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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is set to launch soon, but according to a well-placed leaker, the primary camera on the foldable won’t be any different from the current model. Ice Universe, a source known for accurate mobile predictions, stated that it is “impossible to use HP2” in the Galaxy Z Fold 5, so this particular spec won’t be upgraded this year. HP2 refers to Samsung’s 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor, which is present in the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. It’s unclear why it’s impossible to use HP2 on the Z Fold 5, but it could be due to physical space restrictions or other engineering problems.
Cameras by the numbers
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 boasts a triple-lens 50MP+12MP+10MP camera on the ‘back’ (depending on how it’s folded), a single-lens 4MP camera under the main screen, and a single-lens 10MP camera on the cover display on the ‘front’. According to the latest leak, those specs won’t change this time around – at least not the main camera module. Previously, there were rumors that Samsung might upgrade the primary camera lens to 108MP this time around.
If Samsung follows the same schedule as last year, we should see the Galaxy Z Fold 5 debut alongside the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in August. However, don’t expect a significant jump forward in terms of internal components.
Analysis: foldable phones are still making compromises
While foldable phones have made significant strides in terms of quality and durability in recent years, this leak shows that the form factor still has its limitations. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 couldn’t match the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of its cameras, and it seems that the pattern will repeat this year. If you want the best specs, you need a conventional phone for now.
Based on previous rumors, it seems the design of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will remain unchanged this time around. The processor, at least, should get an upgrade, which will mean slightly faster software performance than before. The camera setup on the Z Fold 4 was impressive, so it’s not a disaster that Samsung is sticking with the same components this time around – especially if it means a lower price than last year.