Samsung is reinventing the design of Galaxy Z Fold 5 by adopting a gapless design. So far, all Samsung foldable phones have adopted a hinge design that leaves a wedge-shaped gap between the two halves of the phone. This exposes the device to material damage, especially from liquid and dust particles making their way underneath the screen and the delicate hinge. Leaked renders suggest Samsung is finally fixing that flaw with a look that no longer leaves a gap when the two halves of the phone are closed shut.
The company is also giving a major boost to its more affordable clamshell foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip 5. According to leaks, Samsung has fitted a significantly larger secondary display on the back, which occupies nearly the entire upper half of the phone, save for the cameras. This is a huge win from a functional perspective, theoretically allowing apps to offer more useful features instead of being limited to a rudimentary smaller screen.
In addition to new foldables, the company is also readying the Galaxy Tab S9 tablet for a July reveal. Samsung will reportedly equip its new phones and tablets with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 series SoC, and some new colors are also expected. While the design upgrades look meaningful, it would be interesting to see how Samsung optimizes its One UI skin to serve all the large-screen UX improvements that Google has promised with Android 14.