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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 preview

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Intro

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 brings back the nostalgic clamshell flip phone with a modern twist. There’s a lot of intricate engineering in this cute little foldable: an innovative screen, special ultra-thin glass that protects it yet folds up, an advanced hinge that keeps out dust and even water, and it’s all topped with quality components for a true flagship experience.

But as cool as that is, it’s not new. It’s a lot like what Samsung did last year with the Z Flip 3. If you look at the Z Flip 4 and the Z Flip 3 side by side, you might not even notice the difference.

Although they look the same, the new Z Flip 4 model brings a faster and more efficient chip, and rumors claim it will have a bigger battery and a screen that is no longer plagued with a “crease” problem. Let’s find out all about it!

Disclaimer: This is a preview based on leaks and rumors about the device, meant to give you an early look at what it’s going to be. We’ll update this article with real-world usage and more information once we have the phone for review.

What’s new about the device

  • Faster processor
  • Less of a “crease”
  • Improved camera quality
  • More durable construction
  • Potentially better battery life

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Specifications

A new processor and fewer wrinkles

There are two major highlights in this table according to the leaks and rumors. The first is the more powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, which is receiving rave reviews, and most importantly, unlike the Galaxy S series, there won’t be a separate version for some markets with a less powerful Samsung Exynos chip. Everyone gets a Snapdragon processor. The second highlight is a significantly larger battery.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 design and colors

Mix and match colors for a unique Z Flip 4 look

There’s nothing special about the design of the Z Flip 4. The folding clamshell retains the styling of its predecessor, but Samsung is expected to make improvements to both the hinge and the screen, where the crease is much less noticeable.

The Z Flip 4 is made of glass and aluminum and has a small screen on the front where you can see essential information such as your notifications.

Like the previous year’s model, we expect Samsung to offer a ton of customization and mix and match colors with the so-called “Bespoke” versions of the phone.

Buttons are located on the side, including the fingerprint scanner which is expected to be embedded in the power button.

We also appreciate that the Z Flip 4 has an IP68 rating for water and dust protection, giving you peace of mind that it will survive an occasional drop of water or more extreme weather conditions.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 screen

Once you unfold it, you’re greeted with a 6.7-inch display that’s much larger and narrower than your typical 22:9 aspect ratio display.

Such a narrow and tall screen isn’t ideal for reading text, but might be perfect for movie buffs, as cinematic videos are often filmed at such resolutions.

The excitement here comes from the combination of UTG, aka thin under display glass, with improvements to the hinge, which together make for the much less noticeable “crease” in the center of the screen. We think we can’t completely remove the wrinkle just yet, but make it much less noticeable? Yes please.

Aside from that, you can expect the typically excellent Samsung Dynamic AMOLED color quality, plus a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate for smooth scrolling.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 camera

A reliable dual camera system, but no zoom

One thing that hasn’t changed on the Z Flip 4 is that it still uses a dual camera system with a main camera + ultra-wide angle lens, but it doesn’t have a dedicated telephoto zoom like most other high-end Samsung phones.

This is probably due to the limited space in such a small folding design, but it’s still an unfortunate compromise for those who often zoom or shoot portraits where a zoom camera is essential.

With the powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip in it, it’s expected that images will be processed faster and you’ll get consistent video quality across all models, while we’ve noticed that Galaxy S models with a Snapdragon chip often look slightly different. capture photos and videos compared to the same model with an Exynos chip.

We’ll update this section with current photos and videos as soon as we get the phone, so stay tuned for that.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Performance

The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip is fast!

We’ve already talked about the Snadpragon 8+ Gen 1 processor in the Z Flip 4, but it is indeed a beast of a chip and universally acclaimed.

And best of all, there is no Exynos version of the Z Flip 4, all models around the world run on the Snapdragon chip.

We expect the chip to be paired with 8GB of fast LPDDR5 RAM and a base model with 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

More on the actual Z Flip 4 performance and benchmarks will be added to this section very soon once we’re done testing the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Android Version

The Z Flip 4 comes with Android 12 topped with Samsung’s custom One UI interface.

This is usually a good thing, as the Samsung skin offers a ton of options.

There’s something else really impressive here: the Z Flip 4 comes with a promise of 4 years of major software updates and 5 years of security updates. This is a promise Samsung has made for most of its more expensive devices, and it’s absolutely fantastic compared to most other Android phone makers, who only offer three or sometimes even two years worth of major Android updates.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 battery

A bigger battery is a possibility

The Z Flip 4 is expected to have a larger battery compared to the Z Flip 3, which came with a 3,300mAh cell split between the two parts of the device.

We don’t have an exact number, but a 10% increase is quite likely, and this will give the Flip 4 a welcome boost in battery life.

Of course it’s too early to say if it’s possible we’ll get a two-day Flip, and we find such a stretch target hard to believe, but an improvement is coming and it will be significant. Stay tuned for our independent battery tests, which will soon illustrate the difference in perfect clarity with numbers.

Charging speeds Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

We expect the Z Flip 4 to maintain the same 25W wired charging speeds as its predecessor, so nothing changes here.

And if rumors of a bigger battery come out, that would mean that a full recharge might take a little longer than before.

The Flip 4 also supports 15W wireless charging, of course, as well as reverse wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Audio quality and haptics

While the very first Flip was launched with a single speaker, the Z Flip 3 and now this Z Flip 4 both use a stereo setup consisting of one speaker on the bottom and another built into the earpiece.

We don’t have any details on the sound quality of the Z Flip 4 yet, but there’s room for growth as last year’s model was just okay, and not quite as boomy and rich in sound as the flagship Galaxy S22 series, or the Z Fold series.

And no, there is no headphone jack here. Samsung doesn’t include earbuds in the box either, so for wired audio you’ll need to buy a pair of good-sounding USB-C earbuds or a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Competitors

The good thing about being a pioneer in the foldable space like Samsung is that you get very little competition.

Those looking for a folding clamshell actually have the upcoming Motorola Razr gadget, but not much else. We’ve yet to hear more about the new foldable Moto Razr, so we’ll have to withhold a verdict until we know more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Summary

At the end of the day, the Z Flip 4 builds on the successful foundation of previous Samsung clamshell foldable devices. With the plethora of color options and small size, we can definitely see how this device will appeal to the design-conscious, as well as those looking for just a small phone or a smaller foldable one than the Fold 4.

The Z Flip 4 has a flagship, but not much more, so while it’s certainly not “affordable”, it’s also not out of reach like the very first foldables were.

And since this is the fourth generation of a product, it’s reassuring to know that the initial pain points have been resolved and the device can withstand the stresses of everyday use.

Should you buy the Z Fold 4? If you’re looking for a foldable clamshell, this one is going to be the very best, so be sure to check it out.

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