Launched last month, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will be available in China alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 5 on August 18, the company confirmed on Friday. The South Korean tech group’s latest foldable phone was unveiled at the inaugural Galaxy Unpacked event in Seoul, South Korea. This year, Samsung brought some notable hardware upgrades to the Galaxy Z Flip 5, including the processor, hinge, and outer screen.

Senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto, who attended the recent Galaxy Unpacked event, discussed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 with guest host and review editor Roydon Cerejo on this week’s Orbital Gadgets 360 podcast. The pair discussed the pros and cons of the phone, which we detail in our smartphone review, which will be published on Gadgets 360 in the coming days.

Even if you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in India, you’ll have to wait until next week — Samsung said on Friday that the new foldable phone has started shipping to customers who pre-ordered it after its launch in India. July. This year, customers who buy the Galaxy Z Flip 5 will have access to a larger display that uses a widget-based design for external apps, unlike its closest competitor, the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra.

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform for the Galaxy. First launched on Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series of smartphones, the chipset is a slightly overclocked version of the chipmaker’s top-of-the-line offering, which has been used in other flagship phones launched this year.

The Galaxy Z Flip 5’s camera hardware remains largely unchanged compared to its predecessor, and it looks like much of the improvement in photo quality will come from an improved chipset on the foldable phone. Flex mode lets you take higher-quality selfies using the external display that doubles as a viewfinder.

While the Galaxy Z Flip 5 comes with the same battery as its predecessor, the battery performance may not be as reliable as last year’s model. You can read our detailed review of the phone to learn more about it. This year, Samsung retained the same IPX8 water resistance rating, which means that exposure to dust and dirt could cause issues with the phone in the long run.

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