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Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4: Samsung’s new foldable devices are under attack

Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4
Samsung’s new foldable and foldable devices are under attack

Klaus Wedekind

Samsung introduces the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. They are very similar to their predecessors, but better equipped in some areas. Among other things, cameras have become more powerful, and expensive devices have become more reliable.

Smartphones with flexible displays are not yet mass-produced, but their niche is slowly expanding. Samsung wants to sell half a million of its foldable devices this year. Compared to Galaxy S smartphone sales figures of up to 40 million devices sold per year, this is also not much, but South Koreans are convinced of the long-term success of their folding and unfolding smartphones.

Part of Samsung’s vision is not to reinvent foldable devices every year, but to consistently develop them further. You have to take a double look at the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 unveiled today to see differences from their predecessors, but they’re actually better equipped in important areas.

Robuster Displays

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The Galaxy Z Flip 4 doesn’t need a tripod.

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The dimensions of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 have not changed much, and the internal and external displays are the same at 6.7 and 1.9 inches. However, the small screen is now protected by stronger Gorilla Glass Victus+ and the flexible panel is 45% more durable thanks to a new layered structure.

Since the device is also IPX8 waterproof, for a foldable smartphone, it can withstand a lot. However, the X in the certificate means that it is not protected from dust or sand.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 is more durable

The thinner hinge allows, among other things, to increase the battery and now holds 3700 instead of 3300 milliamp-hours (mAh). The battery can now also be quickly charged with a suitable power bank, so it charges up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

In addition to the short operating time, the camera equipment was also criticized on the previous model. The main and ultra-wide cameras are back at just 12 megapixels (MP) and the aperture sizes have also remained unchanged at f/1.8 and f/2.2. The same goes for the 10MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture. However, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 should capture better videos and photos. This could mainly be due to the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ (Gen.1) processor, which can access 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM as before.

Expensive but many upgrades

This is to be hoped for, because the device has a few special camera talents with a folding function. Among other things, it partially opens in the so-called FlexCam mode. It allows you to shoot videos or group selfies hands-free from different angles.

Prices have remained high. Galaxy Z Flip 4 with 128 GB of memory costs about 1100 euros, with 256 GB – 1160, and with 512 GB – 1280 euros. However, Samsung’s foldable devices have been popular for a long time as they have already been proven to withstand at least 200,000 folding movements. And the manufacturer provides four major OS updates and five years of security updates. The foldable smartphone enters the market with the current version of Android 12.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is available for pre-order now and will be available starting August 26th.

Galaxy Fold 4 with 50MP camera

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The main camera of the Galaxy Fold Flip 5 is flagship-level.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has received a major camera upgrade. Because the main camera (f / 1.8) with optical image stabilization (OIS) now has a resolution of 50 instead of 12 MP. In addition, its sensor is 23 percent brighter than its predecessor. In addition, there is a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera (OIS) with f/2.2 aperture and a 10MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture.

The internal display is still 7.6 inches and, like the Flip 4’s screen, offers an adaptive refresh rate of 1 to 120 Hz (Hz). The 4-megapixel selfie camera hidden under the display is now slightly less visible than before due to denser pixel coverage. The front display has also remained the same size at 6.2 inches, and as with the Fold 4, both screens are more stable.

Powerful with Snapdragon 8+

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone now also runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ with 12GB of main memory. A more powerful processor could have increased the mileage a little, but the battery capacity remained unchanged at 4400 mAh.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes with Android 12L, a version of the operating system specially adapted for large displays. The new taskbar provides quick access to favorite or recently opened applications. In addition, there are well-known benefits of multitasking such as split screen, pop-ups or drag and drop.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 with 256 GB of storage costs just under 1800 euros, for the 512 GB variant you will have to shell out 1920 euros. If you want a terabyte (TB), you have to pay €2160.

The Galaxy Z Fold can also be pre-ordered now and will be available from August 26th.

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