Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 or Z Fold 5: Which One Should You Get? 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 or Z Fold 5: Which One Should You Get? 

Samsung last month unpacked (sorry I keep doing this, the joke is right there for the making) two foldables – the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Galaxy Z Fold 5. But despite both being from the same ‘folding’ family, and both running Samsung’s version of Android, the phones offer quite different propositions.

We thought we’d compare both the Z Flip 5 and the Z Fold 5 to one another to help you decide which phone with a crease you should get, if you’re on the fence. Unlike our comparison of the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max to the Google Pixel 7 Pro, we’re not pinning these two phones together, no no, it’s more a guide to break down the things that may be important to you.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 vs Z Fold 5

The guts

Galaxy Z Flip 5Galaxy Z Fold 5
Main screen display6.7-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display (2640 x 1080, 22:9)7.6-inch QXGA+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display (2176 x 1812, 21.6:18)
Cover screen display3.4-inch Super AMOLED Display (720 x 748)6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display (2316 x 904)
Refresh rate120Hz (main screen), 60Hz (cover screen)120Hz (adaptive) (main screen), 48~120Hz (cover screen)
Dimensions (folded)71.9 x 85.1 x 15.1mm67.1 x 154.9 x 13.4mm
Dimensions (unfolded)71.9 x 165.1 x 6.9mm129.9x 154.9 x 6.1mm
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for GalaxySnapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
Memory8GB with 512GB internal storage, 8GB with 256GB internal storage12GB with 1TB internal storage, 12GB with 512GB internal storage,
12GB with 256GB internal storage
Battery3,700mAh (typical) dual battery4,400mAh (typical) dual battery
Image: Samsung

The looks

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 opens like a book, and the Z Flip 5 opens like a clamshell, an homage to the old-school Motorola Razr. The Fold is a little more premium-looking, while the Flip is a little on the fun side. In fact, the entire proposition of the Fold is that it’s a productivity powerhouse – that the phone is perfect for working from (Microsoft Office and Samsung Notes has for example been optimised for the Fold), doing some mobile gaming on, and to be honest, doing everything you otherwise would on a tablet that’s also a phone. It also works with the S Pen (sold separately).

The Flip, meanwhile, is targeted towards those who make content for social media (don’t make me say the ‘i’ word), and take a lot of photos. It’s less about reinventing the wheel and more about taking some cool features the S23 range has and making it fold and look cute. It’s also skewed towards a younger demographic. Which brings us to the price.

z fold lip 5
Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

The price

Galaxy Z Flip 5Galaxy Z Fold 5
ExtrasN/AS Pen ($109)

Folding doesn’t come cheap, but even for the 512GB Flip you’ll get change from $2,000.

samsung galaxy z fold flip 5
Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

The camera

Samsung chose not to upgrade the cameras in either of the Z Fold or Flip 5 this year, instead, the photo improvements all come from software.

Galaxy Z Flip 5Galaxy Z Fold 5
Rear camera (main)Ultra Wide 12 MP
Wide 12 MP
Ultra Wide 12MP
Wide 50MP
Telephoto 10MP
Cover camera see above10MP
Under display10MP4MP

But how does that look? Like this.

Standard, wide, completely untouched and camera used straight out of the box. The colours on the Flip are softer, and if we ignore the fact the Fold clearly isn’t straight, you can see it delivers a richer, more crisp pic, albeit a very dark one. It wasn’t sunny out, but I do feel the Fold makes things darker than they were IRL.

Flip (left), Fold (right). Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

Portrait mode, thanks to my model Trixie. The depth in the Fold’s camera is very clear here.

samsung galaxy z flip fold 5
Flip (left), Fold (right). Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

Same cat, but this time selfie mode (remember, the Flip has a better selfie cam than the Fold).

Flip (left), Fold (right). Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

Let’s go close, testing macro. There’s an obvious winner, but the Flip isn’t too bad – it’s better than the non-Pro iPhones are at up-close snaps.

samsung galaxy z flip fold 5
Flip (left), Fold (right). Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

Night mode is quite disappointing on both in this scene.

Flip (left), Fold (right). Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

And lastly, zoom.

Flip (top row), Fold (bottom row). Image: Asha Barbaschow/Gizmodo Australia

The battery life

The Z Fold 5 has a better battery life over the Flip 5, but, again, it’s made for you to work/game from, which will pull more from the battery than snapping photos on the Flip will.

On every phone/gadget we can, we play all 3 hours of Avengers: Endgame, getting a gauge for how good the battery is against other devices. On best quality, full volume, brightness all the way up, by the end of the first hour, from 100 per cent full, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 had 86 per cent battery left. Hour two it was at 70 per cent, and by the third, 55 per cent. This same test with the Fold saw 92 per cent battery left after the first hour, 84 per cent by the second, and by the third, 76 per cent. For comparison, Google Pixel 7 had 79 per cent left after we did the same test and the iPhone 14 had 54 per cent.

What else?

Samsung considers the Galaxy Z Fold 5 to be ‘immersive’, and the Flip to not be. That’s a good way to think about it – with the Fold, you can expect to be using it for hours doing whatever, but the Flip you’ll just be doing normal phone things on a phone that flips. There are far more customisation options on the Flip than there is the Fold – actually, there’s not much room for personality on the Fold at all.

So, which one should you get? The Galaxy Z Flip 5 or the Fold 5?

Both phones serve completely different users. But if your heart is on a phone that folds and you’re unsure what one to buy, ask yourself this question: Is it for fun or is it for productivity? If the answer is fun, the Z Flip 5 is the folding Galaxy for you; if it’s productivity, then the Fold’s the answer.

Our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review can be found here, and the Z Flip 5 review is here. Head over here for our wrap-up of all the Galaxy Z Fold 5 preorder plans available now, and the Z Flip 5 preorder plans available now. Here’s where you can find the cheapest plans for both phones.

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