Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Preview: Peak Android

So, it’s almost here – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 – the Korean giant’s most ambitious phone, and arguably the most exciting 2022 smartphone in general. Now that its release is closing up and we know a good deal about it, it’s time to do a preview based on all our intel.

Is this upcoming phone that unfolds into a tablet shaping up to be as awesome as any tech enthusiast is inclined to expect? Let’s find out…

And stay tuned for the full review right here!

What’s new about the Galaxy Z Fold 4

  • Slightly different screen aspect ratio
  • Slimmer and lighter build
  • New hinge design
  • Dual-sided fingerprint sensor
  • New camera system from the Galaxy S22 line

Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs (unconfirmed)

Galaxy Z Fold 4 Design & Colors

At first glance the Galaxy Z Fold 4 won’t be apparently different from the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but there are in fact some neat quality of life changes done to the new model.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will supposedly be lighter, at 263 grams, which is about 10 grams less than its predecessor. And it’ll also be slimmer, thanks in part to a redesigned, slimmer hinge, and the fact that its display will be shorter and a bit wider, making it a tad better for consuming content. This, of course, will slightly change its display aspect ratio.

The fingerprint button that was built into the Z Fold 3’s power button will be moved under the display of the Z Fold 4, so that’s neat. And even cooler – it’s supposedly going to be a double-sided fingerprint sensor that will work on both the small outer display and on the inner display somehow.

We’ve also heard reports of a less pronounced crease – where the Z Fold 4’s folding display actually folds in half – that line should be less visible now. Other than that, it’s going to be a similar, premium, book-like foldable phone (or pretty much a tablet, when unfolded) as before.

As for the color options, we expect nothing flashy – the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will come in black, gray, and beige. Okay, beige might be a bit flashy and perhaps not everybody’s favorite “cool” color, but to be fair, anything is better than just boring black and grey, right?

Galaxy Z Fold 4 display

The main piece that makes this phone as cool as it is – it’s large, folding display, will come in a different aspect ratio, making it ever so slightly better for media consumption. Because, we expect a bit wider and shorter foldable display, as opposed to the more squarish screen of the Z Fold 3.

Both the Z Fold 4’s big folding display and its smaller outer display will be 120Hz AMOLED ones, which means a super-smooth Android interface, smooth gaming (and on a rather big screen, too!), and best of all – vibrant, rich colors with pitch blacks. So, a perfect gaming phone, and arguably a fantastic media consumption device too, in addition to all the productivity you can accomplish with it.

The display is also supposedly going to be brighter and covered with something aptly named “Super Ultra Thin Glass”. That should be more than resistant enough to both the supposed (but not included) S Pen stylus and your nails, hopefully!

Stay tuned for our display measurements and real life usage impressions when our Galaxy Z Fold 4 review is ready – right here.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 Camera

The intel is a bit murky on the camera situation we should be expecting for the upcoming Z Fold 4. We’ve heard rumors that it’ll get the S22 Ultra’s camera array, which is headed by a 108 MP main camera, but those haven ‘t been backed up by enough reputable sources.

Realistically, we can expect at least a 50 MP main camera, and basically the exact same camera module as the Z Fold 3’s, which was a vertical, pill-shaped one, holding three cameras and a flash.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 Android version

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is going to be a productivity powerhouse, just like its predecessors, but we can expect new, even better multitasking features, or at the very least – improvements over the old ones. Running three apps at a time in split view, with even more in popup windows if you wish to, and having a fixed dock are guaranteed optional features we’ll have.

And of course, my favorite – Samsung DeX – is guaranteed to be on the Z Fold 4 also. DeX is a neat productivity feature that completely changes your Samsung phone’s interface from that familiar Android one to something more akin to Windows or Mac. Especially useful when you connect your Z Fold 4 to an external display, and wish to take full advantage of that larger screen real-estate.

Of course, powering all of those features would be Samsung’s own One UI running over Android 12.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 Battery

As we mentioned, Samsung has been working on making the Z Fold 4 slimmer and lighter than its predecessors, so a huge bump in battery size isn’t a realistic expectation. In fact, the Z Fold 4 is presumably getting a small battery decrease to 4,270 mAh (from its predecessor’s 4,400 mAh).

That small reduction in its battery size shouldn’t be an issue, though, since the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s predecessor comfortably lasted us a full day. More accurately, in our separate battery benchmarks, it lasted 8 hours and 15 minutes of web browsing, nearly 7 hours of video streaming, and about 5 hours and 20 minutes of gaming. And that’s at 120Hz screen refresh rate, which we could always decrease to a more traditional 60Hz, in order to extend the battery life a bit.

So, while the Z Fold 4 might fall a bit short of its predecessor’s battery endurance benchmarks, we can still expect a day’s worth of battery life. Nothing amazing, but well useable for such an extravagant phone, powering a huge 120Hz display.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 Audio Quality

For now, we can base our expectation on the Z Fold 4’s predecessor, since it’s almost concretely certain that they’ll share the exact same speakers.

The Z Fold 4 will feature dual speakers, one on each side of the phone, for a perfect stereo experience while gaming or watching videos and movies. We can expect very competent sound, albeit with less mids and even less bass than what we hear from a large, modern iPhone or an iPad.

Thankfully, Samsung always gives the option to tune your Z Fold’s sound with an equalizer that’s built into OneUI, so you can boost the different sound frequencies however you please, or just choose a preset (Normal, Pop, Classic, Jazz, Rock).