Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 — next affordable foldable

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With Samsung’s upcoming low-cost foldable device, we have great expectations for the company.

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After the release of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 this past summer, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will have a lot to live up to. Samsung improved its clamshell-style foldable phone with that model, making improvements across the board and providing a far more fair starting price of $999 for the first time.

However, there is always potential for improvement, particularly in the foldable phone area. It’s clear that Samsung can do better with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 when a new model comes later this year. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has the potential to be a game-changer in terms of battery life and durability.

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However, there are still a lot of unanswered issues regarding Samsung’s plans for this summer’s Galaxy Z foldables. To make the Galaxy Z Flip 4 one of the greatest foldable phones, we’ve compiled everything we’ve heard and what we’d want to see.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: Possible price and release date

We predict that Samsung will have an Unpacked event for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 in August, based on the company’s past product announcements. After the Galaxy Note, Samsung’s mid-year product launch was replaced by the Galaxy Z phones, and it’s likely that the company needs some lead time before the iPhone 14 comes in its customary September launch window.

Z Flip rumors are in line with Jon Prosser’s claim that the device will be released. In his estimation, we’ll see the device for the first time on August 10 and have it available for purchase at retail the following day, on August 26.

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To learn more about what you may anticipate from a possible August 2022 Unpacked event, see our preview of what you can expect from a Samsung Unpacked event.

We don’t see Samsung changing the pricing of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 any time soon. After all, the lower starting price of $999 of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was one of its distinguishing features. Samsung has to lower the cost of its foldables if it hopes to get more consumers to buy them. According to a tweet by Ross Young, a well-known leaker, the price might fall much more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 design

From what we’ve seen and heard, the Z Flip 4 might be yet another minor modification to the design of the current model.

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This may be seen clearly in a series of rendered images. Is the Z Flip 4 going to have the same dimensions as the previous models? For one of the most common gripes with foldable phones, leaker Ice Universe claims that the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s display will have a considerably less noticeable crease than its predecessor.

According to a fresh batch of leaked photographs on TechTalkTV(opens in new tab), the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is really on the verge of becoming a reality. The wrinkle is hardly noticeable in this picture.

Redesigning the phone’s hinge, like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, might make the Z Flip 4 thinner. Even if Samsung’s foldables will be more portable with the larger Fold, we won’t complain about a more streamlined design.

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The only thing we have to rely on is that there will be four color options. A gold, silver, light-blue and light-violet shade is expected.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: Rumored specs

According to early rumors, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will look almost identical to the current generation. Galaxy Z Flip 3’s 6.7-inch internal display is expected to be retained in the next model, according to a report. As far as I can tell, the Flip 3 is a great design, and the external display is really handy.

According to Yogesh Brar, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will have a 2.1-inch cover display, with Ross Young suggesting it would be at least two inches.

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In addition, we’ve heard rumours that Samsung is testing an under-display camera version of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. We can only hope that this isn’t the final one, given the terrible one on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. According to the leak’s source, Samsung is considering redesigning the hinge of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to reduce the overall weight of the device. To us, the Oppo Find N’s gapless design is all that matters.

According to certain reports, the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be the same as the Flip 3’s (3,300 mAh). There are reports that Samsung plans to boost the overall capacity by 400 mAh. Considering the existing Z Flip’s poor battery life, Samsung has to do more to enhance the phone’s efficiency.

With the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, rather of the usual 8-Gen, Samsung might use it to power its next phone, which is expected to go on sale later this year. If the leaked benchmarks are to be believed, it will provide a noticeable performance gain over the model from last year and the majority of smartphones released so far this year.

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If you’re looking for a smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, this is it. In fact, if the ROG Phone 6 Pro scores are any indicator, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 might see a significant performance gain over its predecessor if it uses Qualcomm’s newest chips.

Another possible resemblance to the previous generation is a fingerprint sensor that is located on the power button. Under-display fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s foldables have been in the works for a while, but they’ve been put on hold for now because of the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4.

Later this year, it may be renamed to avoid confusion. As a possible reaction to Russia’s use of the letter Z as a symbol of support for the invasion of Ukraine, certain European nations are now selling the latest model as the Galaxy Flip 3. In the future, Samsung may rename the Galaxy Flip 4 instead of discontinuing the Z completely.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: What we’d like to see

Galaxy Z Flip 3 was an enhancement over the original Galaxy Z Flip. However, it was far from flawless. With the debut of the Galaxy Z Flip 4, we believe Samsung should fix some of these shortcomings.

Battery life will be improved.

The battery life of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was awful. Using the adaptive refresh rate option, it only lasted 3 hours in the Tom’s Guide battery life test. Not a good thing! Because of its 120Hz internal displays and bigger cover display, we believe that this was a contributing factor. If you purchased the Galaxy Z Flip 3, we advised that you have a charger nearby.

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We’d want to see the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s battery life improve. Samsung may not be able to meet this simple need unless they increase the size of their power packs. In terms of battery life, the Z Flip 4’s new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor offers us a little more optimism thanks to its better power efficiency, however.

Improved resistance to wear and tear

We’ve seen instances of Galaxy Z Flip 3 handsets failing after only a few months of use, despite Samsung’s efforts to improve the durability of its previous foldables. It’s alarming to hear of phones failing to last a year, even if we can’t corroborate these tales with our own experience. When it comes to folding, there is another another area where the technology has room to grow.

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It would be fantastic if the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s durability and lifespan continued to improve. For $999, you don’t want to buy a phone that breaks within a year, much alone a few months. It’s possible that the alleged adjustment in the hinge might assist.

a gapless hinge

When it comes to folding phones, Oppo has beaten Samsung in one critical area: the design of their hinges. The hinge of the Oppo Find N is completely gapless. The internal screens should be protected from dust and damage since there is no space between the displays at the hinge.

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Gapless hinge design would be ideal for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. Take a cue from Oppo’s strategy, Samsung.

The ability to charge more quickly

Wired charging was limited to 15W on the Galaxy Z Flip 3, which is embarrassingly sluggish compared to other premium smartphones, much alone those that cost $1,000 or more. It was disappointing to learn that the Flip 3’s battery life was so poor that the phone couldn’t even charge at 65W.

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With a 25W rating similar to the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 should have plenty of juice. A 45W wired charging is used for both of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Plus.

A wide-angle lens

Samsung omitted a telephoto lens on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 presumably to keep prices down. There were two cameras on the phone: one for the primary camera and one for the ultrawide. When compared to the $999 Galaxy S22 Plus, which has a 3x telephoto lens, the Flip 3’s absence of one stands out.

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Even if it just has a 2x or 2.5x zoom, a telephoto lens for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is something we’d want to see. Samsung may have a hard time justifying the loss of camera capability while making the switch to a foldable phone.

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