Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 hands-on review: comprehensive cover

The Galaxy Z Flip 5 takes on the Motorola RAZR Plus / 40 Ultra with its large cover screen – but how's the camera?

A photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
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Early Verdict

Samsung's strange side-notch on the Z Flip 5 might not look as good as Motorola's RAZR 40 Ultra cover screen, but if it makes room for better camera hardware, we're here for it. The fact the Z Flip 5 upgrades the cover-screen functionality to run third-party apps, levels up the line's power, and zaps the hinge gap of old Samsung clamshells all means this is the most exciting Z Flip since the first debuted in 2021.

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The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is the new clamshell from Samsung, taking on the Motorola RAZR Plus (RAZR 40 Ultra in Europe), and Oppo's Find N2 Flip. Historically, Samsung's lack of great competition kept the Z Flip line ahead of the pack, but now that there are some strong alternatives, the Z Flip 5 has a tougher job than any of its predecessors.

Thankfully, Samsung is overhauling a huge aspect of the Flip line – its cover screen – upping it from 1.9 inches to 3.4 inches and adding support for third-party apps on it.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.