Galaxy Z Fold 6 Drastic New Display Leaks

Written on 05/07/2024
Taylor Bell


Samsung's Z Fold series single-handedly introduced the folding smartphone segment. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is still months away, but recent leaks offer a glimpse of what the upcoming folding device will look like, and it doesn't look very good.

The narrow and tall outer display, a distinctive design element of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series, was also the most controversial. The Z Fold 5's outer display, which has an aspect ratio of around 23:9, works, but makes everyday tasks on the smartphone cumbersome and tedious. Typing, browsing the web, and even watching videos feel frustratingly limited. Reliable tipster

Ice Universe has shared images and videos of what is said to be a screen protector for the Z Fold 6. These protectors suggest a slightly wider outer display, measuring around 57mm wide on the Fold 5 and 60mm wide on the Fold 6.

In addition to the increased width, the corners of the leaked screen protector also appear significantly sharper, mimicking the design language. Galaxy S24 series or later. This represents a departure from the soft, rounded corners of the Z Fold 5.

 

This improvement is welcome, but is unlikely to be a game changer. A slight improvement in aspect ratio to about 22:9 would bring the Fold 6 closer to the usability standard, but it still lags behind the competition. For example, the OnePlus Open already has a wide outer display aspect ratio of around 20:9. This difference highlights Samsung's seemingly slow approach to overhauling the core usability of the Z Fold series.

The possibility of another suboptimal external display isn't the only concern for Samsung enthusiasts. The Z Fold 5's camera system is powerful, but it doesn't live up to expectations for a premium folding device. According to current rumors, this trend may continue with the Z Fold 6.

As a long-time Galaxy Fold user, my only ray of hope is the rumored "Ultra" version of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. This high-end version could potentially solve many of the problems plaguing the standard model. A better camera system, a more user-friendly outer display, and perhaps S Pen integration like the one offered by the Galaxy S24 Ultra could be the key innovations Samsung needs.

Samsung's foldable devices have had a near-monopoly position in the global market, but that has changed with the arrival of the Google Pixel Fold and OnePlus Open. Samsung's gradual upgrade to the Z Fold series could be a case of "too little, too late" as both devices are scheduled to be upgraded in the second half of this year.