Samsung has unveiled its new line of foldable devices today. Taking centre is the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4, both sporting major design and software changes for 2022.
Let’s kick things off with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The phone follows the Galaxy Z Fold 3, an entry into the series that saw the price drop but was still staggeringly high for a smartphone at around R36 999. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 retains that price point and will ship starting at R37 999. Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung, described the new foldable range as offering “unparalleled mobile experiences that meet the needs of our most dynamic users.”
The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, which offers up to 3.2GHz of processing power and should make both multitasking and gaming a breeze. The model will also be the first device to ship with Android 12L, which Google has specifically created for larger-screened products. The phone will also ship with 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of internal memory.
New swipe gestures have been added to assist users in making the most of the screen space and managing multiple apps at the same time. Google’s array of apps work well with the device, as does Microsoft’s Office suite. Samsung’s S-Pen is also compatible with the Fold 4 and is arguably at its most useful when paired with a large screen device like this. The main screen itself is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex display that unfolds to 7.6 inches and boasts a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
Elsewhere there are five cameras scattered around the device; these consist of a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 10-megapixel telephoto camera, 10-megapixel selfie camera (the one on the cover side), and a well-disguised 4-megapixel under-display camera (UDC). Powering all of this is a 4,400mAh dual battery alongside Super-Fast Charging support, which Samsung says will get the Fold 4 from zero charge to 50% in around half an hour, assuming you’re using at least a 25-watt adapter.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
The model looks a lot like the phone it succeeds, but the innards have been upgraded and there are a few additional tricks in tow to get the most out of its foldable form factor.
Let’s start with the key changes. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 gets Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, the same as its pricier Galaxy Z Fold 4 sibling. Compared to the 3,300mAh battery of its predecessor, which struggled to last a full day under moderate usage, Samsung has upgraded the battery capacity on its latest clamshell foldable phone to a 3,700mAh unit.
Samsung has also upgraded the main camera on the Galaxy Z Flip 4. While the resolution remains the same at 12 megapixels, the pixels are now bigger (1.8 microns vs 1.4 microns) and the lens array can capture a wider field of view (83 degrees vs 78 degrees). As a result, Samsung claims that it can let in 65% more light, which means images will carry more details and offer better colour reproduction.
It is paired with another 12-megapixel camera for ultrawide photography, while selfie duties have been handed over to a 10-megapixel front camera. The main foldable OLED panel measures 6.7-inches across, offering a 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2,640 x 1080 pixels. The cover display measures 1.9-inches and this one is also an OLED screen. On the software side, partially folding the phone enables the FlexCam mode for capturing photos and videos, plus the trick also works in apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. QuickShot mode, meanwhile, allows video capture using the tiny cover display and continues uninterrupted when the phone is unfolded.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be offered in three storage variants: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. You can pick it up in four colors that include Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, and Blue.
The Galaxy Z Flip4 will be made available at a recommended retail price of R21 999 and Galaxy Z Fold4 for R37 999.
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