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Samsung introduces Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, at the Unpacked virtual event.

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With nearly 10 million foldable smartphones sold in 2021, smartphone maker Galaxy continues its foldable revolution with significant improvements that make the latest Z Fold the most advanced yet.

Same screen but optimized

In terms of hardware, the new Z Fold 4 combines a 6.2-inch external Dynamic AMOLED display with a 7.6-inch internal screen. It’s the same size as last year’s model, with the same 120Hz adaptive refresh rate tech to choose between 120Hz and 48Hz. What’s changed is screen brightness, according to Samsung, and wider (but shorter) dial sizes .

Ergonomics, or rather the lack of it, has been a longstanding issue for foldable phones and tablets, and Samsung is addressing that with the Z Fold 4. Compared to last year’s 25:9 aspect ratio, the new model’s 23.1:9 scale should be more convenient to use with one hand. Samsung has also reduced the weight of the new foldable model by 8g: the current 263g is more in line with current generation large-screen smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 All Colors

From left to right: anthracite, black and ivory. Image: Jun Wang/ZDNET.

Best Camera

In terms of cameras, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 features three lenses on the back: a 50MP wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide, and 10MP telephoto lens.

If you were interested in devices released by Samsung earlier this year, such as the S22 and S22 Plus, this setting will sound familiar to you. Indeed, we find almost the same thing on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The only difference is the 123-degree field of view versus the S22’s 120.

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However, the under-screen front-facing camera featured in the Z Fold 3 remains. Samsung says the new 4MP lens is less noticeable when not in use.

Front camera Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Image: Jun Wang/ZDNET.

While the improvements over the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are significant, the camera remains a step below the class-leading S22 Ultra.

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The latest processor for the latest software

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor just out of print. The new chipset guarantees an overall improvement in power efficiency and performance, which is a plus for foldable fans who enjoy multitasking and resource-intensive applications.

The high-performance processor should also come in handy for many of the Z Fold 4’s productivity-related features, including the new Flex Mode, which supports trackpad-like gestures, quick access to apps via the taskbar, and all the quirks of Android 12L on the big screen.

Yes, the Z Fold 4 will officially be the first foldable device to ship with Google’s Android 12L mobile OS right out of the box.

Software for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Image: Jun Wang/ZDNET.

Same battery, better battery life

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have the same 4,400mAh battery as the Z Fold 3. However, its processor is more power efficient, which should result in better battery life. If we rely on Android smartphones equipped with the Snadragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, this is no small matter.

To top it off, the foldable battery can go from 0 to 50 percent on a 30-minute charge with a Samsung 25W adapter. This is not the fastest charging, but it will suit most users.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is available for pre-order starting yesterday, August 10th. It comes in three versions – 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB – and four colors – Anthracite, Black, Ivory and Burgundy (Samsung website only).

Until August 25, Samsung is offering pre-order deals including discounts of up to €730 on returning your old smartphone, a free S Pen case and charger, and a year of Samsung Care+ insurance. Free.

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