Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review: Ultimate Android

You won't find a better phone (or tablet) anywhere.

The small cover display of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 at night
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Android Central Verdict

It's hard to imagine a phone getting much better than this. The Z Fold 4 does it all: from taking great pictures, to multitasking like a laptop. Sure, it's got a high price tag and the hardware can be a bit bulky, but it packs a tablet and a phone into one amazing device. That, complete with better performance, battery life, and cameras than the previous generation, and you'll find the Fold 4 is unmatched in its prowess.

Pros

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    Superb performance and battery life

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    Two different-sized displays

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    Great new multitasking features

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    Flagship-level cameras (finally)

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    Wide compatibility with chargers and accessories

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    Years of promised software support

Cons

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    Price makes it a tough sell

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    No holster for the S Pen

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    Display crease is still visible

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    No dust resistance

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Few smartphones can be considered unique these days, and even fewer have an experience as honed in as what the Galaxy Z Fold 4 delivers. On paper, it looks like little more than a marginal improvement over last year's device. It's a little slimmer, lighter, shorter, and wider. It's got a faster processor, a better camera, and a sleeker hinge.

But the experience itself is far more than the sum of its parts. It's the continued perfection of something that was already so impressive in and of itself. A tighter execution of a fairly new concept, that continues to make more and more sense for a group of users not willing to settle for anything but the biggest and best Samsung phone (opens in new tab) ever made. Those who want a smaller phone should seriously consider the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (opens in new tab), instead.

Using the Galaxy Z Fold 4 continues to feel like using an object from a near-future time. It still turns heads every time I use it and, thanks to the new taskbar and a few other refinements achieved by integrating Android 12L into Samsung's One UI, the Fold 4 reasserts Samsung's domination in the foldable space. Even with a few flaws, it's still the best phone I've ever had the pleasure of using. And I've used a lot of phones.

About this review

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in Flex Mode

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I've been using the Graygreen colorway of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 since August 10, 2022, on the T-Mobile network in North Carolina and New York City, U.S.

Since starting the review, there have been no updates to the software. My review Z Fold 4 was running Samsung One UI 4.1.1 with the July 2022 security patch.

Samsung provided the Fold 4 review unit to Android Central.

I typically use Backdrops for my wallpapers, which can be downloaded for free (opens in new tab) on the Google Play Store.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Price and availability

The boxes for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4

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Preorders for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 began on August 10, 2022, and the device is available from August 26, 2022, on all major U.S. carriers, unlocked, and internationally.

Samsung sells the Galaxy Z Fold 4 for $1,799 unlocked in the U.S. and offers the usual suite of trade-in deals to help reduce the price. U.S. carriers and retail outlets like Best Buy also offer similar deals, as well. The best Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals (opens in new tab) often reduce the price by about half with a trade-in.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 ships in three colorway choices: Graygreen (which doesn't look green at all), Phantom Black, and Beige.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Design and display

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 tented on a sidewalk with pedestrians in the background

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If you were to take a cursory glance at the Galaxy Z Fold 4, you'd be forgiven for thinking it looked identical to the Fold 3. Samsung established its design language with the Z Fold 2, and has only tweaked it in the two generations since. While the Fold 3 was physically identical to the Fold 2, the Fold 4 slims things up and squares off the sides just a bit.

In total, Samsung was able to reduce the height of the Z Fold 4 by 3mm when compared to the Fold 3. Additionally, the device is now 0.8mm wider and 0.3mm slimmer when unfolded than the Z Fold 3. It's also 8 grams lighter, which is really only noticeable when directly comparing the two devices. At 242 grams, it's still a very heavy device.

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CategorySamsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Display7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x, LTPO (1-120Hz), 2176x1812, 21.6:18
Cover display6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x, LTPO (48-120Hz), 2316x904, 23.1:9
ChipsetSnapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Memory12GB
Storage256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Rear Camera 150MP, ƒ/1.8, 1.0μm, 85-degree FoV (main camera)
Rear Camera 212MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.12μm, 123-degree FoV (ultra-wide)
Rear Camera 310MP, ƒ/2.4, 1.10μm, 3x optical zoom
Cover Camera10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm, 80-degree FOV
Inside Camera4MP, ƒ/1.8, 2.0μm, 80-degree FOV
Battery4,400mAh (dual 2,200mAh batteries)
Charging25W fast charging, 10-15W fast wireless charging 2.0, 4.5W reverse wireless charging
Weight263 grams
Dimensions (folded)67.1 wide x 155.1 tall x 15.8mm thin
Dimensions (unfolded)130.1 wide x 155.1 tall x 6.3mm thin
Water and dust resistanceIPX8
ColorsGraygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, Burgundy (Samsung.com exclusive)

Much of the slimming down was achieved through a new hinge design that is 6mm narrower, and noticeably slimmer, when folded closed. This new hinge is easier to fold and unfold than last year, yet it also feels tighter than the Fold 3's hinge.

For me, that's quite a relief. There have been plenty of times in the last year that I nearly dropped the Fold 3 while attempting to open it because the hinge held very tightly together when closed, and Samsung offered no lip to easily pull it open from on the side. 

There's no lip this year, either, but the act of pulling the phone open isn't met with as much resistance. It's also much smoother to close and sports a new, more padded closing snap that feels and sounds great.

The Fold 4 also folds flatter than the Fold 3 thanks to this new hinge. It's one of those things you'll really only notice if upgrading from the Fold 2 or 3, and it's very welcome.