The Problem with Foldables
Foldable technology has been plagued by a major problem since its inception. Despite Samsung’s pivotal role in creating and introducing the novel form factor, the foldable market (outside of China) remains largely monopolized by Samsung. This lack of competition has led to a degree of stagnation but is expected to change in 2023 when other manufacturers will make their debut or release their foldable devices internationally. This will force Samsung to up their game and introduce some meaningful upgrades to the Galaxy Z lineup.
New Feature for Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5
New features may include dust resistance, which is possible because of the “new gap-less design.” According to a tweet subsequently covered by 9to5Google, Samsung “is considering adding dust proof certified.” While the tweet only mentions the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, the same source has previously claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will also receive the same hinge design as its bigger brother. Dust resistance can potentially apply to both models.
No Official IP Ratings
The tweet’s source clarifies that they do not expect this “to become true on commercial units,” which means that the Fold 5 and Flip 5 may not receive official IP ratings. Samsung already introduced water resistance to the Z lineup with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, two of the best foldable phones to buy in 2023. Dust resistance seems like the next logical step. Foldable phones’ durability remains a significant obstacle to becoming mainstream, aside from its price, which remains a major pitfall.