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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date: When is it available to buy?
Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event in Seoul in July unveiled the latest devices in the manufacturer’s Galaxy lineup, including the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. The previous generation of Samsung foldables was a hit with consumers, and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 actually outsold the Z Fold 4 last year, so the more compact of the two Android phones didn’t take long to rule the roost when it comes to clamshell-style foldables. But when was the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date, and when did it become available?
We’ll answer that and related questions in this quick guide.
THE SHORT ANSWER
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 launched at a Galaxy Unpacked event on July 26, with the phone becoming immediately available for pre-order. It then became available to buy on August 11.
When did the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 come out?
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip — February 14, 2020
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G — August 7, 2020
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 — August 24, 2021
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 — August 10, 2022
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 — July 26, 2023
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 launched on July 26, 2023, alongside The Galaxy Z Fold 5 and a host of other new Galaxy devices.
Earlier in the summer, we had assumed that we would see the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date in August 2023. This was based on the fact that the last three iterations of the phone have launched in August in consecutive years. The only outlier was the first generation of the device, which arrived in February 2020. Even then, a 5G model followed that August.
It became apparent that this guess was slightly off as the launch date approached, with Samsung confirming that it would launch its new range of foldable phones at the end of July in its home country of Seoul during its 27th Galaxy Unpacked event. While The Galaxy Z Flip 5 wasn’t specifically named, and an exact date wasn’t identified until a few weeks beforehand, there was little doubt that we would see the latest Z Flip before July was out.
Was the Galaxy Z Flip 5 available to buy at launch?
You couldn’t buy the Galaxy Z Flip 5 straight away. The launch fired the starter pistol on a 16-day pre-order period, with various deals available for those ordering early. The phone was then made available to buy on August 11, 2023.
This was an unsurprising move from the manufacturer. Samsung’s preferred approach in recent years has been to launch the latest flagship phones at a Galaxy Unpacked event and make them available for pre-order on the same day. The phone would then hit the shelves a couple of weeks later. This release schedule was followed for both the Galaxy S23 series earlier this year and previous generations of the Samsung foldables.
Once it became apparent that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 would be announced on July 26, we predicted that it would become available to buy on August 11. This was based on the previous pre-order periods in which Samsung favored a Wednesday launch and Friday release.
What is the Galaxy Z Flip 5’s price?
In the US, the base 256GB model of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is $999, while it is available at £1,049 in the UK and €1,199 in Europe. US buyers will usually need to pay an extra $120 to upgrade to the 512GB model, although Samsung and many other retailers offered the storage upgrade for free during the pre-order period.
This is the same price structure as the Galaxy Z Flip 4, which can be interpreted in a few ways. It could be said that Samsung has decided that this is the sweet spot to maximize sales, but the decision not to increase the price may also reflect the relatively tough economic times we’re in. We saw the same price freeze policy on the Galaxy S23 series.
What other products did Samsung announce at the Z Flip 5 launch event?
Samsung announced a few major successors at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 was naturally accompanied by its larger foldable sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. The upgraded phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and comes with 12GB of RAM and storage options of 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. The Fold 5 also features the same triple rear camera setup as the Z Fold 4, consisting of a 50MP main shooter, 10MP 3x tele camera, and a 12MP ultrawide lens. The design is similar to its predecessor, but it’s slightly thinner when folded due to a new hinge design. It’ll run you the same asking price of $1,799.99 for the 256GB option.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 range represented the latest additions to the manufacturer’s wearable lineup. The base model, the Galaxy Watch 6, has a sporty aesthetic and a bright display. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic brings back the “Classic” model instead of succeeding the Watch 5 Pro, and it also sees the return of the rotating bezel — a fan-favorite feature. Both models have the same displays, batteries, processors, and durability specs. They also offer the same Wear OS 4 and Galaxy Watch UI 5 software experience, including smart features and health as well as fitness tracking tools. The only difference is the 3D Hall sensor in the Classic model, which is responsible for the functionality of the rotating bezel. The base model Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 starts at $299 for a 40mm device and $329 for a 44mm variant. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic models cost $100 more than their counterparts, with the smaller 43mm Classic priced at $399 and the larger model at $429.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series was also introduced to the world, consisting of the Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. All three tablets feature 2K AMOLED displays and are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The standard Galaxy Tab S9 starts at $799.99 for the base 8GB RAM model with 128GB storage. The Galaxy Tab S9 Plus is priced at $999.99 for the 12GB RAM variant with 256GB storage. The top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra starts at $1,199 for the variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
Is the Galaxy Z Flip 5 be available globally?
Yes, the device is available in every country that Samsung usually operates. There wasn’t any reason for Samsung to have a more restricted reach for its new foldables as it had for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4, especially in the face of new competition from Google and Motorola in the biggest markets.
The 2022 Samsung foldable lineup eventually became available in over 130 countries worldwide, and it’s the same for the Galaxy Z Flip 5. Those countries include the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, India, and of course, South Korea.
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 comes with a pre-applied screen protector out of the box. This is pretty standard from Samsung by now.
It doesn’t have a headphone jack, and that’s unsurprising. The previous generations of the phone didn’t have one, and Samsung has generally phased out the feature on its flagship devices. You’ll have to get a USB-C headphone adapter or make do with Bluetooth earbuds such as the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.