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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6: New camera island and Geekbench test, no Fold6 FE

The first real image of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 is here. There is also a Geekbench test, but probably not a Galaxy Z Fold6 FE.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 camera

According to Korean publication TheElec spoke, Samsung is once again relying on a single-chip strategy for its upcoming foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6. This report refutes previous leaks that suggest Samsung could also split its foldables in the future. However, TheElec is quick to point out that the decision to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset instead of the Exynos 2400 has nothing to do with performance concerns. Instead, it would only be about cost efficiency.

Using two different platforms like the Exynos 2400 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 requires more resources. It affects not only development, but also after-sales support. Samsung seems to have done the math. Apparently the Koreans don’t expect enough units sold to offset the additional costs of dual-chip support. That doesn’t mean Samsung expects poor sales. The Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip series are gaining momentum every year, but still cannot keep up with the Galaxy S series.

New camera island

As with every new generation, the crease in the main display should also become less visible in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6. There has also been talk of a redesigned camera island for months (and today). The Galaxy Z Flip6 is also said to have a smaller fold, thanks to thicker UTG glass, which grows from 30 µm to 50 µm. The reports also say that the hinge design is the same as last year, although the Galaxy Z Flip7 is coming with a redesign.

Samsung may have used the same approach for the Galaxy Z Fold6 too. The new model will reportedly be significantly thinner and lighter, which may leave no room for a hinge redesign.

The image of the Galaxy Z Fold6 only shows a close-up of one of the lenses. But it is likely to be the first real photo of the new Samsung phone. You can see a ring with a grooved texture. The Galaxy Z Fold5 only has a small metal ring around the lenses. The actual camera sensors are reportedly identical to its predecessor. Instead, the Galaxy Z Fold6 Ultra should bring the upgrades, including a 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP2 sensor under the main camera. The same chip also powers the Galaxy S23 Ultra and S24 Ultra.

Geekbench test

The chipset strategy mentioned above has also just been confirmed by the Geekbench benchmarking platform. A Geekbench 6 test of a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 with carrier lock and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset from Qualcomm appeared there.

The device performed slightly worse than an average Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-powered smartphone. A total of 1,964 single-core and 6,619 multi-core points were achieved in the test. But that could be because it was a pre-production device. Some additional voting is always required before release into the wild. The scorecard also confirms that there will be at least one storage option with 12GB of RAM.

No Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 FE

Finally, there are also persistent rumors about a cheaper Samsung Galaxy Fold6 Lite. The affordable model could be unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked event in July alongside the Galaxy Z Fold6 Ultra, Z Flip6 and Galaxy Ring. However, a new report, also from TheElec, now suggests that Samsung is re-examining its plans to launch the Galaxy Z Fold6 FE.

The report states that the early Z Fold6 FE production units were no thinner than the main Chinese competitors. It also lacked S Pen support, a Samsung USP. The Koreans think that these factors in combination with market uncertainties are enough to postpone the start for now. Samsung is expected to continue working to launch cheaper variants of its Z Fold and Z Flip series next year.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 (as many as there are), the Z Flip6 and other new gadgets will make their official debut on July 10th.

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Mats Hellqvist
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