I’ve been secretly trying out Samsung’s NEW “iPhone Killer” flip phone – but there’s one feature that bothers me

WOULD you believe that Samsung is now in its fourth generation of foldable smartphones?

The king of Android is years ahead of its main competitor Apple, which has yet to do anything like this for the iPhone.

This is the fourth version of Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip series

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This is the fourth version of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip series

So it’s not surprising that Samsung is looking to gain momentum and make small but steady improvements to the Galaxy Z Flip.

Anyone who has tried this flip 3 It might be difficult to tell it apart from the new Flip 4 at first glance, but there are definitely some worthy improvements packed into this clam-like innovation.

We’ve been testing the latest phone for the last two weeks to see if this is a flip hit or a flip flop.

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The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is virtually indistinguishable from its predecessor and that’s not a bad thing as the design is simply stunning – if it’s not broke, why fix it as they say.

The hinge has been made much smaller so it closes nice and tight – although there is still a small gap.

But it fits nicely in your pocket, unlike most phones out there.

The tiny cover screen, which you can use when folded, remains with some minor improvements, like new widgets, including the ability to quickly control smart home devices.

Samsung also introduced some new colors: Bora Purple, Pink Gold and Blue.

The device folds beautifully, but there is still a small gap

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The device folds beautifully, but there is still a small gap

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Being able to make such a beautiful display foldable still amazes me every time.

The 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen effortlessly emits beautiful, rich colors.

Samsung even hid the front-facing selfie camera under the display so you get the full display experience – you can barely see it from the front, but you can spot it from other side angles.

Despite all of that, folding still has one major problem, and that’s the crease it creates in the middle of the screen.

I don’t know if Samsung or anyone will ever be able to get rid of this, but it remains quite noticeable.

It’s not significantly distracting, but you can definitely feel it too when you tap, swipe, and slide.

And the size also makes it difficult to use with one hand.

Snap the perfect group photo without unsteadily balancing your phone

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Snap the perfect group photo without unsteadily balancing your phone

battery

One area where Samsung has definitely listened to feedback is that batteryand it’s good news.

The capacity has been slightly increased from 3,300 mAh previously to 3,700 mAh this time.

This helps the Z Flip comfortably get through a good day before needing to be recharged.

Another welcome improvement is charging speeds, provided you’re juicing with a USB-C cable.

They can now be charged from nothing to 50 percent in about 30 minutes.

The small screen on the outside is super handy

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The small screen on the outside is super handy

performance and storage

Samsung is at the forefront of Android and it’s clear why.

With Android 12, the UI runs super smooth, thanks in large part to a chip upgrade.

The Flip 4 features Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which alongside 8GB of RAM makes switching between apps super smooth.

You can split some apps in half with a feature called Flex Panel, so the top half of the screen becomes the app, while the bottom bit contains options like a cursor.

It’s a nice touch that might not be all that useful for most people, but works flawlessly despite the extra machine power required.

The Flip 4 doesn’t have any external storage options, instead Samsung has added a new 512GB storage variant.

cameras

Another big step forward is the cameras, with a dual-lens rear camera that takes crisp snaps.

Both on the back are 12-megapixels and come with ultra-wide and stabilization, so your images are less likely to be blurry from camera shake.

Best of all, if you want a high-quality selfie, you can turn the outer cover screen into a camera viewer — and thanks to the foldability, you can even flip the phone to 90 degrees and comfortably set it on its side to take the selfie-free photo arms and awkward chin angles.

Speaking of folding, it also means you can film video like you would with a retro camcorder that might be easier to hold than the traditional way on smartphones.

There are numerous specific photo and video features to choose from to ensure you get the best possible images for your needs.

And if you want to use the front-facing selfie camera, that’s impressive too at 10-megapixels.

Verdict

Samsung rightly decided that evolution is better than revolution when it comes to the Galaxy Z Flip.

The changes from Flip 3 to Flip 4 aren’t drastic, but they’re worth it and show that the tech giant is listening to feedback to conquer the foldable market.

From £999 for the 128GB version all the way up to £1,199 for the 512GB, it doesn’t come cheap.

But in return, you get one of the best Android experiences out there, all with a sleek, show-off-worthy design – flipping open that screen just has real attention-grabbing power.

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Beyond looks, it performs beautifully throughout.

So if you’ve been tempted by a foldable device for a while, this is for you.

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