Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5 to adopt creaseless waterdrop-hinge design
Confirmation: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5 will adopt water drop hinges and support IPX8 waterproof.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 24, 2023
According to the leak, the redesigned mechanism, named “droplet,” will enable the folding panel to form a droplet shape inside the body of the hinge. This will eliminate the crease that is normally present between the two sides of the panel as well as allow it to close flat. Think of the Oppo Find N2 or the Motorola Razr and how a crease can be barely seen on either one of these devices.
Additionally, Ice Universe also reveals that the Z Fold 5 will have a thickness of 13.x mm when folded, unlike the 15.8 mm from the previous generation. Should these specs match the configuration of the device when it drops, it should be the thinnest Galaxy Fold device to date, without sacrificing any of its IP rating. Both devices are expected to be announced in August.