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Galaxy Z Fold 4 review: Peak Android


For its starting price of $1800, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn't offer anything too big or fresh over its predecessor, but nonetheless, it's arguably the most incredible smartphone for tech enthusiasts and Android power users, to date.

With its many empowering multitasking features, stylus support, big and beautiful folding display, and respectable battery life, the Z Fold 4 can not only be a phone in your pocket and a tablet in your hands, but even your PC replacement.


What’s new about the Galaxy Z Fold 4

  • Smaller hinge

  • Smaller bezels around the front display

  • Slightly different screen aspect ratio

  • New camera system from the Galaxy S22 line

  • Improved multitasking features


Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs

Although the Z Fold 4 keeps the same 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM as its predecessor, we now have the new, flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor on board.


The camera situation has changed a bit too, as the Z Fold 4 now basically rocks the Samsung Galaxy S22's camera set-up, which features higher specs for the wide and ultra wide cameras, plus a telephoto shooter with 3X optical zoom instead of 2X.


The battery stays at 4400 mAh, which might not seem like a lot for such a large phone, but we'll get to that later.


And last but not least, although it's not obvious by looking at the specs, the folding display's aspect ratio has been changed a tiny bit, making it shorter and a tad wider than before.


Galaxy Z Fold 4 Design & Colors

When folded, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a candy bar-shaped phone that, as my niece commented when she first saw it, "looks like two phones glued together." It's not notably thinner than its predecessors, although it is technically the lightest Z Fold to date, at just 263 grams (9.28 oz).


It feels very premium and substantial in the hand, and since Samsung has managed to reduce its hinge bulge and the outer display's bezels, it looks better than ever.


We have a familiar premium glass and metal design, with the back having a nice, smooth matte finish, which resists fingerprints better than your average glossy phone back would.


As the Z Fold 4's name suggests, and surely you know – you can fold and unfold this phone, and, well, it takes a bit of effort to unfold it. You don't really have a spot to stick your finger in and start pulling the two halves apart, so you better have some nails, and you better not be sweaty, as the Z Fold's frames can get a bit slippery. At least in the insane heat that I'm currently living in. Also, there can be a slight creaking sound when unfolding it still, although that's rare. You get used to all that, but surely it's not the peak of what a foldable experience can be.


On a more positive note, closing the phone after using it unfolded is smooth and easy, and feels quite satisfying, as it ends with a reassuring magnetic snap.


We have dual stereo speaker grills, one on the Z Fold 4's top and bottom sides, plus a USB Type-C charging port on the latter. On the sides we have the volume keys, and a power key with an embedded fingerprint scanner. No in-display fingerprint scanner here.


For those who were hoping – unfortunately there's no slot for the S Pen stylus either, nor do you get one out the box. But Samsung does sell a Z Fold 4 case with an S Pen stylus slot, which might come in handy, should you plan on using the stylus daily.


The color options for the Z Fold 4 are called Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, and Burgundy, with the latter being exclusive to Samsung.com. The new colors look really nice in person, the green one in particular stands out as really classy, and Samsung mentioned that cases in the same colors will be available for purchase as well.


Galaxy Z Fold 4 Displays

Let's start with the smaller outer display (a.k.a. "cover display"), before we unfold this beast. We have a tall 6.2-inch dynamic AMOLED screen capable of up to 120Hz refresh rate. What does all that mean? It means Samsung didn't skimp on the outer display – it's super-smooth, and the fact that its AMOLED means solid blacks, vibrant colors, and a generally beautiful experience when using it.


And what can you use the cover display for? Basically anything – answering calls, replying to texts, browsing social media apps – anything you wouldn't bother unfolding the phone for. Sure, it's still a rather tall and not-very-wide display, but I wouldn't call it crammed. Using the on-screen keyboard is not a problem, and again – it's big enough for most tasks you may want to do without actually unfolding the Z Fold 4.


But now let's do exactly that and unfold it, revealing its gorgeous, big 7.6-inch flexible display. Again dynamic AMOLED, again 120Hz-capable, again very beautiful. Watching YouTube videos and movies, playing games, scrolling through social media apps or browsing the web on this display is an absolute joy. I can't oversell how cool it is to take a phone out of your pocket and go-go-gadget it into a square-ish tablet with a big display.


Which, by the way, is very comfortable to hold, especially compared to a tablet, thanks to its smaller size and weight, and square-ish aspect ratio.


But let's talk about display feel. The Z Fold 4's flexible display still feels a tad softer than an average glass screen, as we could've expected, but it's worth noting it nonetheless. It does support two S Pen styluses (the S Pen Fold edition and the S Pen Pro), so obviously it won't scratch easily, say, from your fingernails. You can press it and poke it pretty hard with zero issues.


There is a visible "screen protector" applied to the display, with corners that don't fully reach the display's edges (it's not even perfectly centered), and as we've learned from prior experiences – you shouldn't remove it. So that's just a part of the display.


Now, all those are minor details you should be aware of, but not something that affects the experience whatsoever, as you get used to them and w