Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Slimmed down, brightened up

A more flexible Flip is here

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
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TechRadar Verdict

Despite being the most refined expression of Samsung’s clamshell foldable to date, the Z Flip 5 also marks the first time it's felt as though Samsung has had to play catch-up in a category it has, for the longest time, defined. But catch up it has, and now that it’s addressed one of the biggest shortcomings of its predecessors – its folded form factor – it marks a leap in functionality for the series, and offers the best performance and software support in its field, while still leaving door open for further improvement in areas like cameras and, yes, even design.


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    Most powerful clamshell foldable on the market

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    Superb long-term software support

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    Finally usable battery life

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    Versatile cover display


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    Colorways are a little lackluster

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    Design is playing catch-up to rivals

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    Even better battery life would be great

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    UK and Australian pricing far higher than US

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: Two-minute review

While it was Motorola that popularized the clamshell form factor when it appeared back in the mid-1990s, in the smartphone era it's been Samsung that has steered the ship with regard to what a clamshell foldable smartphone should look like and be capable of.

In the three short years in which the Galaxy Z Flip line has cemented its place among the best foldables, we've seen the rapid evolution of both the form factor itself and Samsung's specific approach, with this year's Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 offering some overdue refinements to combat fresh-faced competition in a field which Samsung once had to itself.

Looking at the evolution of its foldable lines up to this point, you certainly couldn't call the company complacent, but the main upgrades that the Z Flip 5 brings to the table give us the impression that – for the first time – Samsung is playing catch-up to newcomers to the foldable space such as Oppo and the aforementioned Motorola. But caught up it has.

The Z Flip 5 – like the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which launched alongside it at July's Samsung Unpacked event – offers one important and overdue upgrade over its folding forebears: when you close the phone, its two halves finally fold perfectly flat against one another, with no gap. Despite the near-wizardry that phones with folding displays such as these are seemingly imbued with, in order for past Flips and Folds to bend in two, Samsung has always had to make an allowance for the radius of the bend on each device's main screen, and that resulted in a wedge-shaped profile, with a visible gap through the middle of their folded forms.

Now, both the Flip 5 and Fold 5 echo the numerous rivals that already boast such a silhouette, making them markedly thinner without compromising on what still remains a rarity in the foldable space – IPX8-certified water resistance.

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Beyond its new slimmed-down profile, the Flip 5 arguably has a bigger upgrade to shout about than its transversely-folding sibling, courtesy of a significantly larger cover screen that now dominates the exterior of the phone. A more expansive display on the outside allows for more functionality without the need to open to phone up, meaning that email triage, quick-reply messaging, and checking your notifications without diving into the full-screen apps is more accessible than it ever was on the stamp-sized outer screen of the Flip 5's predecessors.

There's still a dual 12MP camera setup on the outside, as with last year's Flip; however, the bigger external cover display also makes for a far more prominent viewfinder, meaning that framing shots when you've set the Flip 5 down on a flat surface to capture photos with friends is easier than ever.

In practice, despite seemingly identical camera hardware between generations (save for a new reduced-glare lens on the main sensor and a new image signal processor (ISP) thanks to its fresh chipset), image quality is, across the board, an impressive improvement, especially with regards to white balance and detail.

The last major upgrade to speak of has to be the chipset, with the same exclusively-tuned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy that Samsung and Qualcomm collaborated on for the Galaxy S23 series that launched at the start of the year also making an appearance here (it also powers the new Fold 5 and Galaxy Tab S9 series), resulting in class-leading performance that's head and shoulders above the next-best clamshell foldable.

Also like the senior models in the S23 line – namely the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra – there's no longer a 128GB storage option to speak of. Instead, you have the choice of 256GB of 512GB of internal space, with the price starting at £10 less than you would have paid for the equivalent storage on last year's Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 in the UK, and Australian customers paying the same. Meanwhile US customers pay the same as they would have for a 128GB Flip 4 ($999.99), making this phone an even better deal Stateside.

With the key upgrades and highlights out of the way, let's dive into details of Samsung's most sophisticated Z Flip yet.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Price and availability

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  • Pre-orders from July 26, on sale August 11
  • Available from $999.99 / £1,049 / AU$1,649
  • Far better value in the US versus the UK or Australia
  • One of the most expensive clamshell foldables available right now

In an impressive display of self-confidence, Samsung actually let fans register their interest for pre-orders before the Flip 5 had even been announced, pairing the experience with the promise of pre-order bonuses which varied by region.

In the US, buyers could claim $50 of Samsung Credit on their pre-order, and save up to $540 when they bundled a Z Flip 5 (or Fold 5) with a Galaxy Tab S9 series and / or a Galaxy Watch 6. In the UK those who ordered multiple new products launched at the July Unpacked event could stack a similar credit deal – meaning savings of up to £150 – along with a free upgrade to the 512GB Flip at no extra cost (also available on US pre-orders). In Australia, buyers who pre-ordered received AU$100 off their purchase or could instead grab a 10,000mAh battery pack, worth AU$59.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 prices
RAM / StorageUS priceUK priceAU price
8GB / 256GB$999.99£1,049AU$1,649
8GB / 512GB$1,119.99£1,149AU$1,849

Pre-orders kicked off during Unpacked, on July 26, with the Z Flip 5 going on sale from August 11.

As you'll see from the table above, US customers get the best deal, being asked to pay no more than they would have for a 128GB Z Flip 4 at launch. UK customers pay £10 less than they would have for an equivalent 256GB Flip 4 (making the double storage pre-order bonus all the more worthwhile), while pricing remains unchanged relative to storage between generations in Australia.

Check out our rundown of the best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 deals for the latest offers on this next-gen foldable and its launch partner.

For reference, this pricing lines up almost exactly with the Flip 5's most fresh-faced rival – the Motorola Razr Plus, as it's called in the US, or Razr 40 Ultra elsewhere, which is priced at $999.99 / £1,049.99 / AU$1,499 (for 8GB RAM / 256GB storage). While the Razr may take the lead on design and fast charging, however, it falls short in terms of performance, camera prowess and software support, relative to the Z Flip 5.

There's also the Oppo's Find N2 Flip, if you're outside the US, which arrived at a price that undercut even the Z Flip 4, and which, when looking at retailers like Amazon, has continued to drop significantly (at the time of writing it's available for under £575 from Amazon UK, for example – approximately $730 / AU$1,125).

At the very least, these new rivals highlight just how much more competitive the foldable market has become in the last year or so, and their presence also frames the Flip 5 as one of the most capable but highly-priced devices in a category where the Z Flip line once ran basically unopposed.

  • Value score:  3.5 / 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Specs

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Unlike the last two generations of Z Flip, Samsung doesn't appear to have launched a Bespoke Edition this year. Previously users could mix and match the colorways of the two halves of the phone, but perhaps the shift to that new larger 'Flex Window' negates the choice. Instead, along with the four standard launch colors, there are some colorways that you won't find from other retailers.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 specs
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Dimensions (folded):85.1 x 71.9 x 15.1mm
Dimensions (unfolded):85.1 x 165.1 x 6.9mm
Weight:187 grams
Main display:6.7-inch Full HD+ (2640 x 1080) adaptive 120Hz AMOLED
Cover display::3.4-inch (720 x 748) 60Hz AMOLED
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Storage:256GB / 512GB (UFS 4.0)
OS:Android 13 w/ One UI 5.1.1
Primary camera:12MP, f/1.8 w/ OIS
Ultra-wide camera:12MP, f/2.2, 123º FoV
Front Camera:10MP, f/2.2, 85º FoV
Charging:25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging
Colors:Mint, lavender, graphite, cream colors:Blue, green, gray, yellow

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Design

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  • Gorilla Glass Victus 2 back
  • IPX8-certified water resistance
  • 2mm thinner when closed, compared to Z Flip 4

There aren't all that many clamshell foldables currently on the market, but the Galaxy Z Flip series sports the most defined aesthetic of the bunch, notably the design that Samsung established with the Z Flip 3 and Z Flip 4.

The Z Flip 5 shares plenty of familial traits, if you're familiar with the last two generations of Samsung's signature clamshell, with a polished color-matched (with most colorways, at least) Armor Aluminum frame, relatively tight radii at its corners and a flat back – save for the dual circular camera lenses jutting out of the top-left corner.

With the display placement on the last two models, the cameras were arranged vertically, with the ultra-wide underneath the main camera), but in order to accommodate the new greatly-expanded cover display on the Flip 5 they're now arranged horizontally. The phone doesn't have the same two-tone finish of its predecessors either, with the cover display dictating that the top half of the Z Flip 5's back is now a glossy black (when the screen's off), regardless of colorway.

Speaking of colors, Samsung has stuck with a similar pastel palette to previous generations; however, saturation looks to have been reduced across the board, meaning that in some lighting it's hard to tell what color the finish of the phone is at all – is that the new signature Mint finish, or just white?

Thankfully, and especially if you aren't sold on the default Mint, Lavender, Graphite and Cream hues, there are a few bolder options to choose from. As with previous generations there are a number of exclusives to choose from: blue, green, gray and yellow, which I haven't seen in person but which look to be bolder finishes by comparison.

Beyond new colors and a rebalancing of visual contrast in the design (brought on by that new larger outer screen), the big hook of opting for the Z Flip 5 over its predecessors – from a design perspective, at least – is the revised water-drop hinge, which finally allows the two halves of the phone to lie perfectly flat against each other when the device is closed, resulting in a significantly slimmer profile than the Flip 4; 2mm might not sound like much, but in the hand, and, more importantly, in the pocket, you'd notice the difference if you compared the two phones side by side.

Despite reworking the series' most complicated mechanism, Samsung has equipped the Flip 5 with the same reassuringly sturdy Flex Hinge feel that you'll find on the previous generations, and as before you can unfold the phone to between 75 degrees and 115 degrees to enable Flex Mode, which optimizes UI placement when you place the phone on a flat surface and view it with the screen angled within that range; it's great for watching shows while you're busy in the kitchen, or if you want to sit back hands-free while on a video call.

Samsung has also managed to retain the phone's IPX8-certified water resistance – a standout durability feature that most rivals can't match. There's also talk of improved dust resistance, although Samsung hasn't confirmed this in an official capacity, meaning that on paper durability is similar to the Flip 4, albeit with the guarantee of newer Gorilla Glass Victus 2 – as introduced on the Galaxy S23 series.

The Flip 5 retains the polished metal frame of its predecessor, while reverting from the textured glass of its immediate predecessor to the reflective glass last seen on the Flip 3. This doesn't look as nice, or feel quite as nice under the finger, as the Flip 4's finish, and is far more susceptible to cosmetic micro-abrasions than the last Flip's bodywork ever was, which makes a strong case for picking up one the best Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 cases available.

While I didn't subject my review unit to the 200,000-fold figure that Samsung promises the phone is rated to withstand (the same as the Flip 3 and Flip 4), independent testing has revealed that the Flip 5 is far hardier than Samsung lets on. A livestream by Polish YouTuber MrKeybrd shows (at the time of writing) the Flip 5 blazing past 400,000 folds, whereas the Razr 40 Ultra gave up the ghost well before its quoted maximum, at just shy of 127,000 folds. Both phones had also been subject to water and dust, with the Flip 5 demonstrating an impressive resilience to both, despite still not possessing any certified protection against dust ingress.

  • Design score:  5 / 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Display

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  • 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2640 x 1080) AMOLED main display w/ adaptive 1Hz to 120Hz refresh rate
  • 3.4-inch 720 x 748 60Hz AMOLED cover display
  • Almost 80% larger cover display than Z Flip 4

Compared to prominent rival Motorola, Samsung has proved consistently reluctant to expand the size of the cover display on its recent clamshells between generations, plateauing at 1.9 inches for the two entries prior to the Flip 5.

This year, however, it's finally decided to make the jump, and cover the majority of the upper half of the phone's back with pixels, resulting in a screen-size increase of almost 80%. This means the functionality of the 'Flex Window' – as Samsung calls it – has been greatly expanded; with familiar experiences like a variety of clocks, a calendar and timers on all hand, as well as third-party support (for things like Spotify and Google Stocks) that's likely to keep growing beyond the 13 apps available at launch, now the phone is out in the wild.

The added size also allows for a full QWERTY keyboard typing experience, so you're no longer relegated to quick replies-only when responding to messages without opening the phone up.

The Samsung Labs menu in the phone's settings also lets you enable unsupported apps to be run on the Flex Window, bringing functionality more in line with what the last two generations of Motorola Razr have been capable of, and I'd posit it's an essential feature that should really be enabled by default to get the most out of the cover display experience on the Flip 5. Being able to play games and browse music and files in full without having to open the phone up is great for one-handed use cases, even if some unoptimized experiences don't format perfectly every time.

Speaking of the Razr, or more specifically the aforementioned Motorola Razr Plus / Razr 40 Ultra, while both foldables have gone big on their cover displays this year, Motorola's iteration looks to be ahead of the curve, aesthetically speaking, with pixels wrapped all the way around its dual camera system, while the Flip 5's Flex Window skirts around the cameras, leaving a little more bezel. (Not that you'd know from the press images, where the darkest areas of the wallpaper conceal the cover screen's true boundary, in a similar way to how Apple tried to hide the notch on the iPhone X's press images when it first launched.)

It's a small cosmetic quirk that helps differentiate these two top-tier clamshell foldables, but when we're talking about phones for which design is one of the key selling points, it feels like a distinction worth highlighting.

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The crease is perhaps a little less prominent on this generation of Z Flip, but it's hard to tell (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

While there's a lot to talk about with regard to the cover display, the Flip 5's main screen is comparatively less interesting, at least in the sense that it's seemingly unchanged from the main screen on the last Z Flip: it's a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2640 x 1080) 'Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display' (Samsung's marketing team was clearly left unsupervised with that one), with an adaptive refresh rate that can scale from a silky-smooth 120Hz all the way down to 1Hz for optimum power consumption.

Protected under what Samsung calls UTG (ultra-thin glass), this is a stunning Full HD+ panel, with great colors, contrast and viewing angles, bolstered by even higher peak brightness than the Flip 4 (1750 nits, up from 1200 nits), making for enhanced outdoor legibility on what was already a respectable viewing experience.

There's still a dip along the display's fold line that, despite the altered Flex Hinge design, looks practically identical to the one on the Flip 4, meaning you'll still feel it under the finger, and see it when viewing the phone at an angle, but you won't notice head-on and will likely grow accustomed to its presence in everyday usage. That said, the sooner Samsung (or any foldable phone maker) figures out how to eliminate the crease entirely, the better, as it's actually slightly more noticeable under-finger than the crease on its predecessor's screen.

The Flip 5's user experience – as with its predecessor – supports dark mode (making wallpapers and UI elements black or dark, rather than white or bright), adaptive brightness (on the main display), the ability to set the refresh rate to adaptive (1Hz to 120Hz, based on device-detected use case) or fixed at 60Hz), eye comfort shield (to reduce blue light output for more comfortable viewing), color profiles (Vivid by default but can also be set to Natural or custom-tuned with color temperature and RGB sliders), and, among other settings, there's support for an always-on display on both the main and the cover screen, letting you check the time and outstanding notifications at a glance.

  • Display score:  4.5 / 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Software

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  • Runs Android 13 on top of One UI 5.1.1 out the box
  • 4 years OS updates + 5 years security updates
  • Can run third-party apps on cover display

If you're coming from an existing Samsung phone, One UI 5.1.1 (atop Android 13) on the Flip 5 should feel wholly familiar, with both Google Play and the Galaxy Store at your disposal, and in fact a number of Google and Samsung apps sitting side by side (most of the latter can be uninstalled or hidden if they're duplicates you don't intend on using).

One UI has a distinct aesthetic that differs from more stock builds of Android, from its use and placement of color to the 'squircle' icons throughout your home screens and app drawer. Of course, Samsung wants to give users a little added value beyond a new coat of paint and its own app store, so you'll also find features like Edge Panels – granting access to favorite apps or contacts, and even app pairs, so you can jump into split-screen multitasking (particularly enjoyable on the Flip 5's tall display) with a single tap.

Of course, the enlarged cover display (the Flex Window) which graces this Flip 5 serves as one of the biggest and most interesting upgrades generationally. Not only does it help close the gap that rivals like Motorola and Oppo were creating back up, but it greatly expands functionality beyond what was possible on its predecessor's relatively tiny 1.9-inch panel.

Being able to check on notifications, toggle quick settings and scrub through widgets like a timer, a calendar and the weather are all well-considered inclusions for what are understandably the most likely use cases, but the cover display's strength really lies in its more experimental functionality.

Within the settings menu on most Samsung phones, you'll find the Samsung Labs sub-menu, which lets you enable more experimental and less polished features. In the case of the Z Flip 5, it's here you'll find the option to allow apps to run on the cover screen – not just widgets, but full-blown apps. The selection is limited based on which apps your phone comes pre-loaded with, but includes the likes of Google Maps, Netflix, YouTube and Messages (where you're no longer limited to quick replies and can type with a full on-screen keyboard – nice). Even this isn't the pinnacle of the cover display's potential, however.

If you're willing to opt for an even more experimental experience, Samsung's own Good Lock app – downloadable from the pre-loaded Galaxy Store – offers support for a plugin call MultiStar, which in turn lets you run apps by way of its launcher widget, and by that I mean (almost) any app installed on your device. This means far more choice than what Samsung Labs has to offer; even if it comes with the notice that 'some apps may not be optimized for the cover screen.'

The Flip being the Flip, there's also Flex Mode to consider, which lets you place the phone down on a flat surface partially open (between 75 degrees and 115 degrees), at which point supported apps will shift to the upper half of the display, so they're more easily viewable, while controls will appear on the lower half. If you're streaming a show, for example, you'll be able to play/pause, scrub, skip forward or back in time and change the volume, all without obstructing what's on the screen. There's even a one-touch screenshot button, and you can turn the lower half of the display into a computing-style trackpad, complete with mouse cursor.

In practice, there's no getting around the fact that most 16:9 content is very small when viewed in Flex Mode, as you're essentially watching landscape content in portrait; however, it definitely has its uses – if you're streaming a podcast on YouTube, or you're tuned into a Just Chatting stream on Twitch, for example. Otherwise, the Z Fold 5's landscape oriented Flex Mode might be a better fit for your lifestyle.

One aspect of the software experience that Samsung has instilled within its top-tier phones (and even its mid-range entries) is practically unmatched long-term software support (particularly in the Android camp). The Z Flip 5 benefits from four years of OS updates post-launch, and an additional year of security updates; that's more than practically all of the other best Android phones, and means better long-term value and usability for buyers.

  • Software score: 4.5 / 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Cameras

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  • 12MP primary and ultra-wide rear cameras
  • 10MP hole-punch selfie camera
  • New main lens with reduced lens flare
  • New FlexCam third-party optimizations

It would appear that the cameras on the Z Flip 5 ape those of its predecessor exactly, with a 12MP primary sensor sporting 1.8μm pixels, an f/1.8 aperture and OIS (optical image stabilization), accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide snapper with 1.12μm pixels, an f/2.2 aperture and a 123-degree field of view. The front-facing 10MP punch-hole selfie snapper reads the same as well, with 1.12μm pixels and an f/2.2 aperture. All of which begs the question "are there any upgrades to consider here?" 

Thankfully, despite the seemingly untouched hardware, there are small but consistent improvements to image quality between generations that the Z Flip 5 demonstrates across the board. As to why that is, read on.

According to Samsung, the 'Super Clear Lens' on the main 12MP sensor is new, and less prone to flare that would otherwise wash out and reduce contrast in shots, however, most of generational improvements to image quality come straight from the new silicon at the phone's heart, provided by Qualcomm. Improved multi-frame processing with the chipmaker's AI Object Aware Engine is likely what's responsible for the bulk of the visual upgrades, which are abundant.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 camera samples

Depth and bokeh look more natural in shots, while detail in images across the phone's two main lenses, as well as digitally zoomed shots (up to 10x) is noticeable better compared to the Flip 4. Skin tones, color reproduction and white balance are all better handled too, while low-light performance also demonstrates improved detail and better white balance.

FlexCam is the Flip 5's party piece when it comes to photography, and that larger cover display makes capturing content so much easier compared to the stamp-sized viewfinder on the Flip 4. You can launch the camera with a double-tap of the power button or – if you've set up a Flex Window shortcut – a quick swipe. By default you can shoot stills, portrait shots and videos, with enough room on the 3.4-inch display to include controls for a shutter timer, aspect ratio, motion photo, bokeh style, auto framing, image stabilization, and color tone.

The nature of the camera and cover display combo also mean you'll likely never take selfies with the front-facing 10MP camera, as you can leverage the far superior sensors on the outside. Should you be placing video calls and the like, however, being able to angle the front camera without the need for a tripod is a welcome bonus.

Samsung has also worked to reportedly improve third-party camera experiences when using FlexCam, so while your Flip 5 is set down on a flat surface ready to record the action, you can capture directly to the likes of YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels and TikTok. Unfortunately, such functionality wasn't ready for my review window, so it's a promise that you'll have to hold Samsung to, if that's a prime reason to buy the Flip 5 in your books.

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  • Camera score: 4 / 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Performance

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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • No 128GB model, only 256GB or 512GB this year (UFS 4.0)

After introducing a new storage ceiling last year with the option of a 512GB Z Flip 4, this year, as with the Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra, Samsung has bid farewell to the base 128GB storage model found on the last few generations of Z Flip, leaving you with just 256GB and 512GB to choose from. As the pricing hasn't really changed in markets like the UK and Australia, this means the barrier to entry for a Z Flip is now higher than before, even if you're getting at least double the storage out the gate.

Unlike the Z Fold 5, which gets 12GB of RAM – likely to support Samsung's focus on that phone as a device for productivity and multitasking – the Flip 5 comes with 8GB RAM, regardless of storage configuration. In an effort to raise performance across the board, though, the phone boasts the latest LPDDR5X RAM, UFS 4.0 storage and the same tailor-made Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset first seen in the S23 series, which collectively promise a one-two punch of faster performance while also boasting greater power efficiency; particularly useful on a phone with a battery as small as the Z Flip 5's.

Not only does the Flip 5 boast superior quality memory and storage to its main rivals, but the headroom offered up by the top-tier Snapdragon chipset means it sits unmatched in the clamshell foldable space, right now. Geekbench 6 comparisons (which test compute power) placed it ahead of the Z Flip 4 (powered by a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1) in multi-core scores by 11%, ahead of the Oppo Find N2 Flip's Dimensity 9000 Plus scores (in performance mode) by 11%, and in front of newest rival – the Razr 40 Ultra (again, powered by an 8 Plus Gen 1) by an even more prominent 26%, in our tests. More direct comparison comes in the form of a host of 8 Gen 2-powered candy bar alternatives: from the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, to the OnePlus 11 and the Xiaomi 13.

Graphically, the Flip 5 is also comfortable delivering on the most demanding games, although its slim profile paired to notable heat build-up under load would lead me to assume the performance may well be throttled during prolonged gaming sessions. Check out our run of the best gaming phones if that's something that's important to you.

Beyond raw power – which the Flip 5 clearly has plenty of – the 8 Gen 2 SoC is also the main driving force behind the phone's camera advancements and battery life improvements. Speaking of which...

  • Performance score:  5 / 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Battery life

  • 3,700mAh battery (same as Z Flip 4)
  • Hugely improved longvity compared to Z Flip 4
  • 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging

Like the Flip 5's main display and camera sensors, at first glance the battery tech on offer seems unchanged from that found in the Galaxy Z Flip 4: it's a 3,700mAh cell that supports up to 25W fast wired charging.

While that's disappointing on paper, concessions have to be made for the fact that Samsung has managed to make its latest clamshell foldable 2mm thinner, without affecting battery capacity – one of the first things that's often affected when the dimensions of a device change between generations.

This, paired with the more efficient chipset, RAM and storage should, in theory, result in better longevity compared to the Flip 4, which although it managed to last all day, delivered a sub-par four hours of screen-on time per charge in our tests. So does it?

Thankfully, yes. Even with the larger cover display, the collective effect of new, more power efficient internals and Samsung's tuned software experiences results in battery life that actually holds up to claims. Galaxy Z Flips have promised 'all-day battery' for a while now, but the Flip 5 is the first that I believe actually delivers on that promise, with 5.5 hours of screen-on time per charge – that's more than a 35% improvement over its predecessor, and above the five-hour threshold that I consider the bare minimum for all-day usage.

Sure, even greater longevity would be welcome, as would faster fast-charging, but even so, this is now an entry in the Flip series that I'd be comfortable to recommend to the average interested party.

Foldables seem far more likely to exhibit greater variance in usage and power consumption compared to your conventional candy-bar smartphone, primarily because of their dual-screen setup, so what Samsung has managed between generations is nothing short of impressive.

  • Battery score:  4 / 5

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5?

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 score card
ValueOne of the most expensive foldables out there and far pricier for consumers outside the US than in it3.5 / 5
DesignThe Z Flip 5 shows off Samsung's engineering prowess by closing the gap (literally) and being one of the hardiest foldables out there, right now5 / 5
DisplayThe cover display is more versatile than it's ever been and the main screen shines even brighter4.5 / 5
SoftwareSamsung's heavy skin is packed with features, offers great software support and offers plenty of bespoke tools suited to the Flip 5's form factor4.5 / 5
CameraFamiliar camera hardware delivers impressive generational improvement thanks to both Samsung's and Qualcomm's efforts in tuning4 / 5
PerformanceThe most powerful clamshell foldable on the market, right now5 / 5
BatteryFinally a Z Flip with usable battery life. Faster charging would have been nice though4 / 5

Buy it if...

You want the most powerful clamshell foldable on the market
The Z Flip 5 offers flagship performance against folding foes that just don't quite pack as much of a punch.

You want a durable foldable
Sure that Gorilla Glass Victus 2 back picks up cosmetic scratches more readily than I'd like, but that doesn't stop this from being one of the hardiest clamshells out there right now.

You love creating content
The Flip 5's form factor, paired with the expanded cover display mean you can setup to capture photos and videos basically anywhere; not to mention there's plenty of space and power to store media and edit on the go.

Don't buy it if...

You're on a tight budget
To be the best, you can't skimp on parts, engineering, software support or anything really, and that means this clamshell champ comes at a premium, especially if you're buying in markets other than the US.

You want the best-looking clamshell foldable
While the engineering that's gone into improving the Flip 5's design is undeniable, it just doesn't look as good as Motorola's latest Razr Plus / Razr 40 Ultra; not least because the colorways this year feel a little insipid, especially when sat next to the Razr's eye-watering Viva Magenta signature hue.

You hate One UI
While Samsung's One UI is a powerful and highly customizable take on Android, it looks pretty different to more-stock takes on Android from the likes of Google, Sony or Motorola, so comes with an additional learning curve.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Also consider

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is an undeniable triumph but it's still leaves plenty of room for improvement and some alternates don't suffer from such shortfalls. Here are some alternatives to consider.

Motorola Razr Plus / Razr 40 Ultra</strong></a><strong><br> </strong>Sure it's not as powerful as the Z Flip 5, its cameras aren't as good and based on Motorola's track record with software updates, is probably in second-place there too, but it's a better-looking clamshell foldable and boasts faster charging to boot.</p>" data-widget-type="deal" data-render-type="editorial">

Motorola Razr Plus / Razr 40 Ultra
Sure it's not as powerful as the Z Flip 5, its cameras aren't as good and based on Motorola's track record with software updates, is probably in second-place there too, but it's a better-looking clamshell foldable and boasts faster charging to boot.

Oppo Find N2 Flip</strong></a><strong><br> </strong>Not available in the US, but elsewhere, Oppo's current clamshell foldable is a confident first entry into the market. It boasts a nice design, good software, capable cameras, great battery and has dropped in price from a starting point that already undercut the previous Galaxy Z Flip 4.</p>" data-widget-type="deal" data-render-type="editorial">

Oppo Find N2 Flip
Not available in the US, but elsewhere, Oppo's current clamshell foldable is a confident first entry into the market. It boasts a nice design, good software, capable cameras, great battery and has dropped in price from a starting point that already undercut the previous Galaxy Z Flip 4.


Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
A similar screen size and specs to the Z 5 but without the foldable form factor. In its place, you get a much larger battery (and thus larger battery life), along with more numerous and capable cameras.

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Motorola Razr Plus/40 UltraOppo Find N2 FlipSamsung Galaxy S23 Plus
Price (at launch):$999.99 / £1,049.99 / AU$1,499£849 / AU$1,499From $999.99/ £1,049 / AU$1,649
Dimensions (folded):73.95 x 88.42 x 15.1mm85.5 x 75.2 x 16.02mmN/A
Dimensions (unfolded):170.83 x 73.95 x 6.99mm166.2 x 75.2 x 7.45mm157.73 x 76.2 x 7.62mm
Weight:188.5g (glass back) / 184.5g (Viva Magenta)191g196g
OS (at launch):Android 13Android 13Android 13
Main display:6.9-inch 22:9 Full HD+ 165Hz AMOLED6.8-inch 21:9 Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED6.6-inch 19.5:9 Full HD+ 48Hz - 120Hz AMOLED
Cover display:3.6-inch 1:1 (1066 x 1056) 144Hz AMOLED3.26-inch 17:9 (720 x 382) 60Hz AMOLEDN/A
Chipset:Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1Dimensity 9100 PlusSnapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Storage:256GB (UFS 3.1)256GB (UFS 3.1)256GB / 512GB (UFS 4.0)
Rear Cameras:12MP main, 13MP ultra-wide50MP wide, 8MP ultra-wide50MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 10MP 3x telephoto
Front camera:32MP32MP12MP
Battery:3,800mAh + 30W wired charging4,300mAh + 44W wired charging4,700mAh + 45W wired charging

How I tested the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 hinge closeup angled

(Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)
  • Review test period = 1.5 weeks
  • Testing included = Everyday usage w/ web browsing, social media, photography, video calling, gaming, streaming video, music playback
  • Tools used = Geekbench 6, Geekbench ML, GFXBench, native Android stats, Samsung 65W Trio Universal Power Adapter

I first laid hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 ahead of launch at an exclusive pre-brief event in London, after which, Samsung sent me a separate review sample to test for this review.

I kept the Z Flip 4 close at hand for constant comparison (having been the one to review that when it launched last year) and used the Z Flip 5 day and day out for the length of this review.

I quickly found that I loved finding reasons not to open the Flip 5 up and once I discovered that Good Lock let me run almost any app on the cover screen, I had a blast simply testing how well different unoptimized apps worked on the phone's large new outer display. Flex View was also a great experience, being able to prepare dinner while a YouTube video was angled up at me from the counter top.

I bought Samsung's compatible 65W charger to ensure I was able to test the phone's optimal charging speeds (as no charger comes in box) and used the device's own stats to log how long each charge lasted.

As a reviewer with 12 years experience, I felt confident identifying what aspects to focus on during my Z Flip 5 review, in terms of what potential buyers – like yourself – might be looking for what other areas to highlight that might not be immediately apparent.

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First reviewed August 2023

Alex Walker-Todd
Senior Phones Editor

Alex joined as TechRadar's Senior Phones Editor in June 2022, but brings over a decade's worth of experience to the role, with an expertise in smartphones, tablets and wearables. He's covered keynotes hosted by the biggest brands and attended the launches for some of the most influential mobile products of the last few years. His experience was amassed at some of the most reputable consumer technology publications out there, including GSMArena, TechAdvisor and Trusted Reviews.