Galaxy Z Fold 5 buying guide: should you upgrade?

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 buying guide: should you upgrade?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 has finally hit the shelves. If you are already using one of Samsung's previous Galaxy Z Fold phones, like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, you are probably wondering whether to upgrade. Well, let's see whether going for the Samsung's latest Galaxy Z Fold 5 is really worth it, or if you should hold on to your current Z Fold a while longer.

Grab Z Flip 5 and save 20%; get Fold 5 and save 22%

Purchase a Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Flip 5 at the world's largest online retailer, Amazon. The 256GB Z Fold 5 currently sells at 22% off, saving you $400. The Z Flip 5 with 512GB of storage is now 20% off.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 (256GB): now up to $800 off with a trade-in

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 with 256GB of storage is available at up to $800 off with a trade-in at the official Samsung store. Right now, you can only save with a trade-in.
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Galaxy Z Flip 5: save up to $500 with a trade-in

Trade in your old phone and get up to $500 off on a new Galaxy Z Flip 5. The epic deal is live at the official store and applies to the clamshell foldable with 256GB of storage.
$499 99
$999 99
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What are the improvements of the new Galaxy Z Fold 5?

The new Galaxy Z Fold 5 is powered by the top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which makes the Fold 5 the most powerful Galaxy Fold yet. Furthermore, the phone packs a faster UFS 4.0 storage and a more energy-efficient LPDDR5X RAM.

Also, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 sports a new hinge, which allows it to close without the annoying gap that plagues the older Galaxy Z Fold models. Oh, and it features a stronger adhesive on the main screen protector, which means it should not have issues like peeling off or bubbling up.

Should you upgrade to a Galaxy Z Fold 5?

As you can see, there is no point in upgrading if you are currently using a Galaxy Z Fold 4. The new Galaxy Z Fold 5 is better in some aspects, but improvements are minimal compared to its predecessor.

However, if you are currently rocking a Galaxy Z Fold 3 or an older Z Fold model, upgrading it's actually a good idea. For example, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 still packs a lot of firepower but has issues like lagging when navigating through the menus. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 888 inside the Fold 3 tends to overheat pretty fast. A problem that the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 does not have.

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So, if you upgrade to the new Galaxy Z Fold 5, you will have a lot better performance and no overheating issue. Also, since the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a stable chipset and the Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes with five years of security updates, you will be able to use your Galaxy Z Fold 5 for years to come.

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