturally, I'd advise anyone ot wait for the full TechRadar review of the Galax Z Fold 6 before taking the plunge and buying it. But if you're keen on getting a foldable phone as soon as possible, and don't mind paying flagship money, then I feel the Fold 6 is shaping up to be a compelling proposition. 

I do feel its price is a little high given the competition in the foldable phone arena but the combination of improved specs, design and a slew of AI features could make the Fold 6 one of the most feature-packed and powerful foldables around. 

However, if you have a Galaxy Z Fold 6, I'm going to suggest you don't upgrade. That's because unless our full review throws up some surprises, I don't feel Samsung has done enough to see people upgrade from 2023's Fold. 

Regardless of these thoughts, I recommend keeping an eye on our Samsung phone deals page to be in the best change of spotting a bargain price on the Galaxy Z Fold 6 or other Galaxy foldables. 

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Managing Editor, Mobile Computing

Roland Moore-Colyer is Managing Editor at TechRadar with a focus on phones and tablets, but a general interest in all things tech, especially those with a good story behind them. He can also be found writing about games, computers, and cars when the occasion arrives, and supports with the day-to-day running of TechRadar. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face and a nose for food markets.