As time goes by, we’re getting closer to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 launch — but according to a well-informed leaker, the main camera on the foldable phone isn’t all that different from what we have at the moment on the model.
this comes from ice universe (opens in a new tab), sources are usually discovered based on movement predictions. According to the whistleblower, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is “impossibly unlikely to use HP2,” so this particular specification won’t be upgraded this year.
That “HP2” refers to Samsung’s 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor, which has been able to cram into the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. What we don’t know is why it’s “impossible” on the Z Fold 5 — maybe it’s physical space constraints, or some other engineering issue.
Galaxy Z Fold5 will continue to use the same camera module as Fold4. Impossible to use HP2.March 10, 2023
This brings us back to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s main camera module: it has a triple-lens 50MP+12MP+10MP camera on the “back” (depending on how it’s folded), and a single-lens 4MP camera on the “back” main screen , and a single-lens 10MP camera on the “front” cover display.
According to the latest leak, those specs won’t change this time around — at least not for the main camera module. Previously, we heard that Samsung might bump the main camera lens to 108MP this time around.
If Samsung sticks to the same schedule as last year, we should see the Galaxy Z Fold 5 debuting alongside the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 sometime in August. Maybe just don’t expect huge improvements in internal components.
Analysis: Foldable phones still compromise
There’s no question that foldable phones have made huge leaps in quality and durability in recent years, and Samsung has been at the forefront of that — but this leak shows that the foldable form factor still has its limits.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 couldn’t surpass the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of cameras, and it looks like the same mistakes will be repeated this year. If you want the best specs, you need a traditional phone right now.
Based on previous rumors, it looks like the design will remain the same this time as well. The processor should at least be upgraded, which means software performance is a little faster than before.
We’re actually impressed with the Z Fold 4’s camera setup, so perhaps Samsung’s sticking with the same components this time around isn’t a disaster — especially if it means lower prices than last year.