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What is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 worth? While we await a full and noted feedback, here’s our take on sharing some warm feelings about this foldable clamshell phone.

The folded Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Although some people continue to wonder if this format is really relevant, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 continues to lead the way for clamshell folding smartphones. It must be said that the manufacturer is preparing to register significant sales after a nice commercial success of the previous model. After all, some people want a device that is easy to carry in a pocket or bag, or are simply seduced by the size that really stands out.

For these people, Frandroid got their hands on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 so they could get a feel for what this phone has in store.

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Also, don’t hesitate to take a look at our first feedback on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

The Age of Refinement

The Flip series wants to offer a very different experience from the Fold. We are not talking about productivity or the possibility of using a tablet. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 will therefore pay particular attention to its appearance. For this, Samsung is betting on a refresh in line with the times. The slightly “iPhonesque” flatter edges actually send back a more modern image like the matte coating that stands out from last year’s glossy finish. It is very successful and comfortable in the hand – even if fingerprints keep marking a little.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 matte
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 benefits from a matte finish // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Overall, the grip is really nice. Especially since the Galaxy Z Flip 4, like the Fold 4, sees its hinge slightly modified to lose its size and become more upright, which fits well with this modernist momentum.

The hinge in question is thus much more discreet when you unfold the phone to use it. Thus, the metal lines that frame it are much finer than before. We appreciate this development, although it remains rather small.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs.  Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 on the left and its predecessor on the right // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

For the rest, little change compared to the Z Flip 3. On the upper half of the back, for example, we find the black frame that takes up the entire width and covers the two photo modules and the small external screen. So no madness, unless you turn to a Bespoke Edition model, thanks to which you can customize the colors of each half and the hinge. There is no shortage of choice: there are 75 possible combinations.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hinge vs Flip 3
Comparison of the hinges on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Flip 3 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

On the front, the foldable screen keeps its punch centered on the front and doesn’t really see any improvement on the side of its fold, which is always felt under the finger without being distracting. The panel also offers a diagonal of 6.7 inches in Full HD+ (2640 x 1080 pixels) with an adaptive refresh rate between 1 and 120 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 fold
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be folded // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

External screen and social networks

Let’s take a moment to look at the external display. 1.9 inches at 260 x 512 pixels, still in Oled. This now provides more options. This gives you access to more widgets. For example, you can configure three contacts to make quick calls without unfolding the phone. If you have headphones connected, they will communicate, otherwise your chat will be on speakerphone until you unfold the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 external touch screen
The external screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Also from the external screen, you can also easily reply to a message with an emoji, a short automatic reply or by dictating text. Several quick settings are also available. Thus, we think of the control of the flash, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or even the fingerprint reader and facial recognition. The latter two can be handy for contactless payment with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 folded in on itself.

Another software innovation: social networks such as Instagram for Reels, TikTok or YouTube for the Shorts integrate Flex Mode. Thus, you can record a video directly from one of these apps by placing the Galaxy Z Flip 4 somewhere in a sitting position.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Flex Mode
The Flex mode on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

The interface will fit and frame you just right, so you can publish your content with the right aspect ratio in vertical format. More good news: more video calling apps work with Flex Mode. On WhatsApp, for example, the user interface adapts as it should.

Finally a good autonomy?

Battery life is one of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s big arguments. has integrated a larger 3700 mAh battery. This is an increased capacity of 400 mAh compared to the previous generation. Alas, during my handling I obviously did not have time to analyze whether this promised increased stamina was actually there. But this is where serious improvements are expected. On the charger side, there is better without being crazy: we switch to a support with a maximum power of 15 W to 25 W.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 posed
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 folded and laid flat // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

On the other hand, in the picture we can only hope for better low-light performance thanks to work on the photodiodes. Otherwise, no major development on the two rear cameras (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle) and still no telephoto lens.

A future success?

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 had been quite successful for the folding smartphone segment. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 should follow in his footsteps if he manages to convince his world with his little makeover and above all with his promises in terms of autonomy. If this new model proves that it can last a whole day without too much teeth grinding, Samsung will be rubbing its hands. There is potential for this flip to be far from a flop.

Especially since we can already bet on a significant emphasis on the smartphone in advertisements for its fashion side. However, watch out for the increase in prices compared to last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be released on August 26, 2022. In the meantime, it is available for pre-order (and you will benefit from a trade-in offer of 150 euros).

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hinge logo
The hinge on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 with the manufacturer’s logo // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Three configurations are in the spotlight:

  • 1109 euros for the 128 GB version;
  • 1169 euros for a 256 GB one;
  • 1289 euros for the 512 GB version.

In comparison, the previous model cost 50 euros less for a similar configuration.

NB. This handling took place as part of a press tour organized by Samsung in London.

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