Samsung has been one of the leading lights in the recent influx of smartphones with foldable displays.
There are currently two offerings in this category: the Galaxy Z Flip which – as the name suggests – is like a classic flip phone. The Galaxy Z Fold has a vertical fold, where you can open it like a book.
New rumors are starting to emerge regarding the improvements we might see later. Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 so far.
When will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 be released?
Samsung has yet to acknowledge that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 even exists, although rumors suggest that it is very much a reality.
Because of this, we don’t have any official details regarding the device, and that includes its release date.
However, we have seen reports that the new Fold will follow the pattern of the previous models. This makes it possible that we should see the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in late August or early September 2022 – almost certainly alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Here’s when the previous model launched:
Mass production of the Fold 4 has reportedly already begun, so things should be on schedule. Tech reporter John Prosser have said The phone will be announced on August 10, with pre-orders going live before the official launch date of August 26.
Business leaker Evan Blass backed up the August 10 date for the next Samsung Unpacked event with a tweet below an official-looking teaser poster:
**This image has been edited to obscure certain details**
GSM Arena spotted the Fold 4 with model name SM-F936U in the US for certification from the FCC in July, which shows how close we are to the unveiling. It has also been proven in Thailand.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 cost?
Pricing has been somewhat flexible when it comes to foldables. The incredibly sophisticated technology required to make folding screens possible started with an eye-watering amount.
As technologies have improved and processes have been refined, this has seen a drop in final costs for consumers. Of course, these are still premium devices, and come with prices commensurate with this status.
To see what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 might cost, here’s a breakdown of the models that came before:
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold – £1,900/€1,949/$1,980
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 – £1,799/€1,899/$1,999
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – £1,599/€1,799/$1,799
As you can see, there is a downward trend, and that is expected to continue. Industry expert Ross Young thinks so At the very least, reporting that Samsung doubled July production of Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 units (relative to production of third-gen models in 2021), means we could “see a price cut.”
Will it be Z fold 4 or just fold 4?
An interesting issue this year may be that Samsung is changing its naming convention. The company has dropped the ‘Z’ from the name of its foldables in select markets without explanation – although some speculate it may have been in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the ‘Z’ symbol sometimes used by Russia’s armed forces. .
It is speculated that the company may ditch the ‘Z’ altogether, leaving its next-gen foldable simple called the Galaxy Fold 4. That would be cleaner and simpler, and a welcome change in our view, but for now there is little concrete evidence. Any branding change is on its way globally.
What about Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs?
As you’ve probably already guessed, no one outside of Samsung knows the Fold 4’s technical specifications for sure. But there have been a few rumors that have surfaced that shed light on what the new foldable might include, hopefully, when it arrives. Second half of next year.
Regarding the chipset, there is a good chance that The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor will make it into the Fold 4, though both TheGalox and Ice universe In fact it predicts the adoption of rumours 8+ Gen 1 was announced in May 2022.
In fact, Ice Universe (who loves to leak Samsung specs) has tweeted a short spec sheet for the Fold 4 that he says is “100% accurate”:
These specs, if indeed accurate, will see a device similar to the Fold 3, albeit with some camera and processor updates. Sammobile also reported that there could be a 1TB version of the Fold 4.
Here’s every other major fantasy broken down by rumors.
For folding displays, a report from TheElec adds small notches to the phone’s display, which will apparently stay at least the same size: 7.56in for the main display and 6.19in for the outer screen – within 0.01in of each of the respective Z Fold 3 screens. That is backed up by performance expert Ross Young, who esp Repeats the prophecy Comparing the Fold 4 to the upcoming 6.19in external display Pixel foldable.
However, there could be a subtle improvement here. Both TheGalox and yeux1122 reports that the Z Fold 4 will feature improved Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) on the folding screen. It will be “a huge improvement” according to Galox, and has “improved stiffness and quality” according to yeux1122, although the two disagree on possible branding – either ‘Armor UTG’ or ‘Super UTG’.
Even the serial leaker Ice Universe Claims While the crease is less prominent in Fold 4 than Fold 3, you can still see it.
yeux1122 has separately reported on the range of changes expected for the upcoming model, including improvements to the hinge mechanism on the new Fold 4, which as you can imagine is an important design feature. Depending on how the modifications go, this is also rumored to result in a lighter chassis – 254g. guessMany slivers under 271g Fold 3.
This is as good news as ours Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review We pointed out that while the design was improved from previous versions, it was still a heavy and cumbersome device, so losing a few grams could go a long way to address that concern.
The above report from TheElec also said that Samsung is working on incorporating an S Pen slot into the Z Fold 4’s chassis, as it has. Galaxy S22 Ultra this year. Presumably this also means that a stylus will be bundled with the phone by default.
Others suggest that Samsung has moved on from the idea. IceUniverse tweeted that the phone won’t have a “built-in S Pen”, but will instead be “slightly smaller and thinner”. It seems Samsung has struggled to include a stylus without making the phone completely too bulky, so it may remain an optional add-on for now.
Rumors suggest that Samsung will add improved dust-proofing, which again seems pretty important when you consider what grit and sand can get into that hinge mechanism.
According to Evan Blass, the phone will come in four different colors: beige, burgundy red, gray green and phantom black.
Another criticism we had of the Fold 3 was the weak under-display camera. Yes, this means you don’t have to have a punch-hole aperture or a notch, but that’s not much use if the results aren’t up to snuff.
That means we’re a little worried by a rumor that the under-display camera will not only be on the inside, as it was with the Fold 3, but also appear on the external display. We hope Samsung has mastered this technique, because the results on the Fold 3 were pretty terrible.
Still, the leaks agree that Samsung will work to improve the camera experience elsewhere.
GSMArena hints at an improved camera experience on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but no specifics on how it compares to the existing array of 12Mp f/1.8 main camera w/OIS, 12Mp f/2.2 ultrawide camera, and 12Mp f/ 2.4 telephoto camera w/ OIS + 2x optical zoom.
GalaxyClub has a few more details, reporting that the Z Fold 4 will feature a 10Mp 3x optical zoom sensor. S22 series. That’s a slight resolution downgrade from the Z Fold 3’s telephoto, but with higher zoom levels and other enhancements it’s an upgrade otherwise. The site also reports that the phone will stick with a 10Mp covered selfie camera.
The 3x zoom sensor may not be the only one borrowed from the S22 line. Since then, leaker Dohyun Kim has predicted that the Fold 4 will adopt a 108-megapixel main camera. Encouraging fellow leaker Chun In fact the entire rear camera array will be the same as that found on the S22 Ultra – although be warned that this could be the case with the exception of the phone’s periscope camera, which could be left in the way.
If so, that means a 108Mp main camera with a 1/1.33in ISOCELL HM3 sensor, the aforementioned 10Mp 3x zoom, and a 12Mp ultrawide.
The battery doesn’t seem to be doing any sort of boost to the Fold 4, which is a shame. GalaxyClub discovered via Safety Korea battery certification that the Fold 4’s two cells (one for each side of the case) will have a combined rated capacity of 4270mAh – roughly the same as the Fold 3’s 4275mAh rated capacity. It means this. The advertised specific capacity will almost certainly be the same 4400mAh as the previous phone.
It also looks like the Fold 4 will stick with the Fold 3’s relatively slow 25W charging speed.
Some of the best things Fold Line can do are in software. When the screen is larger, you can display multiple apps including split screen modes that can fit two or even three on the inner display at once. The Fold 3 has executed this well so far, but you have to tap multiple icons and options to get to split screen mode, making it easy to forget the feature even exists.
Ice Universe says that Samsung is working on a “swipe for split screen” gesture for One UI that will make switching in and out of mode on the Fold 4 much easier and smoother. If it’s software, it might come in handy. Old folds too.
As a reminder, here are the main specifications of the existing Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: