While Samsung’s foldable devices are hard to recommend, they are a clear blueprint for the future. But how soon will that future come? Judging by early leaks and rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 could be the first foldable device that’s really worth buying – well, maybe.
It appears that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will offer iterative improvements over its predecessors. That means a sturdier screen, a newer processor and, fingers crossed, an integrated S Pen. Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 so far.
Broad details: release date and prices
We expect Samsung to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in August or September 2022. It’ll launch alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4, as well as an unnamed phone that we’re unaware of. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 are expected to ship two weeks after the launch event.
While we don’t have any leaks supporting an August or September release date, the previous three “Fold” phones were all launched in either August or September. (Although the original Galaxy Fold was the first uncovered in February 2019.)
The pricing of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is still a mystery. Samsung could stick with the $1,799 price tag it’s pinned to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, though some sources suggest a more competitive price point.
Also, don’t be surprised if Samsung drops the “Z” from the Fold 4’s name. Some people now associate “Z” with the invasion of Ukraine, as Russians use the letter to signal their support for the war in real life and on social media. (I should note that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is already called the Galaxy Fold 3 in some European countries. Samsung started toying with this idea In front Russia invaded Ukraine.)
Design: Small but significant improvements
Some changes to the design of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 are very predictable. As with previous versions, the phone will likely feature a more durable screen (possibly than Super ultra hard glass) and improved dust or water protection. An update for the phone’s outer “cover” display is also available a strong possibilityas Samsung has found small ways to improve this screen with each Galaxy Z Fold release.
And despite rumors of a new under-display fingerprint reader, patents have been spotted Business Korea suggest Samsung will stick with a side-mounted sensor.
Other changes to the design of the phone are not known. A leak out @TheGalox_ suggests Samsung could use a single-hinge design to make the Galaxy Z Fold 4 a little thinner. And as reported by Android Police, the phone may have an integrated S Pen – its predecessor worked with the S Pen but required a bulky add-on case. (It’s worth noting that the Galaxy S22 Ultra got an S Pen slot after its ancestor went through the add-on case thing.)
However, we’ve also seen rumors that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a larger battery (up from 4400mAh, which is already quite large). I’m not sure how Samsung could fit a bigger battery as the phone gets thinner and getting an S Pen slot, so at least one of those rumors is probably not true. To be fair, Samsung could definitely improve the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s power efficiency by adopting a new chipset.
Spec Talk: A more energy efficient chip
Samsung had major problems with the Galaxy S22’s thermals. The phone has a lot of over-the-top hardware to prevent throttling as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is a lot less power efficient than people initially expected. Of course, if a chip isn’t very efficient, battery life is also a major concern. And it sounds like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn’t have much room for a bigger battery.
So a new chip could be the solution. Ice Universe leaks state that Samsung may be using a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chip in the Galaxy Z Fold 4. This processor could be more powerful than what’s packed into the Galaxy S22, but Samsung is likely more interested in the improved efficiency of the chip.
Samsung Galaxy Fold4, Flip4, Snapdragon 8 Gen1 Plus, TSMC 4nm
— Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) March 24, 2022
Customers in Europe and India could get an Exynos chip in their Galaxy Z Fold 4 version. However, we’re not sure if Samsung will develop a new chip or reuse the Exynos 2200 that it introduced earlier this year.
Other spec changes on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 are unknown, possibly because people don’t care much about the storage or the phone’s storage. For what it’s worth, the base model of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes with 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM, which is more than enough for an Android phone (and more than what you get with the base model Galaxy S22 Ultra ).
Cameras: Déjà Vu from the Galaxy S22
Several leakers including Dohyun Kim, claim that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a 108-megapixel main camera. That puts it on par with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses the same lens. In addition, it seems that the phone is being used the 10MP 3x telephoto lens which debuted in Samsung’s Galaxy S22 and S22+.
While we haven’t heard anything about the phone’s ultra-wide camera, these changes are pretty substantial. All other models of the Galaxy Z Fold use a 12 MP main camera, and while that is 10 MP telephoto technically It’s a downgrade from the old 12MP telephoto and supports 3x optical zoom, which is an improvement over the 2x zoom.
Oh, and if you want Samsung to ditch the under-display selfie camera, I’ve got bad news. According to Korean leaker Yeux1122, the phone is used two lenses under the display. However, the under-display cameras will be a little less visible this time, and the dual-camera design could improve image quality (or open the door to 3D selfies, I think).
Again, we expect the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to launch in August or September, along with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and a third, unnamed phone. Prices are not yet known.
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