The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is Samsung’s latest ultra-premium foldable, and we’ve got all the facts.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold in 2019, it was unlike anything we’d seen before. Three generations later, Samsung hasn’t changed the overall recipe much, although it has been greatly polished. Years of development have resulted in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 — the company’s most sophisticated foldable to yet.
We’ll tell you all you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold in our buyer’s guide.
At a Glance: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 At a Glance: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 was released on August 10, 2022, as part of the summer session of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked events. Pre-orders began the next day, with a public release date of August 26. At the same event, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
Overall, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 isn’t significantly different from its predecessors. In its folded condition, it seems to be a “regular” smartphone – although a rather thick one. When you unfold it like a book, the large foldable display below is revealed.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 just refines the company’s current – and profitable – recipe. The CPU and cameras have all been improved, as has the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC. The design has been gradually modified to provide somewhat more screen area, increased durability, and a more attractive overall grip. Some new software gimmicks and colors round out the experience.
Design & Technology of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
The first thing I noticed about the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is that the front display isn’t as squashed as it used to be. This is due to the fact that it has a larger aspect ratio than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. (opens in new tab). This makes the 6.2-inch panel simpler to operate with one hand and, honestly, makes using the cover screen for tasks like checking alerts and rapidly replying to messages more pleasant.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is less large and hefty this time around, which is less visible but still pleasant. This is due in part to Samsung’s smaller hinge.
The Z Fold 4 is 6.1 x 2.6 x 0.55-0.62 inches open and 6.1 x 5.1 x 0.21 inches closed, whereas the Z Flip 3 is 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.56 – 0.62 in closed and 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 in open. As a result, the new Fold is a little shorter and slimmer. More importantly, the new Fold is 9.28 ounces lighter than the Fold 3. It may appear to be a minor adjustment, but it makes a significant effect.
Another advantage is that the bezels on both the cover and the main display have been reduced, resulting in a more immersive viewing experience.
Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
As previously said, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will receive some updates in 2022. The complete hardware specifications are listed below.
– 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 2,316 x 904 resolution
– Gorilla Glass Victus Plus
– 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 2,176 x 1,812 resolution
– Foldable display covering
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1|
|Storage||256, 512GB, or 1TB
No expandable storage
25W wired charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
No charger in box
– 50MP(Megapixel) wide, 1.0μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
– 12MP(Megapixel) ultra-wide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2
– 10MP(Megapixel) telephoto, 1.0μm, OIS, 3x zoom, ƒ/2.4
– 10MP(Megapixel) ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm
– 4MP(Megapixel) , 2.0μm, ƒ/1.8
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm headphone port
|SIM||Dual nano-SIM tray
|Biometrics||Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor|
One UI 4.1
|Dimensions and weight||Folded dimensions:
– 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8mm (counted at hinge)
– 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3mm
|Colors||Global: Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige
Samsung Exclusive: Burgundy
The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s primary display remains a beast at 7.6 inches, but Samsung has increased the brightness while keeping the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. That will be supported by lab test findings.
What I can say now is that this OLED panel appeared vivid when viewing a Thor: Love and Thunder teaser. Thor’s blue and gold armor stood out on the screen, and the picture was clear.
The 6.2-inch cover display likewise has a smooth 120Hz refresh rate (scaling down to 48Hz), but it’s now 3mm wider, so you won’t feel as claustrophobic with the screen covered. I had no trouble typing on the front panel, which might save you battery life if you don’t use the larger screen as much.
If you’re asking about the wrinkle in the display, it’s still there, however, it’s almost invisible while viewing information in full-screen mode.
The software is one of the major upgrades with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, owing to the latest Android 12L operating system. This version of Android is intended for large-screen devices, such as foldable phones.
To facilitate multitasking, a new Taskbar emerges at the bottom of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s display and automatically displays your recently used applications. (The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a taskbar, but you had to enable it manually.) A new swipe feature now allows users to divide the screen in half.
You can still run up to three applications on the huge 7.6-inch display at once, and you can now utilize App Pair to open three favorites with a single press.
Flex mode has also been upgraded with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which places app content on top and controls on the bottom when the screen is folded in half. Samsung is collaborating with a number of developers, including Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom, to improve the use of the foldable display.
Is the camera good?
We haven’t completed our entire assessment of the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but you can read our initial thoughts right now. We will put the camera through a rigorous set of tests to offer a final decision on the photographic performance when we do our testing.
Until then, we can tell you about the camera’s hardware and how we think it compares. Here are the primary specifications
50MP(Megapixel) wide, 1.0μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
12MP(Megapixel) ultrawide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2
10MP(Megapixel) telephoto, 1.0μm, OIS, 3x zoom, ƒ/2.4
10MP(Megapixel) ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm
4MP(Megapixel), 2.0μm, ƒ/1.8
These cameras are quite similar to those found in the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. The ultrawide lens, which is a significant advance over the one featured in the Galaxy S22 phones, is a notable exception.
In other words, we anticipate the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to provide comparable, if not better, camera quality than the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. In a nutshell, we thought the cameras were fantastic. The configuration is unlikely to be as powerful or versatile as the powerful Galaxy S22 Ultra, but it should be enough.
We will update this article with our evaluation and camera samples as soon as we receive them.
How does the battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 compare?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a battery capacity of 4,400mAh. This is the same capacity as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from 2021.
Battery life was mediocre in our assessment of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. When we returned to the phone six months later, we discovered that the battery life was “not so excellent.”
Given that Samsung hasn’t improved battery capacity this year, we expect battery life on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to be similar to last year. The new CPU and other hardware and software improvements might provide a little more energy. However, we do not anticipate this having a big impact.
There aren’t many changes in the charging department, either. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 charges by cable at the same 25W rate as its predecessor, albeit for the fastest charging rates, you’ll need a USB PD PPS charger. Wireless and reverse wireless charging speeds are similar, and no charger is included.
Stay tuned for our comprehensive Galaxy Z Fold 4 review. We’ll be able to provide hard battery life figures at that point.
What is the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4?
The powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor — the most powerful Android CPU on the market right now — is housed within the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Not only is it a few notches more powerful than the basic Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but it also handles heat better for enhanced sustained performance, which was one of the 8 Gen 1’s major flaws.
When you consider that the SoC in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is combined with a hefty 12GB of RAM, power users should be highly pleased with the performance of this phone. Things should go smoothly, quickly, and consistently.
In terms of smoothness, both the interior and external screens offer refresh rates of 120Hz. This should contribute to the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s overall premium performance experience.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
|Galaxy Z Fold 4||Galaxy Z Fold 3|
|Main display||7.6 inches AMOLED (120Hz, 2176 x 1812)||7.6 inches (120Hz, 2208 x 1768)|
|Cover display||6.2 inches AMOLED (120Hz, 2316 x 904)||6.2 inches (120Hz, 2268 x 832)|
|CPU||Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1||Snapdragon 888|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB|
|Wide camera||50MP (f/1.8)||12MP wide (f/1.8)|
|Ultra-wide camera||12MP (f/2.2)||12MP ultrawide (f.2.2)|
|Telephoto camera||10MP (f/2.4)||12MP telephoto (f/2.4)|
|Cover camera||10MP (f/2.2)||10MP (f/2.2)|
|Under-display camera||4MP (f/1.8)||4MP (f/1.8)|
|Battery||4,400 mAh||4,400 mAh|
|Size closed||6.1 x 2.6 x 0.55-0.62 inches||6.2 x 2.6 x 00.56 – 00.62 inches|
|Size open||6.1 x 5.1 x 0.21 inches||6.2 x 5 x 0.25 inches|
|Weight||9.28 ounces||9.55 ounces|
|Colors||Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, Burgundy (Samsung.com only)||Phantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver|
Price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in India
The pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in India has not been released. It is available in three configurations: 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, 12GB RAM + 512GB storage, and the top-of-the-line 12GB RAM + 1TB storage (Samsung.com Exclusive). In other regions, the Samsung smartphone starts at $1,799.99. (roughly Rs. 1,42,700).
In terms of color options, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be available in Beige, Gray-green, and Phantom Black. There is also a Burgundy color option available only on Samsung.com.
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