The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the company’s latest foldable smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, was unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked event in August. A few months later, alleged details of next year’s foldable smartphones were spotted online. The next foldable offering from the South Korean smartphone company could get a dedicated S Pen slot to make the line more popular. As Samsung expects the foldable smartphone market to reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of up to 80 percent by 2025, it is reportedly planning to make the expected Galaxy Z Fold 5 lighter and thinner than the previous model. It is also expected to feature a subtle fold and a rugged design.
According to report The Elec (in Korean) Samsung may equip future foldable smartphones with an S Pen slot. In a meeting with component suppliers, Samsung reportedly said that a dedicated S Pen slot is one of the features needed to make foldable phones more popular. According to the report, thinner and weightless designs, durability, small screen creases, and improved camera performance are other issues that Samsung says vendors need to address in order to increase the popularity of foldable smartphones.
The South Korean brand reportedly planned to include a dedicated S Pen slot and flagship cameras on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but failed to implement both features due to weight and thickness restrictions.
According to the report, Samsung expects the foldable device market to grow by 80 percent every year until 2025. Apple is expected to enter the foldable device market by 2024 with foldable tablets and laptops. In addition, the report cites Samsung’s claim that “iPhone users in their 20s and 30s in South Korea are changing their devices to Samsung foldable smartphones 3-4 times more often than before.” According to the report, Samsung said that up to 90 percent of foldable smartphone users are expected to buy foldable smartphones as their next device.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is the expected sequel to the current Galaxy Z Fold 4. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 was launched globally, including in India, at the Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10 with a starting price of Rs. 1,54,999 for 12GB + 256GB storage option.
It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Plus protection on the display. The phone runs OneUI 4.1.1 based on Android 12 and features side-mounted fingerprint sensors for biometric authentication.