Samsung has been leading the foldable phone market for a few years now. Its latest flagship, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, is the realization of all its efforts.

The latest model comes with a host of improvements over its predecessor. It has a more durable design, especially the hinge. It also gets an under-display selfie camera and S-Pen support.

Pricing and Availability: How much does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 cost in the UAE?

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is set to be announced on July 26, 2023, and released shortly after that. It will be available in Beige, Black, and Light Blue. There will also be some exclusive colours, so watch out for that.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
$9.98 $8.38

Weight: 253g | Thickness: Unfolded 6.1mm, Folded 13.4mm | OS: Android 14 (OneUI 6) | Screen: 7.6”, AMOLED, 120Hz, Cover 6.2" AMOLED 120Hz | Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: up to 1TB | Cellular: 5G, Dual SIM, eSIM | Rear camera: 50MP Triple Camera | Front camera: 10MP + 4MP under display | Battery: 4400mAh, 25W Wired charging, 15W Wireless Charging

Pros:
  • Better hinge with flat folding
  • Latest processor
  • Tweaked interface
Cons:
  • Not a big upgrade from Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • External screen seems dated
  • No battery improvements
02/26/2024 06:37 pm GMT

If you’re keen on getting one of the best foldable devices, expect prices to range from AED 6,799 for the 256 GB variant and AED 7,249 for the 512 GB variant. 

Samsung is currently running a promotion in the UAE offering double the capacity, meaning you pay AED 6,799 for the 256GB version but get the 512GB version instead or pay AED 7,249 for the 512GB version and get the 1TB version.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Specs

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Display7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X main screen with 2,176 x 1,812 pixels resolution and a 1Hz-120Hz variable refresh rate 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X main screen with 2,208 x 1,768 pixels resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate
Cover Display6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X cover screen with 2,316 x 904 pixels resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X cover screen with 2,268 x 876 pixels resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate
Dimensions (Folded)155.3 x 67.1 x 6.6 mm158.2 x 67.8 x 6.4 mm
Dimensions (Unfolded)155.3 x 131.4 x 6.6 mm158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm
Weight254 g263 g
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 2Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
RAM12 GB12 GB
Storage256GB and 512GB256GB and 512GB
Rear Cameras50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto
Front Cameras10MP under-display10MP under-display
Battery4,400mAh4,400mAh
Operating SystemAndroid 13Android 12
Other featuresIPX8 water resistance, S Pen supportIPX8 water resistance, S Pen support

Design

The Galaxy Z Fold 5’s design is similar to its predecessor, the Z Fold 4, with some subtle improvements. One of those changes is it’s thinner and lighter, weighing 254g and measuring 6.5mm thick.

Galaxy Z Fold 5

Most importantly, it has a refined hinge mechanism, allowing smoother folding and unfolding.

The Gorilla Glass Victus+ front and back provide excellent scratch and crack protection wrapped around an Armor aluminium frame for durability. Additionally, the phone is rated IPX8 water-resistant, which means it can survive up to 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes.

Display

The main attraction of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is its foldable display. It’s a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with 1812 x 2176 pixel resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.

The stunning display produces vibrant colours with sharp details. It comes with an adaptive refresh rate technology that adjusts depending on the content on your screen, saving battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

Compared to previous iterations, the display is more durable thanks to the new protective layer that Samsung has installed. It’s 80% stronger, preventing the screen from damage from everyday use.

There’s also a cover display, a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X with a 904 x 2316 pixel resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate. This screen is useful when your device is folded so you can still use it like a traditional smartphone. 

Camera

True to the Galaxy line, you can expect to get premium cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. It has three cameras on the back, an under-display on the main screen, and one on the front.

The main rear camera is a 50MP with an f/1.8 aperture for that shallow depth-of-field shots. There’s also a 12MP telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture with 3x optical zoom to get far away subjects into better focus. Lastly, there’s a 12MP ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 123-degree field of view for those wide-angle shots.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

The rear cameras can also record 8K videos at 24fps or 4K at 60fps with HDR10+ support. 

Opening the phone, a 4MP under-display camera is hidden on the main screen, allowing you to take selfies when needed. It also makes an excellent webcam for video conferencing sessions.

If you’re looking for quality selfies, go for the 10MP cover camera on the front. It can take decent-quality selfies, especially in good lighting conditions.

Performance

Powering a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 takes a bit of muscle power. And, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, the phone should be able to handle any task or game without any performance issues.

The phone has 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage variants. Choose wisely, as there is no microSD card expansion slot.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

The performance of the Z Fold 5 is further enhanced with Android 13 with the One UI 5.1, as Samsung has improved and optimized it for foldable devices. It allows you to use up to three active apps on the main screen in split-screen mode or pop-up windows.

You can even drag and drop content between apps or use App Continuity to switch between the main and cover displays seamlessly. The phone also supports Samsung DeX, allowing you to use it similarly to a desktop or Chromebook with an external display, mouse, and keyboard.

Battery and Charging

Since the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 has a large footprint, there’s enough room to squeeze in a massive battery, clocking in at 4,400mAh. This is not comparable to tablets, but it can still extend the battery life compared to the Z Fold 4 thanks to its adaptive refresh rate technology and a more power-efficient chip.

The batteries can last a full day of moderate use without plugging in. Fast wired charging is included in the feature list up to 25W, which roughly translates to around 40% in 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Alternatives

The Huawei Mate X3 is another foldable phone instead of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. It’s not as fast but offers similar features to Samsung’s devices. It does come with Leica-branded optics for those stunning image and video quality. Its clear advantage is its 66W fast charging, which can replenish the batteries up to 50% in only 15 minutes.

02/23/2024 01:06 pm GMT

You can expect similar performance numbers with the Honor Magic VS. The downside of this device is that the UI is not as refined as Samsung’s, so it can get clunky and confusing. It also doesn’t have robust software support compared to Samsung, so any bugs are not updated right away.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is not just about the hardware. While Samsung hasn’t made huge strides with the design or hardware, the Korean manufacturer currently has the best software for foldable phones that makes it stand out.

This year, the S Pen support adds functionality and creativity. But the design is starting to look a little old, and the phone is more expensive, making it inaccessible to most consumers.

However, if you can afford it and appreciate its features, it’s one of the best foldable phones. With Samsung’s continuous refinements every generation, it pushes the boundaries on what smartphones can do and offer a glimpse into the future.

Jian Bacallan
Jian Bacallan

Technology Content Crafter. Helping you unbox the latest in tech trends, especially with laptops and mobile devices. A PC gaming enthusiast who loves to cook and is currently obsessed with sim games and pizza dough.

threads

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *