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
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

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, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.