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Does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 have a crease?

Did Samsung finally get rid of the dreaded crease?
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February 9, 2024

Foldable phones are great, but isn’t that crease annoying? Sure, you can learn to ignore it, but all of us would be happier if it disappeared. Samsung foldables are among the best, and many of you are wondering if the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 has a crease, and if so, how visible is it?

QUICK ANSWER

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 continues to have a pronounced crease. While Samsung significantly enhanced its hinge design, the main improvement is that the device can now fold flat. The Flex Hinge makes no improvements to crease visibility.

How does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 crease compare to the competition’s?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 crease and bezels
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

As mentioned in the quick answer, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 has a crease that’s just as visible as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s. Instead of trying to make the crease disappear, Samsung’s Flex Hinge focuses on getting rid of the screen gap when the device is folded shut.

The screen gap is something that had been plaguing Samsung foldable devices, and it’s arguably a more annoying issue than the noticeable crease. As a result, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 continues to have one of the most noticeable creases in the world of foldable smartphones.

The Google Pixel Fold has a less noticeable crease than Samsung’s foldables. But if you really want a foldable smartphone with a nearly unnoticeable crease, your best bet is to go for the OPPO Find N3 ($1599 at Oppo) or OPPO Find N3 Flip ($1199 at Giztop). OPPO did a great job with this hinge, which folds the display significantly less drastically. The crease is nearly unnoticeable; take a look at the image below to see what we mean.

OPPO Find N3 Flip homescreen
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

FAQs

Samsung foldable phones have some of the most noticeable creases in the industry. Even Google managed to make it less pronounced with the Pixel Fold.

Out of all the foldable smartphones we’ve tested, the OPPO Find N3 series has the least noticeable crease. Sadly, they’re not available in the USA, but you can get them imported if you really want them.

While a crease can be annoying, we don’t feel it should be a deal-breaker if you like everything else about a phone. It is something you can learn to ignore with time, and these phone/tablet hybrids still offer an excellent experience. Especially high-end ones from manufacturers like Samsung or Google.

A foldable phone is inherently more delicate than regular handsets. It has more moving parts, and you’ll fold and unfold the device several times daily. It wouldn’t be nice to have an $1,800 device breaking after a few folds. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is rated to handle 200,000 folds. To put that into perspective, you should be able to unfold the device 273 times daily for five years without issues.