Bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it fixes the biggest criticisms of its predecessor, including the tiny external display and the noticeable gap around the hinge in the handset's folded state.
Just like its predecessor, the Z Flip 5 features a 6.7-inch 1080p AMOLED inner panel with a 120 Hz maximum refresh rate. However, the real star of the show is the outer screen, or as Samsung calls it, the "Flex Window." It measures 3.4 inches diagonally, making it nearly four times larger than the one on the Z Flip 4, and has a distinctive folder shape. This should make snapping selfies with the main cameras easier, and it even supports a full QWERTY keyboard for quickly replying to notifications.
There's also a new and improved teardrop-style hinge, which allows the Z Flip 5 to close flat rather than leave a small gap near the hinge. It also shaves 2mm off the handset's thickness when folded, and Samsung claims that it's now more durable, meaning it has a better chance of surviving a drop.
As you might expect, the phone comes with the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset – the same one found in the S23 lineup. It is joined by 8 GB of RAM and either 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage. The 3,700 mAh battery supports 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W wireless charging.
The camera department remains unchanged this year. On the back, there's a 12-megapixel 1/1.76-inch main sensor with an optically-stabilized lens paired with a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. Meanwhile, the inner display houses a 10-megapixel selfie camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will start shipping on August 11 in a variety of colors, some of them exclusive to the company's own webshop. The 256 GB model will go for $1,000, while the 512 GB variant will set you back $1,120. However, users who preorder Samsung's latest flip phone will receive a free storage upgrade and up to $670 in savings when bundling it with some of the company's other newly-announced products.