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Samsung's New Foldables Stick to the Formula

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Jul 26, 2023, 6:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Samsung has unveiled its newest generation of Galaxy Z foldable phones: the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5. The Z Flip5 has an outer display that's almost 4x larger. Samsung calls it Flex Window and it has greatly increased functionality — including quick reply and widgets — much like Motorola's new razr+. Other changes are more minor, including a new hinge design that folds completely flat, allowing both phones to be thinner. The Z Fold5 is lighter as well, and its inner display can reach a higher peak brightness when outdoors. Samsung has also made the S Pen Fold Edition and its special case slimmer and more compact. The bodies of both phones are made from Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and Armor Aluminum, and are still rated IPx8 for water resistance. Both phones have been updated to Qualcomm's latest flagship chip: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. The Z Flip5 comes with double the storage by default (256 instead of 128 GB) and it now supports Wi-Fi 6E. Otherwise, both phones have nearly identical specs and features compared to their predecessors, including the cameras, battery, charging, and RAM. Pricing also remains the same, starting at $1,000 for the Z Flip5 and $1,800 for the Z Fold5. Pre-orders are eligible for a free storage upgrade (from 256 to 512 GB, for example). The Z Flip5 will be available in Mint, Graphite, Cream, and Lavender, plus the samsung.com exclusive colors Blue, Gray, Green, and Yellow. The Z Fold5 will be available in Icy Blue, Phantom Black, and Cream, plus the samsung.com exclusive colors Blue and Gray. Samsung and carriers are offering generous trade-in deals of up to $1,000 off. Pre-orders are now open and the phones will be available August 11.


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