Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5: the same but better

Samsung’s latest and finest smartphone is the Galaxy Z Fold5. Continue reading to find out how it performs.

Design ★ 8/10

Display ★ 8.5/10

Software ★ 8.5/10

Camera ★ 7/10

Performance ★ 8.5/10

Battery ★ 7.5/10

To be honest, Samsung hasn’t broken any molds when it comes to designing the new Galaxy Z Fold5. If you’re a proud owner of one of the previous models in the lineup, you probably won’t have any compelling reasons to upgrade. However, if you’ve been on the fence about splurging on a book-style foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold5 is your best bet.

Before I go into the review, it’s probably wise to say that the use cases for this form factor are rather obvious by now, so I won’t go into depth here. However, if you haven’t thought or looked closely at book-style foldable smartphones previously, you should know that they are devices that act as ordinary handsets when folded and provide you a larger screen (akin to a tiny tablet) when unfolded. Then you can use the large screen to watch videos, play games, work on papers / spreadsheets, and so on. However, when compared to traditional phones, these gadgets can be a little hefty, which may be an issue in some instances, such as when participating in outdoor sports.

Verdict
While the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has the same look as its predecessor, the cameras aren’t as good as they could be, and charging speeds could be faster… The new phone excels in almost every key facet of the foldable experience. Improved build quality and hinge, a brighter screen, S Pen features, software updates to boost productivity, all paired to buttery-smooth performance, dependable battery life, and superb cameras make it a no-brainer if you want a book-style foldable.

Design and presentation – The Galaxy Z Fold5

Without a doubt, it’s a familiar expression. The Galaxy Z Fold5 doesn’t wander far from the design DNA of the Z Fold4 from last year, or, dare I say, even the models that came before it, if you overlook the cover screen. However, as things stand, you won’t be able to tell the Z Fold5 from the Z Fold4. When folded, it is a big gadget with a tall outside display that transforms into a tiny tablet when opened. When folded, the Type-C port is in the middle of the bottom half, with the volume rocker and power key on the right spine. Speaker vents can be observed on the two extreme ends of the folded part on top.

While the familiarity of the design is immediately obvious, the adjustments Samsung has made to improve the build quality may be missed. Such as the addition of the latest Gorilla Glass Victus 2 this time, which is a step up over the Victus+ used by the Fold4. And, if you look closely, you’ll see that the Z Fold5 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. This time, Samsung has managed to cut a few millimetres and drop a few kilos, claiming the Galaxy Z Fold5 to be the smallest and lightest fold yet.

From a display perspective, again it seems that not much has changed. You get the same 6.2-inch, 120Hz AMOLED cover display, and the same 7.6-inch, 120Hz AMOLED main screen with HDR10+ support. However, Samsung has bumped up the main display’s peak brightness to 1,750 nits as compared to 1,200 nits offered by the Z Fold4, making the new device more readable in harsh, sunny conditions. As expected, the screens on the Z Fold5 are quite vibrant and capable, taking Samsung’s display legacy forward.

While we’re on the subject of displays, it’s worth noting that the S Pen support has been improved to provide a better writing experience this time around, according to the brand. It should be noted that Samsung does not provide a S Pen in the box, and there is still no way to store the stylus within the smartphone. You may, however, acquire Samsung’s official cover, which not only protects your phone but also includes a small S Pen connected to the back. It’s a little costly, but it’s a great option if you want to use a S Pen with the Z Fold5.

Cameras

When it comes to photography capabilities, the Z Flip5 is no wimp, featuring a 50MP, f/1.8 primary sensor with OIS, a 10MP telephoto with 3X optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide. A 10MP selfie camera is built into the cover display’s centrally aligned punch hole, while another 4MP in-display camera is buried behind the top right section of the main screen. These specifications appear to be unchanged from the previous generation, though the newer ISP bundled with the upgraded chipset this time should bring some benefits – both in terms of speed and image quality.

In terms of money, the 256GB storage model will set you back Rs 154,999, while the 1TB model would set you back Rs 1,84,999. For the money, the Galaxy Z Fold5 will provide a premium user experience, easily crossing off most key aspects. Add in the flexibility, productivity, and enjoyment that only a foldable of this type can provide, and you have a proposal that cannot be equaled for the time being.

Editor’s rating: 8 out of 10

Purchase Motives

The primary screen is brighter than before and as beautiful as ever.
The Z Fold5 has a good battery life and a smooth performance.
The phone is thinner and lighter than before.
It has a plethora of handy functions.

Reasons not to purchase:

The Galaxy Z Fold5 is not cheap, with a starting price of well than Rs 1.5 lakh.
The design is the same as previously and will not appeal to previous-generation Galaxy Z Fold owners.
The cameras aren’t great.

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