Leaks for Samsung’s Z Fold 4 continue to pour in even though we’re only weeks away from the Unpacked event in August. We’ve seen everything from a full spec sheet leak to alleged “press shots”, giving us a clear idea of what Samsung’s foldable could look like when it’s officially revealed.
Going by all the leaks, the Z Fold 4 seems to offer slight improvements and tweaks to its successful predecessor, the Z Fold 3. Hopefully, Samsung can continue to carry the torch of the foldable market with its upcoming offering. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the Z Fold 4 so far.
WHAT ARE THE SPECS OF THE Z FOLD 4?
Back in May, we saw the full specs of the Z Fold 4 from two reputable leakers, Ice Universe and Yogesh Brar. The two tweets differed slightly for a few specs, but offered a good idea of what the foldable could do. According to leaks, the Z Fold 4 will have a 7.6-inch main display with a 6.2-inch outer display, both being AMOLED and 120Hz. The new foldable will be built with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, up to 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage.
The camera specs vary a bit between the two leaks, but the 50-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 10-megapixel external camera all line up. These camera specs and processor upgrades are a noticeable improvement over the Z Fold 3 and its 12-megapixel primary camera and the Snapdragon 888. On the other hand, better specs could mean an increase price potential.
WILL THE Z FOLD 4 HAVE BETTER BATTERY LIFE?
The two leaked spec sheets were also aligned with the Z Fold 4 which has a 4,400 mAh battery. That’s a bummer because it means it’ll be the same as the Z Fold 3, which didn’t offer great battery life to begin with. A security certification from a Korean certification database also shows that the Z Fold 4 will have a 4,400mAh battery.
It looks like less than stellar battery life will remain a sticking point for Samsung’s foldables. A larger battery could mean a bulkier smartphone, which could explain why Samsung opted to stick with the same battery capacity and slim design. However, poor battery life will do Samsung a disservice as it tries to steer people away from traditional smartphones.
WHAT WILL THE Z FOLD 4 LOOK LIKE?
91Mobiles‘ Evan Blass recently leaked alleged “press shots” of the Z Fold 4, showing that they will be available in black, tan and grey/green. Before that, ice universe tweeted that Samsung changed the design of the Z Fold 4, posting a comparison photo that highlights a slimmer hinge.
Looking at the press photos, it doesn’t look like Samsung went for a major overhaul to its Z Fold design. However, the potentially thinner hinge could be a sign that Samsung is listening to complaints about the Z Fold 3’s noticeable crease.
WHEN WILL THE Z FOLD 4 RELEASE?
Samsung has set August 10 as the date for its next Unpacked event. We expect Samsung to unveil its Z Fold 4, along with its other foldables and accessories, like the Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Watch 5. Jon Prosser added more details to the dates, noting that both foldables will be announced on August 10, but will be available on August 26.
HOW MUCH WILL THE Z FOLD 4 COST?
Weeks away from the announcement date, a retailer accidentally released Z Fold 4 pricing information a bit too early, as noticed GSM Arena. According to the screenshot, the 256GB version of the Z Fold 4 will cost around €1,864, or about $1,888, while the 512GB version will cost €1,982, or about $2,007. The uneven price could be due to taxes or conversion rates, but if those are in the correct approximate amount, that means we could see an increase of around $100 over the Z Fold 3’s retail price.
We really wanted to see a price drop here, especially since Samsung dropped the retail price by $200 for the Z Fold 3. Even with the Z Flip 4, Samsung needs to price its foldables sufficiently reasonable to get people to switch from traditional smartphones.
Considering the battery will likely be the same for the Z Fold 4, we expected the same price as the Z Fold 3. At least Samsung can include better cameras and an improved processor. If the price increase is accurate, that’s a bit of a shame as Samsung could lead the way in terms of reasonably priced foldables.