The Galaxy Z Fold4 5G has a new camera sensor, an increasingly powerful screen, and a more power-efficient chipset are some of the benefits that I really feel. If last year this segment could still be “beaten” by the Galaxy S Series, this time it can be considered on par. This means that when you choose the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G, you can still feel the capabilities of this year’s all-round flagship.

If you’re interested in buying a new, different smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G is no longer the right smartphone for productivity. It could also be the right choice for entertainment—even a smartphone suitable for music festivals. Here is the review.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G Specifications

Chipset Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU Adreno 730
RAM (Memory) RAM LPDDR5 12GB
Warehouse 256/512GB/1TB UFS 3.1
External storage
Operating system Android12L
User interface One UI 4.1.1

Review Review Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G

Design

Improved in size compared to the previous generation, the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G is slightly thinner and lighter at 263 grams – not much heavier than the iPhone 14 Pro Max with 240 grams. Using Armor Aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass Victus+ glass front and back.

The unit that I have is Blue Gray, which doesn’t seem too bold and many people are interested in this new color option. The body surface is not too slippery and fingerprints can be camouflaged enough. Although the rear camera module protrudes quite a bit, so you have to be extra careful when placing it on a table so it doesn’t get scratched.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

In my opinion, IPX8 certification is quite important for Galaxy Z Fold4 5G. In three days of watching concerts almost a full day, I held this smartphone with sweaty hands, ready to capture moments and check the schedule of the stage. The weight isn’t too heavy, even when it’s in the bag — preferably the bag protrudes a little.

Another difference is that the folding screen mechanism is more solid. The Galaxy Z Fold4 5G still comes with a separate S Pen – alternatively, at least a package with an S Pen and a built-in carrying case.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G screen

In terms of specs on paper, it’s more or less the same as its predecessors, featuring a 6.2-inch screen on the outside and a 7.6-inch screen on the inside. Both use AMOLED panels and have a refresh rate of up to 120Hz but in daily use it feels much more enjoyable. Well, how come?

First, the screen ratio has been changed to be a bit more “normal”. The external screen is made wider, so typing or accessing different applications only from the external screen is more comfortable. Meanwhile on the inside, the scale is made more square, so it is better suited for multitasking—although it will display a thicker black border when used to view content like movies.

Review Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

Second, the Ultra Thin Glass material on the main screen also feels stiffer, so it feels more common to touch the screen and will be more comfortable when used with the S Pen. The folds or folds are also a bit more minimal. Third, the pixels above the camera under the screen are also made thicker, so they are easy to hide when not in use.

So, for those of you Gizmo who plan to use the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G long term, I think the addition of a screen protector for the external display is necessary. Yes, unlike before, Samsung does not provide a built-in screen protector. And when using Flexible Mode, the screen is in more frequent contact with countertops and other surfaces.

The Gorilla Glass Victus+ used on the front and back screens is actually resistant to scratches and potential cracks when dropped. But even so, after two weeks, thin scratches may appear on the screen of the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G.

Camera

Through the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G, users can now experience the quality of photography and video recording on par with current flagships. This is because the main sensor and telephoto sensor have been improved, which can be said to be on par with the Galaxy S22 & S22+. More than that—because taking selfies is easier with the main camera setup.

The main sensor now has a resolution of 50MP and can capture better details thanks to the larger pixels, while the telephoto sensor can provide 3x optical zoom & 30x spatial zoom. The camera on the front screen has a resolution of 10MP, while on the inner screen is still a borderless type with a resolution of 4MP—the type of camera I rarely use, only when making video calls from the internal screen. It’s easy to take pictures with the main sensor.

When accessing the camera from the external screen, there’s a “selfie” button on the top left, which lets you take selfies with a choice of three rear camera sensors. If there is a photo trend with ultra-wide sensor now, through the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G, you can see an instant preview without guessing. This feature is very convenient, especially for events like concerts.

You can also go through the main screen and can activate the external monitor (so that the subject being photographed can also see the viewfinder) or split the main screen to preview the captured image. The camera mode itself is as complete as other Samsung flagships, including Director’s View and a really snappy manual mode. In terms of quality, the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G has a pretty satisfying camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 Review

Photos in good light can be of high quality, with a very wide dynamic range and a fairly fast shutter. In low light, taking pictures with the main sensor sometimes doesn’t need to use night mode, because you can get bright photos instantly thanks to the sensor that is actually better than the previous generation.

In addition to photography, his videography skills are also satisfactory. The main sensor can record video at up to 8K 24 fps if needed. But as long as you use 4K 30fps resolution, you can switch to all camera sensors except the under-display camera. I was directly trying to capture the moment at Pestapora yesterday.

I really appreciate the quality of the telephoto sensor, it can provide relatively good video quality even up to 5x zoom, with stable footage and excellent sound quality. It feels like the level of AI intervention is quite high – there are times when you zoom in 5x and the video is still blurry as if the object has not been detected before showing more clearly. However, very rarely with success, video can remain very stable even though not from the main sensor.

Product Features Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G

Maximizing productivity even more, the One UI 4.1.1 that the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G uses is based on Android 12L—a special version of the operating system for big screens. Samsung introduced a new Taskbar that looks similar to Samsung DeX, and it makes multitasking very, very easy.

If before there were only 3 virtual buttons, now they are “useful” when displaying a list of favorite applications, the 2 most recent applications, menu shortcuts to shortcuts to run many applications according to preferences ( called Apps Pair). The rest is more or less the same as before.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 smartphone

What I am a bit sorry is that the interface of the Instagram application is often not very good, both on the external screen and on the internal screen, both at the default ratio of full screen. It’s not entirely Samsung’s fault, but it would be better if it was optimized, as many Galaxy Z Fold4 5G users will use it for entertainment.

The Samsung DeX option still appears when connected to an external display. Flexible mode can also provide more functionality, including unoptimized applications. In terms of entertainment, the stereo speaker quality is fast and satisfying enough.

Operational performance

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G is equipped with Qualcomm’s best chipset at the moment, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4nm, which is much more power efficient than non-Plus variants. In terms of performance, although Antutu scores are not the highest, at least the user experience is smooth and enjoyable. Even if you’re running “premium” multitasking.

Naturally, the presence of the Taskbar allows me to access more apps at once (or run 2-3 apps at the same time on the home screen). Compared to last year’s line, it really feels equally smooth, but the body temperature is better maintained. It is no longer susceptible to heat, especially when used outdoors during the day—in an outdoor cafe area, for example.

The cooler temperatures also make the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G more comfortable to use for extended periods of time, especially when using the satisfying home screen. Of course, 12GB of RAM is more than enough, and there are still RAM Plus options up to 8GB—that’s up to 20GB!

It seems that the arrival of the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G in the second half of 2022 is just right, when Qualcomm has been able to optimize the performance of the chipset further. Making this machine focus on multitasking should be very comfortable to use, longer usage time.

The battery

Having a larger form factor than the Flip series, in the previous generation the battery of the Fold version felt more durable. On the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G, the battery capacity is still exactly the same, namely 4,400 mAh divided equally on both sides of the body. The good news is that you can use this smartphone all day more comfortably.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 camera

In two weeks of use, I did not feel any significant difference in battery drain when using the main screen more than the external monitor. On average, with a combination of Wi-Fi plus mobile data, the screen-on time I got was between 4-4.5 hours, with 24 hours of use. This is also the same lifespan as a typical flagship smartphone with a larger battery.

The use of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset feels really effective in increasing battery life. The charging process is also faster than the previous generation. From the 5% range, it can hit 50% in 30 minutes and 100% in one hour 20 minutes. Wireless charging & wireless reverse charging? Present when I forgot to charge my Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Conclusion Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G phone

As I mentioned at the beginning, although it looks the same from the outside, there are quite a few improvements both in terms of software and hardware that the Galaxy Z Fold4 5G brings. Although in fact some of the new features will also be passed on to previous generations. For this reason, users of older models are not required to upgrade.

But if you are thinking of buying a Samsung foldable smartphone for the first time, now is the right time. At least at the same price, the options are not just the latest iPhones. Having a multifunction device is also futuristic, and far from the word “fragile”.

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