Test: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. There have been some good new changes in Samsung’s latest foldable phone. The only question is whether it is good enough.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes in a very simple package: out of the box you get the phone itself, a USB C to USB C charging cable, and a SIM ejection tool. Personally, I thought this would be a bit of a mystery if you’re going to spend more than NOK 20,000 on the phone. I was expecting a little more than just a charging cable (no plug) and instructions for use…
This is new
This is the fifth edition in the Samsung Fold series. There’s a lot of the same in this version as last year, but there are also some important new features.
Objectionally, there’s not much difference between this and the Fold 4. The 5th edition has a slightly better chip, but other than that it doesn’t have much better performance.
The fun thing is that Samsung has finally come up with a foldable phone that is 100 percent foldable. The new hinges make the phone more compact and easier to take with you.
Another new feature is that the screen can reach 1,700 nits, which is an improvement over last year’s 1,000 nits.
Unfortunately, the battery on the Galaxy Fold 5 is worse than last year’s model, but that could of course change over time with some updates.
This phone has three screens – one on the outside and two screens mounted on the inside. The internal display has a beautiful 7.6-inch AMOLED display that supports a resolution of up to 2176 x 1812 pixels and an adjustable refresh rate of 120Hz. This is perfect for everything from watching movies to gaming and much more. The phone handles this more than well enough.
The external screen is also good. It works just like a regular phone and is 6.2 inches in size and has the same specifications as the screen inside it.
Ease of use
The latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor chip is powerful and good, with support for connection to 5G networks. The phone also has 12GB of RAM, which makes everything from gaming to multitasking (by having multiple apps open at the same time) very efficient. The phone also supports the Samsung DEX function built into the PC and works without any problems. This means that the phone also works well when you work on it, if you have to. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 5 also handles more extreme games, and the larger screen provides a better gaming experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 5 has almost the same camera as the previous model, except for a few insignificant changes. There are three camera lenses: a 50-megapixel main camera with an ƒ/1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 10-megapixel phone camera.
Although this phone doesn’t have Samsung’s best camera, it’s still very powerful. The phone takes beautiful photos with good contrasts, delivers good image quality and strong videos. It is also a plus with several modes that offer, for example, slow motion, panorama and more.
Is it worth the money?
First of all, I would like to say that here we have a powerful foldable phone. Samsung has good control of this market. The phone itself has no major flaws and works well. If you want a good new foldable phone, this is a good option. However, at NOK 20,000 and above, we’d rather wait and hope that the next generation can perform a little better.
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