Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

A new leak has me excited about the Galaxy Z Fold 6

Published Apr 3rd, 2024 7:35PM EDT
Samsung Fold 5 a on a mirrored background showing the Google Play store.
Image: Jonathan S. Geller

If you buy through a BGR link, we may earn an affiliate commission, helping support our expert product labs.

Samsung might be patting itself on the back for being the inventor of foldable phones every chance it gets, but I’ve often criticized the Z Fold and Z Flip. For all the talk about making foldables mainstream, Samsung has failed to deliver meaningful upgrades at the same rate as its top competitors.

Moreover, Samsung failed to cut the prices of new Fold and Flip models despite essentially playing it safe when it comes to big design changes.

But things might finally change this year. Samsung seems ready to take bigger risks, both when it comes to design and prices. That’s what the leaks suggest, at least. There’s a budget-friendly Galaxy Z Fold 6 in the making that might launch around the same time the iPhone 16 series comes out. The more affordable Fold 6 would feature an amazing price, possibly selling for under $1,000 in Korea. 

A newer leak from a well-known insider details some of the budget Galaxy Z Fold 6’s specs. And it’ll give you a reason to get excited about the cheaper foldable.

Samsung fans who are on top of Galaxy leaks must be more than familiar with Ice Universe. He has been a source of steady mobile leaks with a big focus on Samsung for years.

The budget Fold 6’s specs come from a series of tweets from Ice Universe, as you’ll see below.

The leaker claims the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will weigh just 239g, which puts it on par with the OnePlus Open Fold-type foldable.

Moreover, he mentioned some of the dimensions of the budget Fold 6. The foldable will be just 5.6mm thick when unfolded. It’ll measure 12.1mm when folded. The upcoming foldable will feature a 7.6-inch internal display and a 6.3-inch outer screen. The aspect ratio for the latter is 22:9. Both screens will feature higher resolutions than the previous screens Samsung has used for the Fold series.

The leaker showed a purported prototype for the budget Fold 6 that displays the aspect ratio of the external screen.

Ice Universe also said a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra is in the works. But he had no size details or specs for it.

Several reports this year said that Samsung would launch a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra alongside the budget version. The Ultra will likely retain the higher price tag of the previous Fold versions.

Leaks detailing Galaxy devices are usually correct, especially the ones that Ice Universe has to offer. It’s likely the upgrades the leaker mentions are correct. This would make the budget Fold 6 lighter and thinner than its more expensive predecessors.

Other leaks have indicated similar design improvements for the budget Fold 6, including a leak from Korea that said the cheaper foldable will launch in September.

The aspect ratio change for the external display also suggests the handset will be easier to use when folded. Then there’s the rumored resolution bump, which suggests Samsung might not be looking to cut all possible corners with a budget foldable.

That’s probably the right approach for a budget Fold-type device. After all, various handset vendors from China have already delivered lighter and thinner Fold-type devices that are more affordable, at least in China. Most of these handset makers have started selling foldable handsets years after Samsung’s first Fold device.

Samsung should unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra and Flip 6 in July. It’s unclear whether the budget Fold will be announced at the show, considering that Samsung reportedly plans to launch it in stores only in September. Whatever the case, these leaks are all telling the same story, so we’ll probably get more rumors in the coming months.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.