The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is here and it could very well be next year’s most popular folding phone if it’s nearly as popular as its predecessor.
Released on Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked in August 2022 alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, this new clamshell folding has a small – dare we say cute? – design, but is housing some powerful internal components.
This is the successor to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and it proved to be an immensely popular phone, beating the Z Fold 3 by a considerable margin according to Samsung’s statistics.
You can read our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 right now, and as we put together our full review, you can find out everything you need to know about the new device below.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 pricing and offers
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at £999 / $999.99 / AU$1,499, which is exactly how much the Z Flip 3 costs. all other places.
That’s for 128GB storage and you can also choose a 256GB model for $1,059.99 / £1,059 / AU$1,649 or a 512GB version for $1,179.99 / £1,199 / AU$1,849, if you want more space for your snaps and apps.
Pre-orders opened on August 10 (August 11 in Australia), and the phone will go on sale on August 26. the best deal for the launch.
Buyers in the US can get the phone “free”, where free means credit to their monthly bill for the duration of a contract. If you exchange any Galaxy phone, regardless of its condition, AT&T will give you $1,000 in account credits over two years. T-Mobile will give you the same billing credits to open a new line on the Magenta MAX plan. You will still have to pay upfront, but the plan pays for itself over time. Verizon is offering up to $800 on a trade, plus a $200 bonus if you’re switching from another carrier.
So every major US carrier will be trying to find a way to offer $1,000 for the price of this phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 screen and design
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a ‘shell’ folding phone, so it’s shaped like a regular handset until you fold it in half to become a pocket-friendly pad. Samsung says the phone can handle over 200,000 folds.
When opened, the phone has a 6.7-inch 2640 x 1080 screen, divided by a cutout for the front camera. This screen has a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
The frame is aluminum that Samsung calls “Armour Aluminum”. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+, which Samsung claims makes the screen up to 45% stronger than the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Samsung also says the attached screen protector is stuck with a better adhesive than before.
This is important because the device only has IPX8 resistance, which means it can be immersed in more than one meter of water for up to half an hour and is resistant to rain and splashes. There is no certified protection against solid particles such as sand or dust. The best screensaver is all you have.
On the outside is the 1.9-inch cover screen. Cover Screen is 512 x 260 pixels and performs some minimal tasks. When you’re taking selfies, the cover screen can show the viewfinder and even offer some proportions to line up your photo.
You can control a smart home with SmartThings using just the Galaxy Z Flip 4 cover screen. You can also pay using Samsung Wallet and adjust some quick settings on your phone. Otherwise, you can see incoming notifications and even reply to a text message using the cover screen and text-to-speech.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is available in Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold and Blue, and there’s also the Bespoke Edition, which lets you mix and match different colors for the front and back glass panels as well as the bezel.
In Bespoke Studio, you can mix the front and back panels in white, yellow, green, navy or red, as well as bezels in gold, black or silver. The Bespoke Edition brings the total number of color options to over 70. If you want your phone as fast as possible but still want something bespoke, Samsung recommends a few options on its sales page that should ship faster. Bespoke Studio phones are all 256GB.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Cameras and Battery
There are two rear cameras, a 12MP main (f/1.8) and a 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide, and these match exactly with the Z Flip 3’s. 10MP (f/2.4) snapper taken straight from last year’s phone.
With the phone folded in half in its “Flex Mode”, Samsung is using the camera tricks you can use with the Galaxy Z Flip 4. There is a wide-angle mode, but in general it can be easier to hold a folded phone. and point it in interesting ways than a normal flat device, and that seems to be Samsung’s story.
For selfies, there are now options to see yourself at a different aspect ratio on the cover screen, so you don’t just see your eyes peeking through a mail slot. When recording a video, you can record with the screen open and then close it for more compact handling without interrupting recording.
The battery is a better story than before, as the 3,700mAh power pack is 300mAh larger than the Z Flip 3’s. That’s a considerable upgrade in its own right, and Samsung says the battery capacity increase will equate to three hours of use.
The Galaxy Z Flip 4 will also charge much faster than before if you buy or have an optional 25 Watt power adapter. There won’t be an adapter included in the box and it’s definitely worth buying. A better 25W adapter will charge the Z Flip 4 up to 50% in about 30 minutes.
You can also charge the Galaxy Z Flip 4 wirelessly with Qi chargers. The Z Flip can even charge other Qi devices like the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro using Wireless PowerShare.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Power and Features
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 might be the most powerful phone you can fold into a small package. It features the 4nm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, running at up to 3.2GHz. We’ve tested the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen1 on a few phones now and it provides a lot of processing power for gaming and video editing, although it can get a little hot.
The phone is running Android 12 at launch with Samsung’s OneUI 4.1, plus all the Galaxy Z Flip-specific tweaks for the foldable display. Samsung is already testing Android 13 with its new One UI Beta group on the Galaxy S22, but for now Android 12 is all you’ll find on the Z Flip 4.
That chip is accompanied by 8GB of RAM, which isn’t as much as on some high-end phones, and I hope it’s just enough for the scant multitasking you’ll do in the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The Z Flip has features that let you work multitasking on the top and bottom halves of the screen, or gives you more options to use the halves separately.
Flex Mode is activated when you tilt your phone from 75 to 115 degrees. This splits the screen and opens a second window to add functionality to some apps. Samsung has worked directly with WhatsApp, Google Meet, YouTube and Netflix to add features when the phone is in Flex mode. Additionally, other apps will be able to use a trackpad and buttons on the bottom half of the screen while the screen is folded.
The most popular Flex Mode app is FlexCam. You can turn the phone into its own stand when you want to take photos or videos hands-free, and Samsung has added automation and additional wide angles to improve the shooting process.