It looks like this is going to be a big year for foldable phones as the Google Pixel Fold is expected to land and OnePlus is also working on its first foldable phone. But it will probably be less important for Samsung, because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be very similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. However, we may see much bigger changes with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6.
This is according to the leaker @tweet (via Android Police), who claimed — in response to a leak about the Z Fold 5 having nearly identical dimensions to the Z Fold 4 — that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 will have a “significant change in form factor.”
They weren’t more specific than that, but said they recommend waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 rather than buying the Z Fold 5.
This is because Samsung will keep the current form factor until Fold 5, but there will be a major change in shape starting with Fold 6. I would recommend waiting for Fold 6 rather than buying Fold 5. https://t. co/2YxBajKlvbApril 25, 2023
We’d take this leak with a pinch of salt, because while The Source has leaked things thoroughly in the past, they don’t have a great track record yet. This is also too early for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 leaks, as the phone is unlikely to land until July or August of 2024.
However, since the main changes to the Galaxy Z Fold 5 are just the hinge and chipset construction, and the price of the Pixel Fold is supposed to be high, this may not be the year to buy a high-end foldable device, so it could be worth the wait. To see if there is any truth to this Z Fold 6 leak.
What form could the Galaxy Z Fold 6 take?
This leak just makes us wonder what the change in form factor could be. One possibility is that the shape will be changed to allow for a wider cover screen, as you’ll find on the Oppo Find N2.
This should make the Cover Screen look more like a regular smartphone screen, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a narrow Cover Screen that is a bit difficult to use.
Samsung has already expanded the cover screen on this phone a bit compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, so the company is clearly aware of the issue, but it’s still not wide enough.
Alternatively, if this is really a ‘major’ change in the form factor, maybe Samsung will take inspiration from the likes of the current Huawei Mate Xs 2, which has one large foldable display, but remains usable when folded in half, like the screen on the outside and not Inside. We doubt it, because it’s a design that Huawei has also moved away from (according to the recent release of the Huawei Mate X3).
We’ve also seen Samsung experiment with other concept foldable form factors, including a much larger form factor that opens up to more laptops, and some slide-and-roll concepts.
These are, we think, too much of a change for Samsung to replace their existing form factor with, and in the case of the foldable and slide-out options, the Fold name wouldn’t really fit.
As such, our best guess at the moment is just a change in the aspect ratio to allow for a wider cover screen, but whatever the change is, it could make Samsung’s best foldable phone of 2024 even more exciting than the upcoming 2023 model.