Today, when you reach into your pocket and pull out your phone, you are often greeted by a screen nearly the size of a tablet. Foldable smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. Behind this seamless integration is the pursuit of innovation by Samsung Electronics and its dedicated employees who have built the foundation for the Galaxy Z Fold to become a mainstay in the mobile market.
In 2019, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold shattered the conventional notion of mobile phones. Featuring a remarkable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, this revolutionary device offered users a tablet-like experience right from the palm of their hands. Thanks to its precise hinge technology, the phone could be effortlessly folded like a book, ensuring portability without compromising functionality. This achievement was a result of innovation across all areas, from materials to technology.
The larger screen opened new possibilities for more versatile content viewing. For example, users could split the display into two or three sections based on their preferences. To make multitasking easy, Samsung added the Multi Window feature, allowing users to run multiple apps simultaneously. What’s more, content being viewed on the Cover Screen could continue without interruption when the phone was unfolded. This device brought a whole new level of productivity and engagement that was not possible with other smartphones, inviting users into an entirely new world.
The following year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Z Fold2, an upgraded version of the Galaxy Fold that incorporated valuable user feedback on the foldable experience. The main display was overhauled to maximise user immersion, now boasting a larger 7.6-inch screen with a sleek design that eliminated the notch and left only a camera hole. Additionally, the cover display was expanded to 6.2 inches, significantly enhancing usability on the go.
The Galaxy Z Fold2 also introduced a groundbreaking feature called Flex mode, a unique user experience that divides your screen as you partially fold your phone between 75 and 115 degrees. In addition to this innovation, the camera capabilities were enhanced for even better photos — Auto Framing automatically adjusts the camera’s shooting range by recognising faces and movements, while Dual Preview allows both the user and the subject of the photo to view the preview on the Main and Cover Screen simultaneously. With the combination of Flex mode and these camera upgrades, anyone could now easily become a content creator.
Samsung’s third-generation foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, introduced significant durability improvements. Making history for foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G was the first to offer IPX8 water resistance, allowing consumers to comfortably use their phones with wet hands while cooking or enjoy their beach vacations without concern. The main display became 80% more durable than its predecessor through the application of a protective film made from new materials.2 By incorporating Armor Aluminum, the strongest material used in Galaxy devices to date, and Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus®, users’ smartphones were safeguarded no matter the circumstances. In addition, the phone was verified by Bureau Veritas after undergoing rigorous testing to withstand 200,000 folds.
The Galaxy Z Fold4 introduced remarkable improvements in both weight and display size. At only 263 grams, the device’s screen featured a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X main display, while the cover display became wider and shorter to maintain a stable aspect ratio. This design enhancement ensured that users could comfortably type and freely utilise most apps even when the smartphone was folded.
This year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Z Fold5, the series’ lightest and most groundbreaking foldable yet. The latest addition combines the power of an immersive, large screen with a sleek and lightweight design, offering unparalleled portability at only 253 grams without compromising performance. The Galaxy Z Fold5’s 7.6-inch Main Screen provides an expansive and uninterrupted viewing experience, regardless of whether users are enjoying their favorite videos in portrait or landscape mode.
The Future of Foldables Is Here
Samsung Electronics pushes the boundaries of what is possible, building upon the legacy of its trademark foldable series. Samsung’s diverse consumers, with their unique lifestyles, constantly discover innovative ways to utilise their phones, further highlighting the impact of the Galaxy Z Fold series on everyday lives. Samsung will continue to innovate the Galaxy Z Fold series to inspire users and become the ultimate productivity powerhouse.