Samsung‘s next-gen foldable smartphones may still be several months away, but leaks have already revealed plenty about the devices. Rumors are that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 will feature a new type of hinge that reduces the crease on the display and also allows the foldables to shut close when folded. The latter will get a bigger cover display as well. Reputed tipster Ice Universe has now shared more information about the upcoming clamshell foldable.
According to the tipster, the new waterdrop-type hinge will not affect the waterproofing of the Galaxy Z Flip 5. Samsung will still offer an IPX8 rating for water resistance, with no guaranteed protection against dust. There have been rumors about the Korean firm working on making its foldables dust resistant, but those efforts don’t seem to be bearing fruit just yet. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 will need extra care when used outdoors. Dust could cause issues with the hinge.
In line with earlier reports, the source says that the cover display on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 would be much bigger than on the Galaxy Z Flip 4. We are talking about a 3.4-inch panel here, up from 1.9 inches last year. But instead of a vertical display like on the Oppo Find N2 Flip (3.26-inch), Samsung is fitting its new foldable with a square screen on the outside. It reportedly has an aspect ratio of 1:1.038, which is almost a square.
The changes don’t limit to outside, though. The new report says that Samsung has reduced the display bezels on the inside as well. We don’t have visuals to tell you how different the Galaxy Z Flip 5 looks from its predecessor when unfolded. But narrower bezels are always a welcome change. The new foldable will also reportedly feature a new touchscreen technology. It’s unclear what advantages this new folding display will bring over the existing solution.
Galaxy Z Flip 5 will use the same processor as the Galaxy S23
Samsung used a special version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor in the Galaxy S23 series. Qualcomm made this chipset exclusively for Galaxy, and the Korean firm will now use it in its upcoming foldables as well. Both the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 will reportedly be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, which has an overclocked prime CPU core and GPU. You can expect to hear more about the upcoming foldable duo in the coming months. The devices will arrive in the second half of 2023, probably in August.