Samsung recently unveiled its latest foldables during its Galaxy Unpacked launch event on the 10th of August. At the event, we saw the brand new Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5 series, Buds 2 Pro, and many more.
The spotlight, naturally was intended for new phones, but do they worth the money? I believe that the answer is easy to see when you cannot be able to tell the two generations from one another. It’s that Samsung has been trying to get in the Apple iPhone and MacBook territory, and with ridiculous “upgrades” every single year.
Let’s discuss specifics.
On paper On paper, on paper, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 are perhaps the most disappointing updates of this year. Incremental updates are one thing however, Samsung hasn’t been generous with them.
Its Z Flip 4, for example, is only equipped with the latest Qualcomm chip that isn’t leaps and leaps and generation. The camera configuration is identical, but with a an upgraded sensor. The only noticeable “upgrade” here is the battery which is 500 mAh higher than the previous model, and has slightly more rapid charging.
It’s the same for The Z Fold 4, but it does not even come with an upgrade to the battery in comparison to the previous generation. It replaces the 12-megapixel main camera with a 50MP one and comes with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Generation 1 chip and that’s it for both phones.
Then compare them to Xiaomi’s latest Mix Fold 2 and Moto Razr 2022 Both of them are a step above their previous models in terms of performance and design. They are both incredibly sleek and stylish. Moto Razr 2022 is now an all-fledged flagship foldable, and the Mix Fold 2 is currently the lightest and thinst folding phone available. Additionally that both are less expensive than their Samsung competitors.
However, since the latest Z Folds only have a small hardware update surely Samsung has improved the design? Not quite.
As we mentioned The newly released Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold aren’t much different than the previous models. When you compare them side-by-side it’s hard to tell that they’re distinct phones. Only when you examine them at the screen can you tell the screen is about a millimeter bigger than before.
At the very least, you would think that the creases on your display would appear less obvious as they were previously but that’s not actually the case. Oppo has been able to render the display’s crease disappear on the first ever foldable phone, it’s called the Find N, so there are no excuses for Samsung that has just launched their Fourth Galaxy Fold this year. Creases are among the most disdainful features of a phone that folds, and it’s disappointing to see no improvement in this area.
Samsung has also stated that the camera under the screen in Z Fold 4 Z Fold 4 is less visible than it was before, however it’s still very noticeable if you try to find it. There’s nothing quite as impressive as ZTE’s Axon 40 Ultra, which conceals the camera’s hidden camera so well that it’s hard to see it.
It’s a good thing that the Korean manufacturer of phones has added more function on the Z Flip’s exterior screen, and the display is significantly wider than they were the previous models, but it doesn’t require any attention.
Its Z Flip 4’s operating system is identical from the last time which is why we’re going to skip straight over it. It’s the same with Z Fold, however, is now equipped with a very efficient taskbar located at the lower right of the screen, similar to Windows. It is possible to add any application you want to install to the taskbar and then quickly launch it whenever you’re playing with other applications. There’s also a multitasking button which can open multiple apps you like simultaneously.
Another important improvement is that more apps now support for split-screen usage on both Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4. Because of this, the new foldables are more complete than they did previously. The credit here, however, mostly is given to app developers, rather than Samsung itself.
Do these improvements require an upgrade from the previous generation? Absolutely not. If you own an old-fashioned smartphone that folds We recommend staying with it until a better model is released.
If you don’t have an adjustable phone that folds and you are considering purchasing one, we suggest opting for the older model instead, as they are almost identical and are also less expensive.
It’s not the first time that we’ve seen this in the industry of smartphones. Smartphone makers can become lazy when there’s no competition on the market and they are confident that their devices are likely to be well-loved regardless of the minor modifications. Apple’s iPhones for instance are the best example of this. For instance, the iPhone 13 is barely any different than the iPhone 12, and the 12 is akin to an identical twin to iPhone 11. iPhone 11. These are still the most-sold phones of the year.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 are not bad phones in the least. They’re among the best-rounded and polished foldable phones on the market However, to call an upgrade similar to calling iPhones revolutionary.
Samsung’s entire foldable rivalry is either exclusive to China or is an unrelated firm, which means they won’t have much to worry about for the time being. In the meantime, at least till Apple releases its own version of folding phones. We won’t witness any major improvements in foldables , unless there’s an actual competition in the field. For now all we can do is sit and wait.