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An announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 is imminent and is anticipated within the next few months. But even before the phones reach early adopters, information about their foldable successors, the Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5, has started to surface.
Korean site The Elec has the first details of the handsets, and while not exactly surprising, the details do show continued year-on-year improvements.
The devices will be equipped with Qualcomm’s next flagship CPU, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 just has only one information, while the bigger foldable has more information on the camera front.
According to rumors, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 would include a triple-camera setup, with the Isocell GN3 — a 50MP sensor with 1.0m pixels serving as the primary camera. That is a significant improvement over the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, but probably not the future Fold 4, which is also expected to include a 50 megapixel camera upgrade.
A 12MP front-facing camera is also mentioned in the article, although the second camera seen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is not mentioned. It might be the case that Samsung has opted not to replicate the Z Fold 3’s under-screen camera’s poor performance in a subsequent model, however it may just be because the specifications aren’t verified.
It’s true that they aren’t the most fascinating information, but it’s still very early. In the larger paper, which is more about Samsung’s sales projections for its next foldables—which are, to put it mildly, interesting—these are actually small information.
in 2023 for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. When you consider that A) foldables only made up an estimated 7.1 million of total smartphone sales last year and B) the phone will probably only be offered for five months of that time, it’s a significant number.
However, the same article claims that Samsung anticipates selling 15 million foldable devices in 2022. In other words, even by Samsung’s own projections, demand will decline the next year.
Why did it drop? The projected combination of well-known issues will impair both consumer demand for electronics in general and personal finances.
According to the (machine translated) research, “deepening fears about stagflation, the re-spread of Covid-19, and rising raw material prices owing to the extended Russia-Ukraine war have exacerbated uncertainty about demand for IT and household appliances, including cellphones.
In light of this, the stats start to seem optimistic once more. If such optimism is well-founded or seriously mistaken, only time will tell.