Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Rumors, news & speculation

Anurag Singh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 against a blue background

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is Samsung’s next foldable smartphone. Here’s everything you need to know about the device.

It’s been almost five years since Samsung launched its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold. The company is currently on its fifth generation of foldable phones, with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 being the latest. Samsung has polished these devices a lot in recent years, equipping them with better hinges, processors, and cameras.

The next generation of Samsung’s book-style foldable may debut later this year. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 should bring several improvements here and there. You can expect a new processor, a revamped display, and small camera upgrades.

Release speculation

Samsung may announce the Galaxy Z Fold 6 this summer. While there’s no official confirmation, a Sammobile report claims Samsung will host its Galaxy Unpacked event in July, and that’s where the company usually announces its foldable. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 was also announced in July instead of August when the company usually launches its foldables.

Separately, tipster Ice Universe claims that Samsung will also release a new “Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim”. The device would launch in October— a few months after the expected July launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. The tipster says it will have a larger display and also lack support for an S Pen. But it would be both thinner and lighter than the standard model.

Price expectations

According to SmartPrix, Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 6 in the US with a starting price of $1,899.99 for the base model featuring 256GB of storage. This marks a $100 increase from the previous year’s model. Other storage variants are also available, with the 512GB model priced at $2,019.99 and the 1TB option costing $2,259.99.

This aligns with a May 28 report from the Greek publication Techmaniacs, which also indicated a $100 price increase for the Z Fold 6.

Design & display

A leaked image, possibly from Samsung Kazakhstan, suggests a significant design change for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6. This leak lines up with earlier rumors, showing the foldable phone with a flat-screen and back, resembling the design of the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

The Z Fold 6 might return to a vertical camera layout, but unlike the S24 series, these cameras will be grouped together in a small raised section. While similar to the Z Fold 5, the camera bump appears less bulky this time around, with a textured metal frame surrounding it.

Leaker and Samsung enthusiast UniverseIce claimed in a post on X that the upcoming foldable will have a 7.6-inch foldable display, with a 7:6 aspect ratio and a 6.3-inch cover screen with a 22:9 aspect ratio. These claims are backed up by a leak on June 14th from Smartprix, which revealed the entire spec sheet for the Z Fold 6.

The Z Fold 5’s cover screen has an aspect ratio of 23.1:9 which makes it hard to use. Other foldables, such as the OnePlus Open and Pixel Fold, opt for broader cover screens, making it easier for you to type and use Android apps. However, the 22:9 aspect ratio on the Z Fold 6’s outer display should make it slightly easier to use.

That’s not the only display upgrade you could see on the Z Fold 6. UniverseIce also mentions that the phone’s outer display will have a higher resolution at 968 x 2,376 pixels. For reference, the Z Fold 5 has a 904 x 2316 cover screen. The Z Fold 6 is reported to pack the same 7.6-inch folding display (2,160 x 1,856).

UniverseIce claims that the Z Fold 6 will be 12.1mm thick when folded shut, 5.6mm thick when unfolded, and weigh 239g. This would make the upcoming foldable slightly thinner and lighter than the Z Fold 5, which measures 13.4mm and 6.1mm when folded and unfolded, respectively, and weighs 253g.

Cameras

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 might retain the same camera setup as the Z Fold 5, featuring a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 10MP telephoto shooter, according to Smartprix.

A previous rumor this year suggested that the foldable could adopt the main camera from the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but Galaxy Club debunked this claim, asserting that the Z Fold 6 will indeed maintain a 50MP main camera.

Selfies and video calls could be handled by a 10MP shooter on the cover screen and a 4MP under-display lens on the folding screen.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Specs

Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 against a gray background

Smartprix claims the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will bring 12GB of RAM and 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options. The outlet says the Z Fold 6’s battery will remain the same at 4400mAh with 25W charging. For reference, OnePlus Open has a 4805 mAh battery and ships with a charger capable of supporting the 67W charging speed in the box.

The leak also revealed other specs, including Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support, and the ability to use eSIMs. Hardware upgrades alone might not be a strong selling point for the Z Fold 6. Samsung will likely focus heavily on its Galaxy AI features to entice users to upgrade.

Performance

Samsung’s next foldable device is expected to bring a new processor. Each Fold model typically comes with a top-of-the-line Qualcomm processor. For instance, the Z Fold 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and rumors are indicating that the Z Fold 6 might feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

This chipset matches the one in the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Yet, it might not be the same as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip seen in phones like the OnePlus 12. Samsung might go for an optimized version of Qualcomm’s latest processor, with a higher maximum clock speed at 3.4GHz.

Colors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 against a blue background

Noted smartphone leaker Evan Blass has claimed that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will be available in five color options: navy, pink, silver shadow, white, and crafted black. The latter two colors—white and crafted black—will be exclusively available through Samsung’s website.

Features we want to see on Galaxy Z Fold 6

While the leaks and rumors suggest that the Z Fold 6 will be a mild upgrade, we still hope to see some upgrades during the launch. For one, we’d love to see a larger battery on the device. The Z Fold 5 has a 4400mAh battery, while foldable phones from brands like Honor, OnePlus, Google, and others have exceeded the 4,500mAh threshold.

Another feature we want to see in the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is faster charging. The Z Fold 5 supports 25W charging, which is miles behind other foldables. The OnePlus Open, for instance, supports 67W wired charging. A better camera system is also on our wishlist.