5 things to know about Samsung’s upcoming foldable phones

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5 things to know about Samsung's upcoming foldable phones

On Wednesday (August 10), Samsung presented its most recent lineup of smartphones, along with two redesigned smart watches and an improved pair of earbuds. CNA Lifestyle was able to get an up-close and personal experience with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 at the tech company’s Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City. During the event, we were able to observe an in-depth presentation of the newly released products as well as check out a variety of installations and pop-ups that highlighted the new capabilities.

Both phones, in 5G, received significant facelifts, showcasing new features such as slimmer bezels, stronger cameras, and improved usability. Both phones are compatible with 5G networks. The phones, which featured foldable screens for the first time in 2019, were released for the first time in 2019. Due to its daring form factor and distinctive design, the phones have quietly garnered a loyal following over the years.

Later on, the two new phones were displayed on numerous giant screens at the same time in Times Square as part of a presentation that was styled after a music video. The performance was given by the Korean boy band BTS. Screams were audible when the boyband took the stage, and the space quickly filled up with inquisitive bystanders as their surroundings were lighted with Samsung’s characteristic Bora purple.

So, which one do you choose to go with? The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 are featured below, along with five important facts that you should be aware of.

Big screens, less kg

Even though it has the largest screen and broadest aspect ratio yet, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the lightest edition yet, coming in at just 263 grams. When unfurled, the screen measures 7.6 inches and is completely edge-to-edge. In comparison to other iterations, this one has the most streamlined body.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4, on the other hand, is the more compact and portable option of the two, and it features a more polished design overall, with hinges that are thinner and edges that are more straight. In addition to this, it is noticeably lighter than the prior edition.

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Selfies made easy

Both of these phones have received upgrades to their cameras, making them both possess brighter pixel sensors and greater resolutions. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 boasts a pixel sensor that is 65 percent brighter, which technically translates to clearer photos and movies. Additionally, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has increased “nightography,” which allows it to record images more effectively in low-light environments.

It also received an update to its Quickshot function, which enables users to take portrait-orientation selfies even when the phone is folded.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4, on the other hand, features cameras with a significantly greater quality. Its rear wide camera has a resolution of 50 megapixels, which is a significant improvement from the 12 megapixel lens seen on the previous model. The back tele lens has an optical zoom of three times and a spatial zoom of thirty times, allowing users to take photographs of scenes that are rather far away. It also includes a sensor that is 23 percent brighter, which makes nighttime photos stand out more.

Using it is easier

When folded, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 provides users with more customization possibilities, offering them a cover screen that is more usable and upgraded in terms of functionality. Checking notifications, responding to text messages, gaining access to fast settings, controlling widgets, and launching wallets are some examples of these actions.

Additionally, Samsung has referred to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 as a “multitasking powerhouse.” The device features a new taskbar that, in a manner analogous to that of a personal computer, provides quick access to the user’s most often used or most favored applications.

They have also introduced new swipe gestures so users can swiftly switch full-screen apps to pop-up windows or split the screen in half for additional ways to multitask. This feature was added so users may multitask more effectively.

Since 2019, when the devices received unfavorable comments from early reviews over their resilience, foldable phones have made significant progress in terms of their design and functionality.

According to Samsung, the new versions have been tested and certified to fold up to 200,000 times, so this shouldn’t be an issue with them.

A certification of IPX8 indicates that these latest smartphones continue to be resistant to water damage, just like their predecessors. The phones can withstand being submerged in freshwater for up to 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters.

Both of these phones come with larger batteries, which means that users will have more time to use their devices without having to worry about continually having to charge them. Comparatively, the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is 3,700 mAh, while the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is 4,400 mAh.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is available in three storage capacities: 128 gigabytes (S$1,398), 256 gigabytes (S$1,498), and 512 gigabytes (S$1,748); the customized edition costs S$1,548 (256GB). The Galaxy Z Flip 4, on the other hand, can be purchased for a price of $2,398 (256GB), $2,578 (512GB), or $2,938. (1TB). Pre-orders can be placed for these items right now, and they will be available in Singapore as of September 2.

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