Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Galaxy Z Fold 3: What's changing in Samsung's foldable devices

Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Galaxy Z Fold 3: What’s changing in Samsung’s foldable devices

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is one of Samsung’s latest foldable phones. The brand renewed its line of foldable smartphones during the Unpacked 2022 event. The starting price for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 successor was set at $1,799 – about R$9,220, in direct transfer and tax-free. There is no word yet on availability and pricing, which should be revealed on August 23. Members of the Z Fold line, in versions 3 and 4, already accumulate similarities in terms of design, but they distinguish the changes that arise with the upgrade of the generation. Check out all the details below.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 was launched in 2021 for numbers that started at R$12,799. With the arrival of a new generation of cell phone that transforms into a tablet when opened, the model can now be purchased from Amazon for R$10,680 — a discount of over R$2,000. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is not yet priced in Brazil, but it was launched in the US at the same launch price as the previous version, which could mean that it will also arrive in the country for around R$13,000.

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The new version of the Galaxy Z Fold was launched in August this year, at Unpacked 2022 – Photo: Thássius Veloso / TechTudo

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Screen and design of foldable mobile phones

Samsung hasn’t made any major design changes to the new Z Fold range. Thus, the screen of the newly launched model continues similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, with 6.2 inches on the outside and 7.6 inches on the inside. However, what is changing is the reworking of the aspect ratio, which went from 24.5:9 to 23:9 on the latest phone – with the proposal to ensure greater ergonomics for users. As for the resolution, it has slightly changed 2,208 x 1,768 pixels from the inner panel to 2,176 x 1,812 pixels. The difference is also observed on the external display.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 7.6-inch internal screen – Photo: Thássius Veloso

Regarding the screen, it should be noted that both generations have a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a factor that ensures efficient transmission of images, without leaving traces on the screen along the movements while watching games or movies. Overall, the phones also feature 2X Dynamic AMOLED as panel technology to ensure deep contrasts and vivid colors.

In terms of structure, the IPX8 certification found in mobile phones stands out for the protection it offers to the brand’s foldable devices. Thus, it can come into contact with water at a depth of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

As mentioned, the design has not undergone major changes from one model to another. Thus, the devices keep the array of external cameras aligned vertically, while masking the selfie lens on the internal display. The other selfie camera on the outside is located in a small hole.

The coating is done by Gorilla Glass on the phones, which also have a color finish. The Z Fold 3 offers models in silver, dark green and black, while the Z Fold 4 offers options in cream, graphite and black.

Galaxy Z Fold camera

The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s imaging suite has evolved from the previous model. The main set of the Z Fold 3 had 12 megapixels on all sensors. The most notable update was the ultra-wide camera, which is now 50MP in the newly launched model. The size of the lenses has also increased in the new version.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 photo set – Photo: Thássius Veloso / TechTudo

Check out the Galaxy Z Fold 4 range:

  • 12 MP main (f / 2.2)
  • 50MP Ultra Wide (f/1.8)
  • 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens
  • Front (external) 10 MP (f / 2.2)
  • Front (internal) 4 MP (f / 1.8)

Here are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 sensors:

  • 12 Megapixel Main (f/1.8)
  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera (f/2.2)
  • 12MP (f/2.4 .) telephoto lens
  • Front (external) 10 MP (f / 2.2)
  • Front (internal) 4 MP (f / 1.8)

As you can see, the ultra-wide angle sensor, used to take pictures from a wider angle, has gone from 12MP to 50MP between one generation and the next. Meanwhile, the telephoto camera has dropped from 12 to 10 megapixels in the new phone. This latter sensor helps capture images with a greater ability to get up close, giving the necessary magnification to capture landscapes and distant objects.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 portrait mode photography kit – Photo: Thássius Veloso

In addition to features like 4K video recording, optical stabilization and enhancements through artificial intelligence, Samsung also offers the ability to shoot from multiple angles simultaneously. The highlight, however, is the internal selfie camera, found on both models, which blends into the screen, becoming nearly invisible when not in use.

performance and storage

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 does well by bringing in the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, a chip that won nine out of ten places in the ranking of the most powerful mobile phones in the world in July 2022, according to AnTuTu. The Z Fold 3 features the Snapdragon 888 processor, which is the flagship processor in 2021 smartphones.

Galaxy Z Fold 4: 256GB to 1TB storage – Photo: Thássius Veloso

To work alongside respectable Qualcomm chips, Samsung has provided 12GB of RAM for each device. It should be noted that the larger the area in this sense, the higher the efficiency in handling multitasking in the cell. Meanwhile, storage is 256GB or 512GB on the Z Fold 3 and goes up to 1TB on the latest model.

The two cell phones do not require a microSD card slot, a trend that has been most evident among other recently launched devices. Therefore, if the consumer is looking for a large memory, he should consider a version with a large storage capacity.

Galaxy Z Fold battery

If the cameras distinguish foldable devices in any way, the battery brings it closer. Samsung maintains a capacity of 4,400 mAh in the current model. The figure is lower than some intermediate phones, which already guarantee 5,000 mA to users, in order to improve time away from sockets.

On the other hand, some software improvements have made the pregnancy last longer. Additionally, the variable screen refresh rate makes it possible for phones not to draw as much power as those using 120Hz full time.

Samsung’s foldable devices offer a 4,400mAh battery – Photo: Thássius Veloso

Both devices offer different charging capabilities, such as wired or wireless charging or traditional reverse charging, where one cell allows power to the other by induction. According to Samsung, it is possible to charge half the battery via fast charging in just 30 minutes.

The operating system is also a differentiating factor between the two phones, even though they are both powered by Google software. The difference is that while the Galaxy Z Fold 3 arrives with Android 11, the successor offers Android 12L, which is a specific release for devices with extended screens, such as tablets.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 uses Android 12L, which is optimized for tablets and foldables – Photo: Thássius Veloso

The novelty includes some features that can improve everyday tasks performed on the big screen, as in the case of the fold in question. With some modifications, it is even possible to accommodate device widgets in a sidebar, as well as into systems in computers.

In the case of members of the Z Fold line, S Pen support is one of the features in the guide. The brand’s smart stylus can be used to interact with the expanded screen of the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4 models. However, both leave aside the presence of the P2 headphone jack, keeping room only for the USB-C port, which shared space with the charger.

In terms of connectivity, the two are investing in 5G, which is a significant factor at the moment when the network begins to integrate Brazil’s capitals. Wi-Fi 6 is also on the model data sheet. On the other hand, it is highlighted in the Bluetooth version, as the latest version brings updates in this regard, making the connection faster and more intuitive.

The S Pen is a feature of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – Photo: Disclosure / Samsung

Fingerprint reader, stereo audio, and NFC are common add-ons for foldable devices. The latter feature allows for contactless payment without the need for a nearby card.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 was introduced in August 2021 – Photo: Thássius Veloso / TechTudo

The Galaxy Z Fold 3, which was launched in August last year, was offered with values ​​starting at R$12,799. However, it can actually be found for lower numbers, from R$10,680 on Amazon.

The recently released Galaxy Z Fold 4 landed in the international market for $1,799, the same price as its predecessor at the time. In a direct transfer, the amount is equivalent to R$9,220, excluding taxes. The values ​​are expected to be released in Brazil soon, namely on August 23.

Check Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 datasheets in the table below

Comparison of Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Fold. Galaxy Z Fold 4

Determine Galaxy Z Fold 3 Galaxy Z Fold 4
release August 2021 August 2022
launch price 1799 USD 1799 USD
current price 10.680 Brazilian Real 1799 USD
Screen Size 7.6 inches (internal) and 6.2 inches (external) 7.6 inches (internal) and 6.2 inches (external)
screen resolution 2208 x 1768 pixels (internal) and 2268 x 832 pixels (external) 2176 x 1812 pixels (internal) and 2316 x 904 pixels (external)
Healer Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM 12 GB 12 GB
storage 256 GB or 512 GB 256 GB or 512 GB
memory stick no support no support
back camera 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto 12 MP main, 50 MP ultra-wide and 10 MP telephoto
selfie camera 10 and 4 megapixels 10 and 4 megapixels
The operating system Android 11 Android 12 for
drums 4400 mAh 4400 mAh
Dimensions and weight 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm; 271 grams 130.1 x 155.1 x 6.3 mm
Colors Silver, dark green, black Cream, graphite, black

With information from Samsung (1 /two) And the Samsung newsroom

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