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  • Kyle Chua

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Could Sport New Design With Less Visible Crease

Samsung is believed to be redesigning the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to make the controversial crease between the two halves of the device’s display less visible.

Credit: Samsung

According to a report from the Korean news outlet Naver, the next iteration of the flagship foldable would implement a new droplet-shaped hinge that allows the device to fold completely flat. The design change supposedly eliminates the gap when the device is folded and puts less stress on the display, which would make the crease less prominent.


Samsung has long been trying to find a solution around the crease without much success. The device is now in its fourth iteration and the crease remains, though it has become less pronounced with each release. The crease is due to the Galaxy Z Fold using a U-shaped hinge design which sits at an angle when folded.


In comparison, competing devices from the likes of Oppo and Huawei have managed to ditch the crease altogether. But if the report is to be believed, Samsung could have one advantage against the Chinese phone makers when it launches the Galaxy Z Fold 5: IPX8 water resistance. The rating first debuted on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in 2021.

Credit: Naver

Naver speculates that Samsung is only debuting the new hinge design this year, despite patenting it in 2016, because it wanted to wait until it could be paired with IPX8 water resistance. The change won’t only eliminate the crease but also improve the device’s overall durability, possibly letting it withstand more folding and unfolding action.


The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is not due until August this year. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 could also be revealed in the same event, but it’s still unclear whether that’ll feature the new hinge design as well.


Samsung, however, is hosting an Unpacked launch event on 1 February at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, where it plans to unveil the Galaxy S23 line.

 
  • Samsung is believed to be redesigning the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to make the controversial crease between the two halves of the device’s display less visible.

  • The next iteration of the flagship foldable would implement a new droplet-shaped hinge that allows the device to fold completely flat.

  • The display is also expected to feature IPX8 water resistance, which debuted with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

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