Well, this is… somewhat unusual. Probably in a few more weeks until Samsung’s next big Unpacked product launch event (which hasn’t been officially scheduled yet), the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 are already starting to roll out the rumors.
Yes, that’s the fifth iteration of the tech giant’s increasingly successful foldable devices we’re talking about here and not the thoroughly leaked fourth editions that are expected to (formally) break cover sometime next month.
Of course, the two next-gen mobile powerhouses will likely be the protagonists of an Unpacked shindig in the summer of 2023, and while that means their designs, specs, and upgrades are almost certainly not yet etched in stone, Samsung has reportedly already set a (presumably tentative) shipping target.
Is a dip in foldable popularity just around the corner?
While most industry analysts, experts and market research firms would probably answer that question with a resounding no, Samsung is bizarrely preparing to sell significantly fewer Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 units next year than Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 units. at the end of the year. 2022 and beyond.
There are obviously no Z Fold 5 images yet, so here’s a leaked Z Fold 4 rendering instead.
It may be superfluous to remind you that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 were mainly responsible for the the impressive recent expansion of the foldable segment, vastly improving the sales figures of their more experimental and much less polished predecessors.
The foldable market as a whole is widely expected to continue to grow at a steady pace in the coming years, making it all the more strange to hear that Samsung is bracing itself for a possible drop in demand as early as 2023.
A resurgent pandemic and rising parts costs due to the protracted war between Russia and Ukraine are believed to be one of the main causes of this surprisingly “conservative” target, which, however, could change anytime between now and July or August of next year. Samsung may not want to overestimate demand and is left with millions more unsold devices in stock by 2023, possibly a production strategy overhaul to play things a little safer overall.
Specifications Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5: super early expectations and rumors
Believe it or not, ladies and gentlemen, Korean media thinks
a number of specifications can already be predicted with certainty for two products that are at least a year away from an official announcement (translated here
And here’s a leaked Galaxy Z Flip 4 render.
Both the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip have been tipped (prematurely) for an unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which, well, feels a bit like a good prediction. Unless, of course, this chipset turns out to be as disappointing as the Gen 1, forcing Qualcomm to release a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 in time for the debut of Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5.
Perhaps more interestingly (and less predictably), the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is rumored to come with a 12MP front camera and a primary 50MP rear camera. The latter will likely rock an internal Samsung Isocell GN3 sensor with small 1.0m pixels and sit on the back of the Z Fold 5 alongside two other cameras of unknown specs.
Of course, the 50MP news shouldn’t come as a big surprise to hardcore Samsung fans keeping pace with the latest Z Fold 4 gossip. The Galaxy Z Flip 5, meanwhile, is wrapped up almost entirely in secrecy, which makes perfect sense at this point and actually makes us optimistic for a much-anticipated upgrade from an increasingly boring 12+12MP dual-camera system on the rear.
Incidentally, the Z Flip 5 is expected to be about four times as popular as the Z Fold 5, unlike the Z Fold 4, which are probably a little closer to . will sit Z Flip 4 cousin in terms of global demand this fall.