The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 are set to be released this year, and while there’s been no official word from the South Korean company, several leaks have revealed a lot about the smartphones. Samsung released the first iteration of the Fold in Sept. 2019 and the Flip in Feb. 2020 to a mixed reception. While they were praised for their innovation, they had issues with durability. However, each generation has improved durability, and users hope that trend will continue.
While Samsung remains the leader in the U.S. for foldable phones, many other companies are coming out with their own versions. The tech giant has more competition in the global market than it does in the U.S, including Huawei’s Mate Xs and P50 Pocket and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold. In the U.S., Motorola will also release its third generation of the Razr this year, though it’s not expected to beat Samsung’s foldables.
According to a recent leak by Jon Prosser, the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will be on Aug. 10, 2022, and that’s when the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 will be announced. Then, they will hit shelves on Aug. 26. None of this has been confirmed by Samsung yet, though. Last year, both the Flip 3 and Fold 3 smartphones were announced and released in August. The year before, The Fold 2 had a similar timeframe, with the announcement coming in August and the release date in September. Despite Samsung not making an official announcement for the fourth generation of these phones, there are many leaks for users to get an idea of what will be released.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 & Z Fold 4 Design: Will There Be An Upgrade?
The biggest question with foldable phones is whether the durability will be better, but until they hit the market, all users can see is the design itself. As for the Galaxy Z Flip 4, there doesn’t look to be too many changes. According to rumors, the design looks almost identical to its predecessor. The fingerprint scanner is still on the side, the ports and microphone are still on the bottom and the volume button is on the right side. The main display will also remain at 6.7 inches. It does appear that the cover display may be getting larger, though. It could be at 2.1-inches, slightly bigger than the 1.9-inches of the Z Flip 3. While the centered punch hole remains the same, the renders show the bezels will be smaller. Unfortunately, there is a noticeable gap when the phone is closed, but the frame next to the hinge is thinner, plus the screen’s crease is less pronounced. One of the renders obtained by a leakster comes in blue, suggesting that users will be able to get the phone in that color. It will come in gold, gray, light blue and light violet but there could be more colors.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4, on the other hand, does sound like Samsung will make changes to the design. Whether it’s an upgrade or not depends on the user. The measurements will be different. When a render of the Fold 4 was put next to the Fold 3, the new phone was slightly wider and shorter than its predecessor—making it look more squarish. Rumors suggest the dimensions will be 155 x 130 x 7.1 when unfolded. The camera module on the back is also slightly different, with three separate lenses protruding.
Camera Upgrades For Galaxy Z Fold 4
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will see improvements for all its cameras. The primary camera will see an upgrade to 50 megapixels over the previous 12. The selfie camera has also gone up to 16 megapixels. In addition, the phone will have a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with three times optical zoom.
While the Flip 4 was rumored to get better cameras, it looks like it will be the same as its predecessor. The only difference will be two 12-megapixel cameras instead of one. The selfie camera will once again be 10 megapixels.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 & Z Fold 4 Get A More Powerful Chip
Both the Flip and Fold are getting a serious upgrade under the hood. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will power the smartphones. This will be produced using TSMC’s 4-nanometer process, so the phones will have better efficiency and performance and run cooler. However, the external display technology will be the same as its predecessors. The Flip 4 will have a 2.1-inch sAMOLED, and the Fold 4 will have a 6.2-inch HD+ 120Hz AMOLED. Unfortunately, the resolution is not yet known for the Flip 4. Inside, the Flip 4 will have a 6.7-inch FHD+ 120 Hz sAMOLED screen, and the Fold 4 will get a 7.6-inch QXGA+ 120Hz AMOLED. Nothing is changing in the memory and storage department. The Flip will get 8GB of RAM and 265 GB of storage, while the Fold will get 12 or 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Both will come with Android 12 out of the box and One UI 4, Samsung’s proprietary user interface. In addition, the smartphones will have improved water resistance.
While it doesn’t look like the Galaxy Fold 4 will come with an S pen, it will come with support for one. It could also have two under-display fingerprint scanners — one on the main screen and another on the external display. It will also have support for Wireless DeX, 5G, Wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5 and NFC.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 & Z Fold 4 Battery: 25W Fast Charging
The Galaxy Z Flip 4’s battery capacity is expected to increase slightly from 3,300 mAh to 3,700mAh, whereas the Galaxy Fold 4 will have a 4,400mAh battery, the same as its predecessor. The Flip 4’s battery life is expected to be better than the previous version, but the Fold 4 will most likely be the same. They will both have support for 25W fast charging and 10W wireless charging. In addition, charging speeds will be faster with fast charging for the Flip 4. Battery capacity and speed are expected to be the same for the Fold.
Might Be Worth Waiting For The Next Generation
Most of the changes are pretty minor. It won’t be until users get their hands on the phone that they will be able to see if the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will improve the performance. Users will then be able to see if the durability has improved too. The Galaxy 4 Fold may not be ideal for consuming movies, TV shows or playing games because of its squarish shape. These days media is made for a widescreen, not a full screen. That could put some users off buying the Z Fold 4 since so much entertainment is consumed on phones. While that may be the downside, the S pen support is a plus, even if it is disappointing that it is not coming with one. The extra battery capacity for the Flip 4 is always a welcome upgrade, and the camera upgrades on the Fold 4 will make a difference for users. However, the upgrades are probably not enough to justify upgrading from the predecessors. If a user is switching phones, that will depend on the capabilities of their current one. Unless the performance and durability are better, it might be worth waiting until the Flip and Fold 5. Of course, that’s assuming that they will get better upgrades. But since Samsung hasn’t confirmed any of these details, users will have to wait for the official announcement to see if any of this is accurate.