The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 are Samsung’s most recent iterations of foldable devices. The Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are some of the brand-new accessories that go along with these new smartphones.
We’ll only be focusing on the newest cellphones for this impressive piece. If you were hoping for significant improvements like we saw with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphones, you might be a little let down.
With slightly modified designs, improved cameras, and a current-generation chipset, the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 are iterative improvements.
However, even if they are few in number, some of the changes are rather significant and might be sufficient to win over potential purchasers.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be discussed first. It has a starting price of $1,799.99. (approximately Rs. 1,42,830 before taxes). Samsung claims that the new Fold’s top features include its flagship-caliber cameras, a more potent SoC, and a lighter body.
The latter is the first thing I noticed, and despite the fact that the new model weights 263g (the Z Fold 3 weighs 271), the weight now feels more evenly distributed. It’s still somewhat bulky, and unlike the Flip, the two halves of the phone don’t sit flush when closed.
This time, the metal frame is more streamlined, and all the ports and buttons are located in their standard locations. Although it’s very difficult to tell without holding both devices side by side, the overall dimensions are also claimed to be slightly smaller compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Depending on how you choose to use the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the hinge may be opened at different angles and feels sturdy.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is lighter and has a revised design than its predecessor.
In order to improve the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s low-light images and movies, Samsung has taken some of the camera technology from the Galaxy S22 series. Samsung refers to these features as “Nightography” in its marketing materials.
A 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 10-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 50-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilization are all included in the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The selfie cameras seem to be the same.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a few tweaks but retains the same size for both the inner and outside displays.
With Corning Gorilla Victus+ protection, the outside display now has an adaptive refresh rate range of 48Hz to 120Hz, while the inner foldable display has a more power-efficient range of 1Hz to 120Hz.
OneUI 4.1.1, based on Android 12L, is used by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. The software is substantially the same as that of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but Samsung has included a new taskbar function that ensures that the bottom row of apps on the home screen is pinned next to the navigation buttons anytime any app is opened on fullscreen.
On the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung first offered this idea as a Labs feature, but the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s execution feels less invasive.
The taskbar will also display any multi-window app pairs and recently opened apps. There is a drawer where you may access all of your apps in addition to the pinned icons.
The slide-out app carousel, which I don’t particularly like, is still an option if you want to utilize it, but I believe this would be a better multitasking alternative.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 also receives a flattened frame. Despite my dislike for the shiny texture of the frame, the phone looks beautiful with this purple trim.
Our main complaint with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was its battery life, but happily, Samsung has improved performance in that area by including a larger 3,700mAh (vs. 3,300mAh) battery this time.
The battery is reportedly capable of charging from empty to 50% in just 30 minutes. When it becomes available outside of the United States, this device will have a starting price of $999.99 (about Rs. 79,350 before taxes).
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 now has a 1.2mm-tinier hinge. Sadly, the cover screen has remained the same size.
Even though I wasn’t able to test this, Samsung claims you’ll be able to send automated replies to some messages from the outer display. It can still do all the same tricks, like allowing you take a selfie when the phone is folded.
When the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is folded in half, several apps have comparable “Flex mode” functionality. With the innovative Flex Cam, you can start a timed capture by simply putting your palm in front of the camera.
While the sensors appear to be the same 12-megapixel pair for the wide and ultra-wide cameras that the Z Flip 3 has, the Flip 4 additionally boasts of “Nightography” characteristics from the Galaxy S22 series.
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC from Qualcomm powers both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. Both devices offer wireless and reverse wireless charging, stereo speakers, and IPX8 water resistance ratings.
Three different models of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 are offered, each of which has 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will include 12GB of RAM in all versions and up to 1TB of storage. We must wait to observe which variations—and at what costs—actually reach India.
Despite the fact that both smartphones are incremental improvements over their respective predecessors, their improved cameras and more modern SoC do make them more competitive and may assist to justify their higher price points.
The lighter weight of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 should be beneficial for extended use, but if you intend to use a case with it, that benefit might be moot.
The bigger battery of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 should take care of our greatest complaint about its predecessor.
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