Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 review

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Samsung has recently upgraded its Flip series with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 which is nothing less than candy to the eye. The smartphone is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 which was rolled out last year. This time, Samsung has not made a lot of changes but yes, it can be said that the smartphone has few considerable changes as compared to its predecessor. A major highlight regarding the smartphone is that the device is available at an almost similar price as the Flip 3.

I recently got my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and one thing which I really want to say is that you are surely going to get ultra-premium vibes from the smartphone. The smartphone is in my hands for a week and it has been tested in different scenarios and aspects.

One thing which also crossed my mind while using the device was that it has a lot of similarities with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. So, after analysing the handset for a week, here I am going to share my first impressions of the same. In the article, I’ll talk about the upsides and downsides of the device which I felt while practically using it.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 pricing and availability in India

Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is available in the market at a price of Rs 89,999 for the 8GB RAM variant with 128GB internal storage. The 8GB RAM variant with 256GB internal storage is available in the market for Rs 97,999. The smartphone also has a Bespoke Edition that can be purchased for Rs 97,999. The handset is being shipped in three different colours – Pink Gold, Graphite, and Bora Purple. You can go and purchase the device from its official website of Samsung.

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Design and Display

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 has a stunning design which looks as if it is something from the future. The factor that makes it unique is the smartphone folds horizontally, instead of folding vertically like other foldable devices available on the market. If you are expecting to see something new in terms of design compared to Galaxy Z Flip 3 then you’ll be disappointed, like me. The upper part of the smartphone has a black colours camera island which consists of two sensors. The flash of the smartphone is placed just below the sensors, out of the camera island.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4’s edged as flatter and it ships with a bigger battery as compared to the predecessor. The fingerprint scanner of the device offers a quick response as witnessed while using the device. Both the fingerprint scanner and the volume rockers are available at the right spine. The speaker grille and USB Type-C port are placed at the bottom of the handset. The device carries IPX8 certification for water and dust resistance.

On the inner side, the smartphone flaunts a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex display with 2640×1080 pixels resolution and an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. The display panel of the smartphone delivers an accurate colour output and has 900nits of peak brightness. I watched the show Unsolved on Netflix and the display enhanced the experience by producing pitch black colour and vibrant output as per the requirement. As for the cover display, we get to see a 1.9-inch panel with 512×260 pixels resolution.

Hardware and software

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 works on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. At the time of testing, I installed Asphalt 9 on the smartphone and played it straight for an hour or so. There were no heating or lagging issues in the device even after playing the game at high graphic settings. Not only this but I also installed multiple applications on the device and ran all of them at the same time, all the operations were running perfectly.

In addition, I also opened Google Chrome and more than 50 tabs in it, still, the phone didn’t break a sweat. On the software front, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 operates on the Samsung One UI 4.1 based on the Android 12 operating system. Now, similar to the Galaxy X Fold 4, the UI of this device is also clean and fast-paced. The OS also responds quickly whenever you receive email, SMS, or instant messages.

Camera Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 flaunts a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary shooter and a 12MP secondary shooter. The rear camera system of the device produces high-quality photographs in both low light and daylight settings. Now, I can’t say that the camera has some extremely brilliant factors to talk about, but yeah we can say it is decent. The absence of a telephoto sensor even after being a flagship phone is a bit hard to digest. It clearly seems that Samsung could have done better in the camera department.

For the sake of selfies and video calls, the smartphone gets a 10MP shooter with various AI-based modes. I also tried the Flex mode offered in the device that lets you use the device camera at a 90-degree angle.

Battery and charging capacity

The battery of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 can be said to be the weakest part of the device. The smartphone comes with a 3700mAh battery that also supports 25W fast charging. At the time of testing, the performance of the battery was utterly disappointing as it was only able to handle three-four hours of full-fledged usage. The smartphone got charged from zero per cent to a hundred per cent in around an hour.

While playing Asphalt 9 for an hour, around 20 per cent battery was drained in an instant. At the time of watching videos on YouTube and other OTT platforms, the drainage ranged between 15% to 20%. So, if you want to use the device extensively then make sure there is a charging point near you all the time.

Our take on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

While Samsung is trying its best to sustain its supremacy in the foldable smartphone market, and the renewal of the Fold and Flip series is proof of that. Talking about Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, the smartphone is a go-to device for those who want to try their hands on a foldable device and experience something new without spending more lacs. However, if you are someone who is looking for performance, camera prowess, and other stuff, then the smartphone is definitely not for you. So, only go for the smartphone if you can compromise with battery and the camera.

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