Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 review: specs, cameras, price

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 turns heads. It’s an Android smartphone that literally folds in half, like a book, making it one of the most unique phones on the market. And while you might not notice many major design changes in this year’s iteration, the Fold4 is certainly one of the best foldable phones to date.

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

The recently released Samsung Z Galaxy Fold4 is available in three colors: Grey/Green, Phantom Black and Tan. All three have gorgeous shiny metal edges and a matte glass back, giving a premium look while offering a durable form factor. It even has IPX8 water resistance, which means it can survive immersion in up to 1.5m of fresh water for 30 minutes. I opted for the beige color. Other than the phone, all that was in the box was a USB-C to USB-C charging cable and some documentation.

Favorite Enhanced Features

First of all, this phone has two screens. A 6.2-inch front screen, which on this iteration has been slightly enlarged and has seriously improved usability. And there’s the large 7.6-inch main screen that folds out, providing a tablet-style user experience. Being able to switch between screens for different use cases is what makes this phone so useful.

It also means that multitasking on this phone is awesome. When I’m holding the phone like a book, I like to use apps in a split view, which means my web browser can be open on one side of the screen, my notes open on the other, even when sending an SMS. When the phone is half-closed, you can also place it at a 90 degree angle on a table, so that it stands upright, to sit down and take a video call.

Something I like about this phone is that it also offers S Pen compatibility (although you have to buy an S Pen separately). So if you’ve been a fan of Samsung Galaxy Note phones in the past, you can expect the same functionality (or that of a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra) but with the added ability to convert your workspace into a factor of tablet form.

Samsung Galaxy ZFold 4 Cameras

The cameras are seriously improved on the Fold4. The previous generation sported 12MP rear cameras. Now the phone is on par with the camera quality of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22, offering 12MP ultra-wide, 50MP wide-angle and 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom.

These new rear cameras immediately produce high-quality shots with excellent saturation, better depth of field and better sharpness. The video quality is also extremely impressive.

Conversely, the selfie cameras could still use some tweaking. The 10 MP front cover camera (as seen on the phone when closed) does a good job with selfies, however, the 4 MP under-display camera leaves a lot to be desired.

But I should note that it’s literally under placed the internal flexible screen display, which is no doubt a bonus. Ultimately, it’s my least used camera lens on this phone anyway, but if needed, it gets the job done.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Fold4 worth it?

Thanks to the Fold4’s more efficient chip, battery life has improved. It easily lasts a full day of heavy use and sometimes longer. And of course the phone is a bit thick, it’s a bit like having two phones in your pocket stacked on top of each other. However, you’d be surprised that it doesn’t feel much heavier than a typical smartphone. In fact, it only weighs about 30g more than a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Fold4 Pricing

My only real downside with this phone is that it is very expensive, starting at $2499. However, I know a lot of people opt for the Fold4 because it eliminates the need to carry around a tablet or laptop in addition to their cell phone. And if you’re someone who likes to use a tablet, stylus, or small screen with multitasking capabilities, then this all-in-one phone might be perfect for you.

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