With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung has almost perfected the clamshell folding phone, but there are still some notable issues, and at least one of them can be solved with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.
According to Ross Young (opens in new tab) — a leaker with a solid track record — the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will likely have a 3-inch+ cover screen. In response to the tweet where they made this claim (stained by GSMArena (opens in new tab)) they caught more specific (opens in new tab)saying it will probably be around 3.3 to 3.4 inches.
Though they also note that they heard the Galaxy Z Flip 4 would have a 2-inch cover screen, and it actually came in at 1.9 inches, so they acknowledged that might be a little off.
In any case, though, if the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a cover screen that is approximately between 3 and 3.4 inches, it will be significantly larger than the cover screen of the Z Flip 4, and that could make it look a lot more usable and useful.
It’ll still be too small for any serious interaction, but don’t forget – early iPhones only had 3.5-inch screens, so this could be almost as big as that, while still having a much larger foldable screen.
As I told my Super Followers yesterday, there are some major changes coming in Z Flip 5… pic.twitter.com/rEcD2DvaWwDecember 1, 2022
But that’s not all, Young also claims that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will have a different hinge design that will reduce the seam visibility on the folding screen. So if Young is right, it looks like the Z Flip 5 could get some significant upgrades.
We haven’t heard much about it yet, other than the credible claim that it will use the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, but expect to hear a lot more rumors as we get closer to launch – which it probably will. around August 2023.
Analysis: Other updates needed
Increasing the screen size of the cover would make for a substantial improvement, but that’s not the only area where Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip lineup needs work.
Battery life so far has been a low point, the cameras, while solid, don’t include a telephoto lens, and while Samsung has impressively added water resistance to the Z Flip 4, there’s no dust resistance.
These issues can be hard to fix, especially while keeping the price somewhat palatable, but there’s definitely room for improvement in the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and with the 2023 Motorola Razr likely offering significant competition, improvements will likely be needed for the Z Flip. 5 to rank among the best foldable phones.