What we hope to see from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Apart from its price, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the greatest foldable phone we’ve seen so far, and we have no reservations about recommending it to anybody.
Having said that, it is still far from being the perfect folding phone, and we have compiled a list of features that we would want to see from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in order to make that device even better.
Everything is included below, and we’ll continue to use this post to keep you informed of any new information or rumors as they become available in the future. It has been rather quiet on the Z Fold 4 front thus far, as you might expect. However, we anticipate leaks to begin to trickle out in the coming weeks and months, and we will compile them all here.
As well as the anticipated release date and pricing, which, while neither has been leaked, we can make an informed guess at both, you can find more information about them here.
Release date and pricing information for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
According to current estimates, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be revealed in August 2022, with a release date that is either later in the month or in early September. We say this because both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 were announced in August of their respective release years, with both devices arriving in shops at least a few weeks after their announcements.
Due to the fact that there haven’t been any official release dates announced yet, we can’t be confident that Samsung will adhere to that timeline, especially given the fact that the first Samsung Galaxy Fold was introduced in February 2019. Even while it didn’t really enter shelves until September, we’d think an announcement in August is a strong possibility at this point.
While we can only speculate about the pricing at this point, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 starts at $1,799 / £1,599 / AU$2,499, which is a reasonable starting point. That’s actually a little less than the previous model cost, and given that Samsung’s foldables are almost always criticized for their high prices, we’d expect the Z Fold 4 to be either the same price as the previous model or slightly more affordable in order to avoid further criticism of the device’s pricing.
Indeed, one source has expressly said that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be less expensive, albeit they did not specify by how much they were saving.
Leaks and breaking news
According to an early rumor, Samsung will equip the Galaxy Z Fold 4 with an under-display camera, similar to the one seen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but this time it will be less visible beneath the screen and will reportedly be capable of taking better photographs.
Beyond that, we haven’t heard anything else about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, but we’ll update this area as soon as we learn anything new about it.
It will very likely support Samsung’s S Pen pen, and it will almost certainly feature a high-end processor, which is all we can say for certain. It will also most likely have a design that is quite similar to that of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen.
What we would want to see
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a lot of features and improvements that we would want to see enhanced or introduced. You may find the most important ones listed here.
1. A reduced cost of living
We say it every year, but the Galaxy Z Fold range is simply out of reach for the majority of the population. Given the technology required, it’s reasonable that the pricing is high, but we’d like to see Samsung make an effort to bring the price down.
Because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was somewhat less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, the good news is that the firm appears to be doing just that with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Hopefully, Samsung will repeat that trick with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
In the end, we’d want to see these phones be no more expensive than the highest-end traditional smartphones, but we believe that will be at least a few years off for the time being.
2. More advanced cameras
The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 are nothing exceptional (Image credit: TechRadar)
In many respects, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a superior smartphone, but its cameras are nowhere near as good as those found on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and other Samsung devices, which are available for a higher price.
In light of the high price we are paying for these phones, we would want to see this modification on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Instead of the present model’s 2x optical zoom, we would want a 10x zoom like that offered by the S21 Ultra, as well as an additional lens to provide a 3x zoom.
While that is our most serious camera issue, we would want to see the other cameras on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 improve as well, particularly the 4MP camera hidden behind the display, which is a clever idea but seems underdeveloped.
3. Extensive improvement in battery life
One issue that all foldable phones appear to suffer with is battery capacity, since they usually feature batteries that are just somewhat better than those found in regular smartphones, while having considerably larger screens on the whole.
When it comes to batteries, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a 4,400mAh battery, which would be considered mediocre at most for a non-foldable phone, but with two displays, one of which is 7.6 inches, it isn’t going to go you very far in this department.
Its battery life isn’t bad, but in our tests, it lasted on average less than a day with moderate use, indicating that there’s still space for improvement there. As a result, we anticipate the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a larger battery and a longer battery life.
4. Support for the S Pen on the front screen
With compatibility for the S Pen stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the first foldable from the company to include this feature. This is a significant innovation, as it allows you to get the most out of the device’s large screen. The S Pen, on the other hand, is only compatible with the huge main display and not with the smaller secondary display.
However, if users get used to using a stylus on the main screen, there will undoubtedly be moments when they want to use it on the secondary screen as well, and at 6.2 inches, the secondary screen isn’t all that little either.
As a result, we would want to see pen functionality on both displays of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, so that users do not have to move between the stylus and their digits as frequently.
5. Include a S Pen slot in the design.
Despite the fact that our primary issue about the pen implementation on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is that it does not operate on the secondary screen, we are also a bit upset that there is no space in the phone for it.
In order to avoid losing the S Pen, you must use a case with a built-in slot (which limits your case options) or use a case without a slot. While there are certain disadvantages to having a slot (for example, it takes up additional space in the phone), we believe that if Samsung is serious about pen compatibility, then a slot should be included, especially if we don’t receive any more Galaxy Notes in the near future.