Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 might fix the most annoying thing about foldable phones

Samsung’s foldable phones are some of the best you can buy, but they all suffer from an annoying problem: When you fully unfold the device, there’s a visible crease in the middle where the hinge mechanism is.

That could change with the next generation of Samsung’s foldable flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. Korean outlet Naver (via SamMobile) claims that Samsung implemented a “waterdrop” design for the phone’s hinge, which allows it to be completely flat when unfolded, and with no noticeable gap between the halves when folded.

A diagram showing Samsung's waterdrop hinge.

New hinge, new look.
Photo Credit: Korea Intellectual Property Office via Naver

Samsung actually has a patent for the waterdrop-shaped hinge, granted in 2016, and now the company seems finally ready to apply it to one of its foldable smartphones.


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If the report is true, Samsung wouldn’t be the first to have such a hinge on a foldable phone. The Motorola Razr 2022, for example, has a similar design and has almost no wrinkles when unfolded. But Samsung sells far more foldable phones than any other company, so that’s a big deal (if you like fully flat displays).

The report doesn’t mention anything about Samsung’s other foldable devices, but it’s reasonable to expect that the company will eventually integrate the waterdrop-shaped display into all of its foldable phones.

However, it will be quite a long time before we get the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, came out in August 2022, so the new version will likely be released in a similar time frame this year. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 might fix the most annoying thing about foldable phones

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