The Galaxy Z Fold 6 should be Samsung's next big product launch. After the Galaxy S24 arrived in January to refresh Samsung's regular flagship phone line, we're likely a few months out still from the company's foldables receiving the same treatment.
Fortunately, we have several rumors to check out in the meantime. After a few years of similar designs and features, Samsung could do with shaking things up with the Galaxy Z Fold 6. Read on to find out the potential ways it might be doing that.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Latest News (Updated February 29)
- Z Fold 6 Launch could come sooner this year due to the Olympics.
- Samsung could be working on another version rumored to be a Galaxy Z Fold 6 'Ultra' edition.
- 360-degree video of Z Fold 6 leaks showing off its size unfolded.
- Z Fold 6 could be adopting a square aspect ratio with its inner display.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Price and release date
While the Galaxy Z Fold series has come down in price a little since the original $1,980 model, we wouldn't expect anything too dramatic this year.
The technology is still expensive, even with cheaper production methods, and rival tablet-style foldables like Google’s Pixel Fold don’t seem to be in a rush to drive MSRPs down either. Something in the $1,699 to $1,799 range seems likely.
That said, there has been consistent talk of a cheaper version in the works in the same vein as Samsung's "fan edition" smartphones like the Galaxy S23 FE. A theoretical Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 FE with cut-back specs and no S Pen support might cut the price further We’ll have to wait and see.
The release date can be discussed with a bit more confidence. The past three Galaxy Z Fold devices have all been released in August, though they may be announced a little earlier. The Galaxy Unpacked revealing the Z Fold 5 was in late July for an August 11 release. However, there's a rumor alluding to an earlier launch to beat out the summer Olympic games — possibly July 10.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Design
Last April, before the Z Fold 5 was even official, the leaker Revegnus claimed that there would be a “major form factor change starting with the Fold 6.”
Now, renders created by XLeaks7 for Pigtou reveal what that might mean in practice. Essentially, the Z Fold 6 looks set to get a far thinner design than its predecessor, while embracing a wider aspect ratio on its cover screen (backed up by later leaks).
While Samsung is clearly working on patents to have a dockable S Pen, like that found on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, renders of the phone don’t show it, so that may have to wait for a future generation.
However, one thing the Galaxy Z Fold 6 may have in common with the Galaxy S24 Ultra is titanium sides. This would make the new Z Fold look more premium as well as decrease the weight slightly and increase durability, but it could mean the Galaxy Z Fold 6 costs more as a result.
Overall though, the design looks mostly similar to previous Galaxy Z Fold models. Unlike the rumored triple-folding phone that Samsung may also release this year.
A recent leak has given us several high-definition renders, as well as a 360-degree video, of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. It appears that it will be smaller than the prior Galaxy Z Fold 5, but will have a wider screen overall. Otherwise, it appears that the next generation of the Galaxy Z Fold will look very similar to Samsung's other products/
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Display
That said, we might have a more robust foldable. Samsung appears to have trademarked the term “Ironflex,” which refers to a “foldable OLED display panel.” What this means in practice remains to be seen, and it’s possibly just a branding exercise, but making foldables less vulnerable to the bumps and dings of everyday life would certainly be welcome.
It's tipped that the Z Fold 6 is in store for a major redesign, one that could change how it's held by adopting a squarish aspect ratio similar to the OnePlus Open with its inner screen. As a result, the narrow cover screen of past Z Folds will be stretched out a bit more.
Galaxy Z Fold 6 is not as wide as the patent picture, but it is also relatively wide, and the screen R angle is close to the right angle. If you look for a mobile phone for analogy, it is more like the screen R angle of Nubia Z60 Ultra.And the middle frame is similar, which is a… pic.twitter.com/wWKCM0teMbFebruary 20, 2024
If that wasn’t all, a new leak suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will be getting a bit of a design refresh. According to Ice Universe on Twitter/X, the phone will offer a wider design and more pointed edges — closer to a true 90-degree angle. The outer display may also be increasing from 6.2 inches on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to 6.4 inches.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Cameras
As for the cameras, all signs point to no significant changes — at least in the hardware. Back in October, Revegnus posted on X that Samsung will continue to use the GN3 sensor for the Fold 6 with a switch coming in the 2025 handset.
Meanwhile, Ice Universe added that the camera “is the same as Fold4 and Fold5, that’s for sure.”
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Performance
A new generation of foldables means a new generation of processors. And it would be astonishing if that didn’t mean the Z Fold 6 adopting the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy as used on the S24 range. One source has claimed this will be the case, though as with the S24, there's a small change this could be replaced with the Exynos 2400 chip in regions outside of North America. This didn't happen with previous Z Fold models however.
The Z Fold 5 currently has 12GB RAM and ships with either 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of internal storage. Given the S24 Ultra didn’t advance on either of these, it’s unlikely that the Z Fold 6 will either.
But with the Samsung Galaxy S24 embracing AI and the Galaxy Z Fold 6 set to pack the same processor, it would be very surprising if the foldable didn't have the same tricks up its sleeve. That means the ability to translate phone calls on the fly, summarize documents and edit pictures with ease, amongst other things.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Ultra model
Samsung could also be working on one other foldable, a more premium version that's reportedly a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra. Tipster Max Jambor posted on X three model designations relating to the Z series: "Q6" referring to the Z Fold 6, "B6" as the Z Flip 6, and a "Q6a" model.
The latter could be an Ultra model of the foldable, which would be an interesting addition give how Samsung could borrow some of the Galaxy S24 Ultra's unique features — like a titanium frame, S Pen, and perhaps a larger 200MP camera. Details about this Ultra model are still scarce, but we imagine that pricing concerns would be a major factor as to whether or not it comes to fruition.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Outlook
It's early days for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, but what we've heard so far sounds like a set of solid, if iterative, updates.
Whether that's enough to get people to buy one over the soon-to-be reduced previous generation is another matter. A lot depends on how significant the AI tricks turn out to be in everyday use, and whether Samsung has some big upgrade that we’re yet to hear about. A lot can change in six months, after all.
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Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.