Samsung has recently launched its fifth-generation foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip 5, which boasts a larger and more functional cover screen than its predecessor. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is also more affordable and durable than the Galaxy Z Fold 5, making it an attractive option for those who want to experience the foldable technology. In this article, we will review the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and its features, based on the video review by SamMobile.
Cover screen: More than just a selfie tool
The most noticeable upgrade of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is its cover screen, which has a 3.4-inch display with a 60Hz refresh rate, a resolution of 720 x 748 pixels, Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection, and a peak brightness of 1600 nits. The cover screen also has a unique shape that resembles a folder, which allows for more space for the back and home buttons that are used to navigate through the apps that can run on the cover screen.
By default, only a few apps are supported on the cover screen, such as Google Maps, Google/Samsung Messages, Netflix, WhatsApp, and YouTube. However, these apps are surprisingly usable on the small display, thanks to the optimized user interface and the same keyboard layout as the main screen. The cover screen also lets you customize the lockscreen layouts and use widgets for essential apps. You can also use the cover screen to take selfies and pictures with the rear camera without opening the phone.
Main screen: Same as before, but still great
The main screen of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is identical to that of the Galaxy Z Flip 4, with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels, Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The main screen offers excellent viewing angles, colors, brightness, and smoothness. The main screen also supports Flex mode, which splits the screen into two halves when the phone is partially folded, allowing for different use cases such as watching videos on the top half and browsing comments on the bottom half.
The main screen also has an improved hinge mechanism that eliminates the gap between the two halves of the phone when it is closed. This makes the phone more resistant to dust and debris, and also more aesthetically pleasing. The hinge also supports various angles of folding, making it easier to use the phone in different situations.
Performance: Faster processor, but not much difference
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 processor, which is more powerful than the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor used in the Galaxy Z Flip 4. However, you may not notice much difference in everyday performance, as both processors are capable of handling multitasking, gaming, and other tasks smoothly. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 also has higher base storage of 256GB (compared to 128GB in the Galaxy Z Flip 4), which is useful for storing photos, videos, and apps.
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 also has improved connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and UWB (Ultra Wide Band). Wi-Fi 6E allows for faster and more stable internet connection on compatible routers. Bluetooth 5.2 enables better audio quality and battery life for wireless headphones and speakers. NFC enables contactless payments and data transfer. UWB enables precise location tracking and smart home control with compatible devices.
Camera: Same sensors, but better quality
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a dual-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. These are the same sensors as those used in the Galaxy Z Flip 4, but they offer improved image and video quality thanks to software enhancements. The cameras can capture sharp and detailed photos in daylight and decent photos in low-light conditions. The cameras can also record videos up to 4K resolution at 60fps or Full HD resolution at 240fps.
The selfie camera on the front is a 10MP sensor that can take good selfies with natural colors and skin tones. The selfie camera can also record videos up to Full HD resolution at 30fps. However, you may prefer to use the cover screen to take selfies with the rear camera for better quality and wider angles.
Battery: Same capacity, but faster charging
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a battery capacity of 3300mAh, which is the same as that of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The battery life is decent enough for moderate usage, but you may need to charge it more often if you use the phone heavily or run apps on the cover screen frequently. The good news is that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 supports faster charging than its predecessor. It can charge up to 25W with a wired charger, up to 15W with a wireless charger, and up to 4.5W with reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 also supports wireless power share, which allows you to charge other devices such as earbuds or smartwatches by placing them on the back of the phone.
Software: One UI 6.0 based on Android 14
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 runs on One UI 6.0, which is based on Android 14. One UI 6.0 is Samsung’s latest custom skin that offers a sleek and user-friendly interface, with various features and options to customize the phone according to your preferences. One UI 6.0 also supports the foldable form factor of the Galaxy Z Flip 5, with features such as Flex mode, Multi-Active Window, App Continuity, and Cover Screen Mirroring. One UI 6.0 also brings some new features such as Privacy Dashboard, Material You design, Live Translate, and FaceTime support.
The best foldable phone for most people
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a great foldable phone that offers a bigger and better cover screen, a faster processor, a more durable hinge, higher base storage, improved connectivity, and newer software than the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is also more affordable than the Galaxy Z Fold 5, making it more accessible for those who want to try out the foldable technology. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is not perfect, as it still has some drawbacks such as mediocre battery life, average camera quality, and limited app support on the cover screen. However, these are minor issues that can be overlooked or improved in the future. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is undoubtedly the best foldable phone for most people who are looking for a compact and stylish device that can transform into a full-fledged smartphone.