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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 review - Small steps toward being the best foldable smartphone?

On second glance, the best foldable smartphone? From a design and technical point of view, the Galaxy Z Fold5 has looked to the Fold4 for inspiration. Although Samsung's newest foldable smartphone has improved in only a select number of areas, the Galaxy Fold5 shines with virtues familiar to the Fold series. Read here to discover whether it's a worthwhile purchase.
Test Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Smartphone

At its Galaxy Unpacked Event in July this year, Samsung announced the fifth generation of its XXL foldable. The Galaxy Z Fold4's successor is the slimmest and lightest Fold in the Galaxy Z series so far. However, you have to look very closely to identify differences between both smartphone models. The main screen continues to measure 7.6 inches and has a 21.6:18 aspect ratio with the front display measuring 6.2 inches and possessing a 23.1:9 aspect ratio. The new Flex hinge allows the Fold5 to be folded almost completely without a large gap and is the most obvious innovation.

Apart from that, with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, the Galaxy Z Fold5 offers more efficiency and higher performance than the previous year's Qualcomm SoC found in its predecessor. No adjustments have been made in terms of the basic concept or design of the Foldable series. Also, the installed cameras don't differ from the Fold4 setup and benefit at most from the new Snapdragon ISP. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Galaxy Z Fold Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy 8 x 2 - 3.4 GHz, Cortex-X3 / A715 / A710 / A510 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
, LPDDR5x
Display
7.60 inch 10.8:9, 2176 x 1812 pixel 373 PPI, capacitive Touchscreen , native pen support, Dynamic AMOLED, Cover display: 6.2 inch; 2316 x 904; 23.1:9, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 222 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, OTG, Miracast
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n12/​n20/​n25/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n75/n77/​n78),, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.1 x 154.9 x 129.9 ( = 0.24 x 6.1 x 5.11 in)
Battery
4400 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (f/1.8, OIS, 23 mm, 1.0 µm) + 10 MPix (3x optical zoom, f/2.4, OIS, 66 mm, 1.0 µm) + 12 MPix (f/2.2, 12 mm, 1.12 µm, wide angle lens), camera2API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 10 MPix (f/2.2) + 4 MPix (Under Display Camera, f/1.8)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Onscreen, USB cable, info material, One UI 5.1, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value: 1.244W/​kg Head, 1.193W/​kg Body, GNSS: GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BeiDou (B1+B2), Galileo (E1+E5), fanless, waterproof
Weight
253 g ( = 8.92 oz / 0.56 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89.1 %
08/2023
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
253 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash7.60"2176x1812
89.8 %
10/2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
263 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.60"2176x1812
84.7 %
08/2023
Google Pixel Fold
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
283 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.60"2208x1840
86.3 %
06/2023
Huawei Mate X3
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
239 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.85"2496x2224
91.1 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
233 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.80"3080x1440

Case - The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 with improved UDC

Galaxy Fold 5 color options
Galaxy Fold 5 color options

The Galaxy Z Fold5 is available in the colors Phantom Black, Icy Blue and Cream as well as the Samsung online shop exclusive colors, Blue and Gray. With a case width of 6.1 mm when opened, the Galaxy Z Fold5 is only 0.2 millimeters slimmer than the previous generation. Nevertheless, the newest Fold fledgling feels noticeably thinner thanks to its newly developed hinge design which lacks the gap found in the Fold4. However, at over 13 millimeters, the Galaxy Z Fold5 is clearly thicker than an 11-millimeter-thick Huawei Mate X3 or a 10-millimeter-thick Honor Magic V2.

In comparison to the foldable competition from Honor, the Fold5 still continues to enjoy one big advantage in that the case is officially IPX8 certified. This protects the device when continually submerged in water at a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. In addition to the IPX8 protection class, the Korean manufacturer also promotes its Foldable's resilience with the Fold5's main display being covered by a shock-absorbing layer and both the front and rear displays enjoying protection in the form of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Also, the double-track structure of the freely adjustable Flex hinge is said to be more successful at absorbing bumps. As well as this, we also have the familiar Armor aluminum frame.

The build quality is on a very high level and, in comparison to the Fold4, the angular transition between the hinge and the glass elements has been significantly improved. The Galaxy Fold5's Under-Display camera (UDC) now possesses more subpixels in the display matrix than we saw in the previous generation model, however, on closer inspection, the mosaic pattern is still visible. But, even with a white background, the UDC and its thinned-out sub pixels are no longer as bothersome. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review

Size comparison

163.4 mm / 6.43 inch 78.1 mm / 3.07 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 233 g0.514 lbs158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 139.7 mm / 5.5 inch 6.05 mm / 0.2382 inch 283 g0.624 lbs156.9 mm / 6.18 inch 141.5 mm / 5.57 inch 5.3 mm / 0.2087 inch 239 g0.527 lbs155.1 mm / 6.11 inch 130.1 mm / 5.12 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 263 g0.58 lbs154.9 mm / 6.1 inch 129.9 mm / 5.11 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 253 g0.558 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Features - A Samsung smartphone with a 1 TB option

The Galaxy Z Fold5 comes in the following three variants and with Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, a UWB chip as well as Miracast, it offers a wide selection of features:

Galaxy Z Fold5 | 12 GB LPDDR5x RAM | 256 GB UFS 4.0 storage | $1,799 (RRP)

Galaxy Z Fold5 | 12 GB LPDDR5x RAM | 512 GB UFS 4.0 storage | $1,919 (RRP)

Galaxy Z Fold5 | 12 GB LPDDR5x RAM | 1 TB UFS 4.0 storage | $2,159 (RRP) - exclusively in Samsung's online shop.

The Korean manufacturer's foldable comes with the fast USB 3.2 (Gen. 1) standard which also provides USB OTG in addition to wired video output via the HDMI or DisplayPort interfaces. In our copy test using a connected M2.SSD hard drive (Samsung 980 Pro), the USB port achieved transfer speeds of 214 MB/s. Samsung DeX's desktop mode is also supported and can be used either wirelessly or via an optional cable.

Software - Long-term updates for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 comes with Google Android 13 and its in-house One UI 5.1.1. In addition to the focus on multi-tasking, as well as an app bar, three applications can now be opened on the display simultaneously.

During the testing period, the Samsung foldable's operating system was based on the security patches from July 2023 with the promise of updates until 2028. The Galaxy phone will receive operating system updates for four generations up to Android 17. The long-term software update support is a big plus point for the Galaxy Z Fold5 and no other foldable offers more – not even the Google Pixel Fold.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review

Communication and GNSS - The Galaxy smartphone has 5G

With WiFi 6E, the Samsung offers high transfer speeds, however, there are already smartphones on the market that support the current WiFi 7 standard. With our reference router, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, the Galaxy Z Fold5 achieves around 1,600 MBit/s in the 6 GHz range and roughly 900 MBit/s at 5 GHz. The high transfer speeds are also mostly stable. In addition, the Galaxy Z Fold5 supports all of the current mobile communication standards including 5G Sub6 with the exception of 5G mmWave. The frequency coverage is also extensive.

Networking
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
886 (min: 764) MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
924 (min: 456) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1631 (min: 1075) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1601 (min: 1511) MBit/s ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
882 (min: 836) MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
913 (min: 455) MBit/s ∼55%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
920 (min: 888) MBit/s ∼61%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
950 (min: 481) MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1714 (min: 856) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1684 (min: 1447) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
928 (min: 851) MBit/s ∼62%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
934 (min: 888) MBit/s ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1496 (min: 1387) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1671 (min: 801) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1754 (min: 1618) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1504 (min: 1343) MBit/s ∼89%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
628 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼42%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
662 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼40%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1516 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼86%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1371 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼81%
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1631 (1075-1812)
Google Pixel Fold Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1686 (856-1766)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1598 (1511-1667)
Google Pixel Fold Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1683 (1447-1788)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø884 (764-954)
Google Pixel Fold Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø919 (888-932)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø909 (456-950)
Google Pixel Fold Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø934 (481-980)
Outdoor location
Outdoor location
Indoor location
Indoor location

In order to be able to evaluate the location accuracy in real-world situations, we took the foldable smartphone on a short trip. For comparison purposes, we simultaneously recorded the route with a Garmin Venu 2. We were not entirely impressed with the Galaxy Z Fold5's location accuracy in our GPS test. In the area of our turning loop, the Samsung smartphone seemed to have problems with the satellite connection which meant noticeable deviations from the chosen route could be seen in the detailed analysis.

Garmin Venu 2 vs. Galaxy Z Fold5
Garmin Venu 2 vs. Galaxy Z Fold5

Telephone functions and voice quality - The Galaxy Z Fold5 comes with eSIM

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review

The Galaxy Z Fold5 supports VoLTE and Wi-Fi calls as well as dual SIM functionality with two Nano SIM cards or, alternatively, an eSIM can also be activated. The voice quality is very good and voices are reproduced clearly. Our caller also described the voice transmission using the Samsung smartphone as clear.

Cameras - The triple camera Samsung smartphone

A selfie with the 4 MP UDC
A selfie with the 4 MP UDC
A selfie with the 10 MP front camera
A selfie with the 10 MP front camera

Once again, Samsung has hidden a 4 MP Under-Display camera under the main display. With the help of multi-frame synthesis technology and AI-based algorithms, the manufacturer has aimed to improve the image sharpness compared to the predecessor. And, this is something we can also confirm based on our Galaxy Z Fold5 test photos. Nevertheless, the external display's 10 MP hole-punch camera clearly continues to deliver more balanced results. However, anyone with a suitable location at hand should sit the device flipped open and use the main camera and also the front panel as a viewfinder.

The unchanged Fold4 50 MP main camera impressed us with good dynamics and appealing sharpness. The Galaxy Z Fold displayed successful color reproduction both in the test photos and also under controlled lighting conditions, although, the green tones are a little too dazzling.

The ultra wide-angle lens and also the 10 MP OIS telephoto camera are rock-solid but we weren't really impressed by the zoom levels above 3x magnification. The 12 MP camera did better when it came to very wide-angled photos. In this area, details are better preserved.

Ultra wide-angle
Ultra wide-angle
Wide-angle
Wide-angle
3x zoom
3x zoom
5x zoom
5x zoom
10x zoom
10x zoom
30x zoom (max)
30x zoom (max)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

WeitwinkelWeitwinkelLow LightUltraweitwinkelZoom 5x
ColorChecker
9.6 ∆E
5 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
7 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
5 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5: 6.74 ∆E min: 1.45 - max: 12.83 ∆E
ColorChecker
7.3 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5: 6.06 ∆E min: 1.6 - max: 13.88 ∆E

Accessories and guarantee - The Galaxy Z Fold5 comes without a charger

An optional Galaxy Z Fold5 case
An optional Galaxy Z Fold5 case

Ou-of-the-box, the Galaxy Z Fold5 comes without a charger, however, a data or charging cable (USB-C to USB-C) and a SIM tool are included. Optionally, Samsung offers a large selection of matching cases, including a Slim S Pen Case, the Clear Gadget Case, an Eco-Leather Case as well as a Standing Cover with a strap.

In Germany, Samsung provides the cell phone with a 24-month guarantee. In addition, one year of Care+ comes with the purchase of a Fold5.

Input devices & operation - The S Pen Samsung smartphone

While the outer 6.2-inch OLED panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, the Fold5's inner display and its foldable glass material continue to be covered with a permanent protective film. Both displays are responsive. The flex mode is supported by the new hinge design at angles between 75° and 115° and appears to be very solid.

Just like the Fold4 predecessor, the fingerprint sensor is built into the power-on button and unlocks the Samsung cell phone very reliably. The rather unsafe 2D face recognition, which uses both the front camera and Under-Display camera for its FaceUnlock function, works just as reliably in everyday use. 

Unlike the Galaxy S23 Ultra, there is no space for the S Pen in the Fold edition of the foldable smartphone. Unfortunately, Samsung has also opted against providing the outer display with stylus support and is something users may find annoying in day-to-day use. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 smartphone review

Display - The Galaxy Z Fold5 has a foldable OLED

External panel subpixel image
External panel subpixel image
Internal panel subpixel image
Internal panel subpixel image
Display fold
Display fold

The highlight of the Fold5, the 7.6-inch, flexible Dynamic AMOLED panel with a dynamic refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hz, reached a peak brightness of 1,674 cd/m² (APL18) in our tests. However, we measured this to be around 200 cd/m² more than the predecessor, even with a completely, corner-to-corner white display. The crease in the area of the fold is still clearly visible but is a little less prominent than the one seen in the Fold4.

When it comes to brightness, the tall, 6.2-inch front panel, with its refresh rate from 48 to 120 Hz, didn't quite match the main screen's values. At 957 cd/m², we measured almost identical maximum luminance to that of the Fold4

The Fold5 is unable to avoid PWM flickering as a result of both displays' OLED technology. At low brightness (< 45 percent), this takes place at a constant 120 Hz and, if the brightness is increased, it happens at a constant 240 Hz.

1101
cd/m²
1093
cd/m²
1110
cd/m²
1114
cd/m²
1104
cd/m²
1099
cd/m²
1112
cd/m²
1123
cd/m²
1108
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3 - Foldable Screen
Maximum: 1123 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1107.1 cd/m² Minimum: 0.92 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 1104 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.1 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5.1
ΔE Greyscale 3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
94.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.01
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Dynamic AMOLED, 2176x1812, 7.60
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Dynamic AMOLED, 2316x904, 6.20
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Dynamic AMOLED, 2176x1812, 7.60
Google Pixel Fold
OLED, 2208x1840, 7.60
Huawei Mate X3
OLED, 2496x2224, 7.85
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 3080x1440, 6.80
Screen
6%
13%
14%
18%
10%
Brightness middle
1104
957
-13%
913
-17%
993
-10%
948
-14%
1117
1%
Brightness
1107
958
-13%
929
-16%
997
-10%
969
-12%
1133
2%
Brightness Distribution
97
97
0%
96
-1%
94
-3%
94
-3%
97
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.1
2.3
26%
1.7
45%
1.4
55%
1.4
55%
2.2
29%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.2
4
5%
3.6
14%
3.2
24%
2.6
38%
3.9
7%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3
2
33%
1.5
50%
2.1
30%
1.7
43%
2.3
23%
Gamma
2.01 109%
2.02 109%
2.16 102%
2.24 98%
2.15 102%
2.37 93%
CCT
6594 99%
6465 101%
6515 100%
6796 96%
6539 99%
6572 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 120 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 120 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 120 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18694 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

A series of measurements with a fixed level of zoom and various brightness settings 

We analyzed the color calibration of the HDR10+ certified AMOLED panel using the Calman analysis software and a photo spectrometer. Although the color deviations are in the target range (<3), the measured DeltaE values are higher than the competition. Overall, the quality on offer is very good but for a smartphone in this price category, the calibration could be somewhat more accurate.

Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Gray scales (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Gray scales (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - external display
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Gray scales (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Gray scales (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: natural) - internal display

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.55 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8445 ms rise
↘ 0.704 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
6.16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.936 ms rise
↘ 3.22 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34.3 ms).

Outdoors and regardless of the display, the Fold5 makes a very positive impression and possesses sufficient brightness reserves to be able to handle most light situations. Likewise, the viewing angle stability is very good.

The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's external display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display
The Galaxy Z Fold5's internal display

Performance - The Samsung phone has a Qualcomm SoC

When it comes to performance, the Samsung foldable smartphone looks to the speedy Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, which puts on a good show in its own benchmarks. Especially with its Geekbench 6 multi-core score, the Fold5 offers significantly more power than the Google Tensor G2 in the Pixel Fold. But, with its Adreno 740, the Samsung device also performed very well, doing around 30 percent better than its predecessor. In GFXBench, the plus in performance compared to the Fold4 is not reflected in consistently higher scores, although, the cause here is more likely to be thermal problems and the accompanying throttling effects. The very low values seen in UL Procyon AI Inference are also striking. 

Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1984 - 2107, n=6)
2048 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1999 Points
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1806 Points -10%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1480 Points -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=59, last 2 years)
1353 Points -32%
Multi-Core
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (5149 - 5652, n=6)
5408 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
5384 Points
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
4656 Points -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7244, n=59, last 2 years)
3548 Points -34%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
3533 Points -34%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1226224 Points +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1086936 - 1286774, n=8)
1181107 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1135554 Points
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
985150 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
973843 Points -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1478071, n=158, last 2 years)
704441 Points -38%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
619727 Points -45%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
16311 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (15270 - 17267, n=8)
16185 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
15991 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13983 Points -14%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12606 Points -23%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
11617 Points -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 19783, n=212, last 2 years)
11093 Points -32%
CrossMark - Overall
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1253 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1120 - 1332, n=8)
1239 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1226 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1178 Points -6%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1117 Points -11%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
895 Points -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1408, n=156, last 2 years)
803 Points -36%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
9337 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
9091 Points -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (8541 - 9337, n=8)
8859 Points -5%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7858 Points -16%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7236 Points -23%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
5704 Points -39%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 9730, n=155, last 2 years)
5339 Points -43%
System
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
14275 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
14032 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12839 Points -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1374 - 14401, n=8)
12462 Points -11%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12326 Points -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 15148, n=155, last 2 years)
9124 Points -35%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
8318 Points -41%
Memory
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
9075 Points +7%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
8846 Points +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (8467 - 9212, n=8)
8823 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
8467 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7782 Points -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=155, last 2 years)
5794 Points -32%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
4556 Points -46%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
31928 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (21505 - 31928, n=8)
28672 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
28497 Points -11%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
20974 Points -34%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
19283 Points -40%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
16243 Points -49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 32002, n=155, last 2 years)
12219 Points -62%
Web
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
2032 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1982 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1850 Points -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1460 - 2032, n=8)
1768 Points -13%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1720 Points -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2044, n=155, last 2 years)
1461 Points -28%
Huawei Mate X3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1198 Points -41%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
84787 Points +6592%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
37656 Points +2872%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=128, last 2 years)
22490 Points +1675%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
16511 Points +1203%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  (1267 - 16702, n=8)
14423 Points +1038%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1267 Points
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3892 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3791 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2766 Points -29%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2757 Points -29%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1711 Points -56%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3901 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3829 Points -2%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2821 Points -28%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2778 Points -29%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1760 Points -55%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14599 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14369 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11098 Points -24%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11041 Points -24%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6849 Points -53%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps -26%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
492 fps +50%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
434 fps +32%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
329 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
303 fps -8%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
298 fps -9%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
119 fps +29%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
118 fps +28%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
92 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps -3%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
82 fps -11%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
261 fps +59%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
222 fps +35%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
179 fps +9%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
164 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps -45%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
91 fps +28%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps +11%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
71 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
70 fps -1%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
55 fps -23%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
190 fps +71%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
130 fps +17%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps +4%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
111 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps -29%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps +43%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
65 fps +23%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
53 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps -23%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps -38%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
123 fps +54%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
103 fps +29%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
80 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps -4%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps -39%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps +20%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
65 fps
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -8%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -52%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps -57%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67 fps +14%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
59 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps -15%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps -32%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
29 fps -51%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps +26%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
84 fps +9%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
77 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51 fps -34%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps -55%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
157 fps +26%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
138 fps +10%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
125 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps -28%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps -49%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps -26%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20 fps -35%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps -55%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
188.652 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (152.9 - 196.3, n=8)
173.4 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
159.102 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G (Chrome 105)
152.211 Points -19%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
106.562 Points -44%
Huawei Mate X3 (Huawei Browser 13.0.4)
103.364 Points -45%
Average of class Smartphone (21.2 - 351, n=165, last 2 years)
98 Points -48%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
185 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (145 - 187, n=8)
165.5 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 110)
145 Points -22%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G (Chrome 105)
131 Points -29%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
101 Points -45%
Huawei Mate X3 (Huawei Browser 13.0.4)
97 Points -48%
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=125, last 2 years)
92.7 Points -50%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
60317 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
59214 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (49582 - 64715, n=8)
59058 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G (Chrome 105)
52642 Points -13%
Huawei Mate X3 (Huawei Browser 13.0.4)
50732 Points -16%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
43817 Points -27%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=197, last 2 years)
31763 Points -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=163, last 2 years)
1753 ms * -153%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
1074.5 ms * -55%
Huawei Mate X3 (Huawei Browser 13.0.4)
880.8 ms * -27%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G (Chrome 105)
799.9 ms * -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (634 - 1533, n=8)
795 ms * -15%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
693.3 ms *
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
685 ms * +1%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5GGoogle Pixel FoldHuawei Mate X3Samsung Galaxy S23 UltraAverage 256 GB UFS 4.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-18%
-30%
13%
-18%
24%
-34%
Sequential Read 256KB
4384.43
1854.98
-58%
1606.37
-63%
1953.41
-55%
3426.56
-22%
3507 ?(3249 - 4384, n=14)
-20%
1284 ?(215 - 4512, n=216, last 2 years)
-71%
Sequential Write 256KB
2449.23
1251.57
-49%
1169.32
-52%
1479.42
-40%
1389.84
-43%
2419 ?(1014 - 2887, n=14)
-1%
902 ?(57.5 - 3202, n=216, last 2 years)
-63%
Random Read 4KB
459.94
321.87
-30%
219.11
-52%
261.78
-43%
449.77
-2%
418 ?(368 - 460, n=14)
-9%
225 ?(22.2 - 543, n=216, last 2 years)
-51%
Random Write 4KB
161.39
265.9
65%
238.72
48%
466.74
189%
152.92
-5%
365 ?(152.9 - 552, n=14)
126%
239 ?(13 - 584, n=217, last 2 years)
48%

Emissions - The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 could charge faster

Temperature

In idle use, the surface temperatures are low, however, under continuous load we measured a peak of more than 49 °C. That was also reflected in the 3DMark Wild Life (Extreme) stress test, where the Fold5's performance is not particularly stable and sometimes loses 40 percent of its initial performance.  

However, compared to older temperature measurements, such as the Fold4, it should be pointed out that the Burnout benchmark is now used instead of the stability test when acquiring the temperatures under load. For this reason, an accurate comparison is no longer possible. 

Max. Load
 48.6 °C
119 F
47.2 °C
117 F
45.3 °C
114 F
 
 43.2 °C
110 F
39.6 °C
103 F
42.6 °C
109 F
 
 33.6 °C
92 F
33.6 °C
92 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 48.6 °C = 119 F
Average: 40.8 °C = 105 F
42.9 °C
109 F
45.7 °C
114 F
49.2 °C
121 F
40.7 °C
105 F
41.7 °C
107 F
43.3 °C
110 F
30.6 °C
87 F
32.1 °C
90 F
32.2 °C
90 F
Maximum: 49.2 °C = 121 F
Average: 39.8 °C = 104 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.8 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.6 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49.2 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.9 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life stress test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
69 % +15%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
59.9 %
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.6 % -11%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50.4 % -16%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40.7 % -32%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67.2 %
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62.3 % -7%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.2 % -12%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
58.7 % -13%
Huawei Mate X3
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43.9 % -35%
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø17.2 (15.6-23.3)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø12 (10.4-16.6)
Google Pixel Fold Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø7.7 (6.38-10.8)
Huawei Mate X3 Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø11 (7.4-16.9)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø16.8 (13.5-23)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø57.3 (50.1-83.6)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø42.2 (33.4-62.3)
Google Pixel Fold Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø26 (20-39.6)
Huawei Mate X3 Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø44 (26.1-64.2)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø60 (53.6-77.7)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø72.7 (55.1-86.1)

Speakers

Both speakers offer good sound but the mids and highs could be a little better balanced. By contrast, the soundboxes offer decent lows with light bass. A wired headphone connection is possible via the USB port. Anyone who prefers to use wireless output has access to a fairly modest selection of codecs such as SBC, SSC, AAC, aptX and LDAC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.937.22522.325.33123.225.64025.4275031.137.8632026.38017.82210017.531.212517.340.41601555.220015.154.825016.358.131513.556.740013.956.150013.463.863013.365.380011.769.610001471.912501475.4160013.377.220001379.6250013.577.4315014.378.5400013.479.4500014.778.4630013.674.9800014.171.9100001467.31250014.2641600013.857SPL25.888.4N0.771.1median 14median 69.6Delta0.710.230.933.222.330.323.223.525.423.231.136.4202917.82517.528.817.341.11550.315.147.916.355.613.561.913.959.513.466.513.370.211.773.91470.31469.913.369.21368.713.569.114.37313.473.414.770.413.667.914.170.11468.714.264.913.858.725.882.50.756median 14median 68.70.76.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Z Fold5Google Pixel Fold
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 39%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 33% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Google Pixel Fold audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 39%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 15% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Battery life - The 4,400 mmAh Samsung smartphone

Power consumption

We measured the Fold5's power consumption by using the large main display and found it to be comparable to its predecessor. However, at over 10 watts, the peak consumption is considerably higher when measured with the Burnout benchmark. 

The Fold5's battery can either be charged via its wired, in-house 25-watt „Super Fast Charging“ technology or at 15 watts wirelessly. With a suitable Samsung charger (25 W), a full charge takes around 90 minutes. At a battery level of over 30 percent, 5-watt wireless PowerShare is possible. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.26 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.55 / 0.9 / 1 Watt
Load midlight 9.58 / 10.74 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
4400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
4400 mAh
Google Pixel Fold
4821 mAh
Huawei Mate X3
4800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
5000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
2%
-45%
-156%
-1%
-73%
-23%
Idle Minimum *
0.55
0.89
-62%
0.86
-56%
0.81
-47%
0.9
-64%
1.531 ?(0.44 - 3.4, n=8)
-178%
0.89 ?(0.44 - 2.37, n=155, last 2 years)
-62%
Idle Average *
0.9
0.96
-7%
1.7
-89%
4.26
-373%
1.05
-17%
1.848 ?(0.69 - 3.68, n=8)
-105%
1.464 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=155, last 2 years)
-63%
Idle Maximum *
1
1.13
-13%
1.8
-80%
4.45
-345%
1.1
-10%
1.998 ?(0.83 - 3.91, n=8)
-100%
1.669 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=155, last 2 years)
-67%
Load Average *
9.58
4.32
55%
9.1
5%
10.11
-6%
3.99
58%
7.9 ?(3.99 - 15.8, n=8)
18%
4.84 ?(2.4 - 15.3, n=155, last 2 years)
49%
Load Maximum *
10.74
6.56
39%
11.06
-3%
11.58
-8%
7.82
27%
10.7 ?(6.16 - 15.9, n=8)
-0%
7.71 ?(3.85 - 17.8, n=155, last 2 years)
28%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø6.08 (1.023-13.7)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø6.7 (1.089-14.7)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.767 (0.706-1.165)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.938 (0.899-1.321)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

012345678910111213Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.81 (6.01-13.1)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø11.6 (10.3-12.7)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.767 (0.706-1.165)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.938 (0.899-1.321)

Battery life

In our real-life, Wi-Fi battery test - which was carried out using adaptive display brightness of 150 cd/m² - the 4,400 mAh power pack delivers a good battery life of almost 13 hours meaning it can last around 90 minutes longer than the Fold4 did in our test. With the smaller external panel, we measured a battery run time of 817 minutes. 

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
12h 43min
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
4400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G
4400 mAh
Google Pixel Fold
4821 mAh
Huawei Mate X3
4800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
763
663
-13%
651
-15%
476
-38%
1100
44%

Pros

+ beautiful OLED panels
+ premium case
+ stylus input
+ long updates
+ fast SoC ...

Cons

- ... with throttling
- no WiFi 7
- heavy and case thickness
- Location problems?
- no charger included

Verdict - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5

Review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5. Review device provided by Samsung Germany.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5. Review device provided by Samsung Germany.

Following the Fold4, the Galaxy Z Fold5 is a rather modest evolution when measured against the potential of foldable smartphones and the progress made by Chinese manufacturers in the segment. The latter comes in the form of a significantly slimmer and lighter alternative to the Galaxy smartphone and is also available in Europe – the Honor Magic V2.

On closer inspection, the foldable sector's top dog has once again brought an excellent product to the market and made a step in the right direction thanks to its newly designed hinge. In addition, no other foldable offers such long-term updates. Not even the Pixel Fold.

With its current Fold generation, the one-time foldable smartphone innovator is only making small advances. With increasing competition, Samsung would be best advised not just to consolidate next year.

Unfortunately, this year's device has an air of stagnation since some areas of criticism aimed at the previous generation (slow charging, thick case, display crease, …) haven't really been addressed. On top of this, we would (additionally) like a new form factor because the individual added value provided by the main screen's unusual aspect ratio strongly depends on the usage behavior.

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Price and availability

The Galaxy Z Fold5 (256 GB) is temporarily out of stock on Amazon but the 512 GB model can be yours for around $1,919 (RRP) from the same retailer. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 - 08/21/2023 v7
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
70%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
69%
Weight
87%
Battery
90 / 86 → 100%
Display
92%
Games Performance
65%
Application Performance
95 / 90 → 100%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
73%
Camera
78%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Marcus Herbrich, 2023-08-27 (Update: 2023-11-19)