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Update, July 29, 2022 (03:37 AM ET): We’ve updated our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hub with some leaked press renders showing the device from every angle. Continue on to read all the latest.


Original article: Samsung is just weeks away from announcing its next set of foldable phones. It’s all but confirmed that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 would be the next set of flagships from the company. While the former is expected to be an ultra-premium device, the latter is believed to be a more affordable entry point into Samsung’s foldable universe. This would follow nicely from the Galaxy Z Flip 3, which literally flipped the market on its head last year by coming in at a $999 price point.

Will Samsung be able to recreate that affordability this time too? More importantly, will the Galaxy Z Flip 4 bring in enough upgrades over its predecessor to woo potential buyers? Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and what we want to see on it.

Will there be a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in hand closed up

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There’s no reason to believe that Samsung isn’t planning to launch the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The company has made it plenty clear that it’s committed to foldable phones to replace its now-defunct Note lineup. The new Flip has also appeared in the form of real-world images and leaked renders (more on that later), so it’s pretty much confirmed to launch in the coming month or so.

Will it still be called Z Flip 4? Once again, nothing suggests otherwise. Samsung has followed the numbered naming scheme for its flip phones since they were first introduced. There was no Z Flip 2 because the company followed the original Z Flip with a 5G version in the same year with slightly improved specs. However, it named the 2021 phone the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to match the Z Fold 3, and because it was technically the third flip phone in the lineup. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a natural successor and should be named as such.

Does it still hold up? Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review revisited

When will the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 release date be?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in hand browsing the internet

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  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip — February 14, 2020
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G — July 22, 2020
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 —August 11, 2021

Samsung has confirmed that it will hold its signature Unpacked event to announce the phone on August 10 at 9:00 AM ET. It’s likely that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will officially go on sale later in August.

Samsung would want to get its flagships out before the yearly iPhone release, so August seems like the right time for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 launch. The company is also expected to announce the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Watch 5 series on the same day as the Flip 4.

Samsung has already started taking online reservations for its next-generation foldables, smartwatch, and what is expected to be the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. The reservations are free, and also offers buyers some discounts if they buy two or more of these devices or some free Samsung store credit for a single device purchase.

What specs and features will the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 have?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 halfway open showing camera on

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Almost everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 has leaked. The specs and images we’ve seen so far don’t paint a picture that’s very different than the existing flip phone Samsung has on the market. Here’s what we have on the device till now, and we’ll update this article as more Galaxy Z Flip 4 leaks and rumors hit.

Design

It seems like Samsung is happy with the design it nailed down on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 because leaked renders and real-world images of the alleged Galaxy Z Flip 4 look identical to the existing model. Renders of the device were outed by tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (a.k.a. OnLeaks). They show that the phone comes bearing the same vertically stacked dual camera setup on the back, a secondary screen, and an inner display with a centered punch hole. Hemmerstoffer notes that the dimensions of the device have changed a bit, though.

According to Hemmerstoffer, the Z Flip 4 will feature a 6.7-inch display and measure around 165.1 x 71.9 x 7.2mm (6.5 x 2.83 x 0.28-inches). The Galaxy Z Flip 3, by comparison, measures 166 x 72.2 x 6.9mm (6.54 x 2.84 x 0.27-inches), making the new phone slightly shorter and less wide but also a bit thicker.

Real-world images of the phone also popped up recently, lending credence to the leaked renders. These were shared by YouTuber TechTalkTV, who claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is lighter than the Z Flip 3. He also said that Samsung has trimmed the bezels and worked on the crease to make it less visible. You can see the leaked photos below.

Reliable leaker Evan Blass (via 91Mobiles) shared what could be the first leaked official press render of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Unfortunately, the renders only show off the sides of the device. Check it out below:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Leaked Press Render

More recently, Blass and 91mobiles posted official press renders of the front of the Z Flip 4.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 91mobiles evleaks

OnLeaks, working with GizNext, posted some more leaked press renders. They show the four different colors of the Z Flip 4. It’s possible the colors will be labeled as Graphite, Pink Gold, Bora Purple, and Blue.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 colorways

Finally, Evan Blass and 91mobiles posted more comprehensive looks at the Galaxy Z Flip 4 on July 28, showing the device from every angle. The renders also show off a variety of colorways. Check a few of the images out below.

Specs

Tipster Yogesh Brar leaked all the key Galaxy Z Flip 4 specs online via Twitter. The 2022 Samsung foldable will supposedly run on the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset. Qualcomm’s upgraded processor promises a 30% efficiency boost and 20% performance gains over the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC that runs the Galaxy S22 series. This means we might see better battery life on the Z Flip 4 this year.

Apart from a slightly larger outer screen and a new chip, not much seems to have changed.

Brar claims that the phone will have a 3,700mAh battery and 25W charging. That makes for an increase of 400mAh compared to the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Charging speeds have also increased compared to the 15W tech on the previous model.

Other leaked specs of the device include a 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED screen, a 2.1-inch external display, 8GB RAM/256GB storage, a dual 12MP rear camera setup (main and ultrawide), and a 10MP selfie shooter. So apart from a slightly larger outer screen and a new chip, not much seems to have changed on the new phone.

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What will the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 price be?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 slliding phone into pocket

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  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip — $1,380
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G — $1,449
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 —$999

An unconfirmed report from leaker Sudhanshu Ambhore (via PriceBaba), suggests that the European price of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 could be €1,080 (~$1,098) for the model with 128GB of internal storage. The upgraded model with 256GB of storage could land at €1,160 (~$1,179) while the maxed-out 512GB model could drop at €1,280 (~$1,301).

The Z Flip 3 costs $999, and we expect Samsung to discount the device once the new model launches. However, it’s possible the Z Flip 4 could cost over $1,000 in the US.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: What we want to see

Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 purple side profile — Galaxy Z Flip 4 what we want to see

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 was a fantastic addition to the company’s family of folding phones. Though it’s not as powerful as the larger Z Fold 3, it is a much more user-friendly piece of hardware that’s also affordable to a wider range of people. We really liked the toughened exterior, improved display, and pleasing design of the Z Flip 3. Moreover, the Bespoke Edition allowed people to build their own for the ultimate in personalization.

That said, the third-generation Z Flip had a handful of shortcomings that we believe can be rectified. Here’s how Samsung can improve the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Primary target: Longer battery life

Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 front and back showing hinge

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The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s biggest failing was its battery life. The phone has a tiny 3,300mAh capacity battery, well below the 4,000mAh to 5,000mAh batteries available in similarly-priced — though non-foldable — flagships. In our review, we found screen-on time to last just over four hours, significantly behind the six or more hours we’ve gotten used to.

While we understand the constraints of the folding form factor, which greatly reduces the internal space available for the battery, we think Samsung can do better with the Galaxy Z Flip 4. That’s why we’re pleased with rumors of a 3,700mAh battery on the phone. Combined with the more power-efficient Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, we think the Z Flip 4 will bring decent battery life gains over the current model.

See also: Charging habits to maximize battery life

A more powerful cover screen

Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 outer display

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Samsung upped the ante a lot between the Cover Screen of the Z Flip 5G and the Z Flip 3, but we think Samsung can go even further. The Cover Screen of the Z Flip 3 was a 1.9-inch Super AMOLED panel that acted as an always-on display (AOD) thanks to how it showcased the clock and notifications. It also introduced a handful of widgets, including alarms, calendar, music, timer, weather, and Samsung Health. The widgets were limited in their functionality but made it possible to handle a few key actions without opening the phone up.

Our pipe dream would be a Cover Screen that features basic Android OS functionality, like the external panel of the Z Fold 3 — meaning you could put actual app icons on the screen and open/run full Android apps, even if they were small or Wear OS versions. That would likely add too much to the Z Flip 4’s price, so we’d settle for something in between, such as a Cover Screen with a greater collection of more fully-realized widgets.

Get rid of the crease

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 unfolded on couch — Galaxy Z Flip 4 what we want to see

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With all due respect to the complicated technology that goes into creating a bending piece of glass, the unsightly crease in the middle of the Z Flip 3’s display has got to go. We made the same request of Samsung in our take on the Z Fold 4. The crease was acceptable — expected, even — on the first few generations of folding displays, but the competition has caught up, and their designs are (nearly) creaseless.

Both the Oppo Find N and Honor Magic V have launched with screens that unfold flat and clean. There’s no visible crease, nor is there one you can find by feel. With the Z Flip 3, you can both see and feel the crease quite easily. Perhaps it isn’t really fair to request that the crease disappear completely, but we expect the Z Flip 4 to make significant progress in reducing the visibility of the display’s fold-y middle part. Thankfully, rumors suggest Samsung may already be making that improvement.

Pen to glass: S Pen support

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S Pen in hand

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Samsung has changed the story regarding its S Pen and what devices support the note-tackling tool. For years, only the Galaxy Note series included an S Pen and packed stylus-specific software. The S Pen eventually expanded to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the S22 Ultra (which replaced the Galaxy Note in all but name.) While it’s likely a big ask, we’d love to see S Pen support land on the Z Flip 4. There are a couple of reasons why.

Read: The ultimate guide to Samsung’s S Pen

First, the Z Flip 4’s display will have the necessary real estate. The S Pen has traditionally been made available to Samsung’s largest screens, and the Z Flip 3 has a very large display. Adding stylus support would make it even easier to multitask on the smartphone. Second, this could help boost the Z Flip 4’s credibility as a productivity device. Further, the tech is pretty much there. Samsung was able to bring stylus support to the folding panel of the Z Fold 3, so why not add it to the Z Flip 4? Surely Samsung’s marketing department could come up with a good story for S Pen support here. As for where to store the S Pen, well, that’s a different story.

Drummed up durability

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 bottom edge folded — Galaxy Z Flip 4 what we want to see

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It was a huge surprise when Samsung announced that the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 would reach the market with IPX8 ratings. The IPX8 certification allowed both phones to be submerged in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. In other words, Samsung dramatically improved the potential lifespan of both devices by giving them a chance to survive mishaps along the way. Samsung also added toughened Gorilla Glass Victus and Armour Aluminum. Taken together, these measures truly help folding devices. Samsung could go a step further.

To start, it could add support for dirt and dust ingress protection. This is clutch. The complicated hinge mechanism of the Z Flip 3 is a wonder, but it is susceptible to dust and dirt. Small granules can get in there, gum up the fine-tuned gearing, and cause damage. Sealing up the hinge mechanism against intruding particles would be a fantastic addition to the Z Flip 4.

More: The best waterproof phones you can buy

We’d also like to see stronger display glass. The very nature of bending displays makes them fragile things that must be treated with care. Toughening up the Z Flip 4’s display glass (which Samsung would need to do to add S Pen support) could help extend the lifespan of the Z Flip 4 even further.

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