Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 – Ultra Refined!

The Arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6

So here it is, your first look at the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, Samsung’s newly announced foldable tablet-smartphone combo. After spending a couple of hours with it the other day, I can confidently say that this latest foldable has received the “ultra” treatment from Samsung. Considering all the refinements and upgrades made to the sixth iteration, I am thrilled to share what’s new and improved on this Fold 6, why it excites me, and why I think any prospective fold buyers or those eager to upgrade have much to look forward to. Lastly, I will discuss whether it’s worth considering, especially since all these refinements come at a price.

Pricing and Pre-Order Incentives

At the time of this video and the official launch, the Fold 6 retails for $1900, which is a $100 increase over last year’s Fold 5. If you are interested in this device, definitely consider Samsung’s usual pre-order incentives. These often include a free storage upgrade, hefty trade-in values, and likely some bundle discounts. With many new products releasing alongside the Fold 6, such as the new Galaxy Buds 3, the Galaxy Ring, and the Galaxy Watch Ultra, there are plenty of opportunities for savings. I’ve spent some time with the Galaxy Ring, and you can watch that video after this one. As for the Galaxy Watch Ultra, I haven’t explored it extensively yet, but links to Samsung’s best deals will be in the description.

Color and Configuration Options

Samsung will offer a couple of colors exclusive to their website: a white and a crafted black with a textured backing. The standard color offerings include pink, navy, and silver shadow. These all come in the now-standard configurations of 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB storage options, each packed with 12 GB of RAM.

Design and Build Quality

A noteworthy feature of the Fold 6 is its reduced weight. Despite a size increase, the weight has dropped another 14 grams, from 253 grams on the Fold 5 to 239 grams on the Fold 6. We are getting very close to conventional slab smartphone territory, like the S24 Ultra, which weighs 232 grams. The lighter weight is immediately noticeable when holding the Fold 6. Additionally, there’s an S24 Ultra aesthetic with cleaner-looking aluminum sidings and a new squared-off design. The inner display maintains a 7.6-inch screen size on paper, while the outer display has increased slightly to 6.3 inches from the Fold 5’s 6.2 inches.

Usability Enhancements

The larger outer screen enhances usability, especially for typing. Previously, the narrow display was a concern for many users. With the Fold 6, the typing experience is drastically improved, making the keyboard much more usable when stretched out. This Best of Both Worlds situation combines a nimble yet useful outer display and an expansive inner display available at a moment’s notice.

Improvements to the Fold and Hinge

Samsung has noticeably improved the crease on the Fold 6. It feels less prominent when running fingers over it and is less visually apparent at different angles. This improvement addresses a long-standing issue with previous Fold models. Additionally, the ease of opening and closing the Fold 6 has improved, addressing another common complaint. The Fold 6 now boasts an IP48 rating, providing dust resistance for the first time, in addition to the water resistance from previous models. The updated lining alleviates most gap concerns, and the matte finish reduces glare on the edges when used outdoors.

AI Features and Performance Upgrades

The Fold 6 includes a healthy dose of new AI features. While I didn’t personally test these features, they include using Smart Select to sketch over images, Portrait Studio for AI-generated versions of yourself, and adding a 3D Live effect to photos. Chat Assist has also been improved to generate multiple sentence replies from short prompts. Performance-wise, the Fold 6 features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 2600 nits of brightness on both displays, and a 60% larger vapor chamber for better cooling.

Camera Upgrades

The primary and telephoto lenses remain unchanged with a 50-megapixel primary and 3x optical telephoto lens with up to 30x zoom. However, the 12-megapixel ultrawide lens has been upgraded for better low-light performance and can now film in 4K 60 resolution. The under-display camera on the inner screen remains the same, and the fingerprint sensor is still in a convenient location.

Remaining Design Elements

The hinge size remains unchanged from the Fold 5, and Samsung’s previous S Pens (Fold Edition and Slim S Pen) still work on the inner display but not the outer display. The Samsung logo is no longer engraved, which some may find detracts from the premium aesthetic. Charging is still limited to 25 watts, not the 45 watts available on the S24 Ultra.

Final Thoughts

Despite a few minor issues, the Fold 6 receives significant refinements, earning it the “ultra” treatment even without the official naming. Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Assurance program promises a one-time, no-questions-asked screen replacement, even though these devices are rated for up to 200,000 folds.

That’s all for now on the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Be sure to check out Samsung’s pre-order incentives linked below. Subscribe to the Shane Simons YouTube channel for more videos on the Fold 6 and other Samsung releases, including the new Flip 6, Buds 3, Watch Ultra, and Galaxy Ring. Thanks for watching, and take care!

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