A Review of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5  —  The Perfect Foldable Smartphone That’s NOT For Everyone.

Over the last few years, Samsung foldables have moved from being something of a novelty to becoming some of the most desired and premium smartphones in Kenya and globally. You just get a sense that this is now the next normal and you can see how competing brands are all now copying what Samsung created as a new form factor for smartphones. 

Initially met with curiosity, foldables have quickly become the epitome of luxury and innovation, or more simply a status symbol of sorts. Therefore, the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, in particular, represents the latest iteration of groundbreaking smartphone technology, perfectly aligning with Kenya’s fast-paced technological advancements.

Samsung has steadily been winning the hearts of Kenyans since the introduction of its first foldable device. Over the years, they have fine-tuned the technology, offering an even more impressive array of features with each subsequent release. The Z Fold 5 now brings a fusion of style, functionality, and unprecedented versatility, making it a highly coveted gadget in the Kenyan market.

A Revolutionary User Experience (True Story!).

Before delving into the technicalities, let’s address the elephant in the room —  the user experience. From what I gathered reading various reviews, once you’ve had a taste of the foldable experience, there’s no going back. This proved to be the case in my experience during the last few weeks as the Z Fold 5 was my first taste of a foldable as my daily driver. 

To be honest, It’s like the gift you never knew you wanted until you saw it! The Z Fold 5 ‘morphs’ seamlessly from a regular phone into a tablet, and back again, adapting to your needs as you navigate through your day. Once you taste this experience, you can’t unsee it!

An Unexpected Epiphany, In A Crisis No Less!

During a critical business presentation recently, my MacBook suddenly faltered. However, by thinking quickly, I was able to transition to the Z Fold 5 seamlessly from a phone to a potent mini-laptop within seconds. Its large, foldable screen and powerful internals ensured that our pitch progressed without a hitch, making it a lifesaver in a tight situation. It is exactly for these reasons that a device like the Z Fold 5 exists!

The remarkable feature of the Z Fold 5 is its ability to adapt to various circumstances, much like the resilient Kenyan spirit we all know! In the bustling streets of Nairobi, where the pace of business is relentless, having a smartphone that can morph to suit your needs is invaluable. The Z Fold 5 seamlessly blends into the dynamic work environment, proving to be a reliable partner in achieving your work goals! 

The transition wasn’t just about the hardware; the software capabilities played a significant role too. It made the switch from a MacBook to the Z Fold 5 virtually seamless, allowing for a continuation of tasks without losing any data or time. Its multitasking capabilities are truly on par with a high-end laptop, proving that it’s not just a smartphone, but a reliable work companion, especially for business leaders on the move.

A Testament to Innovation: Build Quality & ‘Flex Hinge’.  

Perhaps the crown jewel of the Z Fold 5’s design evolution is the re-engineered hinge, also called the ‘Flex Hinge’. This marvel of engineering innovation allows it to fold completely flat for the first time, eliminating the wedge-shaped gap between its predecessors and competitors. Rated for an impressive 200,000 folds, the flex hinge guarantees a smooth and sturdy folding experience, with a satisfying ‘thunk’ that echoes the premium quality and durability of the Z Fold 5. 

The flex hinge s hinge is a testament to Samsung’s dedication to innovation. It allows for a seamless transition from a smartphone to a mini-tablet, a feature that is particularly beneficial for business leaders and content creators. The flex hinge not only supports the structure but also integrates with the software to provide a seamless user experience, enhancing productivity and entertainment alike.

The Z Fold 5’s edges house a streamlined and functional array of ports and buttons. The right edge accommodates a neatly recessed combination of a fingerprint sensor and a power button, providing ease of access and security. It also has an IPX8 rating, promising resistance to water, albeit without dustproofing capabilities.

From a materials perspective, Samsung hasn’t cut any corners. The phone utilizes a robust aluminium frame coupled with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, ensuring that it can withstand daily wear and tear with grace. This commitment to quality is apparent in every facet, promising users a phone that not only meets but exceeds their expectations in terms of build quality and innovation.

A Powerhouse of Performance.

In the world of smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 stands tall as it’s powered by the snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 that ensures a user experience that rivals high-end laptops. Its responsiveness and ability to handle complex tasks with ease is actually quite shocking in my experience and makes you wonder why you may still lug around a laptop. 

The true beauty of the Z Fold 5 lies in its ability to adapt to your needs, turning into a multi-window workstation with just a few taps. You can effortlessly open multiple apps, resizing and rearranging windows as per your preference, which amplifies multitasking to a whole new level. This feature transforms it into a potent tool for both work and play, offering functionalities that were once limited to PCs and laptops.

The Z Fold 5 also houses an expansive 12 GB of RAM, allowing for a myriad of apps to run concurrently easily. This is ideal for business professionals where time is of the essence and speed of execution on work tasks is everything. In addition, the Z Fold 5 comes with an advanced cooling system that ensures that it operates at an optimal temperature, even when handling resource-intensive tasks. 

The Z Fold 5 I am using also comes with 256GB internal storage which is more than sufficient to store all your precious data — from important documents to high-resolution photos and videos, everything finds a safe home in the Z Fold 5.

A Visual Delight: The Many Screens!

The Z Fold 5 has an amazing visual experience, especially with its dual-display functionality. It comes with a vivid and bright 7.6-inch AMOLED main display and a convenient 6.2-inch cover screen, offering an immersive visual experience. Whether you’re editing a work presentation or catching up on the latest shows, the crisp and vibrant displays, boasting high refresh rates, provide visuals that are a treat to the eyes. 

The external screen offers a crisp, clear display for quick interactions while unfolding the Z Fold 5 reveals a vibrant, larger display that brings content to life in stunning detail. The Fold 5’s internal displays come with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate, providing fluid transitions and animations. This makes browsing through digital content or watching videos a delight. Additionally, the adaptive display technology ensures optimal brightness and colour balance in the ever-changing lightscapes. 

Equally impressive is the device’s compatibility with a dedicated S Pen, allowing users to interact with the screen in more intricate and detailed ways. This addition transforms the phone into a note-taking, drawing, and multi-tasking powerhouse, offering a tool that caters to business professionals and creators alike. It facilitates an interactive and engaging approach to content creation and management.

Picture-Perfect Moments: The Cameras. 

The cameras on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 are nothing short of remarkable, promising to capture the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings in the most vivid details. With a triple-camera setup at the rear, consisting of a 12MP ultra-wide, a 10MP telephoto, and a powerful 50MP primary camera, it’s designed to capture every nuance of the vibrant Kenyan life, from the bustling cityscapes to the serene landscapes. These cameras bring a new dimension to photography, where colours are accentuated to present images that are pleasing to the eye. Don’t take my word for it, have a look at the unedited photo below: 

Unmatched Connectivity: Internet Speeds & Quality.

In Kenya where connectivity is as vibrant as its cultural tapestry, the Z Fold 5 steps up with lightning-fast internet speeds. It supports the latest 5G technology, facilitating instantaneous downloads and streaming experiences. It also comes with a suite of connectivity options, including dual SIM support and compatibility with 3G, 4G, 5G, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, the Z Fold 5’s compatibility with various network bands in Kenya guarantees that connectivity remains uninterrupted, be it in urban or remote locations. 

Endurance Meets Excellence: Battery Life & Charging Capabilities.

The Z Fold 5 promises longevity with its 4,400mAh battery, powering through the day with substantial usage. And when it’s time to recharge, the somewhat modest fast-charging 25W capabilities ensure you’re back in action in no time. Adding to the convenience are wireless and reverse charging capabilities which allow users to share power with other devices. 

Secure Your Investment: Warranties and Samsung Care+

Purchasing a high-end device like the Z Fold 5 is a major investment, and Samsung has ensured that you can do so with confidence and peace of mind. The Z Fold 5 comes with a comprehensive warranty package that covers a wide range of potential issues, giving you peace of mind as you navigate through life’s adventures. In Kenya, where consumers are becoming increasingly discerning, this safety net is essential when you fork over enough money to buy a decent plot of land!

So, you can protect your investment with Samsung Care+, a service plan offering accidental screen damage protection for a period of 12 months. It promises a hassle-free and quick repair process, ensuring that your Z Fold 5 remains in pristine condition throughout its lifespan. From accidental damage coverage to technical support manned by experts, Samsung Care+ promises a hassle-free ownership experience. This is particularly reassuring for users who expect exceptional after-sales service for such an investment.

Pricing & ABSA Bank Kenya Financing.

Stepping into the premium segment, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes with a price tag that echoes its premium pedigree, starting at an eyewatering Kes. 325,000 (but can be had for as little as Kes. 282,000 from what I have seen on some online stores in Kenya). However, while the Z Fold 5 comes with a hefty price tag, it promises to offer a multipurpose functionality that potentially offsets the investment depending on how you plan to use it on a daily basis. 

Before making a commitment, prospective buyers should weigh the robust features against the initial investment. Does it replace the need for a separate tablet and laptop effectively? My experience so far hints at a positive answer, especially with features like the versatile Dex mode that transforms your Z Fold 5 into a full-fledged computer, offering functionalities that parallel those of a laptop.

Where & How To Buy. 

Acquiring the Z Fold 5 is an experience in itself. Samsung has established a robust retail network in Kenya, ensuring that the buying process is smooth and convenient. Prospective buyers can visit official Samsung stores or accredited retailers across Kenya, where trained personnel are ready to guide you through the features and offerings of the Z Fold 5.

Furthermore, for those who prefer online shopping, it is available through various e-commerce platforms, offering the comfort of exploring and buying from the convenience of your home, office, or even on the golf course 🙂

To further facilitate the acquisition of this technological marvel, Samsung has partnered with ABSA Bank Kenya, offering flexible financing options that are tailored to the Kenyan market. This initiative is a testament to Samsung’s commitment to fostering digital inclusion in the nation.

To make owning the Z Fold 5 a reality, ABSA Bank Kenya and Samsung Kenya have collaborated to introduce a unique financing solution. The “Buy Now Lipa Pole Pole” feature, available exclusively to ABSA’s credit card customers, allows users to spread the cost of their purchase over a period of 3 to 12 months, providing a flexible and convenient payment plan.

This approach not only makes the Z Fold 5 accessible to a wider audience but also aligns with Kenya’s financial landscape, where innovative financing solutions are gaining traction. Furthermore, the collaboration with ABSA Bank Kenya reflects the synergy between technology and finance in Kenya, paving the way for more inclusive growth in the digital ecosystem, catering to entrepreneurs, business leaders, and content creators alike.

Reasons To Buy & Who Should Buy. 

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is more than a phone; it’s a statement of innovation and luxury as well as a tool that fosters productivity and creativity. Therefore, depending on who you are and what you do, here are the reasons why you may want to invest in a Z Fold 5: 

Business Leaders: With features that allow multitasking with ease, business leaders find a reliable ally in the Z Fold 5. The phone’s impressive processing capabilities make it a portable digital office, capable of handling complex tasks with finesse.

Content Creators: For content creators, it opens up a world of possibilities. The high-resolution cameras, coupled with expansive storage, provide the perfect canvas to craft compelling narratives that resonate with the vibrant storytelling traditions of Kenya.

Tech Enthusiasts: Tech enthusiasts would appreciate the cutting-edge technology packed into it, offering a glimpse into the future of mobile technology, something that resonates well with the tech-savvy Kenyan youth.

Lifestyle Connoisseurs: For those who appreciate the finer things in life, the Z Fold 5 offers an unparalleled luxury experience, blending innovation with elegance, and reflecting evolving lifestyle trends. 

Adventurers: Lastly, for the adventurers, the Z Fold 5 acts as a reliable companion, capturing moments in stunning detail, from the pristine beaches to the majestic wildlife, encapsulating the beauty of Kenya in every frame.

A Fittingly Final Conclusion. 

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a game-changer that meets the diverse needs of the user who needs it — it’s not for everyone. However, while it carries a substantial price tag, the seamless integration of a phone, tablet, and laptop into a singular device makes it a worthwhile investment. The Z Fold 5 presents an opportunity to not just keep up with the trends but to possibly stay ahead of the curve.

Whether you’re a business magnate orchestrating operations from Nairobi’s leafy suburbs in your silk pajamas or a content creator capturing enchanting Kenyan sunsets, the Z Fold 5 promises to be a reliable companion that blends innovation with efficiency in a sleek and attractive package. Owning a Galaxy Z Fold 5 is not just purchasing a premium phone; it’s being in the driving seat of the next normal.

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