Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 leaker just tipped welcome price drop

A leak-based render of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
(Image credit: Technizo Concept / Super Roader)

We've now got a sense of how much the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 could cost, thanks to leaks from Twitter user Revegnus.

Though they clarify in a second tweet that this is only "an initial plan" that could still change, Revegnus claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 "will see a slight reduction in price," while the Galaxy Z Flip 5 will stay at the same price as its predecessor.

Samsung would be quite cunning to drop the price of its foldable, even if only by  $100 to $200. For the first time, the Galaxy Z Fold series has a competitor in the U.S. market in the form of the Google Pixel Fold, which sells for $1,799 like the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Undercutting the newcomer would help draw users interested in buying a foldable to Samsung.

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Lowering the base price would also help offset what's otherwise looking like a rather small upgrade for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 compared to last year. The biggest rumored changes are updated camera sensors (but no size or resolution change), and a lighter and dust-resistant hinge that will reduce the inner display crease and fold the phone without leaving a gap in the middle. These sound like good upgrades to make, but it would probably be hard to sell the Z Fold 5 on these alone.

Galaxy Z Flip 5: No price drop but more changes

Now back to the claim of no price cut for the Galaxy Z Flip 5. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is already relatively cheap for a foldable, retailing for $1,000. Even though there's a new competitor for Samsung in this segment too, thanks to the Motorola Razr+, Samsung's perhaps reluctant to drop the price since the rumor mill says it's making a major upgrade to the Z Flip 5's outer screen.

This new cover display has been shown by various leaks to be much more expansive than previous Z Flips. This should increase how many tasks you can do without opening the phone up, as we see on the Razr+ and other flip foldables like the Oppo Find N2 Flip.

A previous rumor claimed Samsung may cut the price of the Galaxy S23 Plus instead of the Galaxy Z Flip 5, since both would otherwise sell for the same $1,000 price. So while you may not get Samsung's newest Z Flip for cheaper, you could benefit if you decide you want to buy the extra cameras and larger battery of the Galaxy S23 Plus after the Z Flip 5 arrives.

Samsung has partially announced the next Galaxy Unpacked event at the end of July, giving us a rough time and location, but not an exact date just yet. Ideally, we'll see not just the Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 launch, but also the Galaxy Tab S9 series and Galaxy Watch 6

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Richard Priday
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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.