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If the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is to succeed the stunning Galaxy Z Fold 3, it has some large shoes to fill. However, there is still opportunity for development because the foldable phone formula is still being developed.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the Z Fold 4, even if speculations about it are now starting to circulate more often. As a result, we’ve compiled all the leaks and speculations we’ve found so far below and offered our opinions on what the Z Fold 4 needs to do better if Samsung wants to maintain its lead as the greatest folding phone maker with its upcoming model.
Take a look below to see what’s been rumored (and what we want) for the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Specs
interior display: 7.6-inch QXGA+ AMOLED, 120Hz
Exterior display: 6.2-inch HD+ AMOLED, 120Hz
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
Rear cameras: 50MP main; 12MP ultrawide; 10MP telephoto (3x zoom)
Front cameras: 10MP (exterior), 4MP (under-display)
Battery size: 4,400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Possible release date
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is most likely to be unveiled in August 2022 and released either later that month or at the beginning of September. This is due to the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 were both announced in August of the year they were released and arrived in shops at least a few weeks later.
That’s exactly what leaker Jon Prosser has claimed, saying August 10 is the day we’ll see the Z Fold 4 (and a couple of other devices). Pre-orders will supposedly open the same day, and last until the retail launch day: August 26.
When it does debut, the next Fold could do so under a different name. In some European countries, Samsung is selling the current model as the Galaxy Fold 3 an apparent response to the letter Z being adopted by Russian officials as a symbol in support of the invasion of Ukraine. That’s sparked speculation that Samsung could drop the Z from the Galaxy Z Fold 4 name.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Price speculation
Most likely, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be unveiled in August 2022 and go on sale either later that month or at the beginning of September. This is because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 were both released in September of the year they were announced, at the latest.
As techniques have been improved and processes refined, this has seen a drop in the end-cost for consumers. Of course, these are still premium devices, and come with prices commensurate to this status.
To see what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 might cost, here’s a breakdown of the models that came before:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold – £1,900/€1,949/$1,980
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 – £1,799/€1,899/$1,999
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – £1,599/€1,799/$1,799
As you can see, there’s a downward trend, and that’s expected to continue. Industry expert Ross Young thinks so at least, reporting that Samsung doubled its July production of Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 units (relative to production of the third-gen models in 2021), which he believes means we “Might see a price cut.”
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Design and display
We’re now starting to see some big leaks around the Z Fold 4’s potential design. The most recent leak from Ice Universe says that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a less visible crease, later backing it up with alleged photos comparing it to the Z Fold 3. Plus the weight is tipped to be just 8.9 ounces. That would be a lot less than the 9.5-ounce Z Fold 3 and closer in weight to the 8.5-ounce iPhone 13 Pro Max.
There’s also a set of Galaxy Z Fold 4 renders courtesy of OnLeaks and Smartprix. These show the rumored phone from almost every angle, as well as revealing quite a few details about the foldable assuming they’re accurate, of course.
One thing that’s immediately obvious here is that the rear cameras follow the design-style established on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, rather than looking like they did on the Z Fold 3.
OnLeaks and Smartprix also claim the hinge design has been changed, but that’s not clear from these renders.
The same sources say that the displays will be 6.2 inches (exterior) and 7.6 inches (interior), just like on the Z Fold 3. Both are expected to retain their 120 Hz refresh rates, too.
Finally, the leakers reckon the phone’s overall size, when unfolded, will be 6.1 x 5.1 x 0.27 inches (155 x 130 x 7.1 mm). That would make it a little shorter but wider and thicker than its predecessor.
Those leaked renders tally with several other rumors we’ve previously heard. For instance, a post on Korean blogging site Naver claimed that Samsung is considering ways to reduce the phone’s weight by reworking its hinge, and improving the waterproofing and dustproofing. A lighter phone that is less susceptible to water and dust damage sounds ideal to us.
Along the same lines, leaker Anthony, going by @TheGalox on Twitter, claimes that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will use a single hinge in the center of the handset rather than the two used by the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This would enable a thinner and lighter design while making the Z Fold 4 more durable.
According to leaker Ice Universe(opens in new tab), the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s internal display will have a new aspect ratio that’s more square, as opposed to 5:4 for the Z Fold 3. The result is that the panel could be both shorter and wider. A newer leak from IU says this ratio will be 6:5, which is indeed slightly squarer.
The outside will apparently remain very narrow and tall, but not quite as tall as before. There’s also the case leak that IU provided, showing the new shape compared to the same case for the Z Fold 3.
Somewhat disappointing, if it’s legit, is a rumor that claims the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 won’t have a slot to store the S Pen. Leaker Ice Universe has backed this up, saying the Galaxy Z Fold 4 won’t have a built-in S Pen. However, he does say the design will be a little smaller and a little thinner, which would be good news.
Another rumor claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s front display could be changing, with Samsung playing around with its aspect ratio in the Z Fold 4 prototypes. Which version Samsung will pick isn’t certain, but Twitter tipster Chunv8888 claims there are versions with no difference to the Z Fold 3 ranging to those with a much different shape.
As for the inner display, Samsung may be upgrading the current Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) material for a better one, according to leaker yeux1122. This improved material would supposedly be tougher and higher quality, making it better to use with an S Pen stylus (even if it’s not built in).
One thing that apparently won’t be changing about the design is the fingerprint-sensing power button. Samsung has allegedly decided not to go ahead with a planned under-display fingerprint module for the Z Fold 4, instead keeping the Z Fold 3’s button-mounted sensor. That may be better overall though, as the button-mounted sensor is already a reliable option.
The phone’s color options are not as fascinating as the new engineering work going into the phone, but are still important for how the phone looks. According to leaker Ross Young, the Z Fold 4 could come in beige, grey or black, a trio of fairly muted colors for such an expensive phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Camera and battery
One source points to a triple-lens rear camera with a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultrawide one, and a 10MP telephoto one (with 3x optical zoom), plus a 4MP under-display camera on the inside, and a 10MP outer selfie camera.
We’ve elsewhere heard that the phone will have the same 10MP 3x optical zoom camera as the Galaxy S22, which would be an upgrade on the 12MP 2x zoom one on the Z Fold 3. Still on the camera theme, another rumor in this area points to a 50MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, with 3x optical zoom.
Though there’s also talk that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 could borrow the 108MP main camera that’s found in the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is at odds with the leaks above. Another source has also said the phone will have significantly improved cameras.
One early leak suggested that Samsung will equip the Galaxy Z Fold 4 with an under-display camera, just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but that this time it will be less visible under the screen, and it will also apparently be able to take better photos.
This has been backed up by another leak which suggests the phone will have not one but two under-display snappers, presumably one for the main display and another under the smaller cover screen. This latter source adds that the phone will come with similar snappers to the Galaxy S22, and that the battery will be bigger.
However, a more recent rumor hints that the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be the same as the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The only potential silver linings are that this might enable Samsung to make the phone smaller or cheaper.
Also on the battery front we’ve heard from one source that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 might have a 4,400mAh battery with 25W charging. That would be a match for the Z Fold 3.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Software
Some of the coolest things the Fold line can do are down to the software. When a screen is larger, you can display more apps including in split screen modes that can fit two or even three on the inner display at once. The Fold 3 implemented this best so far, but to get to split screen mode you have to tap several icons and options, making it easy to forget the feature even exists.
Ice Universe says Samsung is working on a “swipe for split screen” gesture for One UI that hopefully will make going in and out of the mode a lot easier and more intuitive on the Fold 4. Given it’s software, it might well come to the older Folds too.