Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 rumored release date, price speculation, specs and more

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 in front of pool
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Latest Galaxy Z Fold 6 News

Updated June 13
• A leaker expects the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 to go up by $100 over the current model.
• New Galaxy AI feature could turn sketches into 3D enhanced images.
• A new leak once reconfirms the Galaxy Z Fold 6 color options.
• A promotional image of Galaxy Z Fold 6 allegedly shows it off in its half folded position.

The countdown is on for the announcement of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, Samsung's next full-size foldable. We are excited to see if Samsung is able to climb back to the top of the best foldable phones list, now that its rivals are producing awesome folding phones of their own.

The new Galaxy Z Fold 6 is tipped to feature a wider yet thinner design, as well as a new "Ironflex" display panel that should be more durable. You can also expect the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, which should bring better performance and longer battery life, and all the same Galaxy AI features on the Galaxy S24 series, plus hopefully some new ones.

Here's all the Galaxy Z Fold 6 rumors so far. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 cheat sheet: Biggest rumors

  • Rumored release date: July 2024
  • Rumored price: $1,699 to $1,899
  • Rumored colors: Navy, Pink, Silver Shadow
  • Rumored chipset: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  • Rumored thinness:  5.6mm unfolded, 12.1mm folded
  • Outer display: 6.2 - 6.4 inches
  • Main display: 7.6 inches
  • Rear cameras: 50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto
  • Front cameras: 10MP outer, 4MP innter

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. However, the leaker OnLeaks, is predicting a $100 price hike for the Galaxy Z Fold 6 over its predecessor. That would place the starting price at $1,899, while the 512GB and 1TB version would cost $2,019 and $2,259, respectively.

It would seem odd for Samsung to raise prices just as more foldable phones had arrived to compete with the Galaxy Z Fold. There had been earlier talk of Samsung releasing a cheaper version in the works in the same vein as the company'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. 

However, talk of a Galaxy Z Fold 6 FE may have been premature. A report claims Samsung is backing off plans to release the cheaper foldable this year amid concerns that it won't be thin enough or differentiated enough from the standard Z Fold 6. Instead, the cheaper model — possibly called the Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim — could debut next year alongside the Galaxy S25.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 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. And since Samsung's allegedly starting production of the Galaxy Z Fold 6's parts early, it's looking more likely that the Galaxy Unpacked Summer 2024 event is happening in July.

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, including alleged photos).

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 renders

(Image credit: Pigtou / XLeaks7)

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 also have titanium sides and angular corners in common with the Galaxy S24 Ultra. This would make the new Z Fold look more premium, as well as increase durability thanks to swapping out the aluminum used in previous Z Folds. But it could mean the Galaxy Z Fold 6 costs more as a result.

Alleged photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, open and from the front

(Image credit: Ali TA Tech / X)

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. There's also a leaked promotional image with it alongside the Z Flip 6, showing it off in their half folded positions. Otherwise, it appears that the next generation of the Galaxy Z Fold will look very similar to Samsung's other products.

For colors, we could see light pink, dark blue and silver as the three main options for the Galaxy Z Fold 6. Reliable leaker Evan Blass has confirmed those three color options, while also claiming that white and black will be available as options if you buy the Galaxy Z Fold 6 from Samsung.

A recent post from IceUniverse has revealed the apparent weight and size of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. The phone should have an unfolded thickness of 5.6mm and a folded thickness of 12.1mm. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 was 6.1mm and 13.4mm in its unfolded and folded state, which means we are getting a slimmer phone this year. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Display

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Flex mode video call

(Image credit: Future)

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.

If that wasn’t all, another 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, and getting wider as it does so.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Cameras

Samsung Galaxy Fold 5

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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.”

One leaker doesn't buy into that, claiming that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 cameras will be better than the Galaxy S24's camera setup — presumably that's referring to the standard Galaxy S24 that features the same camera specs as the Galaxy Z Fold 5. (That's a 50MP main camera with 12MP ultrawide and 10MP telephoto lenses.) Given the lack of details in that tweet, we think it sounds like a case of wishful thinking.

A more promising rumor touts a potential new camera housing for the exterior lenses on the Galaxy Z Fold 6. In this rumor from Ice Universe, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 would drop a separate camera array and go with lenses that protrude from the back of the phone, much like they do on Galaxy S24 phones. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Performance

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 renders

(Image credit: Pigtou / XLeaks7)

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 was some speculation Samsung might turn to Exynos 2400 chips in some regions. However, a report from the Elec says that Samsung's new foldables will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 exclusively.

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: Galaxy AI

Given all the focus on artificial intelligence, it should come as no shock to expect the Galaxy Z Fold 6 to focus on it as well. We've already seen how Galaxy AI features impact the experience on the Galaxy S24, but we could end up seeing new ones with the Z Fold 6.

So far, it appears as though generative AI will help transform hand drawn sketches in  the Samsung Notes app and convert them to 3D enhanced images. This has been the only rumor we've heard so far that could be coming to the foldable phone. However, we suspect more will become known because Samsung suggests in a blog posting that the AI included in the latest Fold and Flip models will take advantage of those phones' unique designs.

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.

A separate Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra leak points to a specific model number for this new model, but it could be a limited release, with the phone only coming out in Korea.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Outlook

We're approaching the final months before the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 launch, espeically if the earlier-than-usual release date rumor is to be believed. What we've heard up until now suggests a phone with 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 between now and July, after all.

Alan Martin

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.

  • GraniteStateColin
    I know there is progress on the folding screens themselves. I keep hoping that Samsung (or someone) will make a foldable with a 360 degree hinge. This would give us a tent mode and eliminate the entire reason they stack in that extra external display: if the phone can simply flip all the way open, it already has a screen on both sides of its outside. This eliminates the cost and bulk (weight and thickness) of that extra display, while providing a slew of other benefits.

    I know we're not there yet with the 6, but I hope they're working on this. That's the foldable I desperately want. Whoever gets there first will also get first mover bragging rights on fully foldable tech.
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