Release date, specs, price and more

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, that much is certain. The competition has started releasing some really attractive foldable products, and Samsung is in a bit of a catch-up mode, at least on the hardware side. There are now thinner and lighter foldable products available, with less noticeable creases, and some of them have arguably even more attractive software. Samsung must take a big step forward to attract consumers again. The company has been making fairly small iterations of its ‘Galaxy Fold’ devices for years, so… it’s time. In this article we discuss what you can expect from the Galaxy Z Fold 6.

This article will be updated regularly with new information about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 (this is a preview article) – both official teasers and credible leaks, rumors and insider claims – as they become available in the run-up to the release of the upcoming Android smartphone. The last update was performed on June 5, 2024.

When will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 be released?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is expected to arrive in July. Based on the latest report, it’s coming in early July, which is a bit surprising. July 10 has been mentioned (several times) as the launch date, since that’s a Wednesday, and Samsung tends to host Unpacked events on Wednesdays. Last year’s event took place on July 26, when the Galaxy Z Fold 5 was launched, so why the change? Well, this would be due to the Olympic Games, which start on July 26. Samsung moved up its second Unpacked event of the year last year, as it typically launches ‘Fold’ and ‘Flip’ devices in August. The Galaxy Z Flip 6 is expected to launch alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 6, as well as the Galaxy Ring. The company likely won’t confirm the exact launch date until July.

Which models will be available?

We may see quite a significant change this year. Samsung is rumored to announce two Galaxy Z Fold 6 models, not just one. A well-known tipster, Roland Quandt, suggested that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra are coming. However, he is not sure about the name, the name ‘Ultra’ is just a guess. He’s also unclear on how the ‘Ultra’ model will differentiate from the regular unit. Their internal codenames are ‘Q6’ and ‘Q6A’, the latter being the more powerful model. We also spotted the ‘Q6A’ model. Please note that the ‘Slim’ model was also mentioned, but there is a good chance that it is the ‘Ultra’ variant. It is also said that that phone(s) will be launched at a later date.

The tipster did indicate some possible differences between the regular and ‘Ultra’ models. He pointed to different screen sizes, different camera settings, possibly a larger battery in the ‘Ultra’ and even an optional stylus support. Those are just some wild guesses on his part, but he’s still not sure. If there really are two models, we will hear more about this in the coming weeks/months.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 cost?

We haven’t heard much about the launch price of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. If there are indeed two models, we know even less than we thought. However, we can always assume until concrete information appears. Let’s assume that the regular Galaxy Z Fold 6 model will be on the same level as the Galaxy Z Fold 5, a direct successor to that phone. In that case, the price tag could be comparable to that of Samsung’s current flagship foldable smartphone. In the US, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 launched for $1,799.99. Keep in mind that there were of course a lot of trade-in deals available. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 could have a similar price tag.

What about the ‘Ultra’ model though? Given how little we know about that device, we can’t really say much. There are only rumors at this point that the ‘Ultra’ is ‘coming’ and no specific information has been shared. If it does indeed launch, it’s possible that it will be a few hundred dollars extra on top of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. It all depends on what it ultimately offers, we can guess what we want. There is even a chance that the Ultra will be a successor to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, and the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will be a more affordable variant. We are waiting for more information.

What will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 look like?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 did appear in CAD-based renders (no word on the Ultra), which essentially revealed the phone’s design. In addition, bits and pieces of the phone’s design were also leaked. However, Samsung’s large design info camera is direct. The phone briefly appeared on the company’s official website in Kazakhstan. You can check it out below and the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is in the same image.

Marketing image of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Flip 6 highlighted

It will have a similar design language to its predecessor, but with a few notable changes. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 will be slightly wider and shorter than the Galaxy Z Fold 5. That points to a wider cover display, something many people have been waiting for. The corners will also be squarer. All Galaxy Z Fold models until now had extremely narrow cover displays. It was quite cumbersome to type on them, as they were significantly narrower than the screens on regular smartphones. That will change with the Galaxy Z Fold 6. You’ll also notice that the phone is flatter all around, flat sides I mean.

Galaxy Z Fold 6 CAD-based renders:

Galaxy Z Fold 6 CAD image 4
Galaxy Z Fold 6 CAD image 3
Galaxy Z Fold 6 CAD image 2
Galaxy Z Fold 6 CAD image 1
Galaxy Z Fold 6 CAD image 5

The rear camera setup of the phone is very similar in design to that of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. However, this time it is bigger. The sides are again flat all around, while the bezels around both screens will be quite thin. Samsung will once again use an under-display camera on the main panel. An opening for the display camera is placed on the cover panel. The phone folds flat, just like the Galaxy Z Fold 5, and we hope it will be lighter than its predecessor too. The cover display of the phone has symmetrical edges.

According to a trusted source, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will weigh 239 grams (the Galaxy Z Fold 5 weighs 253 grams). It will therefore be noticeably lighter than its predecessor. The device is said to measure 154.9 x 129.9 x 6.1mm unfolded, although another source suggested an even thinner profile of 5.6mm when unfolded. However, we still don’t have the dimensions when folded.

Components of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 design:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 camera ring design leak
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 leaked image of new rear camera ring design
Galaxy Z Fold 6 cover display edges
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 leaked image

These are the expected color options

It was initially reported that the phone will be available in dark blue, light pink and silver. That’s still true (and new colors have been added), but those colors now have fancy names. Dark blue is called Navy, Silver becomes Silver Shadow and Light Pink seems to remain Light Pink. Ross Young also said that Crafted Black and White colors will also be offered, so two new ones. Samsung will probably use nicer names for those colors. Titanium construction was also mentioned, and that could help with the overall weight. One rumor also suggested that it would be 11mm thick, but some sources indicated that this will not happen. So we’ll see.

What specifications will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 have?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy SoC. That is actually an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. It is the most powerful processor that Qualcomm currently has to offer. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 will use that chip globally, not just in specific markets. Europe gets it too, no Exynos alternative. The device is expected to have a 7.6-inch main display, and we’re probably looking at a QHD+ resolution on that panel, or at least something close to that.

What about the main display? Well, it will be wider, but we don’t know how big it is yet. However, Samsung could look to keep the same size as it looks like it will keep the same size of the main panel. That means we could get a 6.2-inch panel, but a wider one. Alternatively, the size can be increased to 6.3 inches. This will be a fullHD+ panel and both displays offer a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The main display also has a less noticeable crease.

A bigger battery, but charging probably won’t be faster

A 4,600mAh battery was also mentioned, but that was denied by a second report (from a trusted source) claiming a 4,400mAh battery would be included. A recent rumor suggested that the phone will include a 200-megapixel main camera, but another rumor quickly suppressed that information and claimed that a 50-megapixel unit would be included. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 could even have the same camera as last year. Keep in mind that there are rumors of two Galaxy Z Fold 6 models, so that could be the cause of the confusion. We hope to see upgrades to all cameras on the device, especially the rear cameras, but that may not materialize.

When it comes to storage options, Ross Young lifted the veil on that information. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 will be available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage variants. This essentially means it will be offered with the same options as the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Wi-Fi 7 will not be included, FCC revealed.

That’s all the spec information we have at the moment. Samsung will stick with 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM, based on a benchmark. That’s probably the only RAM variant that will be launched. It is also very possible that we cannot charge faster here. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 unfortunately supports 25W wired charging, as confirmed by the charger’s certification. However, we do expect 15W wireless charging to be included, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. Let’s hope the phone supports the Qi2 standard.

Should you wait before buying the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6?

Based on everything we’ve seen so far, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 won’t be a major upgrade. It’s still quite early though, so take that with a grain of salt. The biggest upgrade seems to be a wider cover display. If you consider that an upgrade, some people may prefer the narrower screen. The thing is, the ‘Ultra’ model is now rumored, so after all, taking that into consideration, we could see some major upgrades coming. We’ll have to wait for more information to emerge, as what we know now is quite limited. The phone’s launch event is still months and months away, so… we’ll see.

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June 5, 2024