But, how does this year’s Flip compare to its predecessor, 2021’s Galaxy Z Flip 3. Read on to find out what is new and what has changed between the Z Flip 3 and the Z Flip 4 based on the specs, as well as our experiences with each phone.
Design and display
The Z Flip 4 features the same pocket-sized foldable design as the Z Flip 3, but with a slimmer hinge, straighter edges and thinner bezels around the inner display.
This makes the phone slightly smaller than its predecessor, measuring 84.9 x 71.9 x 17.1mm when folded and 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9mm unfolded compared to the Flip 3’s 86.4 x 72.2 x 17.1mm folded size and 166.0 x 72.2 x 6.9mm unfolded size. However, it’s also a couple of grams heavier at 187g than the Flip 3’s 183g.
Both phones are water resistant up to IPX8 (something we saw as a major improvement on the Flip 3), while the Flip 4 comes in four colours: Graphite, Pink Gold, Blue and Bora Purple. The Flip 3, on the other hand, is available in a total of seven colours: Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender, Grey, White and Pink (though both phones are available in customisable Bespoke Editions).
Moving on to their screens, both phones feature a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X foldable display with a resolution of 2640 x 1090 and an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz, as well as a 1.9-inch Super AMOLED cover screen with a resolution of 260 x 512.
However, the cover screen on the newer phone has more customisation options, including new clock designs and backgrounds, such as images, GIFs and videos. You can also use the smaller screen to view notifications as you could on the Flip 3, as well as make calls, respond to texts, unlock your car, make contactless payments and control your SmartThings devices – all without opening up your phone.
Both generations of the Z Flip phone feature dual 12-megapixel cameras and a 10-megapixel selfie camera.
The Z Flip 4 also benefits from a 65% brighter sensor, as well as FlexCam. This allows you to take hands-free photos at a variety of different angles and is optimised for third-party apps, like Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook.
There’s also Quick Shot, which allows you to snap high-quality selfies using the main camera and see a preview on the Flip’s cover screen.
Specs and features
Samsung has of course updated the chipset powering the phone taking the Snapdragon 888 with 8GB in the Z Flip 3 and replacing it with the newer Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor with 8GB RAM. The maximum storage configuration has also been increased from 256GB to 512GB in the Z Flip 4.
Both phones support 5G and both run Samsung’s One UI based on Android 12.
Another major update coming with the Z Flip 4 is a larger battery. Where the Z Flip 3 packed a 3300mAh battery, its successor takes advantage of a 3700mAh one. The endurance wasn’t great on the Z Flip 3, so we’re interested to see whether it improves with this iteration.
Both phones support Fast Charging, Fast Wireless Charging and Wireless PowerShare, but the Z Flip 4 is capable of hitting 50% battery after just 30 minutes plugged in with the help of Super Fast Charging.
All-in-all, the Z Flip 4 seems to offer a subtle but positive update on the Z Flip3. Some notable differences include its slimmer hinge, larger battery, brighter camera sensor and increased customisation options, all of which you can read more about in our first impressions of the phone.