Even if the number doesn’t suggest it: with the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung’s foldable smartphone is only in the third generation. A few days before its official launch, NextPit had the opportunity to test the smartphone for a few hours. Here’s the hands-on Galaxy Z Flip 4 with our first impressions.
- Performance with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
- Incredibly small and handy
- Improved durability and IPX8 certification
- Unique design
- Average range expected and slow charging
- There is no telephoto lens
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 – Release date and price
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is one of the few smartphones that got five out of five stars in its comprehensive test by NextPit. This does not mean that the foldable phone is better than all the competitors. There are of course more powerful smartphones or better smartphones for photos. But the Z Flip 3 is the first smartphone in a new category that totally convinced us. A smartphone without any competition and it looks, at least for now, that it will be the same for its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 will go on sale from August 26. For storage, you have the choice between 128, 256 and 512 GB and you will have to pay 1099, 1159 and 1279 euros respectively. There is also a special version with only 256 GB of storage, for which you will have to pay 1209 euros, but it offers several design possibilities.
For people who decide early, there will also be, as usual at Samsung’s launch, a pre-order offer. People who pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip 4 from today until August 26th will get some free gifts.
Design and screen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is incredibly compact. Of course, when folded, the smartphone is thicker (17.1 mm) than a regular non-foldable smartphone, but it fits in the palm of your hand. When unveiled, the smartphone with a 6.7-inch screen is as big as a regular smartphone from 2022, but at 6.9mm it’s relatively thinner.
Compared to its predecessor, the Z Flip 4 has slightly improved screen-to-body ratio. The top and bottom of the smartphone gain 0.8 mm, the right and left are 0.3 mm. The hinge has also become more compact. But quite frankly, I might not have noticed if someone had handed me a Z Flip 4 instead of a Z Flip 3 three weeks ago.
But the difference should be visible after a while: the smartphone’s exterior is now made of Gorilla Glass Victus+, which Samsung claims is 12% stronger than regular Gorilla Glass Victus. The inner ultra-thin glass (UTG) is said to be 18% stronger than the old model.
The internal screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 measures 6.7 inches, like its predecessor, and displays an additional elongated resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 22: 9. Even if we could not test it in different conditions during a short hands-on: the dynamic screen AMOLED 120 Hz is very elegant, as is often the case with Samsung. However, like its predecessor, the Z Flip 4 has a fairly pronounced crease. The external display doesn’t offer any updates either. As on the Z Flip 3, the panel size is 1.9 inches and the resolution is 512 x 260 pixels.
performance and operating system
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 may be pretty compact, but it still packs a punch when it comes to hardware. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s latest SoC, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, with 8GB of RAM. During the hands-on, we didn’t notice any performance issues, but the smartphone wasn’t tested either. For difficult games, heat throttling is expected, which is not surprising given the small size of the smartphone.
When it comes to battery, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a leap forward. It is now 3700 mA. According to Samsung, the tighter hinge played an important role in the fact that there is more room for the battery in the case now. The Z Flip 4 can now be quickly recharged with a maximum power of 25W. For a Galaxy smartphone, this is not bad, but Xiaomi, Realme and others do better in this area. While the Z Flip 4 goes from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes according to the manufacturer, other smartphones can be fully charged twice at the same time.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 runs Android 12 from the factory, but the manufacturer promises updates to at least Android 16. On top of Google’s mobile operating system, Samsung has added version 4 of One UI, which has been enriched with additional features for the Z series and some new tricks for the Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4.
The external screen, for example, now allows you to reply to messages without opening them, for example via preset responses or by voice. Samsung is also introducing some new features that allow you to match your Flip to the Galaxy Watch 5. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 camera app now has a new portrait mode that allows you to place the smartphone half-open on a table and capture portrait mode videos directly for TikTok.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 – Camera
In terms of the camera, Samsung made further progress with the Galaxy Z Flip 4, even if only in terms of quality rather than quantity. Let’s start with the less impressive camera: the selfie camera above the inner screen is still punched in the middle and still 10MP.
For photos and selfies, it is better to use the main cameras anyway, of which there are again two. The main camera has a resolution of 12 megapixels, as in the previous model. However, the sensor has grown significantly and the pixel size has increased from 1.4 to 1.8 microns compared to the Z Flip 3. Although Samsung itself has not officially confirmed this, we assume that this is the 12 MP sensor of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is an Isocell 2LD .
On the other hand, the ultra-wide-angle camera of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has the same specifications. Like the main camera, the sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels with a pixel size of 1.12 microns. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 also lacks a telephoto lens.
When it comes to style, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 does not leave anyone indifferent, neither Xiaomi, nor Sony, nor even Apple. The Samsung foldable smartphone is the coolest smartphone on the planet. And of course: the smartphone is not cheap, but given what it offers, its price is not even expensive. Because under this elegant shell hides advanced technology.
Last year, Samsung sold 180,000 foldable smartphones in Germany, just over half of them Galaxy Z Flips. For this year, the Korean manufacturer is aiming for half a million sales, which will allow the Galaxy Z Flip 4 to definitively transition from insane early adoption status to mainstream product status.
Are you already convinced that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be your next smartphone? So now until August 26, you can take advantage of the pre-order offer.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4