With regards to Samsung’s next-generation foldable phone, what they could and should be doing
Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is no easy task for Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. However, the foldable phone formula hasn’t yet been mastered, so there’s still opportunity for development.
For the time being, there are just a few vague speculations floating around concerning the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s specifications and features. However, there are a slew of features we’re hoping Samsung will include, like better cameras and, maybe, a more seamless S Pen pen integration.
See what’s been tipped for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and what we’re hoping to see on Samsung’s next foldable flagship in the images below. See our Samsung in 2022 article for additional information on what to anticipate from the Korean firm in the next year.
A possible release date for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Our expert assumptions and the leaks we’ve seen so far agree on the expected release date of the Samsung Z Fold 4. After releasing in August, this year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the third generation to emerge in late summer/early autumn, following on the heels of previous year’s Galaxy Z Fold 2. As a result, the Z Fold 4 should arrive around the same time as the Z Fold 3.
It’s probable that Samsung would want to avoid a debut date in mid-September for the iPhone 14.
The next Fold could go under a different moniker when it makes its appearance. Galaxy Fold 3 is being sold by Samsung in various European nations as a reaction to Russian authorities’ use of the letter Z as a symbol to encourage their invasion of Ukraine. Speculation is rife that Samsung may delete the Z from the name of the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
As the Galaxy Z Fold 3 costs $1,799, it would be great news if the Z Fold 4 was going to be less expensive, according to a report from Korean leaker yeux1122 on Naver.
In 2020, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was priced at $1,999, which may indicate that the Z Fold 4 will be priced at $1,599 in two years. However, as the difference between the most costly phablet-style phone and a foldable becomes smaller, more people will be persuaded to purchase a foldable.
Foldable Galaxy S4 from Samsung: Design
We anticipate Samsung to follow the Z Fold 3’s main concept when it comes to the Z Fold 4. However, a single leaker has already revealed a few alterations.
Reworking the hinge and strengthening the phone’s waterproofing and dustproofing are among the ideas being considered by Samsung, according to a post on the Korean blogging site Naver. Having a phone that is less vulnerable to water and dust damage seems like a good idea to us.
To that end, Twitter user @TheGalox(opens in new tab) has claimed that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will only have a single central hinge, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which had two. A more robust Z Fold 4 would allow for a smaller and lighter design.
According to an unverified report, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will not feature a space for the S Pen. As one of our gripes with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and something Samsung could easily fix, this seems like a weird move by Samsung.
Another report indicates that Samsung has been experimenting with its aspect ratio in the Z Fold 4 prototypes, which might mean that the front display of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will change. According to Chunv8888, a Twitter user who claims to be an insider for Samsung, the company is considering a variety of potential designs for the next Z Fold 3.
According to leaker yeux1122, Samsung may be replacing the present Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) material with a superior one for the interior display. The speculated integrated S Pen stylus would benefit from this upgraded material, which is said to be more durable and of a higher quality.
However, there are many alternative options Samsung could pursue if it opted to abandon the present book-style fold shape. There are three designs for portable foldable gadgets on display at Samsung Display at CES 2022. S-fold design is used to generate three panels instead of two, while “slidable” is used to expand the screen width on demand. Even if Samsung only uses these concepts for Z Fold phones in the future, a Z Fold 4 with an s-fold design would be a welcome sight.
According to an unconfirmed report in a Korean media Galaxy Z Fold 4 may be with with a built-in S Pen, according to a report from Elec. Since the Galaxy S22 Ultra has one, this would make a lot of sense (like the Galaxy Notes of old). As a result, the stylus would be able to fit into a slot on the Fold 4. Since the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a storage problem for the attachment, this would make travelling with the S Pen a snap.
The fingerprint-sensing power button seems to remain a constant in the design. A button-mounted fingerprint sensor will be retained on the Z Fold 4, rather than the under-display module that was originally intended by Samsung for the device. However, the button-mounted sensor is already a dependable choice, so it may be preferable in the long run.
Cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to use the same camera arrangement as the Galaxy S22, according to a recent report (opens in new tab). These cameras would have 3x optical zoom, up from 2x optical zoom on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Z Fold 4 may employ the same 50MP primary and 12MP ultra-wide cameras as the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus.
In comparison to previous Samsung phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offered the company’s first main display under-display camera. Another under-display camera is said to be added to the cover display of the Z Fold 4 by a Korean source.
A second under-display camera wouldn’t be a bad idea, but the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s was already lacking in that department. This is precisely what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is projected to achieve, with a number of under-screen camera upgrades expected.
The battery of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
It’s sad that the sole rumour concerning the Z Fold 4’s power source is bad news. According to this, Samsung will maintain the battery size of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 around the same.
Despite having a battery that is the same size or even less than comparable phones, foldable phones have a much larger screen to power. In order to make the Z Fold 3 survive a whole day without recharging, Samsung will need to improve other aspects of the phone’s design, including as its battery capacity.
What we’d want to see from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold
This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything we’d want to see in Z Fold 4, but it’s a start.
The “Galaxy Flex Note” idea, based on a patent submitted by Samsung and given to reality by Technizo Concept and LetsGoDigital, is a good place to start. The Z Fold series would be the natural successor to the Galaxy Note line, which may have come to an end with the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 21 earlier this year. We appreciate how this design has just one display and yet has place for the S Pen pen.
The Z Fold 4 may include some of the features we’ve seen on current Samsung phones, as well as more anticipated for future models. Even while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a different form of personalization than the Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition since one side is still all screen, the two devices may easily coexist.
Similarly, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 may have new components like the Snapdragon 898/895 or Samsung’s latest LPDDR5X RAM. Samsung’s Galaxy S22 is likely to be the first phone to get these features, assuming they’re going to be released this year.
To conclude, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 should include the following features.
Cameras that are better
This year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 boasts a similar combination of cameras to last year’s model, with the exception of the internal selfie camera being replaced with one hidden behind the display.
It would be fantastic if the Z Fold 4’s cameras were better all around. In contrast to the Galaxy S phones, Samsung foldables will not have a strong emphasis on photography, but the inclusion of higher-resolution sensors would be appreciated nevertheless. It would also be wonderful to have a more strong Space Zoom feature.
Adding a place to store the S Pen
Because Samsung’s Z Fold 3 was the first folding device to have the S Pen pen, a follow-up Z Fold model would be logical. As seen in the concept design, it would be ideal if Samsung could make the stylus part of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s body rather than having it to be stored separately or in a specialised case.
For the Galaxy Z Fold 4, a S Pen slot is a logical progression from the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s speculated S-Pen slot.
Another reduction in the cost of goods and services
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a good illustration of what Samsung has to do if it wants to make foldables a popular product category. This was stated in the yeux1122 report, although it has little immediate significance. Between now and the phone’s launch, a lot may happen.
Improved display crease concealment
The biggest drawback of watching video on foldable screens is that the evident creases in the screen might detract from the overall experience.. We don’t anticipate the wrinkle to go completely, but it would be wonderful if it disappeared altogether.
An outline that is more streamlined
A foldable phone is unlikely to be very small because of the nature of folding the primary display in half. However, the Z Fold 3’s most common criticism is that it’s excessively heavy and cumbersome to take about. We’d like to see the Z Fold 4 lose a few more millimetres of its overall dimensions..
a longer lasting battery
Due to the Z Fold 3’s dual screens, including one that is the size of a small tablet, it has a disadvantage from the get-go. A bigger battery and other efficiency improvements could be able to boost battery life to about 10 hours, but in our tests, we only got as far as 7 hours.