When it comes to foldable smartphones, Samsung currently provides the blueprint. In addition to the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 was also presented during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event. The folding smartphone leaves some things the same, but also knows what needs to be optimized.
Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
Outside: 1.9″ AMOLED, 260 x 512 pixels, 60 Hz Inside: 6.7″ AMOLED, 1080 x 2640 pixels, 1-120 Hz,
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 @ 3,2 GHz
Graphics chip (GPU)
Qualcomm Adreno 730 @ 900 MHz
8 GB LPDDR5
128/256/512 GB (not expandable)
12 MP ƒ/1.8 main camera 12 MP ƒ/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera, 123° recording angle
3,700 mAh with 25W, 10W wireless, reverse wireless charging
Folded: 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm Unfolded: 84.9 x 71.9 x 17.1 mm Weight: 197 g
Smaller & more robust
Unlike most foldable phones, the Flip4 folds up like the well-known clamshell-style clamshell phones. We usually only find modern interpretations of this in Huawei or Motorola. The 6.7″ display folds in half, on the right side we find the power button and volume rocker. Like the S22 range, it’s mostly angular and there’s a two-tone design on the back where the display area stays black at all times. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is available in blue, gold, black and purple and is made of Gorilla Glass Victus and a metal frame. Despite the folding mechanism, it is protected against water thanks to the IPX8 rating. If you like, you can completely adapt the color to your own wishes in the Samsung Bespoke Edition.
Thanks to the 6.7″ display, with dimensions of 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm, it is almost as big as any other current smartphone. When folded, it fits in almost any trouser pocket thanks to a length of 84.9 mm, but it is also 1.7 cm thick. You have to make this compromise; Compared to its predecessor, it is at least slightly smaller. But you also get an external display that measures 1.9″ diagonally. The screen with a resolution of 260 x 512 pixels is used, for example, to read notifications, take selfies and now also confirm a contactless payment process. There are also new designs and well-known functions such as smart home control.
The horizontally foldable main display has not changed either. This offers a FullHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels and thus comes to a slightly above-average pixel density of 425 PPI. Despite the AMOLED panel, the fingerprint sensor remains on the side of the device so that you can unlock it even when it is closed. There is an LTPO display that can adjust the refresh rate between 1 and 120 Hz and also supports HDR10+. The front consists of ultra thin glass, which is said to be up to 45% more resistant.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 with a bigger battery!
An interesting innovation is a processor. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 works in the Galaxy Z Flip4, the new top chip with a clock frequency of 3.2 GHz, which is now again manufactured by TSMC and no longer by Samsung. There is also 8 GB of RAM and a choice of 128, 256 or 512 GB of mass storage. It runs Samsung’s own OneUI 4.1 operating system based on Android 12, for which four years of Android updates and five years of security updates are to come. The UI now offers flexi modes in which the screen content can be divided into two halves. The same goes for the Flex-Cam, where you can hold the Flip4 like a camcorder of sorts to film, or lay it half-folded to take a group selfie.
Samsung installs a dual camera on the back for this. The 12-megapixel main camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture is largely responsible for the photos and can now look forward to 1.8 µm pixels instead of 1.4 µm pixels as in the predecessor. The camera is optically image stabilized and should now work better, especially in low-light scenarios, which is advertised. There is also a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture and a 123° angle of view. The front camera offers a resolution of 10 megapixels.
The battery has also been revised. Instead of a meager 3,300 mAh, you can now look forward to a capacity of 3,700 mAh. An increase of over 10%! In combination with the more efficient chip and the LTPO display, the runtime will hopefully be a bit better than the predecessor, where it was one of the biggest points of criticism. In addition, you can now charge it with 25W instead of 15W via cable, which is still little compared to even cheap Chinese smartphones like the Redmi Note 11. In return, it also supports 10W wireless charging via the Qi standard and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
Buy Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4?
Samsung has apparently found the right recipe with the Flip3 and is now adding some salt. Better processor, slightly smaller, larger battery, and a few new functions. And above all, a lot of customization in the Bespoke Edition via the Samsung website – who needs it? With a starting price of €1099 for the smallest model, Samsung can also pay €50 more for the improvements than the predecessor, but there is a pre-order campaign at the start. You can secure a purchase bonus of up to €720 via Saturn if you trade in your old device. Of course, the amount of the bonus depends on the old device, but for a Flip3 there is probably up to €600. The campaign is possible both in the store and online. Which folding design of smartphones do you like better?
Josh Yang is a Tech Writer who loves helping people understand what's going on in the tech industry. He writes about all things tech, from the newest gadgets to how to get your cat off your keyboard. Josh has been writing since 2013 and enjoys discovering new topics and sharing them with his audience.