Galaxy Z Flip 4 hands-on: Samsung improves on the camera, battery and processor

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At first glance, Samsung has made only a few changes to the Galaxy Z Flip 4, but in detail there is a larger battery that can be charged faster, a better camera and a faster processor. The outer display supports more functions like paying without opening the smartphone.

Table of contents

  1. 1 Flex modes for more apps
  2. Camera gets larger pixels
  3. Outer display supports more functions
  4. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 12 percent larger battery
  5. Market launch on August 26 from EUR 1,099
  6. Five years of Android updates

Similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the fourth generation of the Galaxy Z Flip is launched with several detailed improvements that ensure a more rounded overall package. However, Samsung has not made any changes to the size or resolution of the inner and outer screens. However, the horizontally foldable smartphone also features a 45 percent more resistant Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) from Schott on the inside and Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the outside. The primary 6.7-inch screen again has 1,080 × 2,640 pixels at 1 to 120 Hz and supports HDR10+. With 10 MP and a pixel size of 1.22 μm, the camera integrated as a punch hole in the panel has the same specifications as the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (test).

Flex modes for more apps

From the clamshell design, the manufacturer pulls various flex modes that divide the content between the two halves of the smartphone, such as the keyboard and written text, controls and videos in YouTube, or the camera section and the shutter button. Videos and group selfies can be recorded from different angles in FlexCam mode. From a cooperation with Meta, the camera apps integrated into Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp also support the various folding positions of the smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hands-on

Camera gets larger pixels

A new primary camera is responsible for the recordings, the sensor of which has been given larger pixels with an edge length of 1.8 instead of 1.4 μm from Samsung, while the native resolution of 12 MP and the aperture of f/1.8 remain the same. Samsung has also carried over features such as dual-pixel AF and OIS from last year's generation. The same goes for the 123-degree FoV, 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, but here with smaller 1.12 μm pixels.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 (Image: Samsung)

Outer display supports more functions

The two cameras are located in the upper half next to the outer display, which has 260 × 512 pixels on 1.9 inches. A larger panel had been speculated in advance, but in the end the dimensions match the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Instead, there are functional changes, which include paying by smartphone when closed. So far, Google Pay or Samsung Pay could not be processed via the outer display because the fingerprint sensor in the smartphone's power button was only available after opening it. The cover screen also supports features like calling, texting, and SmartThings smart home control. New designs for clocks and backgrounds are also available, the latter can now also be saved as a video or GIF.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 (Image: Samsung)

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 12 percent larger battery

As with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 from TSMC-N4 production serves as the new processor, which is always supported by 8 GB LPDDR5. In addition to storage configurations with 128 and 256 GB, there is a new variant with 512 GB. Although the dimensions of the smartphone at 84.9 × 71.9 × 17.1 mm (closed) and 165.2 × 71.9 × 6.9 mm (open) have hardly changed and, strictly speaking, are even smaller, Samsung brings With 3,700 mAh, it has a 12 percent larger battery, which this time can be charged with 25 instead of 15 watts. Wireless charging is supported with 10 watts, in the opposite direction 4.5 watts are possible. Compared to last year, the weight increases slightly to 187 g. The smartphone is again protected against the ingress of water according to IPX8.

Market start on August 26 from 1,099 euros

Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Z Flip 4 on August 26 with prices starting at 1,099 euros (128 GB). That's $50 more than the base model of the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The 256GB storage configuration is $1,159, with 512GB it's $1,279. In addition, the 256 GB model is also available exclusively in Samsung's online shop as a “Bespoke Edition” at a price of 1,199 euros, where buyers can choose the colors for the hinge and the front and back from a total of 75 combinations. The four standard colors, on the other hand, include “Bora Purple”, “Graphite”, “Pink Gold” and “Blue”. The manufacturer is accepting pre-orders from today until August 25 and combines the smartphone with one year of Samsung Care+.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 (Image: Samsung)

Five Years of Android updates

Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes with Android 12 and One UI 4.1.1, for Samsung a four-year update guarantee for major Android versions and five years for monthly Android security patches when the smartphone goes on sale.

Other new releases for Galaxy Unpacked 2022: Unfold Your World:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Software Android 12 Android 11 Display Outside Inside Outside Inside 1.9 inch, 260 × 512 pixels
Super AMOLED, 60 Hz 6.7 inch, 1,080 × 2,640 pixels
Dynamic AMOLED, 120 Hz 1.9 inch, 260 × 512 pixels
Super AMOLED, 60 Hz 6.7 inches, 1,080 × 2,640 pixels
Dynamic AMOLED, 120 Hz Operation Touch, fingerprint sensor, face scanner SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
1 + Cortex-X2, 3.20 GHz
3 × Cortex-A710, 2.75GHz
4 × Cortex-A510, 2.00GHz
4nm, 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
1 × Kryo 680 Prime, 2.84GHz
3 × Kryo 680 Gold, 2.42GHz
4 × Kryo 680 Silver, 1.80GHz
5nm, 64bit GPU Adreno 730, 900MHz Adreno 660, 840MHz RAM 8GB LPDDR5 Storage 128GB /256GB/512GB
(non-expandable) 128GB/256GB
(non-expandable) 1st Camera 12MP Wide Angle 27mm AF OIS f/1.8 LED Flash 4K Video 2nd Camera 12MP Ultra Wide Angle 12 mm, f/2.2 Inner camera 10 MP, wide angle, f/2.4, display flash, 4K video GSM GPRS + EDGE UMTS HSPA+ LTE Advanced Pro 5G NSA/SA WLAN Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.2 5.1 location A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS Other standards USB-C, NFC SIM card Dual SIM (Nano-SIM + eSIM) Battery 3,700 mAh, built-in
Wireless charging 3,300 mAh, built-in
wireless charging Size
(W × H × D) Folded Unfolded Folded Unfolded 84.9 × 71.9 × 17.1 mm 165.2 × 71.9 × 6.9 mm 86.4 × 72.2 × 17 .1 mm 166.0 × 72.2 × 6.9 mm Weight 187 g 183 g Price 1,099 euros (128 GB)
1,159 euros (256 GB)
1,199 euros (256 GB, Bespoke Edition)
€1,279 (512GB) €1,049 (128GB)
€1,099 (256GB)

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