Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Review – An executive specialty that will entertain you

  • The fourth generation of the Fold can no longer be forgiven for beginners’ mistakes
  • It has improved the camera, but the similarity with its predecessor is striking
  • Android 12L should work better with apps and environment, does practice confirm this?
  • The price still makes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 a machine for a select few

In the editorial office, we tested the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 | photo: own

Article chapters:

» 1. Introduction, parameters, package contents, design and display
» 2. System, performance, battery, camera and images, review

Who would have said in 2019, when the first Fold was released to the public, that we would see its fourth generation? Who would have guessed that you are Samsung will he always lead his way and not deviate an inch from the set direction? And so it happened! Galaxy Z Fold is becoming a regular, although it remains unique. However, as the years go by, the device should also mature. Therefore, this review will mainly be about whether the Korean jigsaw is stepping on the spot of the third generation or growing into beauty.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: specifications

Construction glass and aluminum rear, foldable, IP68, open: 155.1 × 130.1 × 6.3 mm / closed: 155.1 × 67.1 × 15.8 mm; 263 g
Display main: 7.6ʺ, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, HDR10+, adaptive 120 Hz, 2176 × 1812 px (21.6:18), fineness 373 ppi, support for S Pen
front: 6.2ʺ, Dynamic AMOLED, Infinity-O, 120 Hz, 2316 × 904 px (23.1:9)
Operating system Android 12L + One UI 4.1
Chipset 8-core, 3.19 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Memory 12 GB RAM, storage 256/512/1024 GB (UFS 3.1), no MicroSD slot
Camera triple (50 Mpx main, 12 Mpx wide-angle 123°, 10 Mpx telephoto), aperture f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4, OIS, 3× optical zoom, LED flash; dual selfie: inside and outside (4 Mpx in the display and 10 Mpx on the outside), aperture f/1.8 + f/2.2
LTE 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz, LTE-A Cat20
Technology 5G, dual SIM (nanoSIM + eSIM), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Wi-Fi 6E, GPS, UWB, USB-C 3.2, stereo speaker, DeX, fingerprint reader on the side, face reader
Battery 4,400 mAh, 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging
Price and availability from CZK 44,990, August 2022

Package contents:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 phone
  • documentation
  • kabel USB-C/USB-C
  • clip on the SIM card

A millimeter here, a millimeter there, but it helps

Samsung still cares about the first contact. You carry a black, at least visually luxurious box like a necklace, you open it and… The charger is nowhere, the cable is hidden and the phone actually still looks the same.

The width is the same as last year, you don’t recognize two tenths of the depth, only the three millimeters in height could be used for identification. But you can barely see them with your eyes. You can recognize the change earlier with your hands – as if the folded phone is a little better to control, as if your fingers have grown or the layout of the elements on the display has improved? No, it’s just that the 6.2″ external display changed the aspect ratio from the original 25:9 to 23.1:9. It’s a small thing on paper, but very important.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 | photo: own

Otherwise, however, there are more elements that are the same than different. In addition, some of them highlight the dilemmas that Samsung had to solve: How will people hold the phone? One hand vertically? Open vertically? Open horizontally? Bent like a laptop? It affects the layout of all connectors and sensors, and the result can always be a compromise.

If you want to use the Fold 4 with one hand, you have to put up with the higher weight and dimensions, but otherwise the ergonomics are usable. The thumb can easily feel the power switch combined with the fingerprint reader and volume control, the USB-C port faces downwards and the speakers can play in both directions.

Reproduktory Fold 4

Speakers of the Fold 4 | photo: own

Opening is already more complicated, even the fourth Fold does not have any help for opening or a hole in which nails could be driven. It’s always a bit of a risk, because the metal frames slide and even though there’s a protective fence around the inner display, you’re afraid not to attack the cover layer of the screen with your fingernail exactly as the instructions forbid.

Even the close position is not perfect. Although you can write on the display with four fingers, but due to the protruding camera, only one position can be used, in which case you put the phone on the screen and the USB is in the air.

None of these attributes have changed or improved year-on-year, perhaps the best combination possible, but if you’re considering the Fold, keep in mind that the classic touchpad has simpler everyday use scenarios.

The quality of processing is first class

The quality of the workmanship is top notch photo: own

The points lost on the ergonomics of the Galaxy Fold 4 are made up for by the quality of the workmanship. If the first puzzles scared the wear of the joint, now I think that its durability is the last thing I would suspect of failure. It is also water resistant according to the IP68 standard.

Only one essential wish of Samsung fans was not fulfilled. Stylus S Pen is still only among supported accessories, but not integrated. You can buy an extra pen, but it will never be part of the system like the Note series (sorry, Ultra). At the same time, I can’t think of a device with which the stylus would be more suitable than the Fold.

The display remains the same benefit

The biggest reason to want a Fold (and not just the fourth one) is the display. Try setting your display dpi to 600 or more and you won’t even come close to what Samsung’s jigsaw allows. The resolution of 2,176 × 1,812 pixels does not look impressive, the fineness of 373 ppi is not a miracle either, only the 7.6″ diagonal will tell you what you can look forward to. And only in your hand will you realize that there is a big difference between having a seven-inch noodle and practically a square with the same diagonal. The workspace is truly gigantic!

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4's huge desktop

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s huge desktop | photo: own

But what I would rather not see is a small terrain wave at the joint. As the time of use increased, the animosity decreased, but it is still there and perhaps has not diminished. In short, if you move the display from side to side, you feel a small indentation, and if you look at a monochrome surface, you can see the divide.

Surprisingly, it does not matter that the internal display, unlike the external one, does not have a tempered glass cover. Instead of Gorilla Glass Victus+, the inside is just plastic. The feeling is smooth, but be careful not to close coins or keys inside the display. You would thus be preparing yourself for attractive OLED colors, an adaptive framerate of up to 120 Hz and, allegedly, up to 1,200 nits of brightness.

Article chapters:

» 1. Introduction, parameters, package contents, design and display
» 2. System, performance, battery, camera and images, review

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