Expectations from Samsung have always been high. In line with their innovative approach, the company launched its first-ever foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold in 2019. While the first had a few critical drawbacks, the company has since fixed and upgraded its offerings. Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the latest and greatest in their foldable lineup on august 25th 2022. In this article, we take a look at the specs and ergonomics of the device to see whether it can replace conventional smartphones.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
Design and Build Quality
The design elements of the Samsung Galaxy Z4 Fold are similar to the previous iterations. The display, both the inside and cover are exactly the same size as last year. But Samsung has made some cool changes in the overall dimensions. The device is now slightly thinner and shorter all the while maintaining the same screen real estate. It just makes the device more manageable.
Everything else is positioned right where they were last year. On the side, there is the power and volume rocker. The power button acts as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. As expected, there is no headphone jack on the device.
Samsung has stacked the Z Fold4 with cameras just like last year. The inner and the cover display each has a selfie shooter along with triple primary lenses.
The hinge mechanism has been updated to make way for a smoother opening and closing. But you still hear that bone squeaking noise albeit at a lower pitch.
Overall, the design and the build quality remain the same. We get Samsung’s idea of refined iterations and the company clearly went in that direction.
There are two displays on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4. The main inner display is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. The 2X is just a fancy adage to surmount the foldability of the device.
The 7.6-inch display also boasts a 1200 nits peak brightness for perfect outdoor visibility. Coming to quality, this display is everything you’d expect from Samsung. It's bright, color-accurate, and pixel-dense. The viewing angles are perfect with zero color distortion.
The only noticeable gripe with the inner display is the crease. It's still present in the Z Fold4 and might be an eyesore for some.
While it is much more toned down than previous generations and most users say they get used to it after a while, it is still there and becomes increasingly apparent when using dark mode.
There is also a protective layer over the display which is an absolute dust and fingerprint magnet.
Other than these minor drawbacks, the Z Fold 4 features a perfect set of displays that is both functional and utilitarian all the while being at the top of its range.
Users will be getting a total of five cameras with the Z Fold4. The triple camera sensors on the back are a 50 MP dual pixel PDAF sensor with a 10 MP telephoto and a 12 MP ultrawide complementing the main one.
This time, Samsung means business as they upgraded the sensor to be better in line with their traditional flagship devices. Each of the sensors delivers its capabilities.
The main sensor takes far better pictures compared to the Z Fold3. There is great preservation of the dynamic range and details. The exposure was also perfect in every shot during outdoor shots.
The cameras also performed well in artificial lights. Samsung automatically varies the shutter speed to capture more light which results in a near grain-less image even in minimal lighting conditions.
There are two selfie cameras on the Z Fold4. One is a 4 MP under-display one on the inner screen and the other is a 10 MP one on the cover display. The under-display camera is a disappointment just as last year. It’s probably only good for video calls or conferences, nothing more. On the other hand, the cover display camera does a better job and produces usable quality pictures.
The videography of the Z Fold4 is rated at 4K at 60 fps. With the specs and capabilities, one would expect up to 8K support like the standard models. But unfortunately, users won’t be getting that with the Fold4.
Processor and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset built on the 4 Nm architecture. This is the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm for mobile use. The processor has 1 3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 and 3 2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 and 4 1.80 GHz Cortex-A510 chip designs for efficient yet powerful output.
And the results are clearly visible. The Z Fold4 blazes through whatever that’s thrown at it. Samsung has developed a unique split screen feature where it splits at the joint. This allows for a perfect multitasking operation. Many users are calling it the best multitasking device out there because of its sheer processing capability and ease of use.
In addition to multitasking, users will also enjoy superior performance in gaming. The device can play the leading 3D graphics-intensive titles with ease and on max settings.
To sum it up, the processor and performance of the Z Fold4 are on par with the best flagships out there. In fact, it even outshines many because of the multitasking usability.
Battery and Charge Time
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 comes equipped with a 4400 mAh battery. Now the 4400 mAh battery might seem very small for a 7.6-inch device. But the efficiency of the 8+ Gen 1 chip and the cover display means that the device will be able to comfortably last a day’s use on a single charge.
There is also 25W fast charging included in the device which can charge it up to 50% in 30 minutes.
Price of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 in Bangladesh
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is currently available for pre-order in Bangladesh. Users can pre-order the device from the Samsung website for around 240,000 BDT for the 12/256 Gb variant. The price is subject to change depending upon company policy and other issues.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is an incremental upgrade to the Z Fold3. The company addressed the issue regarding ergonomics and cameras. These are welcomed changes that made the Z Fold4 even more streamlined as a daily driver.
However, the creaking hinge noise and the crease on the display are still something that might be a deal breaker for some. But as things stand now, the Z Fold4 is slowly becoming a mainstream daily driver, albeit at a very high price point and out of budget for many.