With the Galaxy Fold’s launch in 2019, Samsung set off a trend that it plans on following through on. Since then, other manufacturers such as Honor and Motorola have followed suit with foldable devices of their own design; Honor even brought its own take. Now with so much competition in this space, Samsung may bring something special with its Z Flip and Z Fold smartphones.
Samsung’s first premium foldable was an incredible technical feat, yet was beset with first generation device issues and was too costly. Nonetheless, their second and third iterations of this design improved by adding better water resistance as well as removable screen protectors without harming their inner display panels.
Rumor has it that Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 phones may feature even thinner designs when folded compared to their predecessors, making them more portable and helping reduce any visible folds when closed.
One potential upgrade that may come to the Z Flip and Z Fold smartphones in 2018 could be more rounded hinges that make holding these phones easier on users’ hands. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 features an unsightly crease where screens overlap when closed, so it would be beneficial if future models featured less intrusive hinges.
Samsung will unveil their Galaxy Z Flip and Fold 5 foldables at an Unpacked event scheduled to take place late July in Seoul for the first time – previously only in Barcelona, Spain or San Francisco/New York, USA.
Although rumors regarding new foldables are mostly accurate, we still don’t have concrete details regarding their specifications. It is likely that both the Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 will feature improved cameras than their predecessors – the Galaxy Fold 4 had decent cameras for clamshell smartphones but fell below other flagship smartphones’ image quality standards.
Samsung must maintain their upward trajectory with regard to cameras on its future foldables. Slab phone innovation has stagnated compared to cameras, so foldables offer an opportunity to drive forward the industry again. Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Tecno all compete hard for your attention; therefore Samsung must bring all their resources when unveiling its next smartphones later this year – including upgrades for both Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip 5 foldables when released later on this year.