Galaxy Z Flip 6 vs Z Flip 5 vs Z Flip 4: Samsung’s flip phones comparison

On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip 6, its next-generation clamshell-style flip phone. The phone packs a higher-resolution camera, a better durability rating, more RAM and a slew of new AI features designed for foldable phones. But you’ll have to pay $100 more for it, with Samsung raising the starting price of its flip phone line to $1,100.

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As expected, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 features minor hardware and design changes over its predecessor, which added the largest cover display ever seen on Samsung’s flip phone line. That larger outer display, which was not present on 2022’s Galaxy Z Flip 4, allows people to send messages and use apps without having to unfold their device. The arrival of the Galaxy Z Flip 6 with its similar design shows that Samsung appears to have nailed the look and feel of its flagship flip phone series.

The Galaxy Z Flip retains the large 3.4-inch cover display of the Galaxy Z Flip 5, as well as the 6.4-inch internal screen, but makes more obvious upgrades to the camera and battery. The Z Flip 6 has a higher-resolution main camera in the form of a 50-megapixel ultrawide camera, complete with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. It too is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset.

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The Z Flip 6 features a larger 4,000mAh battery, which Samsung has managed to pack into a slimmer design. The Z Flip 6 now measures 12.1mm (0.48 inches) when folded, nearly 3mm thinner than the Z Flip 5. But the Z Flip 6 should also be more durable than its predecessors, complete with an IP48 water and dust resistance rating. This means the Z Flip 6 is essentially dustproof, a feat Samsung hasn’t been able to boast in the past, and again, it can be submerged in at least 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. For comparison, flagship bar phones have an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

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The Flip 6 also gets the slew of AI features that Samsung introduced with its Galaxy S24 series earlier this year, such as a real-time translation function and Circle to Search. But Samsung also introduced a new feature called Sketch to image, which lets users draw on top of a photo (either taken by the camera or grabbed from the internet) and then generate content based on that sketch in seconds.

For more details on how the Z Flip 6 compares to the Z Flip 5 and Z Flip 4, check out CNET’s specs tables below.

Galaxy Z Flip 6 vs Z Flip 5 vs Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy Flip 6 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 5G
Screen size, technology, resolution, refresh rate 3.4-inch AMOLED; 720 x 748 pixels; 60 Hz refresh rate 3.4-inch AMOLED; 728 x 720 pixels; 60 Hz refresh rate Cover: 1.9-inch AMOLED; 512 x 260 pixels; 60 Hz refresh rate
Internal screen size, technology, resolution, refresh rate 6.7-inch AMOLED; 2,640×1,080 pixels; 1-120Hz refresh rate 6.7-inch AMOLED; 2,640×1,080 pixels; variable refresh rate of 1-120 Hz 6.7-inch AMOLED; 2,640×1,080 pixels; 120Hz refresh rate
Pixel density Cover: 306 ppi; Internal: 425 ppi Cover: 306 ppi; Internal: 425 ppi Cover: 302 ppi; Internal: 425 ppi
Dimensions (inches) Closed: 6.5×2.83×0.27 inches Folded: 3.35×2.83×0.59 inches Open: 6.5×2.83×0.27 inches; Closed: 3.35×2.83×0.59 inches Open: 2.83×3.3×0.67 inches; Closed: 2.83×6.5×0.27 inches; Hinge: 0.59 inches (sagging)
Dimensions (millimeters) Open: 165.1×71.9×6.9mm Closed: 85.1×71.9×14.9mm Open: 165.1×71.88×6.89 mm; Closed: 85.09×71.88×14.99 mm Open: 71.9×165.2×6.9 mm; closed: 71.9×84.9×17.1 mm; hinge: 15.9 mm (sagging);
Weight (gram, ounce) 187 grams (6.6 oz) 187 grams (6.6 oz) 187 grams (6.59 oz)
Mobile software Android 14 Android 13 Android 12
Camera 50 megapixels (wide), 12 megapixels (ultra wide angle) 12 megapixels (wide), 12 megapixels (ultra wide angle) 12 megapixels (wide), 12 megapixels (ultra wide angle)
Front camera 10 megapixels 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Video recording To be defined To be defined 4K
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM/Storage 12GB + 256GB, 512GB 8GB + 256GB, 512GB 8GB + 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Expandable storage No No No
Battery 4,000 mAh 3,700 mAh (dual battery) 3,700 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Side Side
Connection piece USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No
Special features IP48 rated, 25W wired charging, wireless charging + powershare, 3x optical zoom (up to 10x digital and 30x Space Zoom with AI Super Resolution technology) 5G compatible, IPX8 water resistance, 25W wired charging, wireless charging, wireless power sharing, dual SIM IPX8, 5G compatible, foldable screen, wireless charging, 25W fast charging
The US price starts at $1,100 (256GB) $1,000 (256GB) $999 (128GB)
The price in the UK starts at To be defined £1,049 (256GB) £999 (128GB)
Australia prices start at To be defined AU$1,649 (256GB) AU$1,499 (128GB)

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