(Pocket-lint) – Samsung may have already announced its flagship Galaxy S range, along with additions to its Galaxy A mid-range smartphones this year, but we are still waiting on updates to its foldable Galaxy Z range.
Rumors have been circulating surrounding both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4. We’ve covered the book-style Z Fold 4 in a separate feature, but here we are focusing on the horizontal folding flip phone – the Galaxy Z Flip 4. This is everything we have heard so far.
Release date and price
- 10 Aug 2022
- Cheaper than Z Flip 3?
Samsung has confirmed it will hold its next Galaxy Unpacked event on 10 August 2022 and it is expected that the event will focus on foldables with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 both expected, alongside the Galaxy Watch 5 models. It’s claimed the devices could go on sale on 26 August 2022.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 were both announced in August 2021 before going on sale at the end of August 2021. With August previously being reserved for the Galaxy Note series, it makes sense for the Galaxy Z Fold series to take that slot seeing as there won’t be a note this year.
In terms of price, we’d expect the Galaxy Z Flip 4 to come in around the same as its predecessor, which started at $999 in the US and £949 in the UK. There has been a rumor to suggest the device will see a price cut, but there have also been rumors to suggest there will be a slight increase.
It’s been said the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will start at €1080 (around £920) for the 128GB model, which is around €40 more than the Z Flip 3 started at.
- Improved IP rating?
- Larger outer display
- Four colours
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s design hasn’t changed a great deal since it first launched – except the cover display – and it looks like we’re going to be saying the same next year too. It’s said there will be a couple of minor tweaks to the overall measurements and perhaps a slightly larger outer display, but otherwise the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will look similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
One rumor did claim the hinge was being redesigned though, and that the Galax Z Flip 4 would be lighter as a result. There has also been the suggestion of better water and dust resistance. An image showing the device from the sides also suggests a more angular frame, more prominent buttons and camera lenses that protrude more than the Z Flip 3. This has been reiterated in another image from Evan Blass and renders from OnLeaks.
Renders have also suggested the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will continue to offer a premium design with a horizontal fold and squared off edges. There’s expected to be a panel at the top of the rear housing the dual rear camera and a display, while the inside display is expected to have a camera in the center at the top – it’s not yet clear if this will be a punch hole camera or under display camera.
According to rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will come in four colours, including light blue, light violet, gold and gray, though there are also rumors of a Bespoke Edition again, which would allow you to mix and max color options for a more unique look. The main colors are said to be called Graphite, Bora Purple, Pink Gold and Blue.
- 2-inch+ outer display
- 6.7-inch main display
- UPC camera?
There’s been some talk of a larger cover display coming to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, with rumors suggesting it could be at least 2-inches. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 1.9-inch cover display and a 6.7-inch main display when unfolded.
In terms of resolution and other specifications, rumors haven’t detailed that information as yet. The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s main display offered a Full HD+ resolution, which we would expect from the Z Flip 4 too.
There have also been some rumors suggesting Samsung is working on an under-display camera for the Z Flip 4, though nothing is confirmed as yet. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a UPC, though it’s not amazing so we’d hope to see some improvements before it makes its way onto the Z Flip 4.
Hardware and specs
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus?
- At least 8GB of RAM
- 3700mAh battery?
It is rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which would be a step up from most flagship smartphones that have already launched in 2022. A listing on Geekbench has shown the Z Flip 4 with the 8 Gen 1+ chipset and 8GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 had 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB and 256GB of storage so it’s likely the Z Flip 4 will offer at least this. There’s also been talk of a 512GB model too though, which would be new for this device.
There’s a 3300mAh battery capacity too, though it’s been claimed the Galaxy Z Flip 4 might increase this to 3700mAh, which would be a nice bump.
Based on other reports, it looks like the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will stick with a physical fingerprint sensor within the power button rather than opt for an under-display solution this time around.
- Dual rear cameras
- Front camera – punch hole or UPC
So far, there aren’t any rumors surrounding what cameras we can expect to see on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G comes with a dual camera on the outside with two 12-megapixel sensors – one of which is a wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture and the other is an ultra wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture.
There’s also a 10-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture.
We’d expect the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 to offer at least the same as its predecessor, but there will be more than likely some improvements too, whether that’s hardware, software or both.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here is everything we have heard so far about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
27 July 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 press renders reveal full design
In a collaboration with leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks), Giznext published a number of press renders showing off the Galaxy Z Flip and its colours.
26 July 2022: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked video leaks, extolls the benefits of the “flex”
Twitter leaker @chunvn8888 posted an official looking teaser for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. The video comes with the strapline “flex is greater than flat”. It also states that we should “get ready to experience greater”.
Random Unpacked teaser for y’all pic.twitter.com/XkeO0uYiNP
— No name (@chunvn8888) July 25, 2022
22 July 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 price leak shows it won’t be cheaper
According to a leaker called Sudanshu (via PriceBaba), the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will start at €1080 (around £920) for the 128GB model, while the 256GB model will cost €1160 (around £980) in Europe. The top model that is expected to have 512GB of storage – a new option for this device – is said to cost €1280 (around £1100).
20 July 2022: First Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 press shots leak
Evan Blass published a couple of shots of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4, revealing what we can expect from the new folding smartphones.
20 July 2022: It’s official! Samsung’s next event is set for August 10 and foldables are the focus
Samsung announced it would be holding an event on August 10, 2022. It is expected that foldables will be the focus.
18 July 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 event invite leaked, confirms 10 August
Evan Blass published the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked invite on his Twitter, confirming the rumored date of 10 August.
**THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN EDITED TO OBFUSCATE CERTAIN DETAIL**
See what I did there? pic.twitter.com/BrH4sT99yU
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2022
18 July 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 official render leaks
Evan Blass published a report on 91 Mobiles presenting an official image of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 from the side.
13 July 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 appears on FCC, launch imminent
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 has appeared on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website in the US, suggesting it is nearing launch.
22 June 2022: Samsung tipped to offer wider customization options with the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s Bespoke Edition
Samsung is expected to offer more color options in the Bespoke Edition of the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4
14 June 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 battery leak shows an upgrade over Flip 3
SamMobile got its hands on images of a new dual-battery system that will reportedly power the Z Flip 4, with a 2555mAh unit paired with a smaller 1040mAh one. This makes 3700mAh in total capacity.
13 June 2022: Leaked Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 images emerge
Leaked images appearing to show off the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 emerged, showing off the smartphone’s display and an almost non-existent crease.
9 June 2022: Samsung tipped to launch Flip 4, Fold 4 and Watch 5 on 10 August
Jon Prosser claimed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will launch on August 10, be available on August 26 and come in Graphite, Bora Purple, Pink Gold and Blue color options.
19 May 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 listed with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chipset
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 appeared on Geekbench with the unannounced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chipset.
11 May 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 renders reveal design of upcoming foldable phone
91Mobiles published some renders of the Samsung Galaxuy Z Flip 4 in association with OnLeaks.
9 May 2022: Battery increase said to be 100 per cent coming to Z Flip 4
UniverseIce claimed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will 100 percent be getting a battery increase to 3700mAh.
6 May 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 to use Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset
UniverseIce tweeted claiming the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will opt for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset, alongside the Z Fold 4.
4 May 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 could arrive in four colours
Ross Young tweeted claiming the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will come in four color options of Gold, Gray, Light Blue and Light Violet.
2 May 2022: Larger outer display coming to Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Ross Young tweeted claiming the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will offer a larger outer display. No specifics were detailed other than it would be at least 2 inches
30 April 2022: Battery increase reported for Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
GalaxyClub reported that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 could see a battery increase of 100mAh.
20 April 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 could be cheaper
Ross Young tweeted that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 production levels are more than double the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and that the price could be reduced.
8 April 2022: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 won’t have under-display fingerprint sensors
A report claimed Samsung won’t opt for under display fingerprint sensors in Z Flip 4 or Z Fold 4.
17 November 2021: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 details emerge
A post on Korean site Naver detailed a number of improvements expected to come to the Z Flip 4, including a lighter build, better water and dust resistance, under-display cameras, improved hinge and same release date as previous model.
Writing by Britta O’Boyle.