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Samsung Adds 5G to Pocket Foldable Phone for Release on Aug. 7

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphones
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphonesPhotographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics Co. said it will start selling an upgraded version of its compact foldable smartphone with fifth-generation networking, called the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, on Aug. 7.

The souped-up Z Flip will use Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G chipset, becoming the first device among the Galaxy series to do so. Samsung, which has its own Exynos line of processors, has relied on Qualcomm’s silicon for its premium foldable phone lineup. To match its higher specs, the Z Flip 5G will be priced higher than its predecessor at $1,449.99 and available online through Samsung directly, mobile carriers, Best Buy Co. or Amazon.com Inc. in the U.S.