Looking at the design or parameters, it might seem that not much has changed compared to its predecessor. However, I am of the opinion that there is no need to change what works well. The latest flagship among folding smartphones from Samsung is another part of the evolution offered by the manufacturer. It does not come with revolutionary new technologies, but something has been improved in the past. The review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 smartphone will tell you whether it is worth investing a lot of money in it.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4: Price and availability
The novelty was officially presented on 10/08/2022, sales started on 26/08/2022. In Europe, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is available in three color variants – Phantom Black, Gray-green and Beige . Prices start at €1,799 for a model with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Double storage will cost you 1,919 euros, and for the most demanding, there is also a variant with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage for 2,159 euros.
Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold3, which was originally priced at 1,899 euros, the new product is a hundred times cheaper . It doesn’t sound bad to begin with. If we look at the nearest competition, there is not much of it. Puzzles from vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi are not sold here, so the only serious competitor remains the Huawei Mate Xs 2 . Its recommended price is 1999 euros. For this money, you get a variant with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. However, Huawei also adds the Watch GT 3 Pro 46 mm smartwatch worth 379 euros to the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 parameters / Comparison with Z Fold3
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 review: What’s in the box
There have been no changes in this direction, you can simply forget about the charging adapter in the package . Fortunately, the original 25 W charger from Samsung does not cost much, you can easily buy it for 15 to 20 euros. The supplied cable is a double-sided USB-C .
The device came in a thin, but long and wide box. It is because it is open in it. Under it, in addition to the cable, there is only the necessary documentation and a metal tool for removing the SIM card. There is nothing else in the package.
Construction and design: Proven classic
What seemed impossible to us a few years ago really works. The folding design in Fold smartphones is getting better every year. Last year’s model already showed us that the design of the line of these smartphones will not change much. Galaxy Z Fold4 looks almost the same as Z Fold3 or Z Fold2 . Personally, I don’t take it as a minus, rather the opposite.
During the last few years, Samsung has had room to improve its design, which it continues to do well. Even though the Z Fold4 looks the same, I again have the feeling of a higher quality device in my hand. The icing on the cake is the IPX8 water resistance, so even submersion in water is not a problem for the smartphone. No other competitor offers this in a foldable smartphone with a flexible display .
Overall, the new Fold has shrunk a bit, but it’s nothing significant. The diagonal of the internal display has remained exactly the same, which means that the frames around it have been reduced. Yes, they are smaller and it is noticeable. When holding it in my hand, I really feel like a valuable and very expensive smartphone, which Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 really is.
In the closed state, we still have a gap between the two parts of the display at the joint . It was improved again. It is stronger, the smartphone always keeps the open position, regardless of the opening angle. Of course, this is useful for video calls, or it can be used as a tripod for photography. Opening it is relatively convenient, but when the phone is closed, I don’t really have anything to rest my fingers on.
Although the rear cameras are new, nothing has changed from a design point of view. They protrude quite significantly above the surrounding surface of the device, which wobbles when placed on the table. I had the opportunity to test the new product in an attractive beige color, matte of course, so no fingerprints are made . The other two color variants sold by us also have a matte finish. I like it this way.
Quality materials are also a matter of course. There is the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ front and back cover , which is complemented by an aluminum frame. As in the case of last year’s model, I also appreciate the comfortable holding and control in one hand. Although the device is quite tall, it is also narrow, so the grip is quite secure. It certainly feels more comfortable in one hand than, for example, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is thinner and lower, but significantly wider.
When closed, the stereo speakers are located on the top and bottom. On the right side there is a SIM card slot, volume buttons and a power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. Unlocking with a fingerprint solved in this way is ideal from my point of view. The sensor is fast and accurate, I worked with it without the slightest problem . There is no risk of accidental unlocking in your pocket either, as a real button press is also necessary.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 review: High-end displays are essential
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 offers two displays. I’ll start with the perhaps less interesting, external one. It has changed a bit compared to its predecessor, especially the aspect ratio. Now it is a little wider, which I perceive positively. In practice, this means that typing on the software keyboard is a bit more comfortable. But since I’m picky, it’s still not the same. The keyboard is simply still too narrow for me to type comfortably. Yes, I can write almost without typos, but it’s not that comfortable. However, I know owners of previous models and they do not complain about the writing. Therefore, I recommend you try typing before buying.
As for the display parameters, no compromises were made here. It is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ and is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display . Its refresh rate is 120 Hz and it offers a resolution of 2316 x 904 pixels. It offers excellent colors, great viewing angles and trouble-free readability in direct sunlight. This is really a top display. And at the same time, it practically only plays second fiddle in this smartphone, because the main attraction is the internal flexible display.
It is exactly the same as the predecessor offered. The only noticeable difference is the thinner bezel around it, which of course looks good. With an aspect ratio of almost 1:1 and a diagonal of 7.6 inches, it offers very generous space. The resolution of 2176 x 1812 is fully sufficient and there is also a 120 Hz refresh rate. The colors are of course the absolute top of the market. Although Samsung has done something with the gap in the bend, it is still quite visible, so no such change has taken place here. Personally, it does not bother me at all when using it, but it is not the OPPO Find N, which practically does not have this partition. You still have to be careful that it does not offer any protection in the form of tempered glass, so it is prone to scratches.
This display hides one more surprise, which is also not completely new. There is an “invisible” selfie camera right in it. We already had it here in the predecessor, but in this case it is hidden even better. During normal use, I practically don’t notice it, as if it wasn’t even there. The area where it is located is of course still visible, mostly on a light, single-colored background.
There are wide options for setting color modes, there is also a night mode that can be scheduled. The Always On function is a matter of course, the display can display information continuously, after tapping, or at the time you set.
You will also be pleased with the support of the S Pen, which is specially modified for the softer display of the new Fold. It offers the same functionality as its predecessor, You can purchase a special protective cover together with a pen that you simply insert into it. When using the Fold in its closed state, the pen is nicely on the side, when opened it is exactly in the middle, which may not suit everyone. I also appreciated the practical phone stand on the packaging.
However, this cover is smarter than you might think. If you don’t need the S Pen, just replace its entire part (the part that snaps into the cover) with another one that includes a practical stand. I really like this solution. And of course, the pen won’t get in the way at the back in this case.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 review: The new processor is recognizable
While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is powerful but suffers from overheating, the improved Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is significantly better. And it is known from the beginning of use. During the initial setup and copying of all settings, smartphones tend to heat up quite a bit. This is also true of the Z Fold4, but compared to any flagship with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the heating is significantly less.
But better thermal management does not mean that performance has decreased. The latter is again a bit higher. In practice, this means that the new Fold can handle any, even the most demanding, activity without any problems. They won’t even do demanding games like Genshin Impact. And as I mentioned above, the phone does not heat up significantly even when playing.
High performance means that whatever you do, the device will always respond quickly. Although the robust superstructure from Samsung is not one of the fastest and I personally prefer pure Android, it really works very well here.
The system, sound, connectivity
The new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 runs on the Android 12 operating system, the latest that was available during the presentation. A big advantage is the length of software support, which is up to 5 years of security patches and 4 major updates of the Android operating system. This means that it will be updated up to Android 16. No other Android competitor offers such long support.
The One UI 4.1.1 superstructure is really robust and offers some smart extra features that pure Android doesn’t have. The environment has been reworked a bit again. In the open state, when using an application, I see a “dock” with the most used applications at the bottom, which I can either quickly switch to, or run them in two-window mode. A really great and convenient solution.
Applications are slowly but surely adapting to the large display with an almost square aspect ratio. Facebook, for example, has the main menu on the left side of the screen, which is at the very top on regular smartphones. Instagram is also customized very nicely, however parts of the stories are cut off in full screen mode.
In the display settings, I can choose my own aspect ratio for each application. I have a choice of full screen, 4:3 and 16:9. If I choose 16:9, Instagram stories display correctly.
There are very good-sounding stereo speakers. If you have the device closed, they are located on the top and bottom. They are in the same places in the open state with a classic hold, so for the stereo effect, you need to turn the phone in the open state. Their maximum volume is excellent, they play cleanly and qualitatively. They are certainly among the best that can be found in smartphones.
Connectivity here is classically at a high level. It goes without saying that 5G networks are supported, and Wi-Fi and GPS work perfectly. I didn’t have the slightest problem with calling, the sound is clear and of high quality. The same applies to loud listening, which is very comfortable thanks to the good speakers.
Camera and video: Almost at the top
Despite the fact that last year’s Galaxy Z Fold3 did not offer the best set of sensors in the world, the results from the camera were a very pleasant surprise. The Fold4 goes even further and comes with brand-new cameras. The twelve-megapixel main sensor has been replaced by a significantly larger and newer one with a resolution of 50 megapixels. That is, exactly the same as offered by the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ smartphones.
The telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom has also been replaced, and the novelty comes with up to 3x optical zoom. And finally, the ultra-wide-angle lens remained unchanged. It still doesn’t offer autofocus (thus no macro), but it boasts a very decent angle of view, up to 123 degrees.