The high price highlights the disadvantages and there are some advantages.. Is the Samsung “Fold Z4” worth buying?

The high price highlights the disadvantages and there are some advantages.. Is the Samsung “Fold Z4” worth buying?

The Korean company Samsung announced its most expensive foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, with some minor updates from the previous generation.

But has Samsung won the bet on foldable devices that it started 3 years ago?

To answer this question, we use a report published by TheVerge by Alison Johnson, in which she spoke at length about her experience with foldable phones.

The writer admits that she is not a fan of tablets. Like a large percentage of users, they feel that these devices have no clear place in the rankings, they are too weak to do what a computer does, and too big for normal phone operations.

But with this belief, Johnson found that there is an aspect of Samsung’s vision that could be encouraging for the development of foldable phones that you haven’t seen before, and I found it recently when I used a small “Galaxy ZFold 4” phone, which is not having to get up from the sofa to get a computer Portable to do some work that you can’t do on a mobile phone.

Is there a difference between it and “ZFold 3”?

The update differs from the previous version of the Galaxy Fold Z3 phone is in the use of the latest flagship Qualcomm processor, with better cameras and mainly focusing on the development of foldable screen technology, attention has been paid to reducing the size of the hinge to become better than the previous version.

The writer considers that the best thing I noticed in the ZFold 4 – after a week of using the phone – is the external screen of the device, it is only a few millimeters wider, but it is more beautiful in use than the screen in the previous version, which looked more like a remote control. It’s the device’s external screen that you look at and text on hundreds of times a day, so those few millimeters make a difference.

Let’s start with the screens. The hinges and bezels are slightly smaller than those on the Fold 3 giving the 6.2-inch cover screen a bit more room. It has a resolution of 2316 x 904 and an aspect ratio of 23.1:9, which is slightly wider than the 2268 x 832 “Fold 3” screen with a ratio of 24.5:9.

The writer says she felt a little tight at first from the large size, but after about a day she got used to it. And you see, the keyboard still requires a little more focus.

The main screen is still 7.6 inches like last year’s, now with a resolution of 2176 x 1812 and an aspect ratio of 21.6:18.

It is technically smaller than the Fold 3 but you can barely notice the difference as it is 8 grams lighter and 0.2 mm thinner.

The writer says that when you open the Fold in tablet mode, there is still a prominent crease on the inner screen, depending on the viewing angle and what’s on the screen, although it’s often not very noticeable.

The camera at the bottom of the screen on the main screen is hidden a little better than previous models, and Samsung has rearranged the layer of pixels on top of it to try to hide it better.

The company tweaked some features of the big screen software on the Fold 4, starting with moving the taskbar from the side of the screen to the bottom, so that it runs automatically as well, a change from the behavior of the sidebar in the Fold 3.

This is the essence of the new phone. Lots of things a little nicer, but nothing fundamentally better.

The phone is available in dim black, greenish gray and beige (communication sites)

Galaxy Fold Z4 features

The Fold 4 also provides more ways to enter split screen mode to start doing what this phone was built for, multitasking.

With an app open on the home screen, you can still start split screen by dragging and dropping another app onto the screen. This time, you can also start split-screen display by swiping with two fingers from the bottom or sides of the screen.

This is off by default, so you have to enable it in settings, and it works fine enough, but the writer didn’t find it as useful as the old drag and drop method.

You can also make apps always display a multi-screen options button. This is a small knob at the top of an app window that usually appears once you’re in split screen view. And with the handle always visible, you can just tap it to split the screen or open the current app in a popup.

It didn’t take long to realize the importance of the multi-screen interface for the writer, as her whole understanding of the idea of ​​foldable phones changed. She had a list in her mind of tasks she’d rather complete on her laptop than on her phone, like things that required moving to an email or a browser window or switching between apps frequently.

While using the fold 4, that list became much shorter. She was able to put together a grocery order, compare baby gates she would like to buy, and even posted a blog about Fold4 while using it.

The author gave an example of an expense report, where this is usually included in a list of “to do on a laptop” list because it requires going back to her Starbucks order history and credit card statement.

Using the “Fold Z4” I kept the three applications open on the screen at the same time, and it was a somewhat enjoyable experience, according to the writer.

(Samsung)

Disadvantages of the new phone

The writer considers that there is one minor problem with the “Galaxy Z Fold 4”, which is the price, which she considers great, as the cost of the device is $ 1799, which is almost the same price as the “Fold 3” when it was launched.

Commenting on the high price, she said, “We don’t know how long this design will last 4 or 5 years from now. Spending that much money on a phone isn’t a good option for most people even if we leave out concerns about its screen’s long-term durability.”

And there is the Android platform for tablet apps, where the writer had problems using the phone in multi-screen mode, where the phone apps still spanned a larger panel instead of the tablet apps. This leaves a lot of empty space unused “and I found myself opening more apps just to use the empty space for something”.

The Fold Z4 is IPX8 rated which means you can submerge it in fresh water, but it’s not dust resistant which is also a concern. Particles entering the screen via the hinge can create a mess.

The hinge now includes sweeping brushes to try to keep dust out, but it’s hard to say how effective they will be over 3 or 4 years of daily use.

On the surface level, there’s a pre-applied, non-user-replaceable screen protector, and Samsung says it’s using a stronger adhesive this year to keep it in place.

The writer does not see that the Fold 4 is still thick and cumbersome when folded, and although it can be used as an everyday phone, it is heavy and chunky enough that the writer does not prefer it as a daily phone, and says, “I could not discover a comfortable way to watch video hands-free, Which seems to be something you should be able to do.”

The phone supports the S-Pen stylus and you can use the S-Pen Fold Edition or S-Pen Pro (Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Fold Z4 specifications

Let’s get to know the full specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Fold Z4.

As for the dimensions of the phone, if it is not folded, the dimensions of the phone become 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3 mm, and in the case of folded, the dimensions of the phone become 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8 mm.

As for the weight, it comes by 263 grams. The phone also supports the nano-chip (Nano Sim) and the “e-Sim” chip. It supports communication networks of generations: the second 2G, the third 3G, the fourth 4G, and the fifth 5G.

The phone also fully supports the S Pen, where you can use the S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro on the phone.

It should be noted that other models of “S-Pen” styluses can cause damage to the screen, and we advise against using them with the “Galaxy Folder Z4” phone.

The phone is water-resistant according to IPX8 standards up to 1.5 meters under water for 30 minutes. The durability and quality of the materials used to manufacture the phone come from glass protected by “Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Plus” on the back of the phone with a scratch-resistant aluminum frame.

The screen comes in full, the front camera at the bottom of the screen is a “Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X” type with an area of ​​7.6 inches, with a resolution of 1812 x 2176 pixels, at a pixel density of 373 pixels each, and it also supports the highest refresh rate “120HZ” (120Hz) to provide Better performance, especially during gaming. The screen also supports the “HDR” feature (10 + HDR10 +) with a maximum brightness of 1200 nits, as for the second screen (cover screen) it comes from OLED Dynamics 2X type with an area of ​​6.2 inches with a resolution of 904 x 2316 pixels, supports a rate of The update “120HZ” (120Hz) with a layer of protection of the type Gorilla Facts Plus, and you can divide the screen into more than one application with a maximum of 3 applications to make the best use of the screen size.

It also comes with a solid memory capacity of 256 GB with random memory capacity of 12 GB, and the solid memory comes from the type “UFS 3.1” (UFS 3.1) and the random memory comes from the type “LPDDR4X” (LPDDR4X) and does not support The phone has the ability to increase storage space through external memory sticks.

As for performance, the phone comes with a Qualcomm processor of the type “Snapdragon 8 + Gen 1” with “4 nano” technology. As for the graphics processor, it comes from the Adreno 730 type. The processor offers excellent performance in games, and it is highly oriented to obtain the best possible performance.

The front camera comes with a 4-megapixel camera with a lens slot of 1.8, and it comes at the bottom of the screen, and when folded you will find the front camera of 10 megapixels with a lens slot of 2.2.

The rear camera is slightly protruding from the back of the phone, and it comes with a triple camera, where the first comes with a resolution of 50 megapixels with aperture of 1.8 lens, which is the primary camera and supports the optical stabilizer (OIS) for the best possible stabilization during photography. As for the camera, it comes with a 10-megapixel resolution with a f/2.4 lens slot, which is for 3X real zoom and 30X digital, and it supports optical stabilizer. As for the third camera, it comes with a 12-megapixel camera with a lens slot of 2.2, which is for wide photography, in addition to a single LED flash.

The cameras support 4K video shooting with a resolution of 2160 pixels at a capture rate of 30 and 60 frames per second. The phone also supports shooting slow motion videos in FHD quality with a resolution of 1080 pixels at a capture rate of 240 frames per second.

The phone supports an additional microphone for noise isolation that supports “Wi-Fi”.

The phone supports the fingerprint sensor, and it comes integrated with the power button, and also supports the face recognition feature (Face Unlock) to unlock the phone.

The phone also supports most other sensors such as accelerometer, proximity, compass, barometric pressure and special gyroscope, to operate virtual reality glasses.

And the external speakers come with stereo sound to provide a distinctive audio experience. And the USB port comes from the newer Type C.

The battery comes with a capacity of 4400 mAh, and it also supports 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. The phone comes with the Android 12 operating system with the latest Samsung One UI 4.1 interface.

The phone is available in dim black, grey, green and beige.

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