Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6: Price, release date, features and more

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 6 has arrived, bringing greater durability, a more powerful chipset, new AI features —and a higher price tag than its predecessor.

It’s that latter point that’s likely to draw the most attention from would-be shoppers who will have to pony up at least $1,099 if they want Samsung’s latest foldable, compared to the $999 starting price for the Galaxy Z Flip 5. But Samsung will point out that the new version of the Flip is more powerful than ever, thanks not only to the latest Qualcomm system-on-chip but to a new batch of Galaxy AI features as well.

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Here’s what we know about the Galaxy Z Flip 6, now that the flip phone-style foldable has made its debut alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 6.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 cheat sheet: The major changes

  • The Galaxy Z Flip 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the same chipset Samsung uses in its Galaxy S24 Ultra flagship.
  • Despite rumors of a larger cover display, the external screen remains 3.4-inches, though Samsung has redesigned the Flip to be slightly thinner when it’s closed.
  • Samsung upgraded the main camera on the Galaxy Z Flip 6 to a 50MP sensor,after using  a 12MP sensor since the original Flip.
  • Samsung is using a 4,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy Z Flip 4, to address complaints about lesser longevity in previous Flip models.
  • Galaxy AI highlights include suggested replies to texts available on the phone’s exterior Flex screen and an Interpreter mode that shows live translations on both the cover and interior displays.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 pricing and availability

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 starts at $1,099 / £1,049  for a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage; there's also a 512GB version of the phone that costs an extra $120 / £50. Last year, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 debuted at $999, though that version of the phone only had 8GB of memory.

Your color choices for the Galaxy Z Flip 6 include Silver Shadow, Yellow, Blue, and Mint. exclusive colors include Craft Black, Purity White and Peach. 

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Flip 6 are underway now, with the phone arriving on retail shelves on July 24. Pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip 6 by July 23 through Samsung and you can get up to $1,000 off with an eligible trade-in. Samsung will also increase the storage on your phone to 512GB at no extra cost while supplies last. For more deals on the new phone, check out our Galaxy Z Flip 6 pre-order guide.

In addition to Samsung, Amazon and Best Buy will also offer the Galaxy Z Flip 6. All major U.S. carriers will sell the phone as well.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6: Specs

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 specs
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
ColorsSilver Shadow, Yellow, Blue, Mint, Crafted Black, White, PeachMint, Graphite, Cream, Lavender, Gray, Blue, Green, Yellow
Inner display6.7-inch FHD+ (2640 x 1080) AMOLED, 1-120 Hz6.7-inch FHD+ (2640 x 1080) AMOLED, 1-120Hz
Outer display3.4-inch AMOLED (720 x 748, 60 Hz3.4-inch AMOLED (720 x 748, 60Hz)
Rear camera50MP main (f/2.2), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2)12MP main (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2)
Front camera10MP (f/2.2)10MP (f/2.2)
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 3Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Storage256GB, 512GB256GB, 512GB
Battery4,000 mAh3,700 mAh
Wired charging25W25W
Wireless charging10-15W10-15W
Dimensions6.5 x 2.83 x 0.27 inches (open), 3.35 x 2.83 x 0.58 inches (closed)6.5 x 2.83 x 0.27-inches (open), 3.35 x 2.83 x 0.59-inches (closed)
Weight6.6 ounces6.6 ounces

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6: What’s new

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on.

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Not much has changed with the look of the Galaxy Z Flip 6 compared to its predecessor. As with that phone, the latest Flip features a 6.7-inch interior OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. The cover display remains at 3.4 inches, despite rumors that Samsung was going to upgrade the panel to 3.9 inches. Samsung has increased the number of widgets you can access on that outer FlexWindow.

That said, Samsung has made changes to the phone’s dual hinge structure, which should not only bolster the durability phone, but make the Galaxy Z Flip 6 more compact when folded shut. The open phone has the same 6.5 x 2.83 x 0.27-inch dimensions as its predecessor, but the folded Z Flip 6 is only 0.48 inches thick compared to 0.59 inches for the Galaxy Z Flip 5.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on.

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Speaking of durability, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 uses an enhanced Armor Aluminum frame with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 for greater protection. For the first time, the Flip also has a dust resistance rating to go with its water resistance.

Samsung is using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset that powers many of the best Android phones. Aided by the added RAM in the Galaxy Z Flip 6, the new foldable should be able to match the performance of a lot of top devices, including the Galaxy S24 flagships. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has also proven to be a very power-efficient system-on-chip, so that along with a larger 4,000 mAh battery should help the Galay Z Fold 6 last longer on a charge.

While the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is getting four years of software updates along with an extra year of security support, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 boosts that to seven years for both software and security patches, matching what Samsung offers with the Galaxy S24 phones. Our Galaxy Z Flip 6 vs. Galaxy Z Flip 5 comparison has a more thorough look at the similarities and differences between the two phones.

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

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on.

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The primary competition for the Galaxy Z Flip 6 among the best foldable phones is the recently released Motorola Razr Plus (2024), which costs $100 less than Samsung’s phone. A more scaled-back version, the Motorola Razr (2024) is even cheaper at $699.

The Razr Plus has a larger cover screen than the Galaxy Z Flip, so it’s able to run more apps, saving you from having to open up the phone. The Galaxy Z Flip 6 should prove to be the better performer, as the Razr runs on a Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset, which isn’t as powerful as the version inside the Flip. 

The Galaxy Z Flip’s main camera puts it on par with the 50MP shooter featured on the Motorola Razr Plus. But instead of an ultrawide lens, Motorola’s phone features a telephoto camera as the second of its two rear lenses. While the Motorola Razr Plus will boast some AI features, none of them will be available at launch, giving the Galaxy Z Flip 6 an added edge.

Our Galaxy Z Flip 6 vs. Motorola Razr Plus (2024) comparison has the full breakdown of how these phones compare.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6: First impressions

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on.

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We’re currently testing the Galaxy Z Flip 6 for a full review. But our initial impressions from some Galaxy Z Flip 6 hands-on time suggest some welcome if modest changes from past Samsung foldables. The flip phone-style design remains sleek, and we’re pleased to see the added attention to durability in this model. We also look forward to trying out the 50MP main camera to see if it delivers sharper images than before, especially in more challenging lighting.

The price hike to the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is disappointing, especially since few changes to the phone seem to justify the extra $100. That impression could change once we get a chance to test the Galaxy AI features to see if they really take advantage of the phone’s Flex screen.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Outlook

Samsung isn’t reinventing the wheel with the Galaxy Z Flip 6, but it is continuing to refine its approach to foldables while also pushing for more AI-powered features in its marque phones. The big question is whether those hardware improvements coupled with new Galaxy AI tools will convince existing foldable phone users to upgrade while bringing new converts into the foldable fold. There’s also the possibility that the higher price on the galaxy Z Flip 6 might drive people to look elsewhere for their foldable fix.

Philip Michaels

Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.

  • abazaba
    That's great news. I am a senior power user artist illustrator and I fell in love with the Z Flip 5 after 10 years of the Note being my laptop. I do not like the Z Flip because the "micro" form of the Z Flip is way more practical for me but it needs the aforementioned upgrades especially in the camera. As soon as I unpacked the Flip5 last year I knew the future and hoped Samsung would follow though making it the flagship level it deserves and not just a trendy toy. Go for it Samsung and I and the marketplace will follow.

    PS. (to Samsung) ... Market the Z Flip more like a space age power device and the choice of astronauts and not so much as fashion statement and make the carriers can sell a black one (and add a pen and an SD card lol) But at least fix the current "toy" camera thanks!