The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is here and it could very well be the most popular folding phone of the next year, if it’s nearly as popular as its predecessor.
Released on Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked in August 2022 alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, this new clamshell folding has a small – dare we say cute? – design, but is housing some powerful internal components.
This is the successor to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and it proved to be an immensely popular phone, beating the Z Fold 3 by a considerable margin according to Samsung’s statistics.
You can read our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 right now, and as we put together our full review, you can find out everything you need to know about the new device below.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at £999 / $999.99 / AU$1,499, which is exactly how much the Z Flip 3 costs. all other places.
That’s for 128GB storage and you can also choose a 256GB model for $1,059.99 / £1,059 / AU$1,649 or a 512GB version for $1,179.99 / £1,199 / AU$1,849, if you want more space for your snaps and apps.
Pre-orders opened on August 10 (August 11 in Australia), and the phone will go on sale on August 26.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 design and screen
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a ‘shell’ folding phone, so it’s shaped like a regular handset until you fold it in half to become a pocket-friendly pad.
When opened, the phone has a 6.7-inch 2640 x 1080 screen, divided by a cutout for the front camera. There’s also a 1.9-inch 260 x 512 screen that shows notifications and offers a few other functions when the phone is folded.
The device has IPX8 resistance, which means it can be immersed in more than one meter of water for up to half an hour and is resistant to rain and splashes.
The phone has an aluminum frame, so it should withstand a drop or two. It’s available in shades of grey, rose-gold, purple and blue, and there’s also the Bespoke Edition, which lets you mix and match different colors for different parts of the phone for a personalized look.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Cameras and Battery
Samsung’s flip phones have never quite matched the photographic abilities of the S-series devices, and there’s no difference here.
There are two rear cameras, a 12MP main and a 12MP ultra-wide, and these match exactly with those on the Z Flip 3. There’s no difference if you like taking selfies, with the 10MP camera lifted straight from last year’s phone .
Sure, Samsung has a year of extra tweaks and camera modes over the Z Flip 3, so photos might look a little better optimized, but you’re not going to buy this phone for its photography.
The battery is a different story as the 3,700mAh power pack is 400mAh larger than the Z Flip 3’s. phone to see every little notification – the Z Flip 4 will likely get through an average day of use without a hitch.
Charging is admittedly slow, at 25W, but since the battery is smaller than your average phone, filling the thing will take less time than expected.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Performance and Software
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 might be the most powerful phone you can fold into a small package. It features the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, which we’ve tested in a few phones now, and it provides a lot of processing power for gaming and video editing.
Sure, it can get a little hot in a pinch, but it’s unrivaled for intensive tasks.
That chip is accompanied by 8GB of RAM, which isn’t as much as on some high-end phones, but you won’t exactly be using the Z Flip 4 for many multitasking (we assume) when the Z Fold 4 is on the market.
In terms of software, the phone gets Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI on top.
That means it gets all the features of Google’s Android 12 like theme customization, but also the added benefits of Samsung devices like the company’s various apps and general One UI design changes.
Something to highlight in the software department is the Flex Mode, which allows you to leave the device at a right angle to activate certain functions. The most popular is FlexCam, so you can turn the phone into its own stand when you want to take pictures or videos hands-free.