Confirmed: the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 hinge really does fold flat

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (Image credit: Future / Alex Walker-Todd)

Update: Samsung’s new devices are now official, and you can now check out our hands-on Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review and hands-on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review for our early impressions of these devices, and our early Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 review and early Samsung Watch 6 Classic review for our initial verdicts of the wearables after our time with them so far.

We’ve also got our hands-on Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 review and initial Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review, for our first impressions of the tablets.

As the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 draws closer, we're starting to see some official teasers from Samsung on top of the usual leaks and rumors – and one such teaser confirms a design upgrade for the Galaxy Z Flip 5.

A teaser video posted by Samsung on various social media channels (via SamMobile) gives us a side-on view of the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and – as rumored – it looks as though this time around the flip foldable will have a hinge that folds perfectly flat.

That's not what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 launched last year, but it seems that this time around Samsung has deployed the necessary engineering know-how, and there won't be any gap when the phone is folded shut.

Indeed, previous rumors had suggested as much: the talk has been that the hinge design would be more fully closed, and that the foldable would also come with waterproofing for the first time (not easy with this kind of form factor).

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Here comes Unpacked

There's no need to rate the credibility of the source here, because it's Samsung itself. You can expect to see more of these teaser trailers and images as we get closer to the next Unpacked event, which is happening on Wednesday, July 26.

We've also heard that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is going to be getting something close to a gapless hinge, which again should mean that the foldable will be more reliable and able to offer waterproofing and dustproofing protection.

Back to the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and the other major change that we're expecting concerns the cover screen on the outside. According to reports, it's going to grow from a rather small 1.9 inches to a much more respectable 3.4 inches this year.

If you want even more spoilers for the next Samsung Unpacked, most of the other Galaxy Z Flip 5 specs have leaked out in advance as well. Stay tuned to TechRadar this coming Wednesday, as we'll be covering the whole launch as it happens.

David Nield
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Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.