Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 — what we know so far

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If the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is to continue where the Galaxy Z Fold 3 left off, there are a lot of expectations. However, because the foldable phone formula has yet to be perfected, there is still room for improvement.

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While rumours regarding the Z Fold 4 are starting to spread, there is still a lot we don’t know about the device. Check out the leaks and rumours we’ve gathered so far to see what we think Samsung needs to improve on with the Z Fold 4 if it wants to keep the title of best folding phone with its next edition.

Take a look at the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s rumoured features (and what we’d like to see) below.

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Release date for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

When it comes to when the new Z Fold 4 will be released, both leaks and our expert predictions are on the same page. The previous two generations of Galaxy Z Fold have been released in late summer or early fall, with the exception of the Z Fold 3 which was released in August and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 which was released in September. As a result, the Z Fold 4 might be introduced as early as the end of August or the beginning of September.

The iPhone 14 is scheduled to be released in the middle of September, and we believe Samsung would prefer to avoid a release date conflict in that time frame.

When the next Fold appears, it may be known by a new moniker. Samsung is selling the Galaxy Fold 3 in some European countries in response to Russian authorities’ usage of the letter Z as a symbol to incite their invasion of Ukraine. There is talk that Samsung will drop the Z from the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s name.

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Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

According to a rumour on Naver by Korean leaker yeux1122, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 would be excellent news if it was less priced than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

If the Galaxy Z Fold 2 costs $1,999 when it launches in 2020, the Z Fold 4’s price might drop $400 in the next two years. Foldable phones are currently out of reach for most people, but as the price gap closes, more people will be persuaded to buy one.

The design of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

In terms of the Z Fold 4, we expect Samsung to go with the same fundamental design as the Z Fold 3. Despite this, one leaker has already hinted at some changes that may be on the way.

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According to a post on the Korean blogging site Naver, Samsung is considering reworking the hinge and enhancing the phone’s waterproofing and dustproofing. We’d want a phone that is less susceptible to water and dust damage.

Similarly, leaker Anthony, who goes by the handle @TheGalox, believes that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a single central hinge instead of the two seen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Z Fold 4 would be smaller and lighter as a result, while also being more durable.

According to an unsubstantiated claim, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will not have a spot for the S Pen, which would be a disappointment if accurate. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will not have an integrated S Pen, according to leaked information from Ice Universe. The good news is that he claims the design will be more compact and thin.

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Samsung has been fiddling with the aspect ratio of the front display of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 prototypes, according to another report. Samsung will choose from a variety of alternatives, including ones that are nearly identical to the current version of the Z Fold 3, according to Chunv8888, a well-known Twitter tipster.

According to leaker yeux1122, Samsung will replace the current Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) technology with a more advanced one for the inside display. Even if the phone doesn’t come with a S Pen pen, the enhanced material should be more durable and of higher quality, making it easier to use.

There are, of course, alternatives if Samsung decides to forsake the existing book-style fold structure. At the Samsung Show at CES 2022, three designs for portable foldable gadgets will be on display. The S-fold design creates three panels instead of two, and the “slidable” feature expands the screen width on demand. It’s possible that Samsung may just employ these principles for future Z Fold phones, but the s-fold design for the Galaxy Fold could be used in the future.

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Rumors from a Korean news organisation Samsung may be working on a Galaxy Z Fold 4 with an integrated S Pen, according to Elec. This would make a lot of sense, especially since the Galaxy S22 Ultra has one (like the Galaxy Notes of old). As a result, the stylus would be stored in a silo on the Fold 4. The S Pen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a storage issue, thus this would make using the S Pen on the go a breeze.

One design feature that appears to be unaffected is the fingerprint-sensing power button. Instead of utilising an under-display fingerprint sensor, Samsung is rumoured to have stuck with the Z Fold 3’s button-mounted sensor for the Z Fold 4.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 are better than ever.

The camera arrangement on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is rumoured to be the same as on the Galaxy S22. The telephoto lens on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 now boasts a 3x optical zoom, up from 2x on the previous edition.

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The Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus have 50MP main cameras and 12MP ultra-wide cameras, but a new rumour from leaker Dohyun Kim claims that the next model will have the 108MP primary camera of the S22 Ultra. We’ll have to wait and see whether this turns out to be true.

His tweet only says “Galaxy Z Fold4 108MP Camera,” but that would be significant news and give the foldable a huge advantage over its competition

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 featured the company’s first main display under-display camera, which set it apart from previous Samsung phones. According to a Korean source, another under-display camera could be put to the cover display.

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However, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s under-display camera was one of the device’s weak points, so adding a second one isn’t ideal unless Samsung fixes the current one. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is rumoured to accomplish this, with a variety of under-screen camera enhancements predicted.

The battery of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

It’s sad that the only rumour we have regarding the Z Fold 4’s power source is bad news. Apparently, the battery in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will remain around the same size as it is now.

Even though their batteries are the same size or smaller, foldable phones have a larger screen to power, which is one of their biggest drawbacks. In order to make the Z Fold 3 survive a whole day without recharging, Samsung will have to make other parts of the phone more efficient.

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What we’d want to see from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold

If those rumours weren’t enough to pique your interest in Z Fold 4, we also have a wish list for the future foldable.

Samsung could do a lot worse than recreating this appealing-looking design based on a patent submitted by Samsung using the “Galaxy Flex Note” as a starting point. The Galaxy Note series, which may come to an end this year with the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 21, would be succeeded by the Z Fold series. We like how this design uses a single display and includes room for a S Pen pen.

Some of these features have been seen on previous Samsung phones, and more are likely on the Z Fold 4 in the future. Even though the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers a different sort of personalization than the Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition, the two smartphones may comfortably cohabit because one side is still all screen.

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According to rumours, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will feature both the Snapdragon 898/895 and Samsung’s newest LPDDR5X RAM. If they do make way to phones this year, the Samsung Galaxy S22 will most likely be the first to get them.

What we want on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is as follows.

Cameras that are better

This year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 boasts a similar combination of cameras to last year’s model, with the exception of the internal selfie camera being replaced with one hidden behind the display.

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A better overall camera system would be nice for the Z Fold 4. Even if Samsung isn’t focusing on photography with its foldable devices, bigger or higher-resolution cameras would still be a great feature.. It would also be wonderful to have a more powerful Space Zoom.

Build in onboard S Pen storage.

Samsung’s next-generation foldables might make sense if the S Pen pen from the Z Fold 3 was included in the design. Samsung plans to include the S Pen into its new Galaxy Z Fold 4 design, as seen in this concept illustration, to eliminate the need to carry the pen separately or in a specially built case.

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A S Pen slot on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a logical evolution from the rumoured S22 Ultra.

One more price reduction.

Because of the success of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung should follow suit and reduce the price of its foldable phones to a level that is more in line with other high-end flagships. Eyes1122 reported this, but it doesn’t really imply much at this point. There’s a lot that may happen between now and the phone’s official launch.

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Improved display crease concealment

The primary drawback of watching video on foldable screens is that the evident creases in the screen might detract from the overall experience. For us, it would be ideal for the crease to fade into the background, but not completely vanish.

An outline that is more streamlined

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For a foldable phone, it is difficult to achieve a very thin design. However, the most common criticism we hear from those who have used the Z Fold 3 is how heavy and cumbersome it is to transport. As far as we’re concerned, the Z Fold 4 could need a few more millimetres of reduction in size.

a longer life expectancy for battery

Due to the Z Fold 3’s dual screens, including one that is the size of a small tablet, it has a disadvantage from the get-go. Our tests showed a battery life of less than eight hours, and we’d want to see that number rise to closer to ten hours by making use of a bigger battery and other efficiency improvements.

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