Samsung unveils the latest Galaxy Z Fold4 and Flip4 phones


Samsung has unveiled its latest folding phones, as well as two updated Galaxy Watch models and a new “Pro” version of its Galaxy Buds.

At today’s Unpacked conference, the centerpieces of the launch were the Galaxy Z Flip4 (from €1,139) and Galaxy Z Fold4 (from €1,909), both of which feature a number of upgrades over last year’s corresponding models.

The larger Galaxy Z Fold4 folds out from its 6.2-inch form into a 7.6-inch square display with a high-end 120Hz screen. Designed to be used with Samsung’s S Pen stylus, it’s primarily marketed as a work-friendly multitasking device that supports multiple different apps or windows open at the same time.

To that end, it has a new taskbar at the bottom of the display that allows for quick switching between apps.

It has a slimmer hinge than last year’s model, as well as tougher glass and a faster chip. It also has upgraded cameras thanks to a 23-piece brighter sensor, a 50-megapixel main lens, and a 3x telephoto lens that supports Samsung’s 30x “Space Zoom” mode.

The battery has a capacity of 4,400 mAh and comes with 12 GB of RAM with a choice of 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage.

The smaller, more popular Galaxy Z Flip4 opens up to a 6.7-inch, 120Hz display. It also has a 1.9 inch mini display on the lid.

The main camera sensor has been upgraded to 63 percent brighter and supports a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. It does not have a separate zoom lens.

It packs a 3,700mAh battery – which is larger than its predecessor – 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. It is available in purple, blue, graphite or rose gold colors.

The Flip4 accounts for 70 percent of Samsung’s foldable phone sales, the company says, while Samsung’s foldable phone sales in Ireland are up sevenfold so far this year. According to various analysts, the global market segment has tripled in the last year to between 8 and 10 million.

Samsung is currently the only mainstream smartphone company marketing foldable phones in Europe, accounting for about 90 percent of industry sales. Apple remains non-binding while its only other potential major competitor, Huawei, has been banned from selling phones in the West. The result is that folding phones are still under 3 percent of global shipments.

In Ireland, Samsung has sold around 600,000 “premium” phones – Galaxy S or Note models – over the last four years. It has just over 40 percent market share behind Apple. Samsung unveils the latest Galaxy Z Fold4 and Flip4 phones

Fry Electronics Team

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