Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the highly anticipated release of Samsung’s foldable phones in 2022. What started with the clunky Galaxy Fold was quickly improved with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, fleshed out with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and at this point we can’t wait to see what Samsung will do next.
We have a lot of interesting reports and rumors about where Samsung plans to take the Z Fold line: better cameras, a sleeker design and a more affordable price. So let’s go through everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4!
Latest Galaxy Z Fold 4 leaks [updated April 2022]
Galaxy Z Fold 4 release date
The Z Fold has slowly but surely taken over the space of what was once the Samsung Galaxy Note. Now Samsung is launching a Note-like Galaxy S Ultra at the beginning of this year. This leaves a lot of stage time for foldables during the annual August Unpacked event.
So yes, we fully expect the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to launch along with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 in August 2022, continuing the tradition of a late-summer Unpacked event featuring high-tech phones.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 price
Recent leaks show that Samsung expects a lot… a lot of foldable devices this year. According to reports, Sammy wants to have double the number of Z Fold 4 phones made before launch day than Z Fold 3. This could mean a number of things, but most likely – a drop in price, a definite drop in price.
By how much? We… still don’t know. But there you have it, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will definitely, probably, maybe cost less than $1,799!
A foldable smartphone is still quite difficult to build to scale — the first and second Fold phones both hit that $2,000 goal. Then the Galaxy Z Fold 3 finally managed to drop the price slightly, starting at $1,799.
So with a grain of salt:
- Expected price Galaxy Z Fold 4: $1,600 (speculation)
Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera
While the Fold series has had many cameras to date, it is rumored that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will do everything it can to keep the great camera system of the Galaxy S22 line. Now, here’s the interesting part.
Previous rumors said – not the S22 Ultra, because this camera module is way too thick to fit in half of a Galaxy Z Fold. This would mean a 50MP main camera, a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x zoom and a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera.
The latest rumors say – yes, the S22 Ultra camera. Well, sort of — the Fold 4 would get the 108MP main camera, which is great, but it won’t have crazy zoom capabilities. Which is only fair.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 storage, memory, processor
The Fold series is pricey, but at least Samsung recognizes this and does not play stingy with the storage. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 came with 256GB of storage on the lowest tier.
It’s very possible that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will also have 256GB on the cheapest tier, but if Samsung really tries to lower the price of the foldable, we may get a 128GB option this year.
An interesting rumor that has recently surfaced is about the type of storage: the Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 are said to be the first Samsung phones with new UFS 4.0 chips. They should be twice as fast as the currently used UFS 3.1 chips, at 23.2 Gbps per lane. Storage speed is integral to the overall speed of the device and perceived internet connection performance, so this will be a huge upgrade for the 5G era.
All this is made possible by a rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. We don’t know much about it, but – unsurprisingly – it will be a slightly improved version of the current flagship processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 Design
What will Samsung do with the extra space? Well, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is said to have an S Pen slot and it comes with its own S Pen. That’s right, the most optimistic rumors say that you don’t have to buy an S Pen for the Z Fold 4 separately.
In typical “premium phone” fashion, the Fold 4 will come in more muted or “dull” colors. The latest rumors say: black, gray and beige. Wow, we never expected to be excited about beige, but hey, there’s a scoop on everything.
“Which screen?” you ask? Both! Apparently Samsung has developed a double-sided fingerprint scanner, which is said to have facial ends on both the external display and the left side of the internal display.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 screen
Unsurprisingly, Samsung will have AMOLED panels on both the front and the inside. The company has been at the top with AMOLED technology for years, so little has changed.
What does it do? We do not know. Speculation suggests it offers the potential for even brighter displays and will supposedly improve the life of the OLED pixels even more. But Samsung hasn’t said anything about it yet, so we don’t have anything yet.
That new AMOLED panel will also be covered by improved glass — yes, Samsung still calls the foldable screen “ultra-thin glass,” and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is rumored to get “Super Ultra Thin Glass.” Presumably it would be a bit more durable than what we had before. This only makes sense – since the foldable devices now support an S Pen, Samsung can take extra care not to damage the screen by doing too much of the stable, stabby with a stylus.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 battery
In an unexpected twist, reports are now saying that the batteries in the Fold 4 are said to have been made by… LG? This is a bit weird considering that Samsung has its own technology, factories and the ability to manufacture its own batteries. Who knows, LG will lend a hand, because Samsung expects to make more Folds this year than ever before.
We currently have no concrete data on what battery capacity to expect. The Z Fold 3 had a 4,400mAh battery, which isn’t huge, but still pretty impressive considering the phone’s form factor and, well…foldability. So we don’t expect the Z Fold 4 to stray far from that number – the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s battery capacity should be between 4,500 mAh and 5,000 mAh, unless Samsung throws a super ace and blows our minds.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 Features and Software
The Galaxy Z Fold series is popular because it can run 3 apps on the screen (add a fourth floating window if you want) and generally tries to make the most of the large canvas of the square internal screen. With App Continuity, you can start a task on the small external screen and pick up where you left off when you roll out the device.
Aside from the S Pen and multi-window features, the software on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will most likely be the same One UI you can get on the Galaxy S22 series.
Do I have to wait for Galaxy Z Fold 4?
- You have to wait for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 if you want to dip your toes into the foldable space and enjoy all the power and features that a top-notch company with enough expertise can offer. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade from an OG Fold or the Z Fold 2, the Z Fold 4 seems to have all the bells and whistles to let you upgrade too.
- You should not wait Galaxy Z Fold 4 if you don’t want to spend $1,500+ on a smartphone. In addition, keep in mind that – even with a rumored improved hinge – it would still be quite a thick and heavy device that isn’t always easy to carry around every day.
Should I upgrade from Galaxy Z Fold 3 to Galaxy Z Fold 4?
With all the rumors and leaks we’ve dealt with, it looks like the Z Fold 4 will have some nice new features, but not enough to completely overshadow the previous model. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 as it is is quite a soldi device and we predict that it will still be relevant this year and even the next.