At Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2022, the tech giant finally revealed the Galaxy Z Fold 4 after weeks of leaks and rumors. Let’s review its specs, price, and release date.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2022
With the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung, manufacturer of the only major foldables on the market globally, is celebrating. After a series of teases and leaks, the corporation has customarily revealed all the information, confirming our strongest suspicion: it’s not a significant update.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs
A thinner hinge and bezels contribute to the overall design’s slightly more streamlined appearance. This is largely aesthetic and only slightly affects how compact the phone folds down; it is only a difference of a few thousandths of a millimeter (15.8mm thick at the hinge and 14.2mm where the sides meet). It weighs 263 grams as opposed to 271 grams for the Z Fold 3. Even though it functions as both a phone and a mini tablet, the phone is still somewhat heavy.
The opening-closing motion feels seamless, at least in the sample units Samsung had on exhibit last week, although the hinge is still relatively rigid by design so that it will stay in place in Flex mode. The Galaxy Fold 4’s water resistance rating is still IPX8. Additionally, just like a genuine 2022 flagship, it has a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 CPU with 12GB of RAM and storage options ranging from 256GB to 1TB.
The 50MP main camera, the 3x telephoto camera, the smaller bezels, and the slimmer hinge are all new features on the Galaxy Fold 4. The front display has a little bit more space because it is a little bit wider. Even while it doesn’t add much, it does make the display seem a little less crowded and more like a typical phone. Samsung hasn’t yet reached the best possible flatness when the phone is folded; there is still a gap when the phone is closed.
A few software upgrades attempt to enhance multitasking, while some adjustments to the display’s frame and crucial screen protector should increase the display’s long-term durability.
The Fold 4 now boasts a camera array befitting of a premium device thanks to this update. The 12-megapixel main camera from last year has been replaced with a 50MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens and optical stabilization that is comparable to what is found on the S22 and S22 Plus. Although it should be an improvement, it still falls short of what you get with the S22 Ultra.
Since 2x doesn’t go very far, it is a blessing that the Z Fold 3’s included 2x telephoto lens has been upgraded to 3x optical zoom. Even though space zoom is also available, you may now use digital zoom all the way out to 30x, even though you really shouldn’t. This is more of a case of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 catching up to what the other Samsung flagships have to offer than actual advancements.
The cover screen of the Z Fold 4 is still 6.2 inches diagonally, but it is now three millimeters larger to provide the extremely constrained display a bit more room to breathe. The main screen is still 6.7 inches, but Samsung claims it is more durable and is now 45 percent stronger because of a stronger ultra-thin glass. The wrinkle is still visible. Even though the phone is fully extended, it won’t be a distraction if you seek it. This time, a pre-applied screen protector’s stickiness is stronger in an effort to lessen the annoying bubble issue that owners of earlier Fold models frequently experienced.
With 120Hz adjustable refresh rates, both screens are still OLED panels. There is still no Note-style silo, just an S Pen-compatible shell, but the main screen is still compatible with Samsung’s foldable-specific S Pen (available separately). And the cover screen still prohibits the use of the S Pen. This time, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s under-display camera is concealed a little bit better. It is still a 4-megapixel sensor, but according to Samsung, modifications to the pixel array on top of it reduce visual noise and enhance image quality.
One UI 4.1.1, based on Android 12L, is preinstalled on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and includes certain software adjustments to enhance multitasking. The taskbar is now located at the bottom of the screen rather than on the side. In Flex mode, there is also a new touchpad feature that enables you with a tiny cursor to move around the top half of the screen like a miniature laptop. Although it’s adorable, I doubt I’ll ever use it.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 price and release date
Preorders for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 begin today, and the device will be made universally available on August 26 from Samsung, carriers, and independent shops. In addition to the standard colors of gray-green, beige, and phantom black, Samsung will also offer a burgundy variant. The $1,799 pricing will remain the same for another year, making it a pricey, slightly more mainstream flagship alternative. But that is basically all.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2022: What is new?
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