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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: news, rumored price, release date, and more

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 multitasking Recents menu grid view with Good Lock.
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As we get deeper into 2024, it’s only a matter of time before we see Samsung reveal its next round of foldables. This should include the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and clamshell Galaxy Z Flip 6.

The rumors for these devices are starting, and we should expect to see the next generation of foldables hit sometime around summer. But what does Samsung have in store for the Galaxy Z Fold 6, specifically? From the rumored prices, specs, design, and more, here’s everything we know.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: release date

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 with the screens open.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Going by the history of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold releases, we should expect the next generation of Samsung foldables sometime in the summer.

For example, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 came out on August 27, 2021. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 was released on August 25, 2022, and the latest Galaxy Z Fold 5 launched on August 11, 2023.

That said, it looks like we may see the Galaxy Z Fold 6 a little earlier than August this year. According to a report from SamMobile, the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will happen in early July 2024. Signs point to the second week of the month, and Galaxy Unpacked events typically occur on Wednesdays, which suggests July 10 as a likely announcement date.

The reason for an earlier-than-usual release date is that Samsung could be looking to take advantage of marketing around the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, starting on July 26. The Galaxy Unpacked event could also be happening in Paris this year as well. At least, this is what The Bell is reporting.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: price

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 rear panels.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Foldables have never been very affordable, with prices that are typically around the $1,800 range. The Galaxy Z Fold 5, for example, starts at $1,800 for the base model (12GB/256GB) and goes up from there, with 512GB costing $1,920 and the 1TB version being an eye-watering $2,160.

However, this year may be different, as two different Galaxy Z Fold 6 models appear to be possible. Rumors have suggested that we may see a more expensive Galaxy Z Fold 6 “Ultra,” making the Galaxy Z Fold 6 a “cheaper” base model.

This could mean that we see a lower starting price for the regular Galaxy Z Fold 6, with the Ultra variant possibly starting at the usual $1,800 price point or higher. If that’s the case, we could — theoretically — see the regular Z Fold 6 hit the shelves for $1,600 or even less.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: design

Renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, showing the front and back of the phone.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

One of the issues with the Galaxy Z Fold 3-5 was the aspect ratio of the cover display, which was something you either loved or hated. But Samsung could be making some changes to that this year with the Galaxy Z Fold 6.

The disappointing aspect of the Fold 6 is that it uses the same image sensor as the Fold 5.

The major update of the Fold 6 is the change in the aspect ratio of the external display. https://t.co/RVp454lNbw

— Revegnus (@Tech_Reve) June 20, 2023

According to @Revegnus on X (formerly Twitter), Samsung could change the aspect ratio of the cover display. Another leaker, @RossYoung on X, is also suggesting that the inner and outer displays will be larger than its predecessors.

The foldable and cover displays on both the Z Fold 6 and the Z Flip 6 will be larger than on the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. Exact sizes in latest DSCC Foldable Report. Flip 6 cover display approaching 3.9".

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) November 29, 2023

Another leak from Yogesh Brar also claims that the cover display on the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could be 6.4 inches. The current cover display on the Z Fold 5 is 6.2 inches, so the Z Fold 6 could be a little wider with an aspect ratio of 20:9 rather than 23.1:9 of the Z Fold 5.

50+10+12
6.4"

— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh) February 21, 2024

If the cover display is slightly larger, that also affects the inner display as well. The current aspect ratio on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 inner display is 5:6, but the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could be more square-like at 1.08:1.

On February 28, leaker @OnLeaks teamed up with SmartPrix to share some design renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. From these particular renders, however, it looks like it still has a 6.2-inch cover display, a 7.6-inch inner display, and product dimensions of 153.5 x 132.5 x 6.1mm when unfolded. This would make it slightly shorter and wider than the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

Renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, showing the front and back of the phone.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

Leaker Chun Bhai also corroborates that by saying that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 may be wider but also thinner and lighter — just 11mm when folded.

When you look at all of these reports, there seem to be some contradictions with the display sizes. However, with the report that there may be an “Ultra” version coming too, perhaps that one will have a larger external display. It’s not clear, and we won’t find out for sure until Samsung makes the call.

Renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, showing the front and back of the phone.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

Still, there is also one more interesting tidbit from the OnLeaks render, and that’s the overall frame of the phone. It looks like the Galaxy Z Fold 6 series will have a frame with flat edges and sharper corners, similar to what we have with the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Other rumors also suggest that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will have a titanium body and three color options. It’s also likely that there won’t be an S Pen slot but with the possibility of a more expensive Ultra version, that could also change.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: specs

A person holding the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, seen from the side.
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Samsung released the S24 lineup — which includes the S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra — at the end of January. These phones come with the latest chip from Qualcomm, which is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

It’s a good assumption that we will see Samsung implement the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip into the Galaxy Z Fold 6 series as well. The Galaxy Z Fold tends to get an annual chip upgrade, and with the S24 series already using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, that’s probably what the Z Fold and Z Flip will get, too.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip is the latest and greatest for Android phones, and Qualcomm has once again partnered up with Samsung for these chips that are optimized for Galaxy devices. That means they’re slightly overclocked for optimal performance and power efficiency.

No word has leaked on the RAM or storage options for the Galaxy Z Fold 6, but going off the specs of its predecessor, we should get at least 12GB RAM and up to 1TB storage (or something similar).

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: cameras

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 camera modules.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

As far as cameras go, there is some contradictory information here as well.

Originally, Revegnus claimed in his tweet regarding aspect ratio that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 would use the same image sensor as the Z Fold 5. But a more recent leak he posted claims that Samsung could be using the same camera sensor that is found in the S24 Ultra. That could mean an upgrade to a 200MP main camera.

Again, these leaks are contradictory, but they could also be true if Samsung is going with a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra. The Ultra variant could get the 200MP camera, while the base version gets the same cameras from the Z Fold 5.

A report from GalaxyClub cannot confirm the rumors of a 200MP main camera, though it suggests the Z Fold 6 will have a 50MP primary lens like the regular S24. Yogesh Brar has mentioned that the camera setup could be similar to the Z Fold 5 with the 50MP primary camera, 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and 12MP ultrawide camera.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 in cream, blue, and black.
Andrew Martonik / Digital Trends

There aren’t a lot of leaks regarding the battery that will be in the Galaxy Z Fold 6, but we do have a little bit of information. Currently, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 has a 4,400mAh battery with 25W wired, 15W wireless, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging speeds.

It looks like the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will have a slightly larger battery at 4,600mAh. And when combined with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip’s power efficiency, which is evident with the S24 series, it should look pretty good for battery life. There are no specifications on the charging speeds, however, but we can probably assume it’s similar to its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: software and updates

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 multitasking with split screen multi view.
Split-view multi-tasking on Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. Tushar Mehta / Digital Trends

It’s safe to assume that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will come with Android 14, with at least One UI 6.1 layered on top. Since Samsung also launched its Galaxy AI suite of AI-powered tools with the S24, there’s a good chance that those features will be available on the Galaxy Z Fold 6 as well.

Starting with the S24 series, Samsung promises seven years of Android updates for its phones. That means if the Z Fold 6 ships with Android 14, there’s a very good chance it will be upgradable to Android 21. Of course, since this is a foldable, the durability levels aren’t quite the same as a slab phone like the S24 line. Still, long-term software support should be a pretty safe bet.

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