The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is expected to set a new standard for folding phones. With its extensive experience in developing big-screened foldables and its dominance in screen production, Samsung holds a significant advantage in the market. However, there are specific features I would like to see on the rumored Galaxy Z Fold 5.
Before discussing my wishlist, it’s worth noting that Samsung has already surpassed its flexible competitors in several areas with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Firstly, the inclusion of the S Pen sets Samsung apart as the only phone manufacturer brave enough to introduce stylus input on folding screens. This feature proves invaluable for note-taking and visual thinkers who enjoy jotting down ideas. Additionally, Samsung excels in water resistance, although Huawei is catching up with its Mate X3’s IPX8 rating. Nevertheless, foldables are generally considered less capable of handling the elements, making water resistance an important aspect to improve upon.
Furthermore, Samsung’s interface optimization is commendable. Whether it’s a split keyboard on the larger screen, a taskbar for quick app access, or extensive customization options for the front and main display behavior, Samsung consistently enhances the Android experience across two screens.
Now, let’s explore areas where the Galaxy Z Fold 5 can learn from the competition:
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Honor’s Magic Vs presents an intriguing feature that Samsung should consider adopting. By enabling Twitter optimization through App Extender, the Magic Vs displays two smartphone-sized panels side by side when the app is opened. Implementing this optimization for popular Android apps, as Honor has done, would be a valuable addition.
- NO MORE BABY ZOOMERS: While the Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera is impressive, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 could benefit from incorporating the Huawei Mate X3’s photography capabilities. The Mate X3 boasts a triple camera system with a remarkable 5x periscope zoom camera. Despite its lightweight design, Huawei manages to deliver outstanding results with a 125mm telephoto camera, optical stabilization (OIS), a 12-megapixel resolution, and a wide f/3.4 aperture.
- SLIMMING DOWN AND LEVELING UP: Rumors suggest that Samsung is slimming down the Z Fold 5 by employing breakthrough hinge technology. If true, this would allow the device to compete with Huawei and Xiaomi in terms of slimness, without compromising water resistance.
- MIND THE GAP: One long-standing request is for the Galaxy Z Fold line to fold completely flat. Many foldable phones on the market, including Oppo, Huawei, Honor, and Vivo devices, can achieve a flat closure. Closing the hinge gap and obtaining a dust-resistance rating, like the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra, would provide added peace of mind.
- CREASE AND DESIST: Samsung’s Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 have noticeable creases compared to other major folding phones. Reducing the prominence of the crease, especially with the inclusion of stylus input, would not only enhance the device’s appearance but also improve note-taking capabilities across the display.
- TYPE MASTER: Finally, a wider front screen is essential. The Galaxy Z Fold series has traditionally featured a super-tall and slim front screen. Increasing its width, similar to Oppo’s Find N2 or Google’s Pixel Fold line, would greatly enhance the typing experience, eliminating any feelings of cramped space. Alternatively, incorporating full-sized smartphone screens on the front, as seen in devices like the Honor Magic Vs, Huawei Mate X3, and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, would provide a more immersive typing and viewing experience.
In conclusion, as a fan of the Galaxy Z Fold 4, I believe that by incorporating these key features from other foldable devices, Samsung can