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6 Features That Make the Galaxy Z Fold 6 the Best Foldable Phone

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 6 at its Galaxy Unpacked event in July 2024. Despite facing stiff competition from Google and OnePlus, these features make Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 the best foldable phone you can buy today.

1 Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Chip

A flagship foldable phone should pack the best possible chip, and Samsung does not skimp in this area. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip for flagship-level CPU and GPU performance. The Z Fold 6 features a bigger vapor chamber than its predecessor, which should also ensure better-sustained performance and heat dissipation.

The powerful Snapdragon chip is coupled with 12GB of RAM, so your apps should remain in memory for longer in the background. And while the base model ships with 256GB of storage, you can opt for the 1TB variant to ensure you never run out of storage space for all your favorite apps and games.

More importantly, the Qualcomm chip ships with a Snapdragon X75 modem, which is among the best basebands for mobile devices. It supports a wide range of 5G and 4G LTE bands, ensuring the Fold 6 can latch onto a network even in areas with spotty coverage.

If you want a foldable phone for effortless multitasking or gaming, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 has the raw horsepower to handle whatever you throw at it. This is backed by a 4,400mAh cell with 25W wired fast charging and 15W wireless charging support.

2 Samsung’s Thinnest Foldable Yet

A major issue with Samsung’s Z Fold line so far is the bulky design. With the Galaxy Z Fold 6, the company is addressing this problem to a large extent. It’s the thinnest and lightest Z Fold yet, measuring 12.1mm thick when folded and weighing 239g. When unfolded, the device is only 5.6mm thick.

For comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 measures 13.4mm and weighs 253g. The OnePlus Open, the only other major book-style foldable available in the US, also weighs 239g. However, it’s slightly thinner than Samsung’s offering, with an 11.7mm waistline.

A lighter body should make the Galaxy Z Fold 6 more comfortable to hold for an extended period.

3 IP48 Dust and Water Resistance

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 in-hand (navy)
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The best Android smartphones nowadays have an IP68 rating, making them dust and water-resistant. However, such IP ratings are not common in the foldable world. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 raises the bar slightly higher with its IP48 certification.

While previous Galaxy Z Folds were water-resistant, the Fold 6 is the first to have a dust protection rating. It’s still not fully dust-resistant, as the IP4x rating only protects from foreign particles larger than 1mm.

Besides the IP rating, Samsung uses a more durable chassis on its new book-style foldable with “enhanced Armor Aluminium.” The company also claims to have strengthened the folding edge to better distribute shocks from external impacts. Given how durability is a concern with folding phones, these are small yet noteworthy improvements.

4 2,600 Nits of Brightness for Outdoor Use

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 unfolded on wooden table with Buds 3 Pro
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A folding phone is all about the convenience of packing a big screen in a compact form factor. Unsurprisingly, the quality of the big, folding screen plays an integral part in this. The Galaxy Z Fold 6’s inner screen excels in this area.

The 7.6-inch 120Hz panel can hit a claimed peak brightness of 2,600 nits. This ensures it’s bright enough for outdoor use, even under direct sunlight. And since it’s an LTPO panel, it can ramp down its refresh rate to as low as 1Hz when showing static content to save battery life.

Plus, Samsung says it uses “enhanced layers” on the folding screen to reduce the crease visibility and improve durability. Considering the delicate nature of folding screens, any improvement in this area is always welcome.

Another highlight of the Z Fold 6’s folding screen is S Pen support. While the foldable does not ship with the stylus, you can purchase one separately and use it for sketching, doodling, and more.

5 New Galaxy AI Features

Samsung has been at the forefront of integrating AI into its smartphones and other devices with Galaxy AI.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is no exception, packing all the best Galaxy AI features that debuted on the Galaxy S24 series, like Circle to Search and Live Translate. The latter is getting even better on the Fold 6 with support for third-party apps.

For an even better experience, Samsung is introducing new Galaxy AI features on its latest book-style foldable. “Sketch to image” uses generative AI to convert your S Pen sketches into life-like images. For example, you can doodle a balloon on your child’s photo, and Sketch to image could replace it with a life-like picture.

Interpreter mode gets a new Conversation option that transcribes and translates speech from both parties in a conversation and shows it on the Galaxy Z Fold 6’s inner and outer screens. The feature supports 16 languages across 23 dialects.

Like the Galaxy S24 and other premium Samsung phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 gets free access to Galaxy AI until the end of 2025.

6 Seven Years of Software Updates

You may find foldable phones with better design and specs than the Galaxy Z Fold 6. However, Samsung’s offering trumps them all with its long-term software support.

Samsung promises seven years of OS and security updates for the Z Fold 6, besting every other foldable on the market. Even better, the Korean giant is among the first companies to update its premium devices to the latest monthly security patch and a new Android release. Theoretically, Samsung’s promise means the Z Fold 6 will receive updates until mid-2031.

If you buy a smartphone in 2024, extended software support should be a prerequisite, and Samsung’s foldable delivers in this area.

Although Samsung hasn’t reinvented the wheel with the Galaxy Z Fold 6, all the key features mentioned above add up to deliver a great overall experience. If you already own a foldable, the Z Fold 6 is not worth upgrading to. But if you want to purchase your first book-style foldable, you can’t go wrong with Samsung’s offering.


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