Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a fantastic folding phone, but with the folding phone market picking up steam, all eyes are on what Samsung will enhance and deliver in its next Z series generation.
This is everything we know about the Galaxy Z Fold 4, including when it will be released, what it will have, and how it will be better than the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 release date and price
Around £1599/$1799 in September 2022?
In August or September 2022, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is likely to be released.
There have been no rumours indicating a precise release date as of yet, however given that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was released in September 2021 and the Galaxy Z Fold was released in September 2019, September appears to be a safe bet.
The Galaxy Note series used to have an August release date, but we haven’t seen one since 2020, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra basically replacing it, leaving the Z series with the launch slot.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is priced at £1599 in the United Kingdom and $1799 in the United States. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to cost approximately the same. There’s a rumour that it’ll be less expensive, but there’s no way of knowing how much less expensive it will be.
Similar to the Z Fold 3 Built-in S Pen with IPX8 rating?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to have a similar design to its predecessor, but a little smaller and narrower, and will instead focus on durability. If that’s the case, we can expect another book-style design with a triple back camera housing. According to some early renders, the camera lenses for the Z Fold 4 could sit on their own rather than within a casing.
This time around, there has been speculation of more than one under-display camera, presumably one on the external display to pair with the one on the internal display, as well as a built-in S Pen like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. According to rumours, this smartphone will not include a built-in S Pen, therefore this function remains a mystery. In any case, it will almost certainly work with a S Pen.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 was once rumoured to have an under-display fingerprint sensor, however it has subsequently been revealed that the gadget will instead have a conventional fingerprint sensor on the side like the Z Fold 3.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has IPX8 waterproofing and a tighter frame than its predecessor, so we expect the Z Fold 4 to keep, if not increase, that IP certification. Read more; Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Review: Show of Ambition
A 6.19-inch outside diameter
120Hz refresh rate for 7.56-inch internal display
According to rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a display that is similar in size to the Z Fold 3. The external display is expected to be 6.19 inches in size, while the inside display is expected to open up to a whopping 7.56 inches. The display will still have a crease, but it will look nicer than the Z Fold 3 wrinkle.
A squarer internal display is expected if these rumours are correct. The display ratios are also expected to change slightly, becoming shorter and wider.
Both the internal and exterior displays are likely to have a 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ support is also expected.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to sport a more durable and enhanced UTG (ultra-thin glass) from Samsung, according to the rumours.
Hardware and specs
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 1?
- Improved battery
Although nothing is known about the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, we should expect a 10% to 20% increase in battery capacity. The total battery capacity will be 4270mAh, which includes a 2002mAh battery and a 2268mAh battery.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset used by the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been replaced with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Because of this, we should expect the Z Fold 4 to have flagship characteristics such as 5G, at least 12 GB of RAM, and at least 256 GB of onboard storage.
- Triple rear
- 3x zoom
Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to sport a similar rear camera setup as the Galaxy S22.
However, it is possible that the Z Fold 3’s magnification might be increased to 3x on the 2022 model, but its quality could be reduced from 12-megapixels to 10-megapixels.
All three cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S22 have f/1.8 apertures and OIS. The primary camera has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, while the second two cameras have f/2.4 apertures. There is a 3x optical zoom with this camera.
Another rumour claims the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a 50-megapixel primary sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x zoom. According to the same link, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 3x zoom is superior. Read more; Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Apple iPhone SE 3