The Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are finally getting good, or at least noticeably better than their predecessors.
As for the foldable tablet-style Galaxy Z Fold 5, leaks and renders indicate that the fifth-generation Samsung Fold will be the first capable of closing (without gaps) thanks to an updated hinge mechanism, which should (in theory ) also make the crease in the center of the internal display less noticeable than that of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. On the other hand, the biggest update of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a new 3.4-inch display, which should be large enough that you can use the folding clamshell without even opening it (for example, for Google Maps navigation).
Without a doubt, those are a few great hardware updates that should make a tangible difference when using the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5, and I’m excited to see Samsung (finally) address some of its foldables’ biggest flaws. However, I can’t help but notice a model here, and the pattern is that Samsung seems to be somehow Lazy when it comes to making major hardware upgrades to its foldable devices.
Surely, the reason for Samsung’s slow hardware updates is the fact that the company didn’t have any real competition in the folding scene. Sure, Huawei makes amazing foldable devices but they don’t run Google apps, while most of the remaining foldable phones were exclusive to China until recently. But you can already see where I’m going with this
The truth is that Samsung foldables are no longer the only competitors in the international world of foldable phonesAND 2023 could prove to be a turning point for the South Korean companybut also for those who want to buy a foldable phone. Samsung slow innovation the days better end soon, because the competition is coming!
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Huawei didn’t have the experience to make a hinge that would allow the Mate X2 (right) to fold flat, but they had the brilliant idea of making the two halves of the phone asymmetrical, so when you close it, it’s fully closed. This is the kind of innovation that Samsung has been missing for years.
So surely the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 will now be able to close, while the Flip will also have a much larger display cover. However, considering this has already been done by a number of other phone manufacturers, I’m struggling to be properly impressed with Samsung’s monumental achievement.
For example, Huawei’s very first foldable Mate X (2020) was already capable of closing without leaving any gaps, and the same goes for Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and the first tablet-style foldables from Google. The gapless closing mechanism is not only aesthetically pleasing but also very important for durability as it ensures that random objects such as keys, coins, dust and other small particles do not get trapped between the internal display and break it.
- Huawei’s first in-house foldable phone, the Huawei Mate X2, weighed a hefty 295g, but the updated Huawei Mate X3 broke all records by dropping that weight to 239g, making it the lightest foldable phone on the market; the Mate X3 is lighter than an iPhone 14 Pro Max thanks to aa Weight reduction of 56 g, which is the current record in a single update cycle
- Xiaomi’s first foldable device, the Xiaomi Mix Fold, arrived as the heaviest device of its kind, at 317g, but Xiaomi redeemed it big with the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, which weighs just 262g. 44g less than the previous Xiaomi Mix Fold
Will the slow innovation on Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 be met by fierce competition from Google, OnePlus, Motorola, Xiaomi, Honor, Huawei: the alarm bell Samsung has always needed?
Many insiders believe that the OnePlus V Fold could steal the thunder from Samsung this year. Maybe this is the wake-up call Samsung has always needed?
I’ve tried to keep this story shorter than usual, so I move on to the natural question, which is: Why did it take Samsung five generations to give its foldable phones hardware upgrades that other foldable devices have had for years? Sure, the lack of competition has been incredibly convenient for the South Korean company, but it looks like Apple’s slow innovation strategy (which Samsung has decided to borrow for its foldable series) is about to give way.
With phones like the Motorola Razr+, the Google Pixel Fold, and the upcoming (international variants) of the OnePlus V Fold and Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 on the way, Samsung’s lazy approach to upgrades will have to change, at least if the company is to stick around. competitive. Sure, (if that happens) it would be great for those looking to buy a Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is already rumored to see the biggest design change since the Galaxy Z Fold 2 (rumors suggest a change in display aspect ratio).
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But how does it compensate those who bought a Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 4 or a Galaxy Z Flip 3? Or in other words, foldouts from Samsung’s Apple-style period of slow innovation? For example, many tech enthusiasts believe that people should skip the Fold 5 and wait for the Fold 6, and while I can’t say if I still agree/disagree, I know I’d be pretty disappointed to see a Galaxy Seamless Z Fold 5 and a Galaxy. Z Flip 5 with a huge coverage screen if you just bought a Fold 4/Flip 4.
As for Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 Well, Samsung has ensured that its foldable devices age like fine wine. In other words, they may (finally) get better, but some people will prefer something… stronger. Like rum. Or whiskey. I don’t know, I’m not a drinker.
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