Just a week ago – during its ‘Unpacked’ event – Samsung unveiled the next iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold smartphone series, alongside other Samsung devices like the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
And as expected, the new iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes with new features and upgrades in major departments; an improved camera setup (50-megapixel primary rear sensor), an improved 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display, and it is now powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. The only similarity between the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and its predecessor – the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – is its design.
In this article, we will compare both devices’ spec for spec, and feature for feature, to understand the basic differences between the two foldable phones on paper.
|Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3|
|Display (main screen)||7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X with LTPO (1-120Hz refresh rate)||7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X with LTPO (1-120Hz refresh rate)|
|Display (cover screen)||6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X with LTPO (1-120Hz refresh rate)||6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X with LTPO (1-120Hz refresh rate)|
|Dimensions (unfolded)||130.1 x 155.1 x 6.3mm||158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4mm|
|Cameras||50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto, 4MP front (inner), 10MP front (outer)||12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto, 10MP front (outer), 4MP front (inner)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1||Snapdragon 888 5G|
|Memory and storage||12GB RAM with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||12GB RAM with 256GB, 512GB|
|Software||One UI 4.1.1 over Android 12L||One UI 4.1 over Android 12|
|Colors||Phantom Black, Beige, Graygreen, Burgundy||Phantom Silver, Phantom Green, Phantom Black|
Design, Build Quality, and Display
There was no real change in the design and look of the new Galaxy Z Fold compared to its predecessor – Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, if we’re to go by what we saw during the launch, the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 will come with a wider outward-facing cover screen and will be a lot more durable.
For the display, The new Galaxy Z Fold comes with a slightly smaller display size when compared to its predecessor, however, its display resolution has been upgraded significantly: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display for its main screen – with a QXGA+ (2,176×1,812 pixels) resolution, 21.6:18 aspect ratio, and up to 120Hz refresh rate. The cover display, however, has a 6.2-inch HD+ (904×2,316 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, with up to 120Hz refresh rate and 23.1:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood of this device, what you get is an improved processor – the premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, backed by 12GB of RAM as standard. In comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 featured a Snapdragon 888 SoC backed by 12GB of RAM.
While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes with a triple camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel primary sensor with OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens, the new Galaxy comes with significantly upgraded camera sensors; a 50-megapixel primary sensor with OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3X optical zoom and up to 30X zoom digital zoom.
Finally, the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 maintains the same price as its predecessor. It is available for pre-order on Samsung’s official website for $1,799.99 and will start shipping from the 26th of August.