This is the complete review of the 2022 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung’s latest big-screen folding phone technology advancement.
A little history about the 2022 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
The convictions of Samsung are at their own risk. As the pinnacle of this phenomenon, the business will be the first to point to the O.G. Note phablet. The series may no longer exist because it was incorporated into Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S device. Still, after it was released, industry observers questioned if the corporation had utterly lost its way.
One could make a strong case that Samsung’s foldable aspirations were also born from the Note. While it’s true that the firm has become better at reducing the screen-to-body ratio, the smartphone screen size has an authentic practical limit. One runs out of money at some point, and 6.8 inches may be that moment.
Despite all of the problems the first gadget encountered, which were numerous, it had managed to decipher the code. It gave off the impression of the future just for that reason. At the very least, foldable displays have long been recognized as the future of a stalled sector. The length of time it will take to get there, though, is the primary concern.
Adopting a new form factor isn’t something that occurs immediately, especially when it costs almost twice as much as the current flagship model. On the other hand, Samsung was almost immediately prepared to start referring to the Fold as its new flagship. Simply put, the corporation jumped the gun.
When the first Galaxy Fold arrived in late 2019, it delivered the promise of a 7.3-inch, pocketable screen. In the company’s defense, adoption has been brisker than many anticipated. Samsung recently noted that it shipped around 10 million foldable in 2022. We’re not talking Galaxy S or iPhone numbers here, but the momentum is undeniable.
The Unanswered Questions on Samsung Z Fold 4
Naturally, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. The first is how much novelty has influenced sales as opposed to utility. If data stagnate or decline, that question will be addressed over time. However, as more customers become aware of the form factor and manufacturers continue to improve their offers, robust growth appears to be likely in the short term. Naturally, the biggest unknown in this conversation is a hypothetical folding Apple gadget. There will undoubtedly be a seismic change if the corporation feels secure enough in the technology to release a product.
Although the FlexPai wasn’t technically the first foldable to be introduced (and no one was about to mistake it for a significant consumer device), the Galaxy Fold had enough of a head start to set the standard for the form factor. It’s a large yet narrow gadget that expands to become more extensive and slender. Big-phone weariness, though, is a genuine phenomenon — not enough to propel the Small Android Phone to 50,000 answers, but real nevertheless, as I mentioned in the recent Galaxy Flip review.
We’d all probably like to use a more significant gadget less frequently while maintaining the same screen size. It isn’t easy to give up a more extensive screen after living with one. This, in my opinion, accounts in large part for why customers have thus far primarily preferred the Flip form factor. When most people don’t have much need or expectation for carrying a 7.6-inch screen, it’s a more compact solution to accommodate a large screen in your pocket.
The Flip – Samsung Z Fold 4
The Flip has ultimately won the battle, but not the war. Currently, the Fold is limited by the large, heavy phone surrounding its screen. For most customers, it is simply too much phone for too much money. It’s a tool that focuses more on the “can” of foldable than the “why.” It’s not hard to picture this narrative changing as Samsung continues to get better at fitting a sizable foldable phone screen into a (relatively) small footprint.
I’ve had a good time with the Fold, just like with earlier generations, but I can’t think of a situation where I’d want to buy one for myself. On the other hand, there were many instances with the Flip where it made sense.
I’m not rushing out to swap my existing phone for the product, but that’s not nearly as far-fetched a scenario as I might have considered it a few years ago.
These more severe concerns won’t be resolved unless Samsung makes some significant hardware updates, which may happen when or if there is considerable competition in the market. Even though the business fixed the problem with the tiny front-facing display long ago, the Z Fold 4 resembles its predecessor. However, the product shows that Samsung continues to improve the smartphone significantly.
Technical Specifications of Samsung Z Fold 4
This is the first smartphone to run Android 12L, a modified version of the O.S. created especially for the rapidly growing big screen market, which includes items like the Fold. Naturally, multitasking is the main focus here, and the standout feature is a new app toolbar that runs the length of the display.
It resembles what you often find on a P.C. or tablet, with far smaller icons. The 7.6-inch screen is JUST large enough to make sense, and it’s a welcome addition. It’s an intelligent approach that lets you drag and drop an icon into a split screen view while holding the mouse button. In multitasking on the (relatively) tiny screen, Samsung is leagues ahead of its rivals. Whatever shape future foldable take, the business has laid a solid basis that will be useful. Surprisingly, I’ve also discovered that I’m starting to value the little 6.2-inch front-facing screen. The company reminds me of the strange GEM gadget Essential unveiled just before it folded.
Although it’s not as good for most things as a regular display aspect ratio, it fits well in hand, and I believe there is much possibility for innovation in this area. As these gadgets continue to gain popularity, I would love to see more developers design experiences just for that front screen.
The Flip’s performance is enhanced with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, the latest Qualcomm flagship. The Fold easily beats the Flip regarding the back-facing camera system, where Samsung continues to shine. Although the primary 12-megapixel sensor has been changed to a 50-megapixel one, it is still a triple-camera array. The switch from a 2x to a 3x telephoto is what really sets the two foldable apart.
That is optical zoom, and it significantly affects how the image is preserved when you zoom in closer.
Samsung chose not to reveal the internal camera for the second year. The business has improved at disguising the spot, which resembles a region with bigger pixels. In other words, it is undeniably apparent when viewed. The 4-megapixel camera still has poor image quality due to current technology, and it has trouble in dimly lit areas. Although, as highlighted, the interior is virtually entirely present for teleconferencing reasons alone, considering that the 10-megapixel front-facing camera also allows for selfies.
The battery is still 4,400mAh, the same as before. You should have no trouble getting by on it for a day.
Even so, if you watch videos and the like on the large screen, anything more than that is stretching it. The system is IPX8 waterproof, the same as its predecessor, so getting it wet shouldn’t be an issue. Again, dust is ruled out because of the hinge mechanism.
After a few generations, Samsung has adapted to incrementally updating the Fold. After the model from the previous year, nothing here screams “upgrade” (particularly not at $1,800). Although the technology is a success for multitasking on small screens, most customers who want to join the folding revolution have little incentive to choose the Fold over the Flip.