To try to bring foldable phones to the mainstream, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 last week. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will start at $1,800 (£1,649, AU$2,499) and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will start at $1,000 (£999, AU$1,499).
Both phones have a foldable design, but they each have their own look and feel. The Z Flip 4 was popularized by Motorola’s Razr flip phone, and is a clamshell-style flip phone that targets online content creators and other demographics. The Z Fold 4 from Samsung is their heftier book-style foldable that is nearly twice as tall when both are folded “closed.” When unfurled, the Z Fold 4 expands into a tablet-sized interior screen that Samsung says can be used for multitasking, with the help of 12GB of RAM.
The Z Fold 4 has a larger size and higher price. It also comes with more features. There are three rear cameras and one telephoto lens, whereas the Z Flip 2 only offers two cameras. The Z Fold 4 also offers a larger battery than the Z Flip 2. Aside from that, their displays are different as well. The lower half of the cover on the flip 4 has a petite display that can be more useful with this version, while the Fold 4’s display is nearly in the size of a regular phone screen
The third big difference is software, with updates to both new models. The Flex Mode on the Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 also get the bottom-screen trackpad feature, which splits apps between top and bottom portions of the screen when it’s folded halfway. It should be easier to use these apps in Flex Mode, with an easy way to manipulate them using a half-screen trackpad.
To increase interest in the Galaxy S22, Samsung is adding features to make nighttime photography easier. The nighttime improvements are a continuation of Samsung’s efforts to convince buyers to switch with a foldable phone.
For more information on how the Z Flip 4 stacks up against the Z fold 4, take a look at CNET’s high-level comparison below.