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So the moment has come when Samsung introduced the latest foldable phones Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. It happened as part of the Galaxy Unpacked event, which took place on the evening of August 10th. The new phones have received a number of improvements so as not to be considered an on-duty update to last year’s model. They not only got a fresher design, but also a completely new processor, introduced just recently. All this is good, but now it is worth letting go of emotions a little and calmly talk about both models of new phones.
What was the Galaxy Z Flip 4
What does the new Samsung Flip look like?
Samsung’s new flip 4 has a lot of improvements in terms of performance, camera and more, but in terms of design it looks just like the Galaxy Z Flip 3 . However, Samsung claims that it has slimmed down the bezels and hinges. The smartphone has the same two-tone design with two cameras on the back. The display on the lid is the same size as the Flip 3. But the change in the folding mechanism already pulls forward.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 boasts a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with an adaptive refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz. The smartphone also has a 1.9-inch Super AMOLED external screen with a resolution of 260×512 pixels.
Specifications of the Galaxy Z Flip 4
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 has impressive hardware specs. It is powered by the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which is currently the most powerful one found on Android devices. The chipset is paired with 8GB of RAM , while storage options are offered at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB .
Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 runs Android 12 with One UI 4.1 proprietary skin. The device is expected to receive the One UI 5 update based on Android 13 soon . As you might expect, Flip 4 will receive major updates for 4 years, security updates for 5 years. This is more than any other Android smartphone manufacturer offers.
The battery has grown by 400 mAh and now boasts a capacity of 3700 mAh . The novelty supports 25W wired charging, as well as fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Let me remind you that many users of the previous generation complained about the time of work.
How to shoot on folding Samsung
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 has a dual camera on the back. The main one is 12 megapixels with a pixel size of 1.8 microns and optical stabilization. The second sensor (ultra wide angle) also has a resolution of 12 megapixels and a viewing angle of 123 degrees. In terms of numbers, nothing has changed from the previous generation, however, Samsung claims that the main camera can capture 65% brighter images .
For selfies, there is a 10 MP camera on the front, the quality of which is yet to be determined through testing.
The main camera can now take photos in normal and portrait modes in low light thanks to Samsung’s Super Night Solution technology. The AI lighting and stabilization capabilities of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 have also been improved, which should greatly improve photo and video capture on the new phone.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 cost?
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be available for purchase from Samsung or other retailers starting August 26 . But this does not apply to our country, where Samsung has officially suspended sales of its products. The declared price of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at $999. This price is for the 128 GB version. Prices for models with more memory have not yet been announced.
What’s new in Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung has launched another foldable flagship on the market, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. The device has many improvements over its predecessor, and these are also worth talking about separately.
What the new foldable Samsung looks like
In terms of design, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is very similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 , however it is 3.1mm shorter and slightly thinner than its predecessor. But the device is slightly wider, and combined with the thin bezels, this makes for a better 23:9 aspect ratio for an external display.
Samsung Fold display
The device features 6.2-inch external and 7.6-inch internal displays with a 10.8:9 aspect ratio, making it more square than its predecessor’s 11.2:9 aspect ratio. The outer display features a Dynamic AMOLED HD+ (2316×904) panel, while the inner display features a Dynamic AMOLED QXGA+ (2176×1812) panel.
Both displays support refresh rates up to 120Hz. The internal one received a base brightness of 1000 nits, while the external display and back panel are protected by Gorilla Glass Victus+ . The frame is made of aluminium. The overall weight of the device is 8 grams lighter than the previous generation.
Specifications Galaxy Z Fold 4
Predictably, this smartphone is also powered by a 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1C. The chipset will be paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB UFS 3.1 internal storage . It has a 4400mAh battery with 25W fast charging. You can charge your phone up to 50% in 30 minutes.
Smartphone on Android 12L
The novelty received a user interface based on Android 12L, which is now a bit like a PC. Items at the bottom of the device provide instant access to recent or most used applications. The company has optimized Facebook, Youtube, Netflix, Disney+, and Microsoft Teams to make better use of the foldable form factor. And apps like Microsoft Outlook, Office and Google Meet now offer tablet functionality.
There is also a flex mode that activates when the phone is half folded. It is somewhat similar to a laptop , but very conditional, and using the gadget in this form is quite difficult. However, they worked with this mode, making it more adapted for video communication. In some applications, this mode turns the bottom half of the screen into a touch bar or shortcut bar.
New Samsung S Pen
The S Pen also has a new feature called text extraction. It is essentially a quick and easy way to copy and paste text using the S Pen as a highlighter.
Samsung foldable tablet camera
The camera system on the device has also been upgraded from last year. This time, the Fold 4 offers a 50MP main camera with support for optical and electronic stabilization, a 12MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens with support for 3x optical zoom. The device also offers 30x digital zoom.
The front camera received a resolution of 10 MP (f / 2.2), and the camera under the display is the same as last year – at 4 MP . However, this time it is better hidden due to the increased pixel density. But there is a feeling that this will only make it worse. Although before it was only suitable for video calls, but not for selfies.
How much does the Z Fold 4 cost?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a starting price of $1,799 for the 12GB + 256GB model. The cost of models 12 GB + 512 GB and 12 GB + 1 TB is 1920 dollars and 2160 dollars, respectively. Currently, pre-orders are open, and the first devices will go on sale on August 25.
It remains only to add that the new product will support 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone has an IPX8 water resistance rating and comes in Phantom Black, Beige and Greygreen colors.