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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 custom color red

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip model is here. Now in its fourth generation, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is what you might call an iterative upgrade over the last clamshell foldable from the South Korean giant. Samsung had a great year with the Galaxy Z Flip 3, racking up record sales in the process, and the new foldable phone promises improvements in the form of an upgraded camera setup, a more powerful chipset, a larger battery, and some new features. Are the changes enough to make it another success story for Samsung? Here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 at a glance

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 launched on August 10 at Samsung’s Unpacked conference alongside the larger Galaxy Z Fold 4. Pre-orders for the phone are now live with lucrative trade-in offers. Like the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be available across all major markets where Samsung sells its phones, including the US, UK, regions across the rest of Europe, India, and more. We’ll talk more about pricing and availability in the subsequent sections. For now, let’s take a cursory look at the phone and all it brings to Samsung’s lineup.

Samsung claims the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s folding display is 45% stronger than before.

Samsung’s new clamshell is a bit narrower and more pocket-friendly than its predecessor, and it claims the phone’s 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED folding display is 45% stronger than that of the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

A Gorilla Glass Victus exterior and an Armor Aluminum frame add to the device’s durability. An IPX8 rating also ensures that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is protected against water, but it doesn’t get the dust protection that ratings like IP68 provide. Of course, all these attributes remain unchanged compared to the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

You can now add video backgrounds, custom clock screen designs, and new widgets to the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s smaller screen.

When folded, you see a 1.9-inch AMOLED cover display that’ll now show new widgets. You’ll also be able to add video backgrounds and custom clock screen designs to the smaller screen. A pair of 12MP rear shooters and a 10MP selfie camera make a return this year too, but with a bit of an upgrade and new shooting modes.

The most significant changes come in the form of a new chipset and a larger battery. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip and gets a 3,700mAh battery with faster charging.

With an unchanged starting price of $999, Samsung is offering a pretty good foldable phone on the surface. Let’s dive deeper into the full spec sheet, features, and other upgrades.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

A workhorse experience, in a small form-factor • Improved folding screen

$999.99 at Samsung

Is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 worth buying?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 homescreen open in hand

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For starters, the clamshell form factor has many advantages over traditional book-style folding phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The biggest one is pocketability, thanks to the more compact footprint. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 aces that portable design with its slimmer hinge and straightened edges.

Besides that, the phone’s hardware seems largely unchanged compared to the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Samsung promises a tougher display, but its specifications remain the same. You still get a 6.7-inch 120Hz display up front and a 1.9-inch screen with a 512 x 260 resolution.

Internal hardware upgrades include the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processer, which, of course, is the best in the business right now. The chipset is blazingly fast and gets multitasking done without a hitch, all while offering better sustained performance than the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in the Galaxy S22 series. So if you decide to buy the Galaxy Z Flip 4, know that you’ll get one of the best workhorses in the business.

If you decide to buy the Galaxy Z Flip 4, know that you’ll get one of the best workhorses in the business in a compact form factor.

Other upgrades on the phone include a top-end 512GB storage variant, up from the highest 256GB storage version of the Z Flip 3. The main camera sensor has been reworked to capture more light, and Samsung has added new software tricks to make the shooting experience more exciting.

Samsung is improving upon a winning formula without drastic changes.

Add to that a bigger and faster-charging battery, numerous color and framing options, and long-term Android updates, and you see Samsung improving upon a winning formula without drastic changes.

We’ll reserve our judgment for the full review of the Galaxy Z Flip 4, but for now, the phone doesn’t have too much competition in the foldable market. It doesn’t quite take on traditional $1,000 flagships that may offer better camera features, bigger batteries, and faster charging, but it’s definitely worth considering given its unique, eye-catching form factor.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 specs

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 clamshell sitting

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Overall, not a lot has changed for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 specs compared to the Z Flip 3, but there are some upgrades that you should watch out for.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Displays

Exterior:
– 1.9-inch Super AMOLED
– 512 x 260
– Gorilla Glass Victus Plus

Interior:
– 6.7-inch Super AMOLED
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 2,640 x 1,080)

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

RAM

8GB

Storage

128, 256, or 512GB
UFS 3.1
No expandable storage

Power

3,700mAh battery
25W Super Fast Charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
No charger in box

Cameras

Exterior:
– 12MP wide, 1.8μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
– 12MP ultrawide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2

Internal:
– 10MP, 1.22μm, ƒ/2.4

Audio

Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm headphone port

SIM

Single nano-SIM tray
eSIM support

Biometrics

Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor

Software

Android 12
One UI 4.1

Dimensions and weight

Folded dimensions:
– 84.9 x 71.9 x 17.1mm (measured at hinge)

Unfolded dimensions:
– 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9mm

Weight:
– 187g

IPX8 water resistance

Colors

Global: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, Blue

Bespoke Edition:
– Front/back: Yellow, White, Navy, Khaki, Red
– Frame: Silver, Black, Gold

What reviewers are saying about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 color options lined up on a table 3

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Our Executive Editor Kris Carlon spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and was largely happy with what’s on offer, even though he again notes not much has changed this year. You can read his hands-on impressions of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 here.

Kris observed that the folding display has a less noticeable crease this year. It hasn’t completely disappeared, though. The hinge is also visibly less bulky compared to the Z Flip 3 (pictured below) and that’s another plus in favor of the phone’s design.

That said, Kris notes that almost all changes on the Z Flip 4 are on the inside. We’ve listed those out for you in the sections above, so we won’t go into them again. But Kris appreciated the added camera software features, new cover display capabilities like access to quick settings and the ability to reply to messages and make calls, and Samsung’s software update commitment that more manufacturers can learn from.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 camera good?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 in blue case on stand cover screen view

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The cameras on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 are pretty much the same as last year with some minor tweaks. You get dual 12MP main cameras and a 10MP selfie shooter.

Samsung says the primary 12MP sensor is now 65% brighter with 1.8-micron pixels. That should technically result in better low-light photography, but we haven’t had a chance to play around with the camera just yet to test this.

The cameras on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 are pretty much the same as last year with some minor tweaks.

The selfie shooter comes with some cool tricks. You can now snap selfies in Portrait Mode, see a preview on the cover screen, and change the aspect ratio when using Quick Shot.

Samsung is also flexing its “FlexCam” feature, which utilizes the Flip 4’s cameras when the phone is half closed. This lets you place your phone on a surface and shoot images or videos hands-free. Samsung says you can now start video recording in Quick Shot mode and seamlessly switch to Flex mode to continue recording hands-free without stopping the video.

Elsewhere, better AI processing and Stereo Depth mapping promise to enhance details in photos. The camera also automatically switches to Night Portrait mode in low light.

Of course, we’ll have to test all this out during our review process, so stay tuned for that.


How is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s battery life?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 violet back

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The battery inside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is bigger than the Galaxy Z Flip 3 — 3,700mAh vs 3,300mAh, respectively. It also supports faster 25W charging, although you’ll have to buy a USB PD PPS charger separately for the top power. The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s 15W wired charging took about one hour and 40 minutes to charge the phone 100%. Samsung says you can get to 50% charge on the Z Flip 4 in just 30 minutes with the 25W adapter. That means a full charge should take about one hour or less.

Samsung says you can get to 50% charge on the Z Flip 4 in just 30 minutes.

The Flip 4 also has what Samsung calls “Fast Wireless Charging 2.0” on board. We’re not sure how much of an improvement it brings over the 10W charging on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 which was unbearably slow and took more than two hours to top up the device. With a bigger battery, the Z Flip 4 might actually take the same amount of time or longer to charge wirelessly. We’ll only be able to tell when we test out the charging speeds ourselves.

Overall, while the battery and charging specs of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 are still not flagship-level, they are definitely an improvement over the Galaxy Z Flip 3.


Software and updates

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 lockscreen in hand

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Samsung is the king of software updates right now and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will get the same love Samsung gives to most of its premium phones. The device will see four major Android updates and five years of security patches. That means you’re all set at least till Android 16.

The phone will ship with One UI 4.1.1 out of the box, but since One UI 5 is already out for public testing, the device should get the new software soon after Google releases the final version of Android 13.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Galaxy Z Flip 4: What’s new?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 cover screen detail in hand

Kris Carlon / Android Authority

There are very few differences between the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. You can see the table below comparing the specifications of the two models and read more in our in-depth comparison of the two clamshells.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Displays

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Exterior:
– 1.9-inch AMOLED
– 512 x 260 resolution at 303ppi
– Gorilla Glass Victus

Interior:
– 6.7-inch AMOLED
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 2,640 x 1,080 resolution at 425ppi
– Foldable display covering

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Exterior:
– 1.9-inch Super AMOLED
– 512 x 260
– Gorilla Glass Victus Plus

Interior:
– 6.7-inch Super AMOLED
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 2,640 x 1,080)

Processor

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

RAM

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

8GB

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

8GB

Storage

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
No expandable storage

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

128, 256, or 512GB
UFS 3.1
No expandable storage

Power

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

3,300mAh battery
15W wired charging
10W wireless charging
4.5W reverse wireless charging
No charger in box

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

3,700mAh battery
25W Super Fast Charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
No charger in box

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Exterior:
– 12MP wide, 1.4μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
– 12MP ultrawide, FF, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2

Internal:
– 10MP, FF, 1.22μm, ƒ/2.4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Exterior:
– 12MP wide, 1.8μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
– 12MP ultrawide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2

Internal:
– 10MP, 1.22μm, ƒ/2.4

Audio

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm headphone port

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm headphone port

SIM

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Single nano-SIM tray
eSIM support

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Single nano-SIM tray
eSIM support

Biometrics

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor

Software

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Android 11
One UI

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Android 12
One UI 4.1

Dimensions and weight

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Folded dimensions:
– 72.2 x 86.4 x 17.1mm (measured at hinge)

Unfolded dimensions:
– 72.2 x 166.0 x 6.9mm

Weight:
– 183g

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Folded dimensions:
– 71.9 x 84.9 x 17.1mm (measured at hinge)

Unfolded dimensions:
– 71.9 x 165.2 x 6.9mm

Weight:
– 187g

Colors

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Global: Cream, green, black, lavender

Samsung only: White, pink, gray

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Global: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, Blue

Bespoke Edition:
– Front/back: Yellow, White, Navy, Khaki, Red
– Frame: Silver, Black, Gold

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 open on desk

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  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (8/128GB): $999 / £999
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (8/256GB): $1,059 / £1,059
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (8/512GB): $1,179 / £1199

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be available starting August 26 through Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Store, and major carriers and retailers. It costs $999 for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, which is the same as what Samsung charged for the Flip 3 last year. You also have the option of buying additional 256GB and 512GB storage versions of the phone.

Pre-order customers can get up to $900 off with trade-in.

Pre-orders of the phone start on August 10. Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip 4 until August 25 will receive a complimentary memory upgrade to double the storage, up to $900 off with eligible trade-in, and a Silicone Ring Case or Strap Case.

There are new colorways this year: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, and Blue for the exterior panels and black, silver, and gold for the frame. Samsung will also offer Bespoke Edition options with up to 75 different combinations of frame and front and back panels.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

A workhorse experience, in a small form-factor • Improved folding screen

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 offers the latest high-end specs in a clamshell design.

FAQs

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 custom color yellow

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Yes, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 features Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. It also gets reverse wireless charging support.

No, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 does not come with a charging adapter in the box. You will have to buy it separately.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 features an IPX8 rating, making it water resistant up to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. The rating does not protect the phone against dust ingress.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 does not have a headphone jack. It features one nano-SIM slot and one eSIM.

Yes, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

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