The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a significantly stronger market for foldable phones than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 did at launch, but Samsung’s 2021 lineup has cemented it as the leader of this niche market and Samsung won’t give up that position easily.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 solved most of the design complaints left after the Galaxy Z Fold 2 blew everyone away, with durability being the main lingering concern that may not go away any time soon for foldable devices. The price is the other challenge. At $1,799, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more expensive than any flagship phone and rivals the top-of-the-line configurations of the iPad Pro 12.9.
Is Samsung going to make the Galaxy Z Fold 4 stand out? Let’s take a deep dive into the leaks and rumors about the foldable Samsung so we can see if the South Korea-based tech giant can make the Galaxy Z Fold 4 “the next big thing”.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 release date
While Samsung has not officially identified the devices arriving at the Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10, there is no doubt that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be there alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
The foldables and the Galaxy Watch took over this event, which was previously for the Galaxy Note (the S Pen-packed device that now appears to be completely swallowed by the Galaxy S22 Ultra). Samsung will try again the September/October black hole created by the expected launch of the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 price
While nothing official is available yet, we’ve seen a few rumored pricing for the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The earliest of these were positive, with claims from Ross Young from Display Supply Chain Consultants that Samsung roughly doubled production for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 from its predecessor last year. Another report from the Korean blog Naver indicates that the cost of the foldable display components has fallen, which could presumably lead to an overall price reduction.
[Confirmed Prices of Galaxy Z Fold4 and Flip4]Galaxy Z Fold4 (256 GB): ￦ 1,998,700 (probably $1799.99) Galaxy Z Fold4 (512 GB): ￦ 2,097,700 (probably $1899.99) Galaxy Z Flip4 (256 GB): ￦ 1,299,000 (approximately $996) Galaxy Z Flip4 (512GB): ￦1,398,000 (about $1072) https://t.co/NNVN55IY1bJuly 28, 2022
Things have been less rosy lately with Android Central reporting that a European retailer listed the base price of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at $1,864, a price increase of about $100 from last year. But even if this list is accurate, such exchange rate conversions rarely work for products. A more recent ETNews leak shared by Dohyun Kim on Twitter showed that prices for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 were unlikely to change from last year. While it’s hard to imagine the Galaxy Z Fold 4 breaking into the mainstream at that price, it’s definitely preferable to a price hike.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Design
There have now been a number of Galaxy Z Fold 4 design leaks, showing early examples of OnLeaks and SmartprixThe former has a strong history with Samsung leaks, so while there are often minor differences, the overall design is extremely believable. The most obvious change is the design of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra on the back with three pronounced lenses with a flash directly below. It’s an interesting move for the Fold as the exposed lenses really do require a case, which isn’t ideal for the bulky (when folded) foldable.
Another leak that Evan Blass posted to 91Mobiles matches the previous leaks involving the new camera array and limited other changes to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
The original leak also included dimensions for the new model when unfolded, namely 6.1 x 5.1 x 0.27 inches, compared to 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 inches for the Z Fold 3. The slightly shorter frame and the increased width are both good news for usability when the phone is in folded mode, but the already chunky phone getting bulkier is a concern. The aforementioned Korean blog Naver also suggested that a new single-hinge design could help reduce the weight and improve the durability of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The same rumor indicates that it could provide dust resistance, which was still lacking on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 despite its water resistance. prolific leaker Ice Universe has an opposite view of the thickness, indicating that their sources say it is slightly thinner than the Fold 3.
Galaxy Z Fold4 does not have a built-in S Pen. Fold4 will be slightly smaller and thinner. This is correct. Nobody likes a brick.Apr 19, 2022
The biggest disappointment for some will be that the Z Fold 4 will seemingly not add a silo for the S Pen. Many hoped to see that happen after the Z Fold added 3 S Pen support and the Galaxy S22 Ultra added an integrated silo.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 screen
Those notorious changes to the exterior dimensions would, of course, affect the aspect ratio of both screens on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Ice Universe indicates it’s closer to square than Fold 3’s 5:4 aspect ratio. The leaker’s most recent tweet suggested it will be 6:5, with the cover screen going from 24.5:9 to 23:9. That cover screen change will probably spark the most excitement among fans, as the elongated screen on the Fold 3 is usable, but getting closer to the regular 20:9 is a big upgrade.
Outside of the dimensions, the screens will probably remain the same 120Hz Super AMOLED Dynamic 2X as last year’s model and no complaints about that. The actual materials could improve with a rumored new Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) which could again help improve durability, especially for those who choose to use the S Pen Fold with the phone.
Samsung will reportedly still stick with the fingerprint sensor in the power button (as opposed to an under-screen fingerprint reader). Speaking of on-screen features, a camera below the display is expected, but we’ll get to that in the next section.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Cameras
Cameras are arguably one of the biggest upgrades we see on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 as Ice Universe is correct. The tipster claimed the foldable will have a 50MP main camera and a 3x telephoto; these features will replace the Z Fold 3’s 12MP lens and 2x telephoto, respectively. The ultra-wide angle and telephoto remain at 12MP, but this would at least bring the Galaxy Z Fold 4 closer to parity with the Galaxy S22, rather than the Galaxy S21 FE.
Details about the camera below the second-gen screen are sparse, but as we found it to be essentially unusable (and a minor annoyance on the screen in some cases). We’ve seen some dramatic improvements this year from other phones that use under-screen cameras, so hopefully Samsung manages to do the same.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 performance and battery life
Samsung doesn’t skimp on processor power for the Fold line and returns to Ice Universeit should give users Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. We recently tested the upgraded chipset in the OnePlus 10T and while it’s not a quantum leap, it’s a nice performance bump and in that phone at least still delivered excellent battery life.
The latter is important because the Z Fold 3’s battery life of about 8 hours with the screen on the cover and 6 hours 36 minutes with the screen inside (both set to 120Hz) isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great either. If the phone is thicker, as some rumors suggest, a bigger battery would be the only positive takeaway.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Outlook
Shakespeare wasn’t thinking of the king of foldable phones when he wrote “awkward lies the head wearing a crown”, but it certainly fits here, as Samsung must be somewhat concerned about its position in the burgeoning foldable phone market with Oppo’s Find. N, de Huawei Mate X2and of course the lingering vague threat of the Pixel fold.
Samsung has a lot more brand cache than any of its foldable foes, but the high price of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is holding it back for now, leaving the door open for a competitor that comes in at around $1,500.
While the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is pretty much guaranteed to be the best for most buyers, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 might be the bigger size foldable and finally break through for Samsung with a few subtle updates — but it looks like the much-needed drop in price might still be there. have to wait a year.