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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: Which Flip is best?

Samsung has been very busy, releasing several new products including the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Galaxy Watch 6 as part of its Galaxy Unpacked Summer Showcase.

We’ve already run through all of the key differences between the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 5, but now, we want to take a look at the Flip series.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 felt like a futuristic foldable device, but it was far from perfect. With that in mind, we wanted to run through all the improvements and differences that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 has picked up. Is it worth splashing out for the newer model, or could you save yourself a bit of cash by opting for the year-old model instead? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about these two foldable smartphones.

Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a new, larger cover display

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The large outer display

The main feature of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is its new, large external display. It measures 3.4 inches and resembles an upside-down folder. Compared to the 1.9-inch cover display on the Galaxy Z Flip 4, it’s a massive improvement. There are new cover screen widgets ranging from contacts, calendar, stocks, now playing and more, all easily accessible by swiping from the main panel. 

We were impressed with the larger cover display and the additional functionality it provides, reducing the number of times you need to unfold the device to perform simple tasks, but it’s still a little limited – especially when it comes to app support – compared to the similar Motorola Razr 40 Ultra.

We liked the cover display on the Galaxy Z Flip 4, but we found that it paled in comparison to other foldable phones, most notably the Motorola Razr. The improvements to the cover display on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 make it a much smarter handset and give it a lot more capabilities than its predecessor. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 half-folded on a table
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Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, while its successor opted to use the custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy exclusive to Samsung devices. We found that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 pumped out an excellent performance, however, gaming didn’t feel great due to its foldable form factor. 

That’s all changed with the new Z Flip 5, however. The additional GPU core and better CPU clock speeds compared to the regular flagship 8 Gen 2 means the Flip 5 can easily handle whatever you throw at it, be it split-screen multitasking or high-end gaming. The only downside is that, like its predecessor and most other foldables, it can get hot over longer gameplay sessions.  

Galaxy Z Flip 4 in hand
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The Galaxy Z Flip 5 has more colourways

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 can be found in four colours, including Graphite, Bora Purple, Blue and Pink Gold. 

Samsung had included even more colourways for the latest Galaxy Z Flip 5. It’s worth noting that some colourways will only be available with certain phone carriers and some are online exclusives that can only be found on the official Samsung website. The base colours include Mint, Graphite, Lavender and Cream, while the online exclusives include Blue, Green, Grey and Yellow. 

It’s also worth noting that the colour options of the Z Flip 5 are much more muted than those of its predecessor, with a more subtle colour on the rear panel and sides that help it look more premium.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is cheaper

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 launched with a $999/£999 price tag. Samsung also launched a bespoke edition of the handset which came with a $1099/£1099 starting price. 

Samsung has upped the price for the Galaxy Z Flip 5, with the base 256GB storage and 8GB RAM model coming in at £1049. The increased price is likely due to the inclusion of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and improved features, but it does make it less accessible than its predecessor. 

However, it’s also worth noting that the Z Flip 5 starts with 256GB of storage in place of the 128GB option of the Z Flip 4. Compared to the 256GB model of the Z Flip 4, the Z Flip 5 costs a near-identical amount.

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