Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is here — everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 half folded on table
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Update: See our Galaxy Z Fold 6 hands-on review for our first impressions and pros and cons.

The wait is finally over, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 has arrived. With it comes a slim lightweight design, a powerful new chipset, improved durability and the whole suite of Galaxy AI features. Unfortunately, the new phone is also more expensive than last year's model.

Prices start at $1,899, $100 more than you’d pay for an equivalent Galaxy Z Fold 5. So prospective buyers will have to decide whether that extra cost and the various hardware and software upgrades on offer are worth it. Samsung would, of course, point to all the improved and refined AI features that have come to the Z Fold 6, as well as the fact it’s the most powerful and durable Samsung foldable made so far.

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From hardware to software, here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 cheat sheet: The major changes

  • The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy, the same as the one found in the Galaxy S24 Ultra and currently the most powerful Android chipset on the market
  • Despite rumors of a major redesign, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 looks more or less the same as before. It is fractionally shorter and wider, but not to the same extent as other foldables.
  • The Z Fold 6 has a new dual rail hinge that is stronger and thinner, and combined with an FT6 protective screen later offers better shock resistance and a reduced display crease
  • The Z Fold 6 has an official dust resistance rating for the first time, offering IP48 protection against water and dust ingress
  • AI features have been improved and optimized for foldables. This includes Interpreter mode’s real time translation, which can display both sides of a conversation on each display

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 pricing and availability

Prices for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 start at $1,899 / £1,799 / AU$2,749 for the 256GB storage option — which is $100 more than the equivalent Galaxy Z Fold 5. Prices rise to $2,019 / £1,899 / AU$2.949 for 512GB storage and $2,259 / £2,099 / AU$3,299 for 1TB of storage. All three variants come with 12GB of RAM. 

Color options available this year include Silver Shadow, Pink and Navy. Craft Black and Purity White will be available exclusively from Samsung.com

Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 open today (July 10) ahead of going on general sale on July 24. Pre-orders in the U.S. include double storage at no extra cost as well as 12 months of free Samsung Care Plus when you pre-order a carrier version through Samsung.com. Anyone who pre-orders in the U.K. will also receive the brand new slimmed down Z Fold S Pen and the redesigned S Pen case. These offers end on July 23 or while stocks last.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 specs

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
Inner Display7.6-inch (2,160 x 1856) Dynamic AMOLED, 20:.9:18 aspect ratio7.6-inch QXGA+ (2176 x 1812) Dynamic AMOLED, 21.6:18 aspect ratio
Outer Display6.3-inch (2,376 x 968) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 22.1:9 aspect ratio6.2-inch HD+ (2316 x 904) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 23.1:9 aspect ratio
Refresh rate120 Hz adaptive (inner and outer)120 Hz adaptive (inner and outer)
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 3 for GalaxySnapdragon 8 Gen 2
RAM12GB12GB
Storage256GB/512GB/1TB256GB/512GB/1TB
Rear cameras50MP main wide-angle, f/1.8 + 12MP ultra-wide f2.2 + 10MP telephoto f/2.4 3X optical zoom50MP main wide-angle, f/1.8 + 12MP ultra-wide f2.2 + 10MP telephoto f/2.4 3X optical zoom
Selfie camera10MP f/2.2 (outer), 4MP f/1.8 (inner)10MP f/2.2 (outer), 4MP f/1.8 (inner)
Battery4,400 mAh4,400 mAh
Dimensions6 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches (folded), 6 x 5.2 x 0.22 inches (unfolded)6.1 x 2.64 x .53-inches (folded) and 6.1 x 5.11 x .24-inches (unfolded) / 67.1 x 154.9 x 13.4mm (folded) and 129.9 x 154.9 x6.1mm (unfolded)
Weight8.4oz (239 grams)8.92oz (253 grams)
IP RatingIP48IPX8
PriceFrom $1,899 / £1,799From $1,799 / £1,749

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: What’s new

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 front

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While there had been rumors of a big redesign, the look of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 hasn’t changed all that much compared to older models. It’s a little shorter and wider, but not by a whole lot. The phone is 6 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches  when folded and 6 x 5.2 x 0.22 inches in an unfolded state. That’s 0.1 inches shorter than the Z Fold 5 and 0.09-inches wider (unfolded), which is not going to be noticed by many.

The Z Fold 6 is noticeably thinner and lighter, weighing half an ounce less at 8.4oz. The phone is 0.47 inches when mesured — 0.06 inches less than the Z Fold 5. Meanwhile Samsung says that the Z Fold 6 is more durable than last year, thanks in part to the new Dual Rail Hinge technology. This is thinner and stronger, offering improved protection and a reduced display crease. Also adding extra protection is an FTG layer on the inner screen, an armor aluminum frame and IP 48 dust resistance. That’s the first time a Z Fold has had a formal rating for dust protection.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy, a specially-optimized version of Qualcomm’s latest system on chip that was previously exclusive to the Galaxy S24 Ultra. That should give it a performance advantage over the best Android phones, as well as all the power efficiency benefits afforded by the chipset. So, in theory, it should make the 4,400 mAh battery last longer even if it’s the exact same size as the one on the Z Fold 5.

AI updates are the biggest draw this year, with the Z Fold 6 enjoying the full suite of Galaxy AI features that launched earlier this year. The only new exclusive feature we have is the Sketch to Image, which turns doodles into realistic objects and Portrait Studio which can convert your selfies into a number of different art styles, all using generative AI. Other features do feel familiar, though Samsung has updated them for the Z Fold 6, which includes adding some foldable optimizations. Interpreter mode, for instance, can now utiilize both screens on the Galaxy Z Fold 6 to show a translated conversation for both parties involved.

Plus like current Galaxy S24 flagships, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is set to get seven years of software and security updates. Our Galaxy Z Fold 6 vs Galaxy Z Fold 5 comparison has a more thorough look at the similarities and differences between the two phones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: How it compares to other phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 sketch to image AI feature

(Image credit: Future)

The main competition for the Galaxy Z Fold 6 right includes the OnePlus Open and Google Pixel Fold — two of the best foldable phones money can buy. As it stands both those devices are a little older and a little cheaper, with OnePlus offering a foldable experience for $200 less than Samsung’s latest.

Both the OnePlus Open and Pixel Fold offer a squatter design than Samsung, which some find to be more comfortable in their hand. OnePlus has also managed to capture the premium feel of its design, perfected multitasking with the Open Canvas concept and offers considerably better camera hardware — particularly with the telephoto lens, which is 64MP compared to the Z Fold 6’s 10MP. 

Meanwhile Google pushes that same lens even further with 5x optical zoom and classic Google Pixel camera performance aided by AI. Sadly the AI smarts on the Pixel Fold are limited, on account of it running on an almost-two-year-old Tensor G2 chipset.

In some ways, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 comes out on top, but in other areas, both rival book-like foldables have it beat. Since both OnePlus and Google are expected to launch new foldables in the coming months — the OnePlus Open Pro and Google Pixel 9 Pro Fold — there’s no telling how that might change.

Be sure to check out our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 vs OnePlus Open and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 vs Pixel Fold 2 pages to find out more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: First impressions

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 colors

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We’re currently testing the Galaxy Z Fold 6 for a full review. But our initial impressions from some Galaxy Z Fold 6 hands-on time suggests that this generation is something of a mixed bag. There’s no denying that offering a sleek, thin design while improving durability is a great thing, but the rest of the hardware doesn’t seem to have changed very much compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5. 

Then again, the AI features are a welcome addition, especially since Samsung has put in the time to improve those features and better optimize them to take advantage of the foldable’s dual display design.

Still, with all that in mind, it’s disappointing that Samsung has raised the price by $100. At first glance, there just doesn’t seem to be enough to justify that extra cost, especially considering how expensive foldable phones are to begin with. But, of course, there may be things under the surface that could change our mind. We won’t know for sure until we manage to thoroughly test the phone for ourselves.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: Outlook

 It’s no surprise that Samsung isn’t being very adventurous with the Galaxy Z Fold 6. The company has taken more of a refine-and-adapt approach to its foldables for the past few generations, rather than offering big tentpole-style upgrades each year. Arguably, Galaxy AI could be considered the latter, and it could easily be the main selling point for anyone thinking about picking up a Galaxy Z Fold 6 for themselves. Assuming, of course, that the price increase doesn’t put them off and send users into the arms of cheaper rivals. 

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Tom is the Tom's Guide's UK Phones Editor, tackling the latest smartphone news and vocally expressing his opinions about upcoming features or changes. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining about how terrible his Smart TV is.