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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 rumors: Everything we know and what we want to see

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 rumors: Everything we know and what we want to see

Update: July 5, 2024: We’ve updated our Galaxy Z Flip 6 rumor hub with more renders and specs from several leaks.

Original article: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 has been a very popular smartphone amongst consumers, more so than the larger, book-style foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The lower price and the accessible size are some of the reasons why users prefer this clamshell foldable. With 2024 now underway, we can look forward to Samsung refreshing this lineup with the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip 6. Here’s what we know about the Flip 6, what we can expect, and what we want it to be!

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Will there be a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6?

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The Galaxy Flip lineup has been well appreciated by consumers. While glass slab smartphones are still more popular than foldables, clamshell foldables like the Galaxy Flip 5 have been instrumental in changing public perception. Samsung has an immense lead in this market despite the presence of good competition, thanks to its marketing, distribution, and headstart on foldables. It is unlikely that Samsung will give up this advantage in this space with such immense potential. So even though the company has not announced anything officially yet, we’re confident that it will release a Galaxy Z Flip 6, even if it is a minor refresh.

Adding even more support to this, there have been a growing number of rumors related to the device as well.

Will there be a cheaper Galaxy Z Flip 6?

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Leaks and rumors indicate that Samsung wants to reduce the entry point for its foldables. The Galaxy Flip lineup is the cheaper foldable compared to the Galaxy Fold lineup, so it would make sense to release an even cheaper version of the clamshell foldable. However, most leaks suggest that Samsung could be launching a cheaper version of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 instead. Reports have not yet refuted the possibility of a cheaper Galaxy Z Flip 6, but most of them so far are inclined towards a cheaper Fold 6 launching this year.

What is the most likely Galaxy Z Flip 6 release date?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 — August 27, 2021
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 — August 26, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 — August 11, 2023

Samsung has a fairly predictable release cycle for its foldables. The company has consistently unveiled its next generation of foldables every year in early August, with the new phones typically becoming available for shipping in mid-to-late August. This year Samsung is moving things up a bit as it has announced a new Unpacked event for July 10 and is expected to unveil its new foldables alongside the Galaxy Watch 7 family. It’s unclear how long after the event the phones will ship, but it’ll likely be sooner than usual by at least a week or two.

What will the Galaxy Z Flip 6 look like?

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We don’t have officially confirmed information from Samsung yet, but early leaked renders paint a good picture of what we can expect from the Galaxy Z Flip 6. According to leaked renders from OnLeaks and Smartprix, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 could look very similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip 5. If you observe these leaked renders very closely, you will notice that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 has a shape that is boxier than the Galaxy Z Flip 5. The edges of the device end more sharply, while the Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a slight bevel along its edge. Another point to notice is that there are two microphone holes on the top of the device in these renders, albeit this is another minor change.

Credit: Smartprix

We still don’t have official images, but recently leaked images of alleged Flip 6 prototype seem to back up the general design revealed by the earlier renders as you can see below:

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 is said to have a 3.4-inch cover display, while the inner folding display is said to be 6.7-inch in size, though a different report from display analyst Ross Young suggests that the Flip 6’s cover display could be approaching 3.9-inch.

The render leak from OnLeaks suggests that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 will measure about 165.0 x 71.7 x 7.4mm, compared to the 165.1 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm measurements on the Galaxy Z Flip 5. The only noteworthy change is a very slightly thicker body, which lines well with rumors suggesting there will be a somewhat larger battery this time around.

Young also claimed on March 7 that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 colors are Light Blue, Light Green, Silver, and Yellow. He later clarified that the Light Green option will be known as “Mint,” while the silver variant will likely be called “Silver Shadow.” Reliable tipster Evan Blass corroborated this information on June 11, outlining a list of seven colors available at launch, including three additional online exclusives: Crafted Black, White, and Peach.

The image above appears to be an official marketing render that was apparently leaked by Samsung Kazakhstan. This leak further supports the idea that the Flip 6 will have a boxier body than before. You’ll also note the flat edges and a new camera deco, sporting a metallic ring for a contrasted look.

A giant Australian retailer leak spotted by WinFuture revealed a host of apparently official Z Flip 6 renders. Check them out below.

These images indeed show a Z Flip 6 that’s broadly in line with previous leaks. That means the folder-shaped cover screen returns, along with flat edges. We get a good look at the various color schemes too, including the rather cool Yellow option.

MysteryLupin on Twitter also shared images of the Z Flip 6 clad in official cases (see above), just in case you were curious about these protective accessories.

If that wasn’t enough, serial leaker Evan Blass posted a bunch of Galaxy Z Flip 6 promotional materials in early July. Check out a few of the images above. One of Blass’s images also points to an IP48 rating, suggesting improved dust resistance.

What rumored specs and features could the Galaxy Z Flip 6 have?

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While there have been several Galaxy Z Flip 6 rumors over the last few months, recently SmartPrix delivered the juiciest leak to date. If the leaked spec sheet proves accurate, we now know almost all the device’s specs.

To the surprise of no one, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 will reportedly pack a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy processor. While the SmartPrix leak didn’t tell us much about storage or RAM configurations, a more recent leak has revealed the device may arrive with 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of storage. This was corroborated by Evan Blass’s early July info dump, which also pointed to vapor chamber cooling.

Moving over to displays, there will reportedly be a 6.7-inch AMOLED folding screen and a 3.4-inch cover display. However, Blass’s info dump revealed that the cover display could be an IPS LCD screen. That would be a downgrade over the OLED cover screen seen on the Z Flip 5.

As for battery life? Previously, MySmartPrice spotted the Galaxy Z Flip 6 listed in the FCC database under the model number SM-F741U back in May. The listing revealed that the device will feature dual-cell batteries with a total rated capacity of 3,790mAh. Companies usually market these capacities a little higher, which led many to guess it would likely list the battery as 3,900 or 4,000mAh. Now new leaks back this up, claiming the phone will have a 4,000mAh battery.

Unfortunately, a regulatory filing suggests that the phone will stick with 25W wired charging speeds once again and the new leak doesn’t confirm or deny this. The Z Flip 5 took up to 80 minutes to fully charge its 3,700mAh battery, so we’re not optimistic about speed improvements with 25W charging and a slightly larger battery.

The good news is the camera is finally set to receive a notable upgrade. The main camera sensor will reportedly be a 50MP f/1.8 shooter, possibly the same one from the Fold 5. GalaxyClub had previously reported that Samsung is testing early versions of the Galaxy Z Flip 6, with prototypes sporting a 50MP main camera, but new leaks from WinFuture and Evan Blass help solidify this claim.

This could be a major photography upgrade for the Flip series. Samsung has stuck with a 12MP primary camera since the first Galaxy Z Flip model launched in 2020, though the Galaxy Z Flip 4 did sport a larger sensor.

Unfortunately, the rest of the camera package looks to be about the same as the Z Flip 5. Blass’s massive leak indeed points to a 12MP ultrawide rear camera and a 10MP selfie shooter.

The Flip 6 will offer 256GB and 512GB storage options, as confirmed by a few leaks. This was also corroborated by the June 2024 Australian retailer leak, along with Victus 2 protection for the cover screen and an Armor Aluminum frame and hinge.

Anything else? Actually, The Elec reported on May 17 that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 could gain thicker ultra-thin glass (UTG) on the folding screen. This would enable improved surface hardness and a reduced display crease. The Korean outlet also asserted that the Z Flip 6 will use the Z Flip 5’s hinge.

What might the Galaxy Z Flip 6 price be?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 8GB/256GB: $999.99
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 8GB/512GB: $1.119.99

Samsung has yet to announce an official price for the Galaxy Z Flip 6. But we can draw reasonable conclusions based on the Galaxy Z Flip 5’s price.

The Galaxy Z Flip 5 started at just about $1,000 in the US. Many consider $999 a magic number that consumers look upon favorably, and Samsung has aimed to price its clamshell foldable under $1,000 (ignoring the rounding up). However, a price leak in June suggests that the 256GB model will sell for $1,099, while the 512GB model is said to be priced at $1,219. Shortly thereafter another report confirmed a possible price increase in Europe as well. 

Should you wait for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6?

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Recent rumors suggest we might see the Galaxy Z Flip 6 as soon as July. Considering that’s only a few weeks away, we’d wait if you’re at all interested in a foldable phone. Even if the Z Flip 6 doesn’t offer enough improvement to impress you, it’s very likely the Z Flip 5 will see significant discounts after its successor is unveiled.

The best alternative to the Flip series will be the 2024 Motorola Razr Plus (
), though there’s also the cheaper Razr (
) if you’re on a tighter budget but still want a foldable device. For even more options check out our guide to the best foldable phones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 wishlist

Right when the Galaxy Z Flip 5 launched, we had a fair idea of what we would want from a successor. For the Galaxy Z Flip 6, we want Samsung to fix all shortcomings and then some. Here is our wishlist for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6.

Better use of the cover screen

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I love the Flex Window’s size, and it’s a big improvement over the display on my Galaxy Z Flip 4, but Samsung hasn’t done enough with it yet. While devices like the Motorola Razr Plus allow you to run full apps right on the smaller display, Samsung sticks mostly to widgets out of the box.

If you want to run actual apps on the smaller display, you’ll either have to pick from a limited selection of experimental apps via Samsung labs, or you’ll have to install the Good Lock launcher and the MultiStar plugin. Even if you find enough apps that work well, you’ll run into a few other limitations, such as there being no easy way to toggle between apps on the Cover Screen without jumping through hoops.

An upgrade to its camera package

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Although the Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a decent camera experience, it’s largely identical to the Z Flip 4’s hardware and nowhere near as good as the Galaxy S23. The Z Flip is very much a flagship device, so I don’t see why we have to settle for hardware that’s anything less than the base Galaxy S model. The good news is that leaks points to the Galaxy Z Flip 6 getting a new 50MP main camera, which hopefully will offer a similar experience to the Galaxy S24.

Beyond this, I’d love to see a telephoto camera as well. Even if it’s not quite as good as the one in the Galaxy S24, it would better suit the more premium nature of the Z Flip series and get it closer to the very best camera phones.

Better battery life and faster charging

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The Galaxy Z Flip series has never had great battery life, and while it’s gotten a bit better, you’ll still find it hard to make it much more than just a day with moderate use. In my experience, heavy use will drain it even faster. There have been times when I’ve seen my Z Flip 4 drop down to as little as 10% hours before bedtime, requiring me to plug it in early for the night. It’s time for this to change with the Z Flip 6.

To be fair, there’s a reason the Z Flip 5 only has a 3,700mAh battery: space is a premium here. Thankfully, it looks like Samsung is indeed going to squeeze a bigger battery into the Z Flip 6, even if marginally so.

On a related note, I’d like to see quicker charging. The Z Flip 5 currently has 25W charging, which isn’t horrible but not nearly as good as the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 45W charging speed. Unfortunately, evidence suggests Samsung might stick with 25W yet again.

Dust protection

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The Galaxy Z Flip 5 finally folds flat, which helps protect it a little, but there’s still no dust resistance. My brother-in-law is a farmer, and his Flip 3 died after only a year or so. This is a guy who takes great care of everything, which makes me wonder if the dusty conditions of farmwork might have played a role.

The good news is that Samsung has previously indicated it wants to eventually bring dust resistance to its foldable phones. The Motorola Razr Plus beat them to the job in 2023, which may further motivate Samsung to catch up here. Fortunately, leaked promotional materials hint at an IP48 rating. That’s not quite full dust resistance but it’s certainly a start.

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