Since the invention of foldable cellphones, Samsung has been the market leader, partly as a result of the company’s first-mover advantage. However, three years later, there is more competition than ever, and there will soon be even more. Samsung isn’t recreating the wheel with its new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4. Instead, the largest issues are being fixed.
The success of Galaxy Z Flip 4 is being capitalized. Although they still have a small market share, foldable cellphones are gaining popularity. Global sales of foldables reached 10 million in just one year, with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 accounting for the majority of that total.
Actually, it’s not difficult to understand why that phone was popular. The cost was affordable. It made minimal concessions. It had a wonderful vibe. Additionally, it met a genuine need for individuals looking for a compact smartphone. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Samsung wants to build on the strengths of the Flip 3 for the Flip 4.
Samsung continued to follow the same general strategy with the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
These two phones appear to be the same at first sight. And if you don’t hold them up side by side in person, the changes are still not immediately apparent. The Flip 4 is somewhat smaller than the Flip 3, scarcely perceptible but yet likely to be appreciated. When I picked up the Flip 4, the improvements to the hardware were the first thing I noticed. I love how the flat frame feels in my hands, and I’m delighted Samsung chose matte glass for this year’s primary color lineup.
In addition, Samsung asserts that the interior display this year has a tougher glass cover, which I sincerely hope is true given the horrible incident I had with the Flip 3.
Is that it, though? Fortunately, it isn’t!
What was the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s biggest flaw? Its battery life, which we said to be the worst since the Pixel 4, a gadget infamous for having poor endurance.
Samsung has primarily rectified that this year as a result. Despite the hardware being smaller, the battery is larger and charges faster. Of course, given the hour I had to use the Flip 4, I couldn’t really get a sense for these two features, but they’re the main ones I’m looking forward to testing for our upcoming review.
I also needed to briefly discuss the Flip 4 Bespoke Edition before moving on. With this Flip model, customers can choose from a limited number of colors and combine them in 75 different ways to create a unique phone. It’s a cute concept that results in some lovely color combinations.
And my desire for a Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the amazing Brick Red color will never go away.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 is getting ready for combat. The original concept from Samsung is on the other side. This notebook-style design has gone through four iterations, and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is by far the best one. I was persuaded of this in a matter of minutes.
It’s difficult to describe the sensation of holding the Fold 4 for the first time, but in a nutshell, it feels like a fully developed foldable. The Fold 4 feels like the culmination of all of the Fold 3’s attempts to close the holes in Samsung’s folding hardware, such as adding water resistance. Is that it, though? Obviously not!
What was the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s biggest flaw? It really comes down to three factors. the cameras, the exterior display’s slenderness, and the display crease.
The display wrinkle on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is significantly less noticeable with the first of the three. It’s still there and you can still see it, but it’s less bothersome to the eye and far less noticeable when using the phone. I’ve used a Fold 3 for the past year and have become increasingly aware of the crease in the last month or two in particular. For this reason alone, I’m beyond eager to upgrade.
The size of these displays is another factor. Although the diagonal measurement is the same, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s displays are broader than those of the Fold 3’s. The result is something that, on the inside, feels lot more like a tablet, which was always the goal. Outside, it results in a display that looks more like a typical smartphone and is less odd. Personally, I never felt uncomfortable with the outside display’s narrowness and instead preferred the one-handed use it provided. However, I can understand why so many people have pushed for a larger panel, and I can already see how it will be advantageous in the future.
There is greater room for typing thanks to the keyboard on the Fold 4’s outside display. The camera is the last item. I enjoy using the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but its camera has kept me from using it as my daily driver. It became more difficult for me to carry the Fold when I wanted to take pictures, especially after the Pixel 6 Pro with its excellent camera arrived. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 now features the same 50MP camera as the Galaxy S22 and S22. I can’t speak to how great of an increase this will prove to be since I was using the Fold 4 in a controlled environment, but even after just a few minutes of playing around with it, it already feels like a significant improvement.
These three modifications in particular don’t merely improve quality of life as the Fold series continues. They appear to me more as adjustments that will better equip the Fold to withstand more challenging opposition. Samsung is aware that rival companies like Oppo offer superior cameras, nearly nonexistent display creases, and possibly better display aspect ratios. Samsung is bridging the gap between what it has done so far and what comes next by taking these actions right away.
Starting today, pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are accepted for the same $1,799 and $999 pricing, respectively, as the previous model. In the ensuing weeks, we’ll have thorough evaluations of both devices. Stay tuned and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments section below.
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