Yearly innovation in the smartphone industry is no small feat, and redesigning the internals and intricate hinge mechanisms of a modern foldable device is even more challenging. Rumors have recently surfaced regarding Samsung’s upcoming Z Fold6 phone.
According to industry insider ICE UNIVERSE, expectations should be tempered when it comes to the Z Fold6’s main camera. It appears that Samsung intends to reuse the 50MP Samsung GN3 sensor (1/1.56″, 1.0µm) for the main camera, which is the same sensor used in both the Z Fold5 and Z Fold4. To find a different main camera, one has to go all the way back to the Z Fold3, which featured a 12MP Sony IMX555 sensor.
Don’t expect much change in Galaxy Z Fold6. At least we can be sure of the camera. It is the same as Fold4 and Fold5, that’s for sure.
— ICE UNIVERSE (@UniverseIce) October 19, 2023
While this news might disappoint some, other credible reports, such as one by THE ELEC, suggest that Samsung is working on making the Z Fold6 slimmer and narrowing the gap in thickness between its device and those of its competitors. According to this report, Samsung may be reverse-engineering Huawei’s Mate X5 foldable phone to understand how the Chinese company managed to achieve a thinner profile and a larger internal battery.
For reference, the Z Fold5 measures 6.1mm when unfolded and 13.4mm when folded, whereas the Mate X5 is notably slimmer at 5.3mm unfolded and 11.1mm folded. The Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 is even thinner, measuring 5.3mm when unfolded and 10.9mm when folded. The new OnePlus Open is 5.8mm when unfolded and 11.7mm when folded.