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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 buyer's guide: Everything you need to know

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the latest ultra-premium foldable from Samsung and we've got all the details.
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September 5, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 open on table 2
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

When Samsung first launched the Galaxy Fold in 2019, it was like nothing we’d ever seen before. Three generations later, Samsung hasn’t significantly changed the overall formula but has certainly refined it a lot. Those years of refinement leave us with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 — the most advanced foldable from the company yet.

In our buyer’s guide, we’re going to tell you everything there is to know about the newest Galaxy Z Fold.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 at a glance

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 launched on August 10, 2022, during the summer session of its Galaxy Unpacked events. Pre-orders started that same day with a general sales date of August 26. Samsung also launched the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro at the same event.

All in all, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 isn’t that different from its predecessors. As always, in its folded state, it looks like a “normal” smartphone — albeit a very thick one. If you unfold it like a book, however, it exposes the huge foldable display underneath. Its outer display allows it to offer a traditional smartphone experience while its inner display offers a tablet-like experience when you need more space.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers subtle refinements rather than a dramatic overhaul.

With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the company has merely refined its existing – and successful – formula. The processor and cameras are all upgraded, including the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC. The design has been subtly tweaked to allow for slightly more screen space, improved durability, and an overall more elegant hold. Some new software tricks and some new colors also add to the experience.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 4 on August 10, 2022.

Although these small upgrades create a better phone, there’s no dramatic shift. In other words, a person who owns a Galaxy Z Fold 3 may not find too many reasons to upgrade.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799 for the model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There are also 512GB and 1TB models, both with the same 12GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Great performance • Impressive build quality • Large internal display
See review
$1,799.99 at Samsung
See review

Is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 worth buying?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in hand showing rear
Kris Carlon / Android Authority

Samsung has close to zero competition in the foldables space. The competition it does have — from Oppo, Xiaomi, Motorola, and a few others — can’t hold a candle to Samsung’s global reach. Simply put, if you live in North America and want a foldable phone, you have two choices: a “fold” style phone from Samsung or a “flip” style phone from Samsung.

With that in mind, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now the best-of-the-best in the foldables market from a global perspective. It is more powerful and capable than last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and has numerous perks over even the Galaxy Z Flip 4. If you want a foldable smartphone and you want it to be the best on the market, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is it.

If you want a foldable smartphone and you want it to be the best on the market, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is it.

In addition to having some of the best hardware available, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 also has the best software commitment of any foldable out there. Samsung will deliver four Android upgrades and five years of security patches to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, making it a sound long-term investment.

Of course, this phone is expensive. If you’re not willing to pony up a minimum of $1,799, a used or refurbished Galaxy Z Fold 3 might be a better option. You could also go for a Galaxy Z Flip 4, which starts at $999. But if you want a phone that works like a small tablet too, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now the top choice.


What experts say about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

samsung galaxy z fold 4 home screen closed
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Here at Android Authority, we loved the Galaxy Z Fold 4. In our review, we gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It also earned our coveted Editor’s Choice badge. We loved its performance, the updated cameras, the enhanced durability, and the terrific software enhancements offered by Android 12L.

Our full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

However, we didn’t much care for its modest battery life, the lack of an included S Pen, or its still-too-visible center crease. We also lamented its high price, although there’s not much competition yet to encourage Samsung to punch that down.

Elsewhere around the web, here’s what professional reviewers thought about the Galaxy Z Fold 4:

  • Allison Johnson at The VergeAllison gave the Galaxy Z Fold 4 a score of 7/10, which is a lower score than what we offered. While Allison enjoyed the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s camera, software, and performance, she criticized the price, its weight and design, and the fact that Android still doesn’t give enough support and unique features to tablet form factors.
  • Patrick Holland at CnetPatrick gave the phone a score of 8.2/10, which is similar to our own score. Like us, he loved the durability upgrades, new cameras, and software features. However, he lamented the high price, the lack of an S Pen slot or storage system, and the lack of Android app support for foldables and large displays.
  • Rado Minkov at PhoneArenaRado gave the device a 9/10, the same score we gave it. Interestingly, he had all the same criticisms and compliments we had, but thought the battery life was quite good, which we didn’t think measured up in our tests.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 multi window
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes with some expected 2022 upgrades. You can see the detailed hardware specs below.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Displays
Exterior:
- 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 2,316 x 904 resolution
- Gorilla Glass Victus Plus

Interior:
- 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 2,176 x 1,812 resolution
- Foldable display covering
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM
12GB
Storage
256, 512GB, or 1TB
UFS 3.1
No expandable storage
Power
4,400mAh dual-battery
25W wired charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
No charger in box
Cameras
Exterior rear:
- 50MP wide, 1.0μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
- 12MP ultra-wide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2
- 10MP telephoto, 1.0μm, OIS, 3x zoom, ƒ/2.4

Exterior front:
- 10MP ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm

Internal UDC:
- 4MP, 2.0μm, ƒ/1.8
Audio
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm headphone port
SIM
Dual nano-SIM tray
eSIM support
Biometrics
Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor
Software
Android 12
One UI 4.1
Dimensions and weight
Folded dimensions:
- 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8mm (measured at hinge)

Unfolded dimensions:
- 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3mm

Weight:
- 263g
Colors
Global: Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige

Samsung Exclusive: Burgundy

Is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera good?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 camera 1
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

In our review, we loved the cameras offered with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. This is a refreshing change, as we weren’t incredibly thrilled with the output of the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

As a refresher, here’s what you get as far as hardware:

  • Exterior rear:
    • 50MP wide, 1.0μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
    • 12MP ultrawide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2
    • 10MP telephoto, 1.0μm, OIS, 3x zoom, ƒ/2.4
  • Exterior front:
    • 10MP ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm
  • Internal UDC:
    • 4MP, 2.0μm, ƒ/1.8

These cameras are quite similar to those found in the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus. The notable exception is the ultrawide lens, which is a pretty decent upgrade over the one found in the Galaxy S22 phones.

Here are some photo examples from the Galaxy Z Fold 4. For a more in-depth analysis, be sure to read our full review.


How is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 battery life?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 front display in hand
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The battery capacity of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is 4,400mAh. This is the same capacity as 2021’s Galaxy Z Fold 3.

In our review of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, we found battery life to be so-so. In our revisit of the phone six months later, we found battery life to fall squarely into the “not so good” category.

Considering Samsung hasn’t increased the battery capacity this year, it should be unsurprising to hear that we think the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s battery is also so-so. Generally, if battery life is a huge concern for you, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 — or any foldable — probably shouldn’t be on your list.


As far as charging goes, there aren’t too many changes here, either. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 charges with a cable at the same 25W speed as its predecessor, though you’ll need a USB PD PPS charger for the top charging times. Wireless and reverse wireless charging speeds aren’t much different, either, and there is no charger in the box.


How is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s performance?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 appdrawer
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Inside the Galaxy Z Fold 4, you’ll find the mighty Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor — the most powerful Android chip on the market right now. Not only is it a few notches more powerful than the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but it also better manages heat for improved sustained performance, which was one of our biggest issues with the 8 Gen 1.

The state-of-the-art processor and wealth of RAM in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 should keep power users happy.

When you consider that SoC is paired with a whopping 12GB of RAM in the Galaxy Z Fold 4, power users should be very satisfied with the performance of this phone. Things should be smooth, fast, and reliable.

Speaking of smooth, both the interior and exterior displays support 120Hz refresh rates. That should also add to the overall premium performance experience of the Galaxy Z Fold 4.


Software and updates

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 open in hand showing app drawer
Kris Carlon / Android Authority

Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 ships with Android 12L with One UI 4.1 on top — Samsung’s latest proprietary skin. The biggest software addition is the bottom toolbar, which gives quick access to apps of your choosing, much like a laptop.

Samsung will deliver four Android upgrades to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. That means it will see Android 13 before the end of 2022, Android 14 (supposedly) in 2023, Android 15 after that, and then finally receive Android 16 as its final upgrade.

In addition, Samsung will deliver security patches on a regular basis for five years. Your foldable phone will be up to date with software through 2027, which is terrific.

Without a doubt, this is the best software commitment in the Android world — even better than Google’s own for its Pixel devices. If you value fast, consistent, and stable software deliveries, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a solid investment.


Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Galaxy Z Fold 4: What’s new?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 laying face down on table
Kris Carlon / Android Authority

In the image above, you can see the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. Obviously, they look incredibly similar. Truth be told, Samsung only made very subtle refinements to the Galaxy Z Fold formula this year. Be sure to check out our in-depth comparison for all the changes, but here are the major differences:

  • Display: Both displays still sport the same diagonal size as last year on paper, but their height, width, and aspect ratios have changed ever so slightly. The exterior display of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a faintly higher resolution than the Z Fold 3; its aspect ratio also skews a bit wider. The interior display’s aspect ratio has received a similar usability enhancement: it’s slightly shorter and wider for a better video-watching experience.
  • Processor: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is a better and more recent chipset than the Snapdragon 888 of last year.
  • Storage: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes in an optional 1TB model. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 did not have this option.
  • Cameras: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a much more advanced camera system than its predecessor. This should result in better photos and videos. Samsung also says the under-display camera beneath the interior display is better.
  • Dimensions and weight: The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is slightly smaller than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It’s about 3mm shorter and 0.2mm thinner. It’s also lighter with a weight of 263g as compared to the 271g weight of the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
  • Colors: There are four colors available for the Galaxy Z Fold 4: Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, and Burgundy, with that last colorway only available from Samsung.com. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 had three colorways: Phantom Green, Phantom Black, and Phantom Silver.

What are some good Galaxy Z Fold 4 alternatives?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 colors
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

If you want a foldable phone but aren’t interested in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, we’ve got some alternative choices here. Keep in mind, however, that US-based buyers don’t have many other choices when it comes to foldable phones.

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 ($1,799): If the newest foldable from Samsung is too rich for your wallet, last year’s model is a good choice. There aren’t too many differences between the 2021 model and the 2022 version, after all. Samsung will likely drop the starting price of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (or eliminate it altogether) and used/refurbished devices should be easy to find for much less cash.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 ($999): If you don’t care much about the “book” style aspect of the Galaxy Z Fold 4, maybe the “clamshell” style of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 would be worth a look. You won’t get a tablet-like experience in your pocket, but you’ll get the same processor and save a whopping $800.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 chassic half open
Robert Triggs / Android Authority
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 (256GB): $1,799 / £1,649
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 (512GB): $1,919 / £1,769
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 (1TB): $2,159 / £2,019

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 became available for pre-order globally on August 10, 2022. It then became available for general purchases on August 26.

The easiest place to get the phone is directly from Samsung. Doing so gains you access to a Samsung-exclusive colorway called Burgundy, in addition to the three widely-available colors of Graygreen, Phantom Black, and Beige.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Great performance • Impressive build quality • Large internal display
A productivity machine with a powerful SoC
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is impressive in many ways. The large display will give your productivity a boost, while the high-end SoC makes sure everything runs smoothly. The build quality is outstanding as well considering the foldable nature of the device.

US carriers

The big three wireless carriers in the United States — Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile — will also sell the Galaxy Z Fold 4. AT&T will accept trade-ins of any Galaxy device — from any year and in any condition — to help you pay for it. Obviously, newer devices in great condition will get you a higher discount.

Xfinity Mobile will also sell the Galaxy Z Fold 4. For a limited time through September 8, buyers can slash $450 from a Galaxy Z Fold 4. All you need to do is purchase the phone on a 24-month installment plan and attach it to a new or existing Xfinity Mobile account.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 frequently asked questions

In the United States, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799 for the model with 256GB of internal storage.

There are five cameras altogether. Three on the back of the phone, one on the front, and one underneath the foldable display.

Yes. The rear camera module on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 10MP telephoto lens capable of 3x optical zoom.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a battery capacity of 4,400mAh.

All models of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 come with 12GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will get four versions of Android. It launches with Android 12 and will then see upgrades to Android 13, Android 14, Android 15, and Android 16.


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