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Galaxy Z Flip 6: The biggest upgrades to expect

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Last updated: June 24th, 2024 at 13:52 UTC+02:00

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 will go official on July 10. Samsung will hold its next Galaxy Unpacked event in Paris and will unveil new smartwatches and earbuds and its first ever smart ring along with the new foldables.

Both models are expected to be pricier than their predecessors, but if the rumors and leaks are anything to go by, the list of Z Flip 6 upgrades will better justify the increased price.

Nothing is 100% confirmed until Samsung officially announces the phone, but here are some of the big changes and improvements you can expect with the Galaxy Z Flip 6.

A bigger battery

This is arguably going to be the biggest upgrade the upcoming phone brings to the lineup. Small batteries have severely handicapped all existing Galaxy Z Flip smartphones and can't support any kind of heavy use without needing a top-up well before bedtime.

More on the Galaxy Z Flip 6's upgrades after this video…

The first two models in the lineup featured 3,300 mAh batteries, and Samsung increased the capacity to 3,700 mAh with the Z Flip 4. Two years later, Samsung is bringing a similar increase in battery capacity. A 4,000 mAh battery will power the Z Flip 6, same as the Galaxy S24.

4,000 mAh cannot be considered huge by today's standards. In fact, it's the bare minimum you can find on phones that don't fold. Still, with help from an efficient Snapdragon chip and optimized software—and if the Galaxy S24 is anything to go by—the Galaxy Z Flip 6 won't have you worrying about the battery dying nearly as much as previous models.

Superior performance with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, 12GB of RAM

Samsung's foldables have always exclusively used Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips, and that won't change this year. The Galaxy Z Flip 6 will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the same chip that is used on the Galaxy S24 series.

2023's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was a fantastic chip with insane performance and power efficiency. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 keeps the power efficiency of the 8 Gen 2, but offers faster performance, especially in games.

But more importantly, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 will have more RAM. It will be the first Z Flip phone to get 12GB of RAM. The base variant will still feature 8GB of RAM, and that's plenty for most users. But power users wanting the absolute best will have the option to buy a variant with 12GB of RAM.

However, it's unclear if Samsung will sell the 12GB variant everywhere. With even the base variant expected to be costlier than the Flip 5, the 12GB variant may be too expensive to see a lot of sales in some markets, and Samsung could limit its availability as a result.

50MP primary camera

Also included on the list of Galaxy Z Flip 6 upgrades will be a 50MP primary camera. This is the first model that will bring a meaningful improvement to the camera setup.

Samsung stuck with 12MP primary cameras for the first four models, and those cameras also used older sensors than the latest Galaxy S and Galaxy Z Fold flagships.

For the Galaxy Z Flip 6, Samsung is reportedly using the same 50MP camera as the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S24. We can expect notable improvements in picture quality, along with features such as 8K video recording.

The Galaxy Z Flip line lacks a dedicated zoom camera and uses digital zoom. The Z Flip 6 will not change that, but it should offer better picture quality levels when using digital zoom, at least in the 1x-3x magnification range.

Seven years of Android, One UI, and security updates

Samsung debuted its policy of seven years of OS updates with the Galaxy S24 series earlier this year. The company didn't apply the policy to mid-range phones launched this year, but we expect it to do so for all new flagships.

Samsung may, therefore, support the Galaxy Z Flip 6 considerably longer than previous models. In fact, it may be one of the reasons Samsung wants more money for its upcoming foldables.

The seven years of support will include new versions of Android and One UI, along with security updates. We just hope Samsung's foldables are durable enough to survive that long. There's no way to know for now, since Samsung started selling foldables just five years ago.

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