Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 evaluate: cutting-edge excellence at eye-watering value | Samsung

A collage showing the Z Fold 4 folded in various forms, including phone, tablet and tent configurations.

Samsung’s cutting-edge Galaxy Z Fold 4 Android phone-tablet hybrid is again and right here to show that folding units are the long run.

By placing each a robust smartphone and seven.6in pill in your pocket, Samsung has created the machine of alternative for gadget lovers. However the value means it isn’t prepared but for many customers.

Its folding kind, 5 cameras and two screens ought to inform you this isn’t a standard telephone, as an alternative being essentially the most superior glimpse on the evolution of the common-or-garden smartphone.

The bleeding-edge tech makes the Fold 4 one of the crucial costly units you should buy at £1,649 ($1,799/A$2,499) – roughly the identical value in the event you purchased a premium telephone and a pill individually however greater than most ought to ever pay for a pocket computing machine.

The overall look is just like final 12 months’s first model, with small refinements all spherical. The metallic sides are flatter with a premium, lustrous end. The machine is shorter and the hinge is thinner, making the surface display screen wider. It feels extra like an everyday telephone for messaging and calls when closed, albeit a chunkier and heavier one.

A collage showing the Z Fold 4 folded in various forms, including phone, tablet and tent configurations.
The Fold 4 unfolds from the scale of an everyday smartphone to that of a pill however will be propped up in varied partly folded types. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Open it like a ebook for the massive, tablet-sized 7.6in versatile OLED display screen, nonetheless very a lot a quasi-magical expertise. The show is massive, vibrant, easy and feels barely more durable below your finger than the primary model. Samsung says the display screen is 45% extra sturdy than final 12 months however I might nonetheless preserve it away from youngsters because it merely isn’t as strong as conventional hardened glass.

There’s nonetheless a crease alongside the fold, which you’ll be able to really feel together with your finger and see at an angle. It could be higher if it wasn’t there however you received’t discover it inside a couple of minutes of utilizing the machine. The under-display digicam is barely higher hidden, too, so that you received’t see it day-to-day except particularly on the lookout for it.

The hinge holds the show open at any angle, shutting with a satisfying snap. The principle show is nice for movies, video games, studying websites and books, or multitasking with two or extra apps open on the similar time.

The Kindle app open showing a book on the Z Fold 4.
The Fold 4 excels as an ebook-reader having a crisp display screen about the identical dimension as Amazon’s most premium Kindle. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian


  • Fundamental display screen: 7.6in QXGA+ 120Hz Amoled versatile show (374ppi)

  • Cowl display screen: 6.2in HD+ 120Hx Amoled (387ppi)

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

  • RAM: 12GB of RAM

  • Storage: 256, 512GB or 1TB

  • Working system: One UI 4.1 based mostly on Android 12L

  • Digicam: 50MP extensive, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x telephoto; 10MP and 4MP selfie cameras

  • Connectivity: 5G, twin sim, esim, USB-C, wifi 6E, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2

  • Water resistance: IPX8 (1.5 metres for half-hour)

  • Dimensions folded: 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8mm

  • Dimensions unfolded: 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3mm

  • Weight: 263g

Quicker, smoother and longer lasting

The Z Fold 4 with the Premier League, Twitter and Google apps open on screen.
The Fold 4 is tremendous quick, permitting you to freely multitask with a number of apps on display screen and not using a hiccup. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Fold 4 is tremendous snappy and easy with Qualcomm’s newest high processor, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is essentially the most highly effective chip out there on Android, as utilized by the Flip 4 and the OnePlus 10T.

The telephone’s two screens make its battery life extra variable than an everyday telephone. When principally utilizing solely the massive, inside show, the battery lasts a superb 35 hours between costs. Extra balanced use of the 2 shows for a mixture of messaging, multitasking and media consumption leads to it lasting for about 40 hours, together with actively utilizing the screens for as much as seven hours. This is superb certainly and a big step up on its predecessor.

The Fold 4 takes about 80 minutes to completely cost, hitting 50% in half-hour utilizing a 25W or better USB-C energy adaptor (£11.90 from Samsung), which isn’t included.


The fingerprint scanner in the power button on the side of the Z Fold 4.
The fingerprint scanner within the energy button works effectively however is awkward to make use of in your left hand. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Samsung doesn’t present an anticipated lifespan for the battery but it surely ought to final in extra of 500 full cost cycles with no less than 80% of its authentic capability. The telephone is generally repairable, and the battery is replaceable by authorised service centres within the UK. Inside, bigger, show repairs price £539. The screens are coated below guarantee for 2 years however Samsung evaluates breakages for “proof of product misuse” and should cost a payment for repairs. Insurance coverage is beneficial, costing £8.49 a month from Samsung or out there from third events.

A number of inside elements are comprised of 20% recycled nylon or plastic. Samsung presents trade-in and recycling schemes for outdated units. The corporate publishes annual sustainability reports however not affect assessments for particular person merchandise.

Higher software program

The taskbar settings on the Z Fold 4.
The taskbar makes multitasking on the Fold 4 way more intuitive and a strong instrument, just like what you’d discover on a pc or iPad. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Fold 4 runs a brand new model of One UI 4.1 based mostly on Google’s Android 12L software program, which is particularly designed for pill and folding-screen units.

Many of the upgrades inside Android 12L are behind the scenes to make apps work higher when multitasking and switching types. The brand new taskbar is nice, appearing like a dock for rapidly attending to your most-used apps and placing them in split-screen mode by dragging and dropping from it.

Utilizing a pair of apps on a display screen roughly the scale of two telephones facet by facet is remarkably highly effective and allows issues I might often attain for a laptop computer to do, comparable to budgeting, meal planning and comparability procuring. Most apps are steady and work nice in varied mixtures. Rotating the Fold 4 to panorama provides you dual-pane views in some apps too, together with Gmail, so you possibly can see your inbox on the left and a studying pane on the proper.


The Samsung camera app showing the viewfinder and recently shot photos on the inside tablet screen of the Z Fold 4.
The digicam app can be utilized on the surface display screen like an everyday telephone or the within display screen like a pill, which is awkward one-handed. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Fold 4 has 5 cameras in complete: a brand new triple system on the again, a 10MP selfie digicam on the entrance and an extra 4MP selfie digicam hidden below the highest proper of the interior display screen.

The again cameras are primarily the identical as these fitted to the S22+ and are a marked improve on the Fold 3 from final 12 months. The principle 50MP digicam is nice, capturing wonderful pictures in quite a lot of lighting situations with superb low-light efficiency. The 3x optical zoom is beneficial and the ultrawide digicam is nice for landscapes and group pictures.

Video shot by all three is superb, too, however the ultrawide is proscribed to 30 frames a second for some purpose.

The camera array on the back of the Z Fold 4.
The digicam array stands proud of the again of the Fold 4 just like an everyday telephone. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The under-display selfie digicam is novel however of poor high quality for photographs, so solely ok for video calls. The surface 10MP selfie digicam is without doubt one of the finest however you possibly can shoot a lot better selfies and group pictures with the primary cameras utilizing the surface display screen as a viewfinder. It’s a little awkward to carry however definitely worth the effort.

Total, the cameras on the Fold 4 now match all however Samsung’s high S22 Extremely cameraphone, making them among the easiest available on the market.


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 prices £1,649 ($1,799/A$2,499) with 256GB of storage.

For comparability the Galaxy Z Flip 4 prices £999, the Galaxy S22 Extremely prices £1,149, the Galaxy S22+ prices £949, the Microsoft Floor Duo 2 prices £860, the Google Pixel 6 Professional prices £649, and the Apple iPhone 13 Professional Max prices £1,049.


Samsung’s cutting-edge folding phone-tablet hybrid has misplaced none of its novelty and energy for its fourth technology.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is unrivalled exterior China, the place some native manufacturers make related units for the native market. Numerous small refinements add up on this new iteration. The Fold 4 is less complicated to make use of as a telephone for messaging and calls when closed. Opening it up like a ebook for the attractive, massive inside display screen remains to be magic, as is shutting it to place it into standby with a snap.

Software program upgrades have made multitasking loads simpler and extra strong, whereas the massive display screen is superb for watching TV reveals on the go when you’ll want to unwind. Longer battery life and a quick chip are welcome, as are the numerous upgrades to the digicam, bringing the Fold in keeping with Samsung’s high common telephones.

The downside is straightforward – the worth. Sooner or later a folding phone-tablet may be a practical prospect for the mass market however for now the Fold 4 remains to be too expensive and too fragile. It’s a gadget-lover’s dream and essentially the most thrilling machine at the moment available on the market. However for most individuals an everyday flat telephone or the novel Z Flip 4 is a greater purchase.

If you happen to will need to have essentially the most superior machine out there, the Z Fold 4 is it. Simply don’t let your youngsters anyplace close to it and purchase insurance coverage in case the worst occurs.

Professionals: a telephone and pill in a single, water resistance, highly effective split-screen apps, phone-like exterior display screen, implausible pill display screen, high efficiency, superb battery life, wonderful cameras, head-turning design.

Cons: extraordinarily costly, extra fragile than an everyday machine and inside display screen will be marked extra simply than conventional glass, expensive to restore, no mud resistance, heavy, thick, not an enormous leap over the earlier technology.

The Guardian site shown in full-size tablet view on the Z Fold 4 in landscape orientation.
Rotate the Fold 4 to panorama in varied apps, comparable to Chrome, to see a desktop or full-sized tablet-like expertise together with with websites such because the Guardian. {Photograph}: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian