Today (Wednesday 10th July), Samsung has released a brand-new smartphone into the foldable stratosphere; is it a tablet? Is it a smartphone? It's the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6.

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Back in 2022, the RadioTimes.com Technology team got hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Two years ago, it was one of the most unusual and exciting devices we'd seen on the smartphone market, as it covered that middle ground between a phone and a tablet, and two years later, we're still blown away with the versatility and specifications of the foldable smartphone.

The brand-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is Samsung's thinnest and lightest foldable phone yet, making it even more comfortable in your pocket. The foldable smartphone arrives jam-packed with AI features such as photo assist, Smart Select — a handy tool which lets you select, crop, and annotate image clips without capturing the entire screen — chat assist, and on-phone interpreter. But more on these fantastic elements later.

With pre-order incentives such as an early arrival date, a free S Pen case and a Microsoft 365 subscription, there's no better time to secure your next smartphone. The Technology team were lucky enough to get hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 last week; here's everything you need to know.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 UK release date: when does the new smartphone come out?

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Luckily for you, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 release date isn't in a galaxy far, far away — it's right now! You can pre-order the brand-new smartphone from today (Wednesday 10th July), and you'll be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 outright from Wednesday 24th July.

However, as we mentioned earlier, there is a pre-order incentive. Samsung customers who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 will get the smartphone five days earlier, on Friday 19th July.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 UK price: how much does the new smartphone cost?

Unsurprisingly, a smartphone that comes jam-packed with so many features has a hefty price tag. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 will set you back from £1,799.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 design: what does the new smartphone look like?

Three Samsung Galaxy Fold models in different colours
Samsung Galaxy Fold 6 Samsung

In our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Z Fold 5 guide, one of the things which pushed us towards the later model was the fact it was lighter and thinner than its predecessor, coming in at 15% thinner and 10g lighter.

If you read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review, you would've realised our main hang-up was the smartphone's sheer size: 'The display is both the phone's biggest asset and its most frustrating drawback, depending on how able you are to cope with its crease, its fingerprint-magnetising qualities and how much you value having a larger tablet-style display wherever you go. [...] For our part, we think it's a nice looking but overly large phone, but if you have use-cases in mind that suit that large display perfectly, then it may be worth carrying around the extra bulk."

However, Samsung has certainly made strides to improve the weight and size of its foldable smartphone, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is the lightest and thinnest foldable phone available, making it even more comfortable in your pocket.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 display, which is the same as the Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphone series. It also boasts a new cover screen ratio allowing for a bar-type viewing experience.

Samsung are also continuing their commitment to the environment by using recycled gold and copper for the first time in their new Galaxy Z series. Even the packaging boxes are made from 100% recycled paper materials.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 features

The brand-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, and it comes with smart features such as circle to search — a feature which lets you select what you’re interested in by circling, highlighting, scribbling or tapping, then get more information right where you are without swapping apps — on Samsung's most intelligent large screen.

Gamers will be pleased to hear that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 offers an upgraded gaming experience thanks to its powerful chipset and 1.6x larger vapor chamber, allowing you to game for longer without impacting your performance.

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What are the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 AI features?

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 6 Samsung

The word on everyone's lips at the moment seems to be AI, and what AI capabilities your new device will have. While some AI capabilities can take away creativity, such as ChatGPT, Samsung's AI features endeavour to enhance creativity. Let's take a look at some of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6's AI features.

Photo Assist. A photo editing tool which allows you to take the perfect snap.

Smart Select. If you find an interesting image or article, you can capture it on your screen and save it using Smart Select. With Smart Select, you can change the appearance of a selected area, write or draw on the chosen area with the S Pen, share the selected segment with friends through email, social media, and more, and also save it to your gallery to access it at a later date.

Sketch to Image. This is the feature we had the most fun with at the Samsung hands-on session last week. With Sketch to Image, you can draw anything you'd like, such as a house, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 will transform it into various images in different styles.

Chat Assist. The Chat Assist AI feature seamlessly translates incoming and outgoing chats in real-time, so you can speak to friends and family in both of your first languages.

Interpreter. It's worth noting that this feature is on-phone AI, so you don't even need to connect to Wi-Fi. The Interpreter app translates in-person conversations in real-time, which allows you to have a flowing conversation without the worry of a language barrier. The Interpreter app is particularly brilliant if, for example, you're on a work trip abroad or travelling to a different country.

Note Assist. This new AI feature works with the Samsung Notes to offer translation, summaries and autoformatting for meeting notes.

Composer. This tool helps to compose emails based on simple keywords and can even create text for social media that matches your tone by analysing previous posts.

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How to pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is available to pre-order right now, having been released today (Wednesday 10th July). Those who pre-order the smartphone will receive it on Friday 19th July, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 will be available to buy outright on Wednesday 24th July.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 is available to pre-order at a number of UK retailers, including:

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