Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Specs, Price, and Features
Samsung has finally unveiled its newest powerhouse foldable phone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which takes over for the Z Fold 3 from last year. As shown at the company’s recent Unpacked Event, the new device comes with a bump in specs and features like a more powerful chipset, and improved cameras, and today we’re going to take a quick at the hardware that it offers.
But is it a considerable upgrade from last year’s model? Considering that we’ve recently seen an influx of new foldable devices from different brands, should users go for Samsung’s offering, or should just settle for a good old “slab” style smartphone? Let’s take a look.
Design and Style
In terms of overall hardware design, Samsung has made some minor tweaks to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 while retaining the overall look of the phone, which comes in Grey-green, Phantom Black, and Beige colour variants, and an exclusive Burgundy version exclusive to Samsung.com.
The outer cover display now comes with a 6.2-inch AMOLED display, with a 904 x 2316 pixel resolution, and a 23.1:9 ratio. It’s been slightly tweaked from last year’s model alongside the inner AMOLED display which measures 7.2-inches with an 1812 x 2176 pixel resolution. With that said, the internal folding display lacks Gorilla Glass protection unlike the outside display, which comes with Gorilla Glass Victus+.
Samsung says that they have improved the hinge’s design, which hopefully means a sturdier hinge in the long run, especially given the amount of opening and closing that it goes through in a single day. There’s also a biometric unlock system by way of a side-mounted fingerprint reader embedded into the metal frame.
While it does come with S-Pen support, it unfortunately lacks a stylus slot, which means you’ll have to resolve to using a third-party solution like a case if you want to constantly carry an S-Pen around with it. The phone also omits the 3.5mm headphone jack, which isn’t surprising in this day and age.
Internal Hardware, Cameras
Inside the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, and you can choose from several different storage and memory configurations from 256GB and 12GB RAM, or 512GB and 12GB RAM, and a maxed-out 1TB with 12GB RAM.
With that being said, the 8+ Gen 1 is a very powerful and impressive chipset, and while it might not seem like much of an upgrade over the 8 Gen 1, it does come with some nice improvements such as better performance as we mentioned in our Xiaomi 12S Ultra review. Of course, factors like graphics-heavy gaming, as well as Samsung’s One UI do affect overall performance, but we imagine that such impact will be minimal given the “improved” optimization of Samsung’s system-wide Android skin. The device is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery, which supports 25W fast charging 25W, 15W fast wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
As for imaging capabilities, the Z Fold 4 comes with a triple camera array on the rear panel, with a 50 MP lens, 10 MP telephoto lens, and 12 MP ultrawide lens. There are two selfie cameras as well, with a 4 MP lens hidden under the display, as well as a 10 MP camera on the front display.
With all this said, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is definitely an impressive device in the specs department. However, it is also expensive coming in at £1,649.00 for the base model – unless you must have the absolute latest version of the Z Fold device line, then we’d recommend taking a bit of consideration before pouring cash into an upgrade, especially if you’re coming from a Z Fold 3. If budget isn’t an issue, however, then by all means go for this one.
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