Get ready for the most advanced folding smartphone experience yet. The newly released Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 represents a huge leap forward for foldable devices, with enhancements across the board that make it the most polished and capable model so far. After spending extensive hands-on time with the Z Fold 5, I’m blown away by just how much Samsung has refined the formula. Read on for my full review of this phenomenal folding phone.
Let’s start with the showstopping foldable display. At a massive 7.6” unfolded, it’s simply stunning to look at and use. Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED technology makes colors pop with gorgeous vibrancy and photographs and videos really come to life. Thanks to a reduced bezel size, Samsung managed to increase the screen size without growing the overall footprint – an impressive feat. Everything from movies to social feeds to mobile games feel entirely immersive. And multitasking is a breeze with the ability to run up to three apps simultaneously. Once you fold it out, you’ll never want to go back to a conventional smartphone screen again.
Fortunately, Samsung has also vastly improved the durability of the folding experience. The new laminated construction and reinforced hinges mean you can confidently fold and unfold this phone hundreds of times per day without worrying about wear and tear. IPX8 water resistance also means accidental splashes or spills are no longer a concern. Samsung seems to have addressed complaints about long term reliability head on with the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s tank-like build.
One aspect that sees a monumental improvement is the camera setup. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 now boasts an extremely versatile triple lens system with 50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP 3x telephoto sensors. This camera array captures absolutely stunning photographs with incredible clarity, vivid color reproduction and top notch image processing. The larger sensors and improved optics result in vastly superior low light performance as well. Put simply, this foldable device now matches or beats the cameras on leading flagships.
And we can’t talk cameras without mentioning that dazzling Dynamic AMOLED inner display again. Photos and videos look simply spectacular on the 7.6” canvas. And new multiview modes allow you to leverage the folding form factor in clever ways, like taking a selfie with the rear cameras while seeing a live preview on the main screen. The Z Fold 5 truly unlocks innovative photography experiences.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes loaded with cutting edge specs including the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and 12GB of RAM. This hardware combo blazes through intense multitasking and graphically demanding apps or games without breaking a sweat. Everything feels ultra responsive thanks to an incredible 120Hz refresh rate as well. Android 12L and Samsung’s One UI software have also been optimized beautifully to take advantage of the folding screens.
Of course, battery life is crucial for power users, and the Z Fold 5 delivers solid all day endurance thanks to a 4,400 mAh battery pack. The combination of a more efficient processor and software optimizations results in extremely impressive stamina for such a large screen device. When you do need to top up, fast charging capabilities get you to a 50% charge in just 30 minutes. For a foldable phone, the Z Fold 5 sets a new standard for battery life.
Make no mistake though – with bleeding edge innovation comes premium pricing. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is clearly geared towards early adopters and spec hungry power users. But if you want the absolute cutting edge in mobile experiences, the price tag will be justifiable. And considering you’re essentially getting a smartphone and tablet in one highly portable device, the versatility is unmatched.
For anyone seeking a truly differentiated smartphone capable of laptop-level productivity, immersive entertainment and photography excellence, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is an absolute slam dunk. There are still some compromises, like overall bulk and weight due to the complex folding design. But Samsung has refined every aspect of the user experience to feel polished, premium and ready for primetime. If you can afford the premium pricing, the Z Fold 5 will undoubtedly take your mobile experience to the next level. In the world of folding phones, it’s simply without equal.