Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 is set to introduce a substantial upgrade to its foldable hinge. Recent months have seen a multitude of leaked promo images and renders, providing glimpses into what awaits. However, a fresh leak might have presented us with an authentic glimpse of the highly anticipated device.
Android Police recently uncovered a tweet by @AhmedQwaider888 on Twitter, which has since been deleted. The tweet contained real-life photographs that purportedly showcased the Galaxy Z Fold 5. These images provided a glimpse of the top and bottom edges of the device, highlighting its blue color variant. Additionally, one of the images offered a comparison between the back of the phone and its predecessor, the Fold 4.
The most apparent alteration in the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is the hinge, which now enables the phone to fold up almost completely flat when closed. This design improvement signifies a notable evolution compared to its predecessor, enhancing the overall sleekness and compactness of the device when folded.
The enhanced folding capability of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is made possible by the innovative “waterdrop” hinge design, which allows the screen to slightly recede into the hinge when folded. This concept was showcased in a prototype at CES earlier this year. The implementation of this new hinge design may also lead to a less prominent crease on the screen. Previous Samsung foldable devices featured a noticeable gap to protect the display, but with the new hinge, it is possible that this gap will be reduced, resulting in a more seamless and uninterrupted screen experience.
In terms of aesthetics, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 appears to have a similar design to its predecessor, the Fold 4. From the available image, the noticeable alteration seems to be the repositioning of the LED flash. Instead of being situated underneath the camera bump, the flash has been moved to the side of the bump. This adjustment in the flash’s placement is the apparent distinction in the device’s appearance compared to the previous model.
Another bad news is that the Galaxy Z Fold5 does not meet the IP58 dust-proof standard.— ICE UNIVERSE (@UniverseIce) July 3, 2023
The small opening observed in the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s design could potentially be a contributing factor to Samsung’s ongoing challenge in obtaining a dust resistance rating for their foldable devices. Despite rumors suggesting the possibility of achieving a dust resistance rating this year, notable leaker Ice Universe has indicated that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will not feature an IP58 rating. This suggests that the device may still face limitations in terms of its resistance to dust and water ingress.