Samsung presents the foldable Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 smartphones

Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Flip 4: Foldable, but very different.photo: samsung

Samsung presents its new Galaxy devices: In addition to foldable smartphones, there are also new headphones and a smartwatch. The most important information at a glance.

Oliver Wietlisbach
Oliver Wietlisbach

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Samsung is launching a new attempt to breathe life into flip smartphones and announced on Wednesday that Galaxy Z Flap 4 and Assembling the Galaxy Z 4 before – two folding devices that reach different target groups in every respect.

The headphones are complemented by the accessories at the front Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Galaxy Watch 5 (Pro) galaxy universe. But more on that later.

Galaxy Z Flap 4

The foldable Galaxy Z Flip 4 is practically a modern counterpart to earlier flip phones.

The foldable Galaxy Z Flip 4 is practically a modern counterpart to earlier flip phones.

The predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 from 2021, was the first flip smartphone I would use myself. Apart from the low battery in the test, I had nothing to complain about. Samsung has now made improvements and introduces the Galaxy Z Flip 4 with a battery that is a good ten percent larger. This should give you three more hours of work time.

The currently fastest processor for Android devices (Snapdragon 8+ Gen1) and 8 GB of RAM provide more than enough performance. Not only could a faster, but possibly more efficient processor also extend battery life.

The hinge has also been redesigned to make the Z Flip 4 more compact and durable. Other than that, the usual improvements in detail: according to the specs, the camera is a bit better, the display is a bit more stable, the edges of the display are a bit thinner – you know that.

The appeal of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is that it has a large 6.7-inch display, and when folded, the device still fits comfortably in a pocket or purse.

The appeal of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is that it has a large 6.7-inch display, and when folded, the device still fits comfortably in a pocket or purse.

When folded, the Flip 4 is slightly more handy than the Flip 3, but when opened it offers a large, high-quality 6.7-inch AMOLED display, similar to its predecessor. The small cover display on the outside is still 1.9 inches (4.83 cm). Although this is enough to read new notifications, answer calls or control music playback, I would count on a slightly larger external display.

The slideshow below provides more information about the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

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Galaxy Z Flip 3 in photos

Highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

  • Display: 6.7 inch (foldable, Amoled Full HD +) plus a 1.9 inch external display
  • Editor: Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
  • RAM: 128/256/512 GB (not expandable) / 8 GB
  • Battery pack: 3700 mAh (25 watts via USB-C or wireless charging)
  • Camera: Wide and ultra-wide angle each 12 MP and a selfie camera 10 MP
  • Various: Side fingerprint reader, face recognition, IPx8 (waterproof), nano-SIM / eSIM
  • Operating system: Android 12 (four generations of system updates and five years of security updates)

For models z 128, 256 or 512 GB of memory is the suggested retail price for pride 1099, 1159 or 1259 francs So (because of inflation?) 50 francs more than its predecessor. The new Flip 4 is now available for pre-order in several colors (see slideshow above) and each with a matte surface. Sales in Switzerland will start on August 26, 2022. A detailed test will take place in the coming weeks.

By the way: Only one year old reverse 3 maybe in the meantime for about 650 francs be acquired. With the launch of the Flip 4, the price of its predecessor should become even more attractive, and apart from possibly shorter battery life, little can be said about the older model.

Assembling the Galaxy Z 4

The Galaxy Z Fold 4, which can be folded into a tablet, comes with an Android version optimized for Samsung and Google tablets.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4, which can be folded into a tablet, comes with an Android version optimized for Samsung and Google tablets.photo: samsung

While the small Z Flip 4 is aimed at a wide audience, the larger and much more expensive Z Fold 4 is Samsung’s premium foldable design for business users. For office work or creative tasks, the smartphone can be folded into a handy tablet and operated with a pen if necessary, which is ideal for this device.

Fold 4 is also touted as a multi-purpose mobile machine for your pocket. As usual, several applications can be displayed at the same time and content can be moved between them by dragging and dropping. With the current Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 processor, you definitely have enough power for that.

Open Fold 4 is a small tablet - designed for mobile work.  The taskbar at the bottom edge of the display is new.

Open Fold 4 is a small tablet – designed for mobile work. The taskbar at the bottom edge of the display is new.photo: samsung

Visually, Fold 4 is hard to distinguish from its predecessors: when closed, you still have the elongated 6.2-inch Amoled display in front of you, when you open it you get a small tablet with a diagonal of 7.6 inches (19.3 cm). . The crease in the center is still visible but appears slightly less noticeable.

A direct comparison with Fold 3 shows that Samsung has slightly adjusted the proportions and shrunk the display frame a bit. It’s now a bit shorter and wider as many Fold users would like (see slideshow below). Since otherwise the design remains virtually unchanged, the new closed-form edition is also a massive affair. At the thickest point of the hinge, it still measures 16mm.

The slideshow below provides more information about the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 in photos

Highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

  • Open: 7.6 inch display (foldable, 2176 x 1812 pixels)
  • Closed: 6.2 inch display (2316 x 904 pixels)
  • Editor: Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
  • RAM: 256/512 GB (not expandable) / 12 GB
  • Battery pack: 4400 mAh (25 watts via USB-C or wireless charging)
  • Main camera: Wide (50MP), Ultra Wide (12MP), 3x optical zoom (10MP)
  • Front cameras: Camera below 4MP display on tablet display and 10MP selfie camera on external display
  • Various: S-Pen (optional), side fingerprint reader, face recognition, IPx8 (waterproof), eSIM and dual nano SIM
  • Operating system: Android 12 (four generations of system updates and five years of security updates)

The weight has been slightly reduced compared to its predecessor from 271 to 263 grams. Samsung has also revised the hinge and advertises that Folda 4 can be opened if necessary to participate in video calls. The foldable display should also be more stable than its predecessor.

Is it really practical?

Is it really practical?photo: samsung

The camera has also been updated. The same camera as in the Galaxy S22 is new in Fold 4. The battery with a capacity of 4400 mAh remains unchanged. We’ll see how the allegedly more economical processor will affect battery life.

Official prices start at 1799 francs. This is exactly the same price as its predecessor. The new Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now available for pre-order. Sales start in Switzerland on August 26, 2022.

As the improvements compared to its predecessor (at least at first glance) are limited, the Fold 3 remains an attractive alternative. It can now be found from around 1,200 francs.

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

Samsung advertises the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with particularly good noise canceling.

Samsung advertises the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with particularly good noise canceling. photo: samsung

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are the latest in-ear headphones from South Korea that have been released in black, white and purple to coincide with the new Galaxy Z smartphones.

With noise reduction (ANC) on, runtime should be five hours. Music playback can be extended up to 30 hours by multiple recharging with the transport case.

Samsung promises, among other things, studio-quality sound and particularly strong and intelligent noise suppression. Ambient mode should be activated automatically after recognizing the user’s voice. The headphones then let in background noise so you can have a conversation with another person without having to remove the headphones or manually turn noise canceling off.

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are compatible with all smartphones running Android 8 or later, PCs running Windows 10 or later, and Smart TVs manufactured in 2018 or later. 249 francs.

Galaxy watch 5 | Watch 5 Pro

The Galaxy Watch 5 has a suggested retail price of 299 francs.

The Galaxy Watch 5 has a suggested retail price of 299 francs.photo: samsung

With the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro, Samsung is launching its latest smartwatches. The main difference is that the Pro model has a titanium body (instead of aluminum) and offers a more powerful battery that provides up to 80 hours of use. The cheaper model allows for up to 50 hours of operation.

The regular Galaxy Watch 5 is available in sizes 40mm and 44mm with 1.19-inch and 1.36-inch Amoled displays. The Pro model is only available with a larger display and 45mm housing. Both models are protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The slightly thicker and heavier Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is available in Black Titanium and Titanium Gray from 469 CHF (RRP).

The slightly thicker and heavier Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is available in Black Titanium and Titanium Gray from 469 CHF (RRP).

As in the previous year, Google Wear OS is used as the operating system, but with Samsung’s One UI Watch 4.0 as the customized user interface. Both models are compatible with smartphones running Android 6 or later. Using the watch, users can monitor blood pressure, detect irregular heartbeats, measure blood oxygen and, as in the previous model, determine the percentage of muscle, fat and water in the body. The new sensor will also measure body temperature. Various fitness and sleep monitoring features are also available.

this Galaxy watch 5 is from CHF 299 for the Bluetooth version and from CHF 349 for the LTE version. this Galaxy Watch 5 Pro available in black-titanium and gray-titanium with a 45 mm display from 469 francs for the Bluetooth version and from 519 CHF for the LTE version.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 was mostly convincing in the Watson test

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