One big change, but that’s enough

There have been three significant changes to Samsung’s flagship phones in the past few years that have shaken up the established order quite a bit, but somehow fit together logically and seem like the right way to go. The Korean giant completely abandoned the production of the Note models, and its most important features were taken over by the S series. The third change is that the company fully engaged in the production and further development of flexible phones. They are pulling, although of course there is still room for improvement. How did Samsung do with Galaxy from Flip4? The following review will answer that for you…

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Review

Package contents

Samsung is always playing the same card with its latest phones, so the first thing you have to consider after purchasing the Galaxy Z Flip4 clamshell is the absence of a charging adapter. In addition to the phone itself, the box contains only a cable with a USB-C end on both sides, basic documentation and a pin for ejecting the microSIM slot. As with the previous model or other Samsung flagships, you need to make room for inserting a microSD card.

Design and processing of the phone

If we directly compare the fourth Flip with the third, we will not find many differences. So, when opened, the phone still looks (except for the display, of course, I’ll break it down later) at first glance like a traditional phone with a flat screen, medium thin bezels, a pair of cameras, a simple monochrome back, an aluminum frame and maybe a little more thickness. But once you lean into the hinge, of course, a lot of things are a little different.

The mentioned hinge again feels very stable and in some situations it is perhaps too stiff. Even for a hundred-pound guy with a big hand, it’s not exactly easy to open it with just a thumb. I’ll leave it up to you whether that’s a disadvantage. Samsung continues to stick (this also applies to the Fold) closing in a shape in which the two halves of the phone are not parallel, which honestly still irritates me a little. Although the design is a bit boring, the overall mechanical finish is great. The currency of the new Korean jigsaws, including the past ones, is definitely IPX8 resistance. It is almost unbelievable that this could be achieved with hinged mobile phones.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 displays

The external classic and the internal foldable display have almost the same parameters as the previous model, which is obviously a proven bet on the part of Samsung. The main panel has a diagonal of 6.7″, a resolution of 1,080 x 2,640 pixels, a frequency of up to 120Hz and a still quite clear central “groove” at the bend. It is gradually being eliminated, and with the next generation, the overall impression of the display surface has also improved, but it can still be a bit better. An example is the Pocket from Huawei, with which one has the feeling that one is reaching for a real glass display.

The smaller display on the outside has a diagonal of 1.9 inches and not only shows important notifications, but also allows you to control the phone in a basic way, so it is not necessary to open it for every little thing. In addition to notifications, the menu includes, for example, a stopwatch with a timer, the weather, a calendar (unfortunately only the one from Samsung), music playback, a pedometer, contacts for speed dialing or scenes for SmartThings. So the options are limited, but you don’t want to do some things on such a small display anyway. Lest I forget, the external display also cleverly works as a preview for selfies.

Basic specifications

  • Android 13 / One UI 5.0 (from factory Android 12 / One UI 4.1.1)
  • main display
    • 6,7″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels
    • adaptive frequency 1 – 120 Hz
    • maximum brightness of 1200 nits
  • external display
    • 1,9″ Super AMOLED
    • resolution 260 x 512 pixels
    • frequency 60 Hz
    • Protection Gorilla Glass Food+
  • procesor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • dimensions 71.9 x 165.2 x 6.9 mm unfolded and 71.9 x 84.9 x 17.1 folded
  • cameras
    • 12 MPx ultra-wide (f2.2, pixel size 1.12 μm, angle of view 123˚)
    • 12 MPx wide-angle camera (Dual Pixel AF, optical stabilizer, f1.8, pixel size 1.8 μm, angle of view 83˚)
    • 10 MPx selfie camera (f2.4, pixel size 1.22 μm, angle of view 80˚)
  • battery with a capacity of 3,700 mAh
  • IPX8, fingerprint reader on the side

Galaxy Z Flip4: Unveiling | Samsung

Again an uncompromising processor

As you can see in the overview above, Samsung continues to make no compromises with its flexible phones, and they therefore tick around the world generally more popular and demonstrably more reliable processors from Qualcomm. In this case, it is the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 at the time, which gives the mobile the maximum conceivable performance. Even from this point of view, it is clear that Flip is not just a nice flexible box without a proper “engine”.

During more demanding activities, the phone heats up slightly, but it is nothing unpleasant or even dangerous. However, the special design of the flexible Flip requires one concession. Due to the impossibility of ensuring sufficient cooling, the owners of these Korean “caps” must continue to do without the support of the Samsung DeX system.

Slightly better photo equipment

Leaving aside the software tweaks, in the case of the cameras, only the primary sensor has changed compared to the Z Fkip3 model. Its pixel size has jumped to 1.8 µm, the focal length has decreased to 24 mm, and the mixer size is 1/1.76″. Overall, the 2x 12 megapixel setup promises slightly better results, which is what happens. Although the software, of course, also has its share in this, for example AI assistance in some modes or night photography.


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