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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Galaxy Z Flip 3: What’s changing?

It is sometimes difficult to navigate the novelties of models that have just been released. Battery, design, interface… we take stock of the differences between the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Flip 3.

No pun intended, Samsung tossed a whole galaxy of products on August 10 at its Unpacked event. Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, all seem to have one thing in common: strong continuity with their predecessors. Enough to have a little trouble distinguishing the real novelties from yesterday’s repackaged announcements. Frandroid helps you see more clearly with a comparison between new and old model. After the Z Fold 4 compared to the Z Fold 3, we are interested here in the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and its points of difference.

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Design: more of the same, but better

Lay this year’s phone next to last year’s on a table, you’ll have a hard time telling which is which. To impress your tech-savvy friends, however, there is a trick to decide between them. The edges of the Z Flip 4 are now shiny and the back adopts a matte coating instead of the glossy from 3.

That’s not all, their contact is more metallic than that of the Z Flip 3, which although also equipped with an aluminum edge, gave more of an impression of softness. Also, Samsung promises that these slices are stronger than last year, it’s worth noting.

Still on the edges, these are less curved than last year and adopt a flat design. The hinge, too, is a little less present. It benefits from the same new manufacturing process as the Z Fold 4, which allows it to take up less space while being stronger and lighter.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Hinge
The straighter hinge of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Still on the grip side, the phone is undeniably heavier than its predecessor, even if it remains very light (187 grams against 183 last year). Last differentiating element: the two photo modules are slightly more protruding and come out a little more from the phone.

Autonomy, the real difference

All these design changes will probably not revolutionize your use of the Flip. The real leap expected was in battery life, and it looks like Samsung got the job done. On paper already, the Seoul firm equips the Flip 4 with a larger 400 mAh battery, increasing from 3300 mAh to 3700. In addition, the phone chip, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has a finer engraving fineness than the Snapdragon 888, and avoids the setbacks of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which tended to heat up.

As a result, the Z Flip 4 should provide a nice improvement in this regard. We have already had the opportunity to test this point via our test protocol carried out with ViSer. Let’s not be afraid of words: the improvement is dazzling. If the Flip 3 took 7:46 to reach 10%, a mediocre score, the Z Flip 4 took 11:39, a completely average result, but already of course. We will of course have to confirm or deny all this during our test, but here is a real reason to be enthusiastic about the Flip 4.

Photo and power take a small leap

Other small improvements are worth mentioning. Although the main sensor of the Z Flip 4 retains the 12-megapixel definition, it is indeed a new, slightly larger component, and therefore supposed to capture more light. The chip, as mentioned above, is more efficient since it is a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

Model Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
OS version

Android 12

Android 11

Manufacturer interface

One UI

One UI

screen size

1.9 inch, 6.7 inch

6.7 inches

Definition

2640 x 1080 pixels

2640 x 1080 pixels

Pixel density

425 dpi

425 dpi

Technology

Super-AMOLED

AMOLED

SoCs

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Snapdragon 888

Graphics chip (GPU)

Adreno 730

Adreno 660

Memory (RAM)

8 GB

8 GB

Internal memory (flash)

128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB

128 GB, 256 GB

Camera (back)

Sensor 1: 12 MP
Sensor 2: 12 MP

Sensor 1: 12 MP
Sensor 2: 12 MP

Camera (front)

10 MP

10 MP

Video recording

[email protected] FPS

[email protected]

Wireless

Wi-Fi 6 (ax)

WiFi 6E

Bluetooth

5.1

5.2

Bands supported

N/A

2100MHz (B1), 800MHz (B20), 1800MHz (B3), 2600MHz (B7), 700MHz (B28)

5G

Yes

Yes

NFC

Yes

Yes

Fingerprint sensor

Yes

Yes

Ports (inputs/outputs)

USB Type-C

USB Type-C

Battery

3700mAh

3300mAh

Dimensions

71.9 x 165.2 x 6.9mm

72.2 x 166 x 6.9mm

Weight

187 grams

183 grams

Colors

Purple, Blue, Pink, Gray

Black, Purple, Green, Yellow

Repairability index?

7.6/10

7.6/10

Price

€1,109

€1,039

Product sheet See the test

Product sheet See the test


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