The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a lot to live up to. While we awarded the Galaxy Z Fold 3 the title of ‘best foldable phone’ at launch, the bending mobile phone market has gotten a lot busier since then and the next version will have to really impress us if Samsung is to keep the title.
Since the Fold 3 debuted, we’ve seen the Oppo Find N, Honor Magic V has perfected the formula with less prominent screen folds and better specs, so we’ll have to be very impressed with the Z Fold 4 when it debuts.
This is expected to be Samsung’s next foldable phone, likely to debut alongside the Z Flip 4 if it follows the 2021 pattern, and the next member of the Fold series of smartphones that unfold into mini-tablets.
The foldable is likely to be released in August and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 leak is pouring in right now: you’ll find them all below, as well as our wish list of what the phone could look like.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The next Samsung foldable with large screenWhen is it out? Probably August or September 2022How much will it cost? Uncertain, but certainly a lot
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is likely to be announced in August 2022, with a release later in the month or early September. We say that because both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 were announced in August of their release years and hit stores at least a few weeks later.
However, with no release date rumored yet, we can’t be sure Samsung will stick to that schedule, especially since the original Samsung Galaxy Fold was unveiled in February 2019. Although that also didn’t hit stores until September, so we’d say an August announcement is very likely.
The price is something we can only guess at for now, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 starts at $1,799 / £1,599 / AU$2,499. That’s actually slightly less than the price of the previous model, and since Samsung’s foldable devices are almost always criticized for their pricing, we think the Z Fold 4 will be either a comparable price or slightly more affordable to avoid criticism.
Indeed, one source has specifically said that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be cheaper, but they didn’t say how much.
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News and leaks
The biggest leak of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 to date indicates that it will have a 7.56-inch main screen and a 6.19-inch cover display, which would make for very similar dimensions to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
The same sources also claim that it will have a slot for the S Pen stylus and that the design will otherwise be similar to that of the Z Fold 3, with a focus on improving durability instead.
Another source has since also said that the phone will have a slot for the S Pen stylus, as well as tougher glass and significantly improved cameras.
Elsewhere, we’ve heard that production of the S Pen stylus will begin in April 2022, suggesting Samsung is building a lot of it, so that’s further evidence that it comes standard with the phone.
An early leak suggested that Samsung will equip the Galaxy Z Fold 4 with an under-display camera, just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but this time it will be less visible below the display, and apparently will also withstand better photos. .
This was backed up by another leak, which suggests the phone will have not one but two snappers below the display, presumably one for the main screen and another below the smaller cover screen.
The latest source adds that the battery will be bigger, the hinge will be redesigned to make it lighter and more dust and water resistant, and the phone will also come with similar snappers to the Galaxy S22.
However, a more recent rumor suggests that the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be the same as that of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The only possible silver lining is that it could allow Samsung to make the phone smaller or cheaper.
We’ve also heard that the phone will feature the same 10MP 3x optical zoom camera as the Galaxy S22, which would be an upgrade from the 12MP 2x zoom camera on the Z Fold 3. There’s also talk that the Galaxy Z Fold could borrow 4. the 108MP main camera found in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
A patent application spotted by LetsGoDigital also suggests that the upcoming foldable could have an under-display fingerprint scanner.
But this wouldn’t be a regular fingerprint scanner under the screen, it would be a double-sided scanner that would sit between the cover screen and the main screen so you could unlock the phone using the same hardware. As always with patents, however, we take this with a grain of salt.
What we want to see
There are a number of things that we would like to see improved or added for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. You can read the most important ones below.
1. A lower price
We say this every year, but the Galaxy Z Fold range is just too expensive for most people. It’s understandable that the price is high given the technology involved, but we’d love to see Samsung try to bring it down.
The good news is that the company appears to be doing just that, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was slightly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, so hopefully Samsung will repeat that trick with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Ultimately, we’d like to see these phones not cost more than conventional top-of-the-line smartphones, but we suspect that will take at least a few more years.
2. Better cameras
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a top-of-the-range phone in many ways, but the cameras don’t come close to those found on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and some other Samsung handsets.
Considering how much we’re paying for these phones, we’d love to see that change on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Instead of the 2x optical zoom on the current model, we want 10x like the S21 Ultra offers, along with ideally an extra 3x lens. zoom.
While that’s our biggest camera complaint, we’d love to see the other snappers improved as well, especially the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s 4MP under-display, which is a neat trick but feels half-baked.
3. Improved Battery Life
One thing that all foldable phones seem to struggle with is battery capacity, as they generally have batteries that are at most equivalent to standard smartphones, despite typically having much larger screens.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, for instance, has a 4,400mAh battery, which would be an average size at best for a non-foldable phone, but with two screens, one of which is 7.6in, it doesn’t go too far here. .
The longevity isn’t terrible, but in our testing it was generally less than a day with moderate use, so there’s plenty of room for improvement. That’s why we want to see a larger battery and a longer lifespan with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
4. S Pen support for the front screen
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the first foldable Samsung to support the S Pen stylus, and this is a great addition as it helps you get the most out of the massive screen. But the S Pen is only compatible with the large main screen, not the smaller secondary screen.
This isn’t a big deal as the extended main screen is probably the most useful, but once people have a stylus there will definitely be times when they want to use it on the other screen too, and at 6.2in this screen isn’t that small.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, we want stylus support for both screens so that users don’t have to switch between the stylus and their numbers as often.
5. Add an S Pen lock
While our main complaint about the implementation of the stylus on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is simply that it doesn’t work on the secondary display, we’re also a little disappointed that there’s no lock for it in the phone.
That means you’ll either have to use a case with a built-in lock (which limits your case options) or risk losing the S Pen. While there are certainly downsides to including a lock (it takes up extra space in the phone), we think if Samsung is serious about stylus support, one should be added, especially if we don’t get Galaxy Notes anymore.