There is a new Galaxy Fold4, from the outside it looks identical to the previous model but there are many small non-trivial innovations. The Armor Aluminum waterproof body remains, but they improve the strength of the glass and the type of coating used, which should minimize the visibility of a crease that is still perceptible against the light. Samsung hasn’t changed the hinges either: when closed, the small gap remains visible if you look at the smartphone from below.
Samsung has also optimized other small details, such as the thickness of the internal frames: you gain a few millimeters around the 7.6 “screen and also slightly change the aspect ratio: the 7.6” Dynamic AMOLED 2X from 2208 x 1768 of the Fold3 becomes a 7.6 “from 2176 x 1812 on the Fold4, while the front screen remains the same, always from 6.2” with an aspect ratio of 23.1: 9. The weight also drops slightly, 263 grams: the 10 grams less can all be felt in the hands .
As for the Flip4, the Fold4 has also undergone an internal review: the 12 GB of RAM are flanked by the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 + which on a product of this type makes perfect sense, also because more than a phone this is a tablet that folds.
Samsung has also improved the cameras: the main one is now 50 megapixel, probably JN1 Isocell sensor, flanked by a 12 megapixel ultrawide and a 10 megapixel 3x telephoto lens that thanks to the space zoom algorithm can reach 30x, obviously taking advantage of interpolation.
On the subject of cameras, the UDC, or the 4 megapixel under display camera, also changes: Samsung has revised the pixel arrangement in the camera area below the screen and now, when the camera is turned off, the display appears much more compact. However, it is not a completely invisible camera, approaching the eye the difference in the upper part can be seen.
Compared to the Flip the Fold has a Type C port with USB 3.0 video output, we are facing a product of another level. The real novelty, however, is the software part: without an adequate operating system a product like the Fold risks remaining exceptional hardware by service, and that’s why Samsung has invested a lot in the application part.
The Fold4 is the first device equipped with Android 12L, the special version of Android created by Google for experiences on large screens, such as foldables. Samsung has adapted its OneUI to work with this version, designing a new taskbar that features a PC-like layout and allows you to access your favorite and recent apps. With a single gesture it is now possible to switch from full-screen apps to pop-up windows or split the screen in half so as to have more possibilities for multitasking, multitasking that has evolved thanks to partnerships with Google and Microsoft.
As for Google, its apps, including Chrome and Gmail, support drag-and-drop which allows you to quickly copy and paste links, photos, and more from one app to another. In addition, using Google Meet you can connect with more people by enabling sharing of experiences on the split screen, such as a game or a streaming movie. On the Microsoft side, the entire Office suite has been optimized for use on the folding screen, with a reorganized interface and much clearer management of spaces.
It always remains S-Pen, and in our opinion the biggest flaw of this product is the fact that Samsung found no way to insert the S-Pen into the body like it did with the S22 Ultra. S-Pen remains external, the insertion inside the Fold would have resulted in the further reduction of an already small battery, they are 4400 mAh.
Galaxy Z Fold4 will be available on the Italian market in the following configurations: 12GB + 256GB at a recommended price of € 1,879, 12GB + 512GB at a recommended price of € 1,999 and 12 GB + 1TB starting from € 2,249 exclusively on Samsung.com. Also for the Fold there will be the pre-order in Italy starting from 10 August with a year of Samsung Care + to cover falls or cracks of the screen.