Getting started with Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: Aim 0 flop

What is the value of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4? While waiting for full and noticeable feedback, here are our fists to share some hot feelings about this foldable clamshell phone.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Folded // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Although some people are still wondering if this format is really suitable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 continues the path of clamshell foldable smartphones. It must be said that the manufacturer is preparing to record significant sales after a good commercial success of the previous model. After all, some people want a device that’s easy to slip into a pocket or bag or simply seduced by a size that really stands out.

for these people, Frandroid They managed to grab the Galaxy Z Flip 4 so they could see what this phone has in store for them.

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Also, feel free to take a look at our first notes on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

era of refinement

The Flip group wants to offer a completely different experience than the Fold. We’re not talking about productivity or tablet usability. So the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will pay special attention to its appearance. For this, Samsung is betting on the update in tune with the times. The slightly flat “iPhonesque” edges really send a more modern look like the matte paint that stands out from last year’s glossy finish. It is very successful and pleasant in the hand – even if the fingerprints still show a little.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Matte
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 benefits from a matte finish // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

In general, the grip is really neat. Especially since the Galaxy Z Flip 4, as on the Fold 4, sees its hinge slightly modified to lose volume and become more straight, which fits in nicely with this modernist momentum.

Thus, the hinge in question is more conservative when opening the phone to use it. Thus, the metal lines that frame it are much finer than in the past. We appreciate this development, even if it remains very slight.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 on the left and its predecessor on the right // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

For the rest, a slight change compared to the Z Flip 3. On the upper half of the back, for example, we find the black frame that occupies the entire display and covers the two photo modules and the small external display. No need to go crazy then, unless you turn to the Bespoke Edition model thanks to which you can customize the colors of each half and hinge. The choice is not minus: there are 75 possible combinations.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hinge vs Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Flip 3 hinges comparison // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

On the front side, the foldable screen keeps its focus at the front and doesn’t see any improvement in the foldable aspect which it always feels under the finger, without being particularly intrusive. The panel also offers a diagonal of 6.7 inches with a resolution of Full HD + (2640 x 1080 pixels) with an adaptive refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable phone
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 folds // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

External screen and social networks

Let’s take a moment to look at the external screen. 1.9 inches 260 x 512 pixels, still in Oled. This now offers more possibilities. This gives you access to more widgets. For example, you can set up three contacts to quickly call without unlocking the phone. If you have headphones connected, they will communicate, otherwise your conversation will be on speakerphone until you open the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 External Call Screen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 external display // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Also from the external screen, you can also easily reply to a message with an emoji, a short auto reply, or by dictating a text. More quick settings can also be accessed. So we think of flash control, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or even a fingerprint reader and facial recognition. The latter two can be useful for contactless payments with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 folded on itself.

Another software innovation: Social networks such as Instagram for the Reels, TikTok or YouTube for the Shorts integrate Flex mode. Thus, you can shoot a video directly from one of these apps by placing the Galaxy Z Flip 4 somewhere in a sitting position.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Flex Mode
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s Flex Mode // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

The interface will fit and frame you just right so you can publish your content with the correct aspect ratio in a portrait format. More good news: More video calling apps are working with Flex Mode. On WhatsApp, for example, the interface adapts as it should.

Finally a good autonomy?

Battery life is one of the main arguments in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. It has integrated a larger battery with a capacity of 3700 mAh. This is an increased capacity of 400 mA compared to the previous generation. Unfortunately, during my dealings, I obviously did not have time to analyze whether this promised stamina actually existed. But this is where serious improvements are to be expected. On the charger side, there’s better without being crazy: We go for a 15W max boost to 25W.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 introduced
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 folded and flat // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

On the other hand, in the photo, we can only hope for better performance in low light thanks to the work on the photodiodes. Otherwise, the two rear cameras (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle) have not had much development and are still without a telephoto lens.

future success?

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has been a huge success in the foldable smartphone segment. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 should follow in its footsteps if it manages to impress its world with its slight renovation and above all its promises of autonomy. If this new model proves that it can last all day without gritting its teeth too much, Samsung might rub its hands. There is a possibility that this permutation is a far cry from permutation.

Especially since we can already bet that the smartphone shines a lot in the fashion aspect of advertisements. But beware of higher prices compared to last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Price and Release Date

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be released on August 26, 2022. In the meantime, it is available for pre-order (and you will benefit from a €150 exchange offer).

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Hinged Logo
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 joint with manufacturer logo // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Three configurations in the spotlight:

  • 1109 euros for the 128 GB version;
  • 1169 euros for the 256 GB version;
  • 1289 euros for the 512 GB version.

For comparison, the previous model cost 50 euros less for an equivalent configuration.

NB. This transaction was done as part of a press trip organized by Samsung in London.

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