We are in an age of innovation, as the aggressive speed of technological progressions is propelled further by the multinational juggernauts, attempting to evolve from one generation to another. Once again, Samsung, leading the charge into the next iteration of the foldable phone saga, is ready to wow the world with its multitude of crease-cutting wonders and hinged contraptions. Loads of speculation is underway as to what Samsung has in store for us, for it has scheduled its annual ‘Unpacked’ event to be held in the second week of July this year. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 and the Galaxy Z Flip 6 are the two most prominent among the foldable phones to be showcased in the much-anticipated event. But will the Galaxy Z Fold 6 write a new chapter in the next edition of foldable phones? Or will the specs for the Galaxy Z Fold 6 signal the onset of a new type of challenge for Samsung?


Meanwhile, digital chatter is riotous with leaks promising to tell us what the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will have. Indeed, so far, the chatter seems to suggest that we’re not looking at another grand leap forward, but more of a smoothing and polishing of the foldable experience. And yet, despite big expectations and the hint of a price increase, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is in a rather precarious position.

Design and Display: Squared Corners and Dual Screens

As is the way with things, Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold 6 is following the design planned for the behemoth Galaxy S24 Ultra, with squared-off corners. It also retains the book-style design of previous foldables, but with a 2022 makeover. A 7.6-inch screen on the inside, complemented by a 6.3-inch cover screen on the outside, is largely very similar to what you’ll find on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, bar a higher resolution and Dynamic AMOLED 2X that should make for a brighter, smoother experience.

Powering the Fold: Snapdragon Under the Hood

At the core of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will sit the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, with up to 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM. This could be paired with either 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage, with the Galaxy Z Fold 6 potentially a powerhouse that becomes an extension of Samsung’s latest Galaxy AI features.


Samsung’s approach to the Galaxy Z Fold 6, however, seems to lean more towards consistent and targeted iteration rather than radical reinvention. The Fold 6’s photography setup is mostly the same as the Fold 5’s. You get a similar trio of rear cameras as well as the same pair of front-facing cameras, including a clever under-display solution for a subtler selfie setup. But without motivated upgrades, can it attract the snap-happy crowd?


More surprising is that Samsung might keep the Fold 6’s battery capacity the same as the previous year’s model. That is, a 4,400 mAh battery is speculated to return, and with specs expected to come down across the rest of the phone, it’s worth considering how well that battery will manage the power and performance demands of the future, particularly with charging speeds staying the same.

Connectivity and Price: Evolution or Stagnation?

Equipped with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and a USB-C port – the connectivity ports required by present-day standards – the Galaxy Z Fold 6 fulfils the latest appetite for a foldable phone. But with a reported base price of $1,899.99, Samsung’s second-generation foldable sets itself up for a much steeper climb than its predecessor, particularly as there aren’t dramatic hardware specification leaps.


The galaxy, our swirling cosmos, is a stage for celestial mechanics and cosmic processes; a place where stars are created, then live and die; where planets orbit in intricate dances; and where dark matter and dark energy beckon. From this scale, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 appears as it should: a technological artefact of an eternally inquisitive species and of human-driven technological evolution, and a testament to our creativity, our inquisitiveness and our aspirations. From our galaxy, as we gaze both outward into the cosmos and inward into our silicon concoctions, we grasp our place in the galaxy, and our unlimited opportunity for discovery and innovation.


Samsung fans are waiting with bated breath before the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. And so are we tech-savvy nerds. If the Galaxy Z Fold 6 pushes the envelope and blazes a new path, or if it remains on the road less travelled with small improvements and an even bigger price tag, what will happen? Samsung’s third subtle redesign and second hardware refresh arrives into a new world. It carries with it the lessons learned by its predecessors, along with the promise of its designer’s dreams and the expectations of its manufacturer. On the cusp of its release, one thing is clear: the galaxy – be it the one above our heads or the one conjured by Samsung’s engineers – continues to shape and change our understanding of what’s possible.

Jun 15, 2024
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