Samsung has launched the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable smartphone this week, and it will be available in the market by the end of this month. Samsung says its new premium Galaxy Z Fold 4 gets design refinements, upgraded hardware and a few other changes. Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the flagship product for Samsung and it has a lot riding on the product.
But here’s the thing, Samsung is competing with its own products, so it is fair to say that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 competes with its predecessor in some ways. So, it was obvious that we see look at the differences between both the versions and tell whether Samsung is making this new Fold worth the upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Price in India
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 price in India has not been confirmed by the company at the time of writing this piece. But globally, Samsung has priced the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at $1799 (Rs 1,42,320 approx) for the base model. Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in the Indian market for Rs 1,49,999 and going by the same prices globally, we expect Samsung to keep the Galaxy X Fold 4 prices closer to its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Design
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 gets lighter at 263 grams and a wider form factor but with a better overall balance. The in-hand feel seems to have gotten better and we’ll be able to tell you more about that after using the device for a longer time. IPX8 water resistance is also part of the feature list. It is fair to say that at first glance, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 looks more refined and polished.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 was slightly heavier at 271 grams but its width made it rather unwieldy. The cameras were placed vertically at the back, and the build quality was impressive for the form factor but there were some concerns with its product quality.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Display
The display size on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the same as its predecessor. The inner screen measures 6.7-inch, while the outer display was 6.2-inch with an AMOLED panel and support for a 120Hz refresh rate. However, Samsung claims the screen on the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a stronger ultra-thin glass which is claimed to make the display creaseless and 45 per cent stronger as well.
Samsung has improved the under-display camera this year, so much that you can barely notice its presence. Add to that, crease thinning down means Samsung is worked on the chinks with the previous version.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Fold 3 both support the S Pen but you have to buy it separately and it doesn’t have a slot to fit within the device. While the quality of the display is unchanged and minor tweaks should help the overall experience to be better.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Performance and UI
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 12GB RAM and offered in 256GB/512GB/1TB storage options. Last year’s Fold got the Snapdragon 888 processor but with 12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB storage versions.
Samsung is bringing its new Fold 4 with the Android 12L version over which you get the Samsung One UI interface. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was launched with Android 11 and got later updated to Android 12 over which it had the One UI 4.1 version.
Samsung is using the new Android 12L software which is said to be customised for foldable and tablets, so we are hoping the features will become slicker and cater to multi-tasking.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Cameras
Samsung has upgraded the camera setup on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It still has a triple rear camera setup but the primary sensor is now 50MP along with a 12MP ultra-wide sensor and a 10MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. The under-display camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 remains at 4MP and the outside camera is 10MP.
The Galaxy Fold 3 came with a triple rear camera module that includes a trio of 12MP cameras, a 4MP under-display camera and a 10MP sensor on the outside.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Battery
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 packs a 4400mAh battery, same like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 it also supports 25W charging speed but the wireless charging speed has gone up from 10W on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to 15W for the new Fold this year.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Verdict
Samsung has upgraded the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 in terms of its design, the hardware has been upgraded to the latest chipset, and the storage options have gone up as well. The cameras see a big improvement, thanks to the new sensors and the creaseless display will make viewing more seamless. However, the battery size remains the same and the charging speed for a premium device is still on the slower side. That said if Samsung prices the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 the same as its predecessor, its success in the market is sure to prolong.
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