What do the leaks and rumors tell us about the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4? Release date, price, design, screen… We take stock of everything surrounding Samsung’s future foldable smartphones.
After the box of Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung is preparing a sequel in the form of a Galaxy Z Flip 4 and a Galaxy Z Fold 4. The Seoul firm could even unveil a third thief, but we will come back to it.
This suite would allow Samsung to further secure its position as leader in the foldable smartphone market, a place that should soon be called into question by the arrival of many competitors. Echoes also already suggest that Samsung is planning a further increase in sales of folding. So what can we predict about these Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4? We take stock of these highly anticipated phones in 2022.
Design: innovation is not over (yet)
Upon their arrival, folding smartphones blew a breath of fresh air on the market, opening the way to many potential innovations. Barely a few years later, everything seems to have calmed down, with two formats well established and set to last.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 will therefore certainly not have the mission of reinventing warm water. Samsung should take advantage of its leading position and avoid taking too many risks, now that its format is starting to be followed by other brands. It is probably for this reason that the fingerprint reader would remain on the edge for both models.
In addition, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 should benefit from a thinner design and better photo quality. Indeed, there is talk of a less obtrusive hinge and more versatile cameras. A gain in finesse which according to another rumor would have no impact on the capacity of the two batteries of the phone, which would retain their formats of 2002 mAh and 2268 mAh for a total of 4270 mAh.
On the screens, few changes
The most significant change could concern the Z Fold 4, which would now have a dedicated slot to store the stylus, according to TheElec. A sensible choice now that the Galaxy S22 Ultra has one. The screen could also shrink slightly, according to Ross Young, from 7.6 inches to 7.56 inches.
The Z Flip 4 for its part, would keep its slab size and would not integrate a camera under the screen, unlike the Z Fold 3 which already offers one. The Z Fold 4 could further improve this point.
A third folder on the table
In addition to the now traditional Z Fold and Z Flip, it is not impossible that Samsung is considering presenting a third folding model.
Going by the various concepts showcased at CES 2022, it’s likely to be a two-ply phone, as offered by the Flex S and Flex G concepts. It’s still too early though. to draw definitive conclusions on this subject.
Performance and load
In terms of performance, it’s hard to do better than the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3, since they were already equipped with one of the best chips of 2021, the Snapdragon 888.
And yet, the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 could go a little further by equipping themselves with the Plus version of the Qualcomm chip. According to leaker Ice Universe, both phones would have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. The advantage could be clear: engraved by TSMC instead of the Samsung process, this new chip could slightly alleviate the heating problems noted on the first version.
Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 release date and price
We do not yet have reliable information on the release date of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4. We can, however, rely on the 2021 calendar from Samsung, which revealed its Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 on the 11 august.
On the price side, according to analyst Ross Young, both phones should see their price drop compared to their predecessor. Samsung had already made a big effort on the Z Flip 3 to bring it very close to the symbolic bar of 1000 euros, at 1059 euros.
The specialized site SamMobile confirms that for the Z Fold 4, Samsung was already actively working from September 2021 on a lowering of the entry ticket. The Seoul firm was then trying to reduce the cost of mass production per unit.
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