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Samsung has announced the latest generation of its foldable smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4.
The company unveiled the devices at a launch event on 10 August, heralding the devices as their best foldables yet.
Here’s a look at what’s new with the devices and how much they will cost when they arrive in South Africa…
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 features
The new Galaxy Z Flip features a few improvements from its predecessor: a bigger battery, a slimmer hinge, and a cover screen with improved functionality.
Samsung has also partnered with Meta to improve the optimization of apps like Facebook and Instagram for the foldable format.
In terms of its specs, the smartphone includes a 6.7-inch foldable FHD+ AMOLED main display with a 120Hz refresh rate. On the cover, it has a 1.9-inch Super AMOLED display where you can view notifications and camera previews.
It also features three camera lenses in total: one on the front of the device, and two lenses for the main camera.
The selfie camera is 10MP, while the main camera includes a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP ultrawide-angle lens.
For the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, the foldable had a 3300mAh battery. For the Flip 4, the phone comes with a slightly larger 3700mAh battery.
You can see a summary of the Z Flip 4’s specs below:
- Cover display: 1.9-inch Super AMOLED (512 x 260 pixels) display
- Main display: 6.7-inch FHD+ (2640 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Processor: 4nm octa-core processor
- Main camera: 12MP ultra-wide lens + 12MP wide-angle lens
- Selfie camera: 10MP
- Battery: 3700mAh dual battery
- RAM: 8GB
- On-board storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
According to Samsung, the device is aimed at users who want a fashionable and versatile smartphone.
It also allows for more creative photography thanks to its ability to take pictures in Flex Mode — where the lower half of the device props up the camera at the top of the device.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 features
The Fold 4 is aimed at productivity-minded users who also want a wider display for media viewing.
As opposed to the clamshell folding of the Flip 4, the Fold 4 has a vertical fold down the middle, mimicking the closing of a book.
Samsung says that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is its lightest and strongest Fold device yet.
This is thanks to a redesign of the hinge. Using a new rotational mechanism rather than gears, Samsung was able to make the hinge lighter and slimmer.
The smartphone also has smaller bezels and a wider screen.
Compatible with an S-Pen stylus, the smartphone unfolds to reveal a 7.6-inch AMOLED 2X display. This wider display brings the screen size closer to that of a small tablet.
Meanwhile, the main camera on the device has also undergone a change. The fourth-generation now features a 12MP ultrawide-angle lens, a 50MP wide-angle lens and a 10MP telephoto lens for its main camera.
You can see a summary of the Z Fold 4’s specs below:
- Cover display: 6.2-inch HD+ display
- Main display: 7.6-inch QXGA+ (2176 x 1812 pixels) AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Processor: 4nm octa-core processor
- Rear camera: 12MP ultrawide-angle lens + 50MP wide-angle lens + 10MP telephoto lens.
- Under-display camera: 4MP
- Cover camera: 10MP
- Battery: 4400mAh dual battery
- RAM: 12GB
- On-board storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB
Price and launch in South Africa
So how much will the devices cost when they launch on local shores?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 has a recommended price starting at R21,999.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at a recommended price of R37,999.
Pre-orders open on 10 August, with the devices arriving in-store on 1 September.
Feature image: Samsung