Ensuring durability in foldable smartphones presents a formidable challenge, but Samsung appears to be on the verge of achieving a significant milestone by incorporating dust resistance into its upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 models.
Samsung’s previous foldable devices have already made notable advancements in terms of durability. While the initial Galaxy Fold encountered susceptibility to dust particles, subsequent iterations such as the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2 showcased improvements. The recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 models further elevated the standard by offering water resistance. Now, it seems that dust resistance is the next frontier for Samsung, with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 expected to embrace this feature.
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Prominent leaker @chunvn8888 on Twitter has shared insider information, suggesting that both the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 will sport an IP58 rating for dust and water resistance. This represents an upgrade from the IPX8 rating found on the Fold 4 and Flip 4 models. It’s worth noting the significance of the numeral “5” since it marks the first instance of Samsung’s foldable devices being officially certified for dust resistance. However, the veracity of this information can only be confirmed once the final product is released. Previous models have employed brushes within the hinge mechanism to prevent dust intrusion, which has proven relatively effective. Nonetheless, achieving genuine dust resistance poses a significant challenge, particularly considering Samsung’s prior designs that have always featured a gap when the phone is folded.
Most modern smartphones boast an IP68 rating, indicating their ability to resist dust and water. Samsung’s foldable devices have lagged behind slightly in this regard, likely due to the complexities associated with their moving parts. Nevertheless, the incorporation of dust resistance represents a step forward in Samsung’s ongoing quest for improved durability.
While Samsung may not be the first to achieve this feat, as demonstrated by last week’s unveiling of the Motorola Razr and Razr+ models with an IP52 rating, which signifies comparable dust resistance while offering a lesser degree of water protection, it is outpacing other high-end foldable smartphones. For instance, the Huawei Mate X3, Oppo Find N2/Flip, and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 either lack an IP rating altogether or possess an IPX8 rating, as is the case with Huawei.
Samsung is anticipated to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 in July, thereby unveiling its latest technological advancements in the field of foldable smartphones.