With regards to Samsung’s next-generation foldable phone, what they could and should be doing
There are a lot of expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 if it is to succeed where the Galaxy Z Fold 3 left off. However, the foldable phone formula has not yet been mastered, so there is still opportunity for development.
While speculations about the Z Fold 4 are beginning to circulate, we still don’t know a much about the device. You can see our ideas on what Samsung has to improve on with the Z Fold 4 if it wants to keep the greatest folding phone crown with its next iteration by checking out the leaks and rumours we’ve gathered so far.
Take a peek at the speculated features (and what we’d want to see) with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 below.
Release date for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
When it comes to the likely introduction of the new Z Fold 4, both leaks and our expert assumptions are on the same page. Since the release of the Z Fold 3 in August and the release of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in September, the past two generations of Galaxy Z Fold have been released in late summer or early autumn. As a result, we may anticipate the Z Fold 4 to be released by the end of August or the beginning of September.
The next Fold could go under a different moniker when it makes its appearance. Galaxy Fold 3 is being sold by Samsung in various European nations as a reaction to Russian authorities’ use of the letter Z as a symbol to encourage their invasion of Ukraine. Speculation is rife that Samsung may delete the Z from the name of the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
As the Galaxy Z Fold 3 costs $1,799, it would be great news if the Z Fold 4 was going to be less expensive, according to a report from Korean leaker yeux1122 on Naver.
We may see a $400 decline in the price of the Z Fold 4 over the next two years if the Galaxy Z Fold 2 costs $1,999 when it launches in 2020. Foldable phones are currently prohibitively costly, but as the price gap narrows, more and more people will be enticed to purchase one.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
When it comes to the Z Fold 4, we’re still expecting Samsung to keep with the same basic design as the Z Fold 3. In spite of this, one leaker has already hinted at certain modifications that may be coming.
Reworking the hinge and strengthening the phone’s waterproofing and dustproofing are among the ideas being considered by Samsung, according to a post on the Korean blogging site Naver. We’d want a phone that’s less prone to water and dust harm.
Similarly, leaker Anthony, tweeting as @TheGalox, claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will employ a single hinge in the middle of the handset rather to the two used by the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This would allow the Z Fold 4 to be smaller and lighter while also increasing its durability.
An unconfirmed report indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will not include a place for the S Pen, which would be a letdown if true. Leaked information from Ice Universe confirms that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will not have an integrated S Pen. The good news is that he does state the design will be smaller and slimmer.
According to another report, Samsung has been tinkering with the aspect ratio of the front display of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 prototypes. Chunv8888, a well-known Twitter tipster, reports that Samsung will choose from a variety of options, including ones that are almost identical to the current edition of the Z Fold 3.
In terms of the internal display, leaker yeux1122 speculates that Samsung will replace the present Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) technology with a more advanced one. Even if a S Pen pen isn’t incorporated into the phone, the upgraded material is expected to be more durable and of greater quality, making it easier to operate.
Of course, if Samsung decides to abandon the existing book-style fold structure, there are alternative options. There are three designs for portable foldable gadgets on display at Samsung Display at CES in 2022. S-fold design is used to generate three panels instead of two, while “slidable” increases the screen width on demand. It is possible that Samsung may only use these concepts for future Z Fold phones, but the s-fold design for the Z Fold 4 seems to be a feasible possibility.
Rumors from a Korean media outlet According to Elec, Samsung may be developing a Galaxy Z Fold 4 with an integrated S Pen. Since the Galaxy S22 Ultra has one, this would make a lot of sense (like the Galaxy Notes of old). So the stylus would be housed in a silo on the Fold 4 as a result. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a storage problem for the S Pen, thus this would make S Pen usage on the move a breeze.
The fingerprint-sensing power button seems to be one design element that will remain untouched. Instead of using an under-display fingerprint sensor for the Z Fold 4, Samsung is said to have chosen to stick with the Z Fold 3’s button-mounted sensor. Even so, the button-mounted sensor is already a solid alternative.
The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 are better than ever.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 is said to be using the same camera configuration as the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s telephoto lens now has a 3x optical zoom, up from the previous model’s 2x.
Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus feature 50MP main and 12MP ultra-wide cameras; however, a fresh rumour from leaker Dohyun Kim says that the next model will really get the S22 Ultra’s 108MP main camera. We’ll have to wait and see whether this is true.
“Galaxy Z Fold4 108MP Camera” is all that’s said in his tweet, but that would be huge news and give the foldable an enormous edge over its competitors.
In comparison to previous Samsung phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offered the company’s first main display under-display camera. Another under-display camera might be added to the cover display, according to a source from Korea.
Having said that, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s under-display camera was one of its weakest qualities, so adding a second one isn’t ideal until Samsung improves the existing one. This is precisely what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is rumoured to achieve, with a number of under-screen camera upgrades expected..
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.
What we’d want to see from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold
If those speculations didn’t fulfil your need for Z Fold 4 information, we also have a little wish list for the upcoming foldable.
Using the “Galaxy Flex Note” as a starting point, Samsung could do a lot worse than duplicating this appealing-looking design based on a patent submitted by Samsung. The Z Fold series would be the successor to the Galaxy Note series, which saw a possible end this year with the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 21. We appreciate how this design employs a single display and offers space for a S Pen pen.
We’ve seen some of these capabilities on past Samsung phones, and more are expected on the Z Fold 4 in the future. Even while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a different form of personalisation than the Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition since one side is still all screen, the two devices may easily coexist.
Both the Snapdragon 898/895 and Samsung’s latest LPDDR5X RAM may be used in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 based on rumours. If they do make it to phones this year, they’ll most likely debut on the Samsung Galaxy S22.
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.
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.
Next-generation foldables from Samsung might make sense if the Z Fold 3’s S Pen pen was included into the design. To avoid having to carry around a S Pen separately or in a specially designed case, Samsung hopes to include the pen into its new Galaxy Z Fold 4 design, as seen in this concept image.
For the Galaxy Z Fold 4, a S Pen slot is a logical progression from the speculated 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.
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
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.