Samsung could add a zoom camera to Galaxy Z Flip 7

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Samsung‘s Galaxy Z Flip 7 could bring a much-needed camera upgrade. Newly discovered design patents from the company show a Flip phone with three rear cameras. Like the Galaxy S series, these might include a main camera, an ultrawide lens, and a zoom camera. A zoom camera is currently missing on the Flip series.

The Galaxy Z Flip 7 could get a zoom camera

Samsung has been making Flip-branded clamshell foldable smartphones since 2020. It will soon launch its sixth-gen model, the Galaxy Z Flip 6. Each new generation brings some improvements and upgrades over the previous generation. Over the years, the cover screen has gotten bigger, the hinge slimmer, the thickness has reduced, and the build quality has improved.

The Korean firm has also improved the camera quality of the devices. However, it never added a zoom camera to the lineup. The Flip series is the only Samsung product priced at $1,000 and above without a zoom camera. Last year’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 doesn’t have it and the upcoming model seemingly lacks it too. All the evidence so far points to it featuring only two cameras on the back.

In the meantime, Galaxy Club discovered two design patents for Flip phones from Samsung showing three rear cameras. One has the cameras and an LED flash unit housed within the cover display, all stacked vertically. The other has the cover display separated from the cameras and the flash. The cover display is rectangular with no folder-shaped design like on the current model.

Samsung is slowly adopting the design shown in these patents

According to the publication, Samsung filed these patent applications in the summer of 2022 and was granted patents in early 2023. That was before the company made the cover screen bigger and included a flat hinge. So, it has already incorporated some of the design elements seen in these patents into the Galaxy Z Flip 5. Maybe Samsung will soon add a third camera too.

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if the Galaxy Z Flip 7 will feature three cameras on the back. We also can’t tell if the third camera is a telephoto zoom lens or something else. Rumors about the 2025 foldable may start coming in a few months, particularly after the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip 6. The new model is expected to arrive in July alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 6. We will closely monitor the ongoing developments and keep you posted.