Even if we are certainly still several months away from Samsung’s next big Unpacked product launch eventthe world’s largest smartphone maker doesn’t seem to have done a better job than usual of keeping the protagonists of said party a secret.
Of course, you can never be 100% sure about anything about an unreleased device like the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 until their makers make an official announcement, but these recently leaked renders
and a newly unveiled reference
clearly fall into the “99.9% confirmed” category.
Yes, boys and girls, we finally have (unofficial) confirmation today from one of Galaxy ZFlip 4
the biggest upgrades over its predecessor, plus a key advantage the next-gen foldable flagship should hold against all best phones
available now, including Galaxy S22 Ultra.
So…so much…raw speed
Referred to as model number SM-F721U, the ultra-high-end handset we’re reviewing today is surely the Z Flip 4, following in the footsteps of the SM-F711, aka Z Flip 3. Like the actual phone, it powers , the SM-F721U “motherboard” hides under a seemingly cryptic codename “taro”, although it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out exactly which processor we’re dealing with here.
With its octa-core processor consisting of a 1.8GHz quad cluster, three 2.75GHz cores, and a single 3.19GHz final core, this ARM-based bad boy is clearly aiming to improve Qualcomm’s 1.7 + 2.4 + 3 GHz configuration. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found inside the likes of the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra.
Naturally, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is pretty much guaranteed to share that cutting-edge silicon with its Z-fold 4
cousin, similar to how last year’s Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 came to pack the same processor. But it was the “regular” Snapdragon 888 rather than the Plus version, which matched the specs of the S21 family.
While we can’t rely on Geekbench scores to provide an accurate picture of a phone’s actual performance (especially regarding Galaxy devices
), the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ is widely rumored to bring significant improvements to the table over the non-Plus processor, partly due to the CPU clock speeds listed above and partly due to TSMC replaces Samsung itself
as a chipmaker.
All other Galaxy Z Flip 4 specs in one place
Unsurprisingly, today’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus “confirmation” is joined by some even less surprising tidbits, including Android 12 and the same 8GB RAM count used on the Flip Z 3
to reduce costs compared to the 12 gigabyte memory package Z-fold 3
Of course, information about the Z Flip 4’s display, battery, and camera remains up in the air…if you choose to rely exclusively on this pre-release performance review, with plenty of reports and credible leaks in recent months, but leaving very few questions unanswered.
We basically already know that the design of the Z Flip 3 won’t change much, with the Z Flip 4 gaining just a bit of girth to accommodate a significantly larger 3700 mAh battery
than last year’s 3300 mAh cell. The primary 6.7-inch and secondary 1.9-inch screens will likely remain unchanged, and unless Samsung
reconsiders at the last minute, any kind of S Pen support seems out of the question.
Super UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) technology designed to boost the durability of the Z Fold 4
is also unlikely to be integrated into the Z Flip 4, which may not get any big camera upgrades
Is. This all sounds a bit underwhelming, which makes improving processing power all the more crucial to the mainstream success of this device, especially if a (somewhat vague) rumor about a lower price
than that of the Z Flip 3 eventually materializes.