Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Vs Z Fold 5: What are the Differences?

In Short
  • The Galaxy Z Fold 6 features better performance and battery life compared to the Z Fold 5.
  • Besides the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and the physical form factor, all other aspect of the foldable remains unchanged.
  • Design-wise, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 has a smaller footprint both when folded and unfolded compared to Z Fold 5.

It’s that time of the year when Samsung launches new foldable devices. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 launched last year brought design improvements such as screen folding completely shut leaving no gap and better performance, while most of the other things remained the same compared to the Z Fold 4. Samsung has launched the Z Fold 6 and if you’re wondering if it brings any improvements, here’s how the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 vs the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

Galaxy Z Fold 6 vs Z Fold 5: Key Specifications

SpecificationsZ Fold 5Z Fold 6
Build and dimensionsAluminum frame;
154.9 x 129.9 x 6.1 mm (unfolded)
154.9 x 67.1 x 13.4 mm (folded)
Weight: 253 grams
Protection: IPX8
Aluminum frame;
153.5 x 132.6 x 5.6 mm (unfolded)
153.5 x 68.1 x 12.1 mm (folded)
Weight: 239 grams
Protection: IP48
DisplaysInner: 7.6 inches 1812 x 2176 pixels AMOLED 2X 120Hz with 1750 nits of peak brightness
Outer: 6.2 inches, 904 x 2316 pixels Super AMOLED 120 Hz display protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Inner: 7.6 inches 1856 x 2176 pixels AMOLED 2X 120Hz with 2,600 nits of peak brightness.
Outer: 6.3 inches 904 x 2316 pixels Super AMOLED 120 Hz display protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Battery4,400 mAh with 25W charging, 15W wireless, and 4.5W reverse wireless4,400 mAh with 25W charging, 15W wireless, and 4.5W reverse wireless
SoftwareOne UI 5 based on Android 13 (4 major updates)One UI 6.1 based on Android 14 (7 major updates)
Cameras50 MP f/1.8 primary, Wide camera
10 MP f/2.4 secondary, Telephoto camera
12 MP f/2.2 third, ultrawide camera
4 MP f/1.8 inner selfie snapper
10 MP f/2.2 cover display selfie camera
50 MP f/1.8 primary, Wide camera
10 MP f/2.4 secondary, Telephoto camera
12 MP f/2.2 third, ultrawide camera
4 MP f/1.8 inner selfie snapper
10 MP f/2.2 cover display selfie camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, USB 3.2 Type-C,Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, USB 3.2 Type-C,
Security and AudioSide-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Stereo Speakers
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Stereo Speakers
Storage and RAMLPDDR 5 RAM and UFS 4.0 storage.
12 GB + 256 GB
12 GB + 512 GB
12 GB + 1 TB
LPDDR 5 RAM and UFS 4.0 storage.
12 GB + 256 GB
12 GB + 512 GB
12 GB + 1 TB
Starting price$1,799$1,899

Build and Display

The build and design of the Z Fold 6 are almost similar to that of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 with the only differences being a more flat and sharper design language on the new foldable. Its chassis is made out of aluminum, which Samsung claims has been improved significantly.

Galaxy Z Fold 6 Design

The Z Fold 6’s dimensions are 153.5 x 132.6 x 5.6 mm when unfolded and 153.5 x 68.1 x 12.1 mm when folded. This makes it 1.4mm shorter, 2.7mm wider, and 0.5mm thinner when unfolded. Similarly, the device is 1.4mm shorter, 1mm wider, and 1.3mm thinner when folded compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The slightly shorter size and thinness, combined with 14 grams lighter means users should get a better grip when holding the device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Vs Z Fold 5: What are the Differences?Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Vs Z Fold 5: What are the Differences?
Left: Z Fold 5 | Right: Z Fold 6

Despite the phone being 2.7mm wider when unfolded, the display size remains the same, i.e., 7.6 inches. What doesn’t remain the same is the display resolution. The new Z Fold 6 has a 2150 x 1856 pixels resolution compared to Z Fold 5’s 2176 x 1812 pixels.

Its display is much brighter now at around 2,600 nits peak brightness from last year’s 1,750 nits. The secondary screen is now 0.1-inch taller. Both are 120Hz Super AMOLED panels with the cover display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

With the Armored Aluminum frame, the Z Fold 6 now has an IP48 rating for protection against dust and water. In contrast, the Z Fold 5’s IPX8 rating did not offer dust resistance at all. Overall, Samsung continues the trend of making marginal improvements in the Z Fold series.

Z Fold 5 Vs Z Fold 6: Performance

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Image: Qualcomm

No surprises here either. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The SoC is around 50% better than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Z Fold 5 thanks to its newer cores and a revised core architecture and setup of 1+3+2+2 compared to 1+2+2+3 on the 8 Gen 2.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4nm)

  • 1 x Cortex-x4 (3.3 GHz)
  • 3 x Cortex-A720 (3.2GHz)
  • 2 x Cortex-A720 (3GHz)
  • 2 x Cortex-A520 (2.3GHz)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)

  • 1 x Cortex-X3 (3.19GHz)
  • 2 x Cortex-A715 (2.8GHz)
  • 2 x Cortex-A710 (2.8GHz)
  • 3 x Cortex-A510 (2.0GHz)

While both SoCs are based on TSMC’s 4nm process, Qualcomm claims the 8 Gen 3 is a tad more efficient, thus, resulting in a better battery life than its predecessor. Overall, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 brings solid performance and efficiency improvements, making the Z Fold 6 the better-performing device between the two.

Cameras and Battery

Unlike the Galaxy Z Flip 6 which received a primary camera upgrade, things remain stagnant at the Fold’s end. The Z Fold 6 features the same camera setup as the Z Fold 5. The setup consists of a 50 MP f/1.8 Wide, 10 MP f/2.4 Telephoto, and a third 12 MP f/2.2 Ultrawide snapper. There’s the same 4 MP under-display camera unit inside and a 10 MP f/2.2 selfie unit on the cover screen.

Z Fold 6 Cameras (1)

We would’ve loved to see at least some improvements in the camera department, given that Samsung has been using the same setup since the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Maybe the addition of a 50 MP Telephoto or Ultrawide camera for better zoom or field of view could’ve been better, but it is what it is.

The battery remains the same as well, i.e., a 4,400 mAh cell, but the overall battery backup should be a tad better than Z Fold 5 thanks to 8 Gen 3 being more efficient. Unfortunately, the charging speed remains unimproved and is still only 25W.

Z Fold 5 vs Z Fold 6: Storage and RAM

No surprises here as both the Storage and RAM remain the same. The base variant has 256 GB of UFS 4.0 storage coupled with 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM. However, there are 512GB and 1TB variants that you can buy, but with the same 12GB RAM. We hoped Samsung had bumped it to 16GB across all variants but alas.

Software

The Z Fold 6 runs One UI 6.1 based on Android 14 out of the box whereas the Fold 5 launched with Android 13 and has received an update to Android 14. However, one major difference is that the Z Fold 5 only has three more updates remaining, whereas the Z Fold 6 will receive major Android updates for 7 years just like the S24 series!

Z Fold 5 Vs Z Fold 6: Should You Upgrade?

With a price increase of $100 for the base variant, the answer should be pretty clear. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is a minor upgrade over the Z Fold 5 with the only differences being the slightly improved form factor and better performance due to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In conclusion, we don’t see enough of a reason to upgrade to the Z Fold 6 if you already own a Z Fold 5.

What are your thoughts on Samsung’s measly specification improvements in the Fold series? Let us know in the comments below

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  • Ganesh Pai says:

    Incremental improvement does not warrant buying the new phone. I would rather wait another year or two and buy Z8. I hope by then Samsung would have done something more significant.

  • Hritik Chawla says:

    Hey, where is my comment? Alright, the display resolution mentioned is also different from what is mentioned on the Samsung India website.

  • Hritik Chawla says:

    The specs table and then the further explanation for display resolution do not match with each other.

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