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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Pre-orders, price and more

The Galaxy Z Fold was one of the first truly foldable smartphones released to consumers, but the exorbitant price and lack of durability issues kept it from becoming a mainstream hit. Samsung has since refined its ambitious handset, with last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 a reliable — but still expensive — hybrid device for people who want a phone that can also be their tablet.

The new Galaxy Z Fold 4 continues a steady pattern of refinement, this time focusing on an improved software experience that takes better advantage of the phone’s unique versatile screen. It’s still a luxury buy at $1,799, but for those willing to invest in a phone with a giant productivity and entertainment screen, the Z Fold 4 still looks like the best take on the formula. Here’s what we think after a while.

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The $1,799 Galaxy Z Fold 4 is available for pre-order now at samsung.com and major retailers and will begin shipping on August 26. You are now and August. Pre-order through Samsung between 25, you get double the storage at no extra cost, a standing cover with pen case, $100 Samsung credit and up to $900 off with eligible trade-in.

If you use our exclusive link, you’ll get $200 in Samsung Credit and up to $300 in credit if you bundle the Z Fold 4 with a pair of Buds 2 Pro or a Galaxy Watch 5 or Watch 5 Pro.

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For the uninitiated, the Galaxy Z Fold is a hybrid device that functions as a slim 6.2-inch smartphone when folded and turns into a 7.6-inch tablet when you open it up. It’s noticeably heavier than a typical phone, but not uncomfortably so. It looks very slick, offering three eye-catching colors: greygreen (which is close to blue), beige and phantom black.

That formula hasn’t changed much for 2022, aside from some durability improvements to the display and hinge and an IPX8 rating that should allow it to survive an accidental drop in the pool. But you get a big upgrade to the Z Fold 4 once you open it up and start playing with the software.

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The Z Fold 4 is the first smartphone to come with Android 12L, a custom version of Google’s operating system designed specifically for foldable devices. The most notable change here is the taskbar at the bottom, which gives the phone a PC-like interface to quickly open and switch between apps. I found this new interface very intuitive and it didn’t take me long to split the giant screen between a website, a YouTube video and the Notes app. The taskbar keeps track of these application groups, making it easy to open multiple programs you use together at once.

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The Z Fold 4’s main display is slightly wider and brighter than last year’s model, and as a relative newcomer to this type of phone, I had a great time using it. The 120Hz refresh rate made scrolling and swiping feel pleasantly smooth, and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor inside allowed me to use three apps simultaneously without any slowdown. Taking notes with the S Pen is also intuitive, though you’ll need to buy a stylus separately — a big bummer for a device that already costs $1,800. I’m especially excited to test the Z Fold 4’s gaming capabilities; Titles like Genshin Impact can take advantage of the full 7.6-inch screen size, giving you a better mobile gaming experience than your average phone. The new foldable also features a less visible under-display camera on top, meaning it’s easier to get immersed in movies and games while using the big screen.

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On the camera front, the Z Fold 4 has an updated 50-megapixel wide lens with a brighter sensor and 30x spatial zoom – the same ultra-detailed zoom technology that really impressed us on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. While Capture View Mode isn’t a brand new feature, I really like that it activates when you fold the screen slightly. In this mode, you get an immediate preview of your shot on the left side of the screen while you make your shots on the right, making it easy to review your photos on the fly. Like the smaller Z Flip 4, you’ll once again be able to take advantage of Flex Mode, which optimizes apps when you fold the screen and use the bottom half of the display as a stand — whether you’re watching Netflix or shooting a TikTok video. Apps like Microsoft Office and Google Meet are optimized for the big screen, whether you want to share a YouTube clip while on a video call or get a nice wide view of an Excel sheet.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 4 makes some subtle, smart improvements to a great — but very niche and expensive — foldable phone. The software upgrades are very promising for serious multitaskers and the better camera will please those who are serious about their Instagram and TikTok portfolio.

There aren’t many compelling reasons to upgrade if you already own last year’s Z Fold 3, and the phone’s $1,799 starting price — which doesn’t include the S Pen — is double what you’d pay for a traditional Max — ultimately a flagship phone. The Z Fold 4 has some appeal to business users and people who just want a phone and tablet, but we think everyone’s better off with the more compact and affordable Z Flip 4. We have a clear idea of ​​how. Both new foldables will stack up when we put them through our full review process later this month.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 specifications

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Main show

6.7-inch 2640 x 1080 dynamic OLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate

7.6-inch 2176 x 1812 Dynamic AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate

Cover screen

1.9-inch 260 x 512 Super AMOLED display

6.2-inch 2316 x 904 Dynamic AMOLED display

processor

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

memory

8GB

12GB

Collection

128GB / 256GB / 512GB

256GB / 512GB / 1TB

Battery

3,700mAh

4,400mAh

Water resistance

IPX8

IPX8

Colors

Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, Blue (customizable bespoke version also available)

Greygreen, Phantom Black, Beige

Size and weight (unpacked)

6.4 x 2.8 x 0.27 inches, 6.5 ounces

6.1 x 5.1 x 0.62 inches, 9.2 ounces

price

$999

$1,799

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