Samsung tripled sales of folding models in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year. Dual screen phones from tech giants launched in 2019. Although they have gradually gained popularity, they are far from being a mass device. But the South Korean brand doesn’t stop trying and this Wednesday at the long-awaited Galaxy Unpacked event it presented two new folding terminals: the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
These are two phones designed for different users. The Z Flip, Samsung’s best-selling foldable, emulates the old phones, which were characterized by their typical shape. shell and it stands out because it folds up to fit in just about any pocket. The Z Fold, on the other hand, has a book-like format and protrudes through a gigantic screen when opened. EL PAÍS was able to have initial contact with both cell phones on a trip to London, to which it was invited by Samsung.
The design of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is fairly similar to that of its predecessor, although Samsung claims it’s built with thinner hinges and bezels than the previous generation. “Flip users love their devices because they can interact with their digital worlds without showing them,” they say of the company. The phone has an external screen of 1.9 inches. Although this panel is too small to perform multiple actions, it’s useful for checking notifications.
Additionally, Samsung claims to have added new features “to allow users to focus more on the moment and less on their phones.” One of the main limitations of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was that you couldn’t reply to messages when it was folded. Now the user can reply from the external screen with audio, emojis or some pre-selected replies like “I’m late but I’ll be there soon”, “How are you?”. or where are you?”. Samsung also claims to have added some widgets to make calls and control other smart devices.
The terminal is easy to open and close. Although it can be done with one hand with some effort, it is more convenient to use both. When unfolded, it has a 6.7-inch screen and can be used as a smart phone conventional. In the center of the panel, right where the phone is folded, a small indentation is still visible when you run your finger over it.
In terms of photography, in addition to a 10-megapixel front camera, the phone has two rear sensors – a main and a wide-angle sensor – each with 12 megapixels. The tech giant claims to have upgraded the Z Flip 4’s cameras “for brighter photos and stable videos, even at night.” The user can take selfies with the dual rear camera and preview without unfolding the device. This feature now includes portrait mode.
Folding the mobile in half allows it to be held in an “L” shape. In this position, the so-called flex mode is activated and the layout of some applications – such as YouTube, Facebook Messenger and Google Meet – changes automatically. This mode is particularly useful for using the camera hands-free, making video calls, and taking photos without using a tripod.
The terminal includes the Qualcomm processor for the high-end Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. In addition, it has 8 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of storage. While the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s battery was 3,300 mAh, the Z Flip 4’s increases to 3,700 mAh. That increase, according to the South Korean brand, “allows users an additional three hours of video transmission.”
Galaxy ZFold 4
After the eventful launch of the first Galaxy Z Fold, in recent years Samsung has improved the design of this 263 gram terminal. Although the latest Galazy Z Fold is quite similar to its predecessor, it features a slightly different aspect ratio. The 6.2-inch outer panel is now slightly wider. “Something that gives the user a standard smartphone experience on the outside and a tablet-like experience on the inside,” the company notes. In theory, “the new proportions make it easier for users to interact with just one hand when using this screen”.
With the large main screen of this terminal, 7.6 inches and slightly wider than its predecessor, Samsung’s goal is to improve multitasking and allow the user to use multiple applications at the same time. The company describes it as “Holding a smart phone and a tablet at the same time.” The mobile phone is compatible with the S Pen stylus, which traditionally accompanied the Note range and is used to write, take notes or draw by hand, just like in a notebook.
Samsung wants the terminal to look more and more like a PC. The main screen has a new taskbar that resembles that of a computer and allows the user to access theirs applications Favorites and Recent. Some popular social networking applications like Facebook have been optimized for use on the home screen.
Samsung’s biggest fold includes some novelties in the photographic field. It has five cameras: one hidden under the 4-megapixel main screen, another on the 10-megapixel outer screen, and a triple rear camera consisting of a 12-megapixel main sensor, a 50-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 10-megapixel -Sensor consists telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. With the wide angle, Samsung promises four times the resolution of the Z Fold 3 and 23% brighter images in dark environments.
Like the Z Flip 4, the new Z Fold also features the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. It also packs 12GB of RAM and three storage options – 256GB, 512GB or 1TB. The battery retains the Z Fold 3’s 4,400mAh. Both phones feature fast charging, which the company says can fill the battery up to 50% in half an hour. The terminals are bookable in some European countries from August 10th and available from August 26th.
New “smartwatches” and headphones
In addition to foldable phones, Samsung also introduced two new smartwatches: the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. With a larger surface area and more direct contact with the wrist, these devices are said to measure health indicators more accurately than their predecessors. However, it must be remembered that they are not medical devices: the information they offer is purely indicative and should not be used for medical purposes.
The Galaxy Watch 5’s key innovations include an improved sleep monitoring interface, a sapphire glass screen that’s 60% more resistant to scratches, and a battery that’s 13% larger than that of the Galaxy Watch 4. The charge is also 30% faster than its predecessor and theoretically offers eight hours of additional battery life after eight minutes on the charger. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is designed for outdoor activities. In addition to greater durability, the South Korean brand ensures that it is suitable for monitoring activities such as hiking or cycling.
The main novelty of the new Samsung headphones, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, is that they have 24-bit audio support. “They allow you to hear an artist’s faintest sigh, or that particular note you’ve never heard in your favorite song,” they say from Samsung. In addition, the company has redesigned these noise-cancelling headphones to make them more comfortable to wear. They are now 15% smaller and fit better in the ear to prevent twisting during sports, for example.