Foldable smartphones are still far from becoming the future of telecommunications, although more and more brands like Motorola are venturing into this market, which is, until now, quite niche. These devices come with many problems associated with material fatigue, especially in their screens, but also in the (usually cables) that pass through the hinge. However, this is not their only problem, and for many users, there’s a persistent issue: battery life. Samsung hasn’t been able to escape this problem with its Galaxy Z Fold devices, and even with the Fold 4, we found ourselves unable to make it through the day without resorting to a second backup device. Fortunately, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 seems to have been able to overcome this hurdle to some extent.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 doesn’t change much, but it does change what’s necessary
We discussed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 a few days ago, and it has been accused at times of being not very ambitious, with minimal significant changes in its construction compared to the previous edition and only using a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8. However, it seems that this improvement has greatly enhanced the performance of the 4,400mAh battery, which, as I mentioned, has not changed between generations.
Both devices have the same screen specifications and share most of their components. However, the Fold 5 boasts a 30 to 40% increase in battery life compared to its previous version. This allows it to last throughout the day with regular use and significantly endure prolonged intensive usage. In fact, 9to5Google analyst Ben Schoom mentioned on the platform that he was “playing on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 for the entirety of a two-hour flight earlier this week and only used around 20% of the battery.”
This development indicates that we are getting closer to considering foldable smartphones as a solid alternative that is gradually integrating into the global market, although we are still far from fully realizing this.