Leaked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 photos give us our best look yet at the phone

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 partial fold
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

The closer we get to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, the better and more detailed the leaks become, and the latest is among the best yet, as we’ve now seen photos that seemingly show the phone.

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 here’s our guide to the best Samsung Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 pre-orders.

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

These were shared on Reddit (via Android Police) by a user who claims they obtained the images from someone who was trying to sell the phone, and the images certainly look authentic.

You can clearly see the gapless folding design, enabled by the new waterdrop hinge that’s been extensively rumored for the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The images also provide a clear look at the cover screen and the back of the device, complete with a triple-lens camera block.

There’s a photo of the main foldable screen too, but this is blurry making it hard to tell how big the crease is. Even with the blur though the crease is noticeable, which doesn’t bode well.

You can also see – based on the stickers on this Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 – that it appears to be a test device of some sort, so the hardware might not be final. Still, it gives us a good look at the likely design of the phone, and matches up with previous leaks.

Seen it all before

These aren’t actually the first leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 that we’ve seen, but the previous set were lower quality and didn’t show the phone in full. They did show the same design though, so with most leaks now lining up we’d say this is probably what the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 will look like.

If so, then other than the two halves now folding flat it won’t look much different to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, but it’s sure to be more powerful, with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset almost certainly set to be included, while leaks also point to a brighter screen, a new camera sensor, and possibly other upgrades.

We’ll know exactly what the phone has to offer soon, as Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy Z Fold 5 on July 26, and TechRadar will be covering the announcement in full. There should be a lot to see for fans of the best foldable phones, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is also expected then, likely along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.