Getting started with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: goal 0 flop

Getting started with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: goal 0 flop

What is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 worth? While waiting for a complete and noted feedback, here is our grip to share some hot feelings about this foldable clamshell phone.

The folded Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Even though some people continue to wonder if this format is really relevant, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 persists in the way of clamshell folding smartphones. It must be said that the manufacturer is preparing to record significant sales after a nice commercial success for the previous model. After all, some people want a device that’s easy to fit in a pocket or bag or are simply seduced by the size that really stands out.

For these people, Frandroid got to grip the Galaxy Z Flip 4 so they could get a feel for what this phone has in store.

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Also, don’t hesitate to take a look at our first feedback on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

The age of refinement

The Flip range wants to offer a very different experience from Fold. We are not talking about productivity or the possibility of using a tablet. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 will therefore pay particular attention to its look. For this, Samsung is betting on a refresh in tune with the times. The flatter edges a bit “iPhonesque” indeed send back a more modern image like the matte coating which stands out from the glossy finish of last year. It’s very successful and pleasant in the hand – even if fingerprints continue to mark a little.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 matte
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 benefits from a matte finish // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Overall, the grip is really neat. Especially since, as on the Fold 4, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 sees its hinge slightly modified to lose its size and become more upright, which fits well into this modernist momentum.

The hinge in question is thus much more discreet when you unfold the phone to use it. The metal lines that frame it are thus much finer than in the past. We appreciate this development, even if it remains quite minor.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs. Flip 3
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 on the left and its predecessor on the right // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

For the rest, little change compared to the Z Flip 3. On the upper half of the back, for example, we find the black frame occupying the entire width and covering the two photo modules and the small external screen. No madness then, unless you turn to a Bespoke Edition model thanks to which you can customize the colors of each half and the hinge. The choice is not lacking: there are 75 possible combinations.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hinge vs Flip 3
Comparison of the hinges of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Flip 3 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

On the front, the foldable screen keeps its punch centered on the front and does not really see any improvement on the side of its fold which is always felt under the finger, without particularly interfering. The panel also offers a diagonal of 6.7 inches in Full HD + (2640 x 1080 pixels) with an adaptive refresh rate ranging from 1 to 120 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 folding
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 being folded // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

External screen and social networks

Let’s take a moment to look at the outer screen. 1.9 inches of 260 x 512 pixels, still in Oled. This now offers more possibilities. This gives you access to more widgets. For example, you can set up three contacts to call quickly without unfolding the phone. If you have headphones connected, they will communicate, otherwise your chat will be on speakerphone until you unfold the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 external contact screen
The external screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Also from the external screen, you can also easily reply to a message with an emoji, a short automatic reply or by dictating text. More quick settings are also accessible as well. We thus think of the control of the flash, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or even the fingerprint reader and facial recognition. The latter two can be handy for contactless payment with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 folded in on itself.

Another software innovation: social networks such as Instagram for the Reels, TikTok or YouTube for the Shorts, integrate the Flex Mode. Thus, you can shoot a video directly from one of these apps by placing the Galaxy Z Flip 4 somewhere in a seated position.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Flex Mode
The Flex Mode of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

The interface will fit and frame you just right so you can publish your content with the right aspect ratio in vertical format. More good news: more video calling apps work with Flex Mode. On WhatsApp, for example, the interface adapts as it should.

Finally a good autonomy?

Battery life is one of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s major arguments. has integrated a larger 3700 mAh battery. This is an increased capacity of 400 mAh compared to the previous generation. Alas, during my handling, I obviously did not have time to analyze whether this promised increased endurance was indeed there. But this is where serious improvements are expected. On the charger side, there is better without being madness: we switch to a support with a power of 15 W maximum to 25 W.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 posed
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 folded and laid flat // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

On the other hand, in the photo, we can only hope for better performance in low light thanks to work on the photodiodes. Otherwise, no major evolution on the two rear cameras (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle) and still no telephoto lens.

A future success?

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 had been quite successful for the folding smartphone segment. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 should follow in his footsteps if he succeeds in convincing his world with his slight makeover and, above all, with his promises in terms of autonomy. If this new model proves that it can withstand a whole day without gritting its teeth too much, Samsung could be rubbing its hands. There’s the potential for this flip to be a far cry from a flop.

Especially since we can already bet on a significant highlighting of the smartphone in advertisements for its fashion side. Beware, however, of the increase in prices compared to last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be released on August 26, 2022. In the meantime, it is available for pre-order (and you will benefit from a trade-in offer of 150 euros).

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 hinge logo
The hinge of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 with the manufacturer’s logo // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Three configurations are in the spotlight:

  • 1109 euros for the 128 GB version;
  • 1169 euros for the 256 GB one;
  • 1289 euros for the 512 GB version.

For comparison, the previous model cost 50 euros less for an equivalent configuration.

NB. This handling took place as part of a press trip organized by Samsung in London.