March 21, 2023

Having performed round with the Huawei Mate Xs 2 only a few months again and actually having fun with the expertise, I’ve obtained a greater concept of what I really like in a foldable telephone.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold sequence will all the time have a mushy spot in my coronary heart, however for the longest time, it’s been the one giant foldable telephone I’ve used. Therefore, you might say I’m biased.

Now that I’m extra knowledgeable although, I can have a look at the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 by a extra impartial lens. Right here’s what it brings to the desk.

A modern, premium-feeling outer physique

First issues first, the Graygreen colourway on the unit we acquired is beautiful, eliciting excited oooh’s from me and my colleague once we first set eyes on it.

Samsung selected to keep up the premium matte ending (a terrific selection, particularly with the delicate Graygreen), however made the fascinating resolution to have the perimeters of the telephone be a shiny metallic.

Beforehand, on the Z Fold3, the perimeters had been barely extra matte. Past that although, the Z Fold3 and Z Fold4 look just about equivalent, at the very least till you get into the minute particulars.

In an incremental improve, Samsung has made the quilt show a lot wider at 57.2mm (2.7mm greater than the Z Fold3), addressing persistent consumer complaints that earlier cowl shows had been a lot too slim to be snug to make use of.

2.7mm doesn’t sound like so much on paper, however in observe, it makes fairly the distinction. Although it’s nonetheless narrower than a mainstream flagship’s cowl show, it’s extra snug to make use of one-handed now.

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That is additional helped by the 8g weight discount from the Z Fold3, bringing the Z Fold4’s complete weight to about 263g. 

Compared, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 weighed 255g, although the large distinction doubtless comes all the way down to the physique supplies used. 

The Z Fold4 undoubtedly feels extra sturdy, however it’s additionally nonetheless cumbersome (when folded) by most individuals’s requirements. In the event you discovered earlier Z Fold fashions clunky to unfold as nicely, the Z Fold4 gained’t change something.

Unfolded, the Z Fold4 additionally has a wider show at 122.9mm, because of minimised bezels. Just like its predecessor, it has a Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with HDR10+, a 120Hz refresh price, and 1,200 nits of brightness (peak).

So, sure, it’s beautiful and easy particularly when used for watching movies or gaming.

Outfitted with options to please productivity-chasers

One improve that has gotten workaholics excited is the brand new taskbar function which simulates a mini-desktop expertise.

It permits customers to simply change between their favorite or most not too long ago used apps, and customising it really works the identical manner as with the sidebar on some other Samsung system launched previously few years.

It’s undoubtedly a instrument made for productiveness functions, however I’ll admit I don’t look after it an excessive amount of as a result of I don’t work on my telephone.

Regardless of that, I’d nonetheless argue that the fantastic thing about the Z Fold4 really lies in its skill to show from every day driver right into a productiveness powerhouse simply by unfolding it. 

The mini-tablet expertise is just additional enhanced with the assistance of the S Pen Fold Version (which I didn’t get to strive), and naturally, DeX.

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Multi-Lively Home windows additionally shine one of the best on a telephone just like the Z Fold4, as a result of a break up display primarily finally ends up wanting like two mainstream cowl shows subsequent to one another.

This permits one to simply drag and drop information from one window to the opposite, once more exhibiting how the telephone is poised for productiveness.

To maximise the Z Fold4’s foldability, there’s Flex Mode, which permits customers to observe a video on one half of the display whereas studying feedback or video descriptions on the opposite half.

It’s not my favorite function as I do like watching movies in full display, however it’s helpful if I need to watch one thing hands-free for some time and don’t have a telephone stand.

Improved flagship-standard cameras

One other speaking level for the Z Fold4 is its upgraded cameras, as those on the Z Fold3 remained largely unchanged from the Z Fold2.

The Z Fold4 now boasts the identical digital camera capabilities because the Samsung S22, with a 12MP ultra-wide, 50MP large, and 10MP telephoto with 3x Optical Zoom and 30x Area Zoom.

Its cowl show digital camera stays the identical as its predecessor’s at 10MP, with the identical 4MP under-display digital camera when unfolded too.

From my expertise, the Z Fold4’s cameras actually are higher, and never simply on paper. The 50MP lens makes the most important distinction, after all.

Footage got here out sharp and clear, and with the ability to use the quilt display as a mirror to take selfies or alter your look earlier than somebody takes an image of you is a recreation changer.

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The latter was a function that’s existed because the very first Z Fold telephone was launched, however I can inform the UI for it has been improved considerably.


With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip and a 4,400mAh battery (identical as earlier than, simply with sooner charging capabilities), the Z Fold4 dealt with a couple of hours of Genshin Influence gameplay simply high quality on overclocked settings.

The standard heating up was to be anticipated, because it’s not geared up with gaming telephone cooling techniques, however it wasn’t something too uncomfortable.

Having identified these incremental enhancements then, it begs the query, who is that this telephone for, with its beginning worth of RM6,299?

It’s nonetheless in no way an inexpensive telephone, however it’s most likely the most effective foldable telephones within the Malaysian market proper now.

The Z Fold4 is for somebody who’s not modified their telephone in a couple of years perhaps, and is in search of one thing new, totally different, and thrilling.

It’s for somebody who’s pushed to do some work on the go, somebody who would respect what’s primarily a telephone and a mini pill in a single physique.

Thanks to those seemingly minor upgrades, the Z Fold4 has really change into a reasonably well-polished system that would really rival most flagships, if one can afford it.

Execs Cons
Improved primary cameras, placing it on par with the S22 Nonetheless geared up with a excessive price ticket
A barely wider cowl show that makes it really feel like a mainstream telephone when folded Nonetheless cumbersome to carry (when folded) and clunky to open
New productivity-focused options have been added
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