This is what Samsung’s next foldable phone may (and should) look like.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the Z Fold 4 despite a steady stream of rumours. To that end, we’ve compiled all of the leaks and speculations we’ve seen so far and provided our opinions on what the Z Fold 4 has to improve upon if Samsung wants to retain its best folding phone crown with its next iteration.
Take a peek at the speculated features (and what we’d want to see) with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 below.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 might be out before the end of the year.
When it comes to the likely introduction of the new Z Fold 4, both leaks and our expert assumptions are on the same page so far. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 was released in August, while the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was released in September the year before that. Both devices were released in the late summer/early autumn season. As a result, we may anticipate the Z Fold 4 to be released around the end of August or the beginning of September.
The next Fold may be referred to as something else when it debuts. To counter Russian authorities’ use of Z as a symbol supporting their invasion of Ukraine, Samsung is marketing the latest edition in Europe as the Galaxy Fold 3. Speculation is rife that Samsung may delete the Z from the name of the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Samsung’s Z Fold 4: How Much Does It Cost?
In addition to the reduced price, Korean leaker yeux1122 on Korean site Naver and Ross Young also claim that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will come with a faster processor and a larger screen than the Z Fold 3.
According to the launch price of the 2020 Galaxy Z Fold 2, we may expect a $400 decrease to $1,599 over the next two years for the Z Fold 4. A foldable phone would still be more costly than even the highest-specced phablet-style phone. However as the price differential narrows more, more people would be enticed by the foldable phone.
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. One leaker, on the other hand, has already hinted at a few alterations.
According to a report on the Korean blogging site Naver, Samsung is looking at methods to lower the weight of the phone by revising its hinge and increasing the waterproofing and dustproofing capabilities. We’d want a phone that’s less prone to water and dust damage in general.
Additionally, Twitter user @TheGalox claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will only have a single central hinge, as opposed to the dual-hinge design of the Z Fold 3. This would allow the Z Fold 4 to be smaller and lighter while also increasing its durability.
If the report is true, it’s a little sad that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn’t feature a place for the S Pen. A leaked report from Ice Universe confirms that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 would not have an integrated S Pen. He does, however, claim that the design would be smaller and thinner, which is encouraging.
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. The new material is said to be more durable and better quality, making it easier to use with a S Pen stylus.
If Samsung were to abandon the existing book-style fold structure, there are a number of potential possibilities. Samsung Display’s CES 2022 designs show three foldable portable gadgets. S-folding technology is used by two of them in order to increase the screen’s width from two to three panels instead of two. 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.
Rumors from a Korean media outlet Claims have been made by the Elec that Samsung is working on a built-in S Pen for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Since the Galaxy S22 Ultra has one, this makes perfect sense (like the Galaxy Notes of old). This would imply that the stylus would be housed in a separate compartment on the Fold 4. In light of the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s lack of storage for its S Pen attachment, this would be a great solution.
As far as we know, the fingerprint-sensing power button isn’t going anywhere. A button-mounted fingerprint sensor will be retained on the Z Fold 4, rather than the under-display module that was originally proposed by Samsung for the Z Fold 3. It’s possible, though, that using the button-mounted sensor might be preferable in the long run.
Cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4:
This might be the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s camera configuration, according to a rumour. In other words, instead of the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s 2x optical zoom, you’d get a 3x zoom on the same fantastic telephoto lens.
New rumours indicate that the Z Fold 4 will include a 108MP primary camera like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s true before we can make a final decision.
Only “Galaxy Z Fold4 108MP Camera” is mentioned in his tweet, but if it is genuine, it would be a huge selling point for the foldable.
Compared to previous Samsung phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 debuted the company’s first in-display camera on the primary display. In addition to this, a Korean leaker reports that the Z Fold 4 might include a second camera on the cover display.
A second under-display camera wouldn’t be a bad idea, but the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s was already lacking in that department. As a matter of fact, a set of under-screen camera enhancements has been promised for the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s battery life
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.
As a downside of foldable phones, they have a larger screen to power, even if the battery is smaller or equal to that of a comparable device. 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.
Galaxy Z Fold: What we’d want to see from Samsung.
To quench your need for more information about the Z Fold 4, we’ve compiled a short wish list.
Start by duplicating this tempting design called “Galaxy Flex Note,” which is based on a Samsung patent and created by “Technizo Concept and LetsGoDigital.” An S Pen pen is included in this design, which makes it an ideal successor to the Galaxy Note series, which may be ending this year with the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 21.
As with previous Samsung phones, and more rumoured for the future, the Z Fold 4 may have some of these functions as well. Even while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a different form of personalisation 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 use new components like the Snapdragon 898/895 processor or Samsung’s latest LPDDR5X RAM. If they are going to be in phones this year, we’ll presumably see them first on the Samsung Galaxy S22.
This is our wish list for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in a nutshell.
Improved camera technology
Galaxy Z Fold 3 sports a similar set of cameras as Galaxy Z Fold 2, while being more expensive. The internal selfie camera has been replaced with an under-display sensor.
The Z Fold 4’s cameras may be much improved if Samsung made this a standard feature. Even if Samsung isn’t focusing on photography with its foldables, bigger or higher-resolution sensors would still be a nice feature. It would also be wonderful to have a more strong Space Zoom option.
Build in onboard S Pen storage
There’s a good chance the next-generation Z Fold 4 will have the S Pen stylus, which was first introduced in the Z Fold 3. We hope the stylus is integrated into the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s body, rather than stored separately or in a dedicated case, as seen in the concept design above.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is said to include a S Pen slot, therefore the Galaxy Z Fold 4 would be logically next in line.
Another reduction in the price
Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung has to make foldables more affordable so that they become more widespread. Eyes1122 reported this, but it doesn’t really imply much at this point. There’s a lot that may happen between now and the phone’s official launch.
Display wrinkles will be less noticeable.
The primary drawback of watching video on foldable screens is that the evident creases in the screen might detract from the experience. However, although we don’t expect the crease to vanish, it would be wonderful if it could be softened a little more.
A more svelte silhouette
Getting a foldable phone that is very thin will be difficult because of the nature of folding the primary display in half. There is one common criticism about the Z Fold 3: it is cumbersome and heavy to take around. We’d like to see the Z Fold 4 lose a couple more millimetres in overall dimensions.
a more powerful 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. During our testing, we were able to get just 8 hours of battery life, and we would want to see that increase to 10 hours with a bigger battery and other efficiency improvements.