5 things we’d love to see on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 – Phandroid

As we approach the launch of Samsung’s fourth-generation foldable devices, we can’t help but feel a mix of pure excitement and dreaded anxiety (we imagine it’s amplified even more for Samsung fans) while waiting for the next Samsung Unpacked event.

Samsung’s foldable smartphones have always offered a nice alternative to your regular slab variety, boasting impressive hardware engineering and software features. However, every smartphone has a weakness, and we’d be lying if we said they’re all perfect devices. That said, the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 has some promising improvements over its predecessor, and we can’t help but dream of things we’d like to see in the next foldable. Here are a few !

Better battery efficiency

Last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 featured a 4,400mAh battery, and if what we’ve gathered is true, it looks like the Z Fold 4 will have the same battery capacity as well. In our initial Z Fold 3 review, we noted battery life as one of the phone’s weak points, which in some ways isn’t surprising given the large screen, speed high refresh rate, as well as power consumption. Snapdragon 888 chipset in the phone.

It would undoubtedly be great if the Z Fold 4 managed to circumvent this problem. Since the phone will ship with the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, we can (hopefully) expect better battery efficiency on the handset, based on the improved performance of the new chip.

Better thermals

Another issue that has been widely reported with the Snapdragon 888 is the chipset’s good habit of heating up many devices that were running on it. The Z Fold 3 was no exception to this, and there was no shortage of online posts complaining of heating issues on the device. That didn’t mean it was a one-size-fits-all problem – after all, every user comes with their own usage patterns, apps, and so on. different. But there’s no denying that Qualcomm’s three-number entry wasn’t the most effective at delivering balanced thermals.

Coming back to the Z Fold 4, the new SoC 8+ Gen 1 is also expected to bring improvements regarding heat dissipation and thermal control, and if the marketed upgrades prove true, we can expect usage. much cooler (pardon the pun) with the new phone.

Camera improvements

While the Z Fold 3 had good cameras, it still wasn’t on par with the lenses of Samsung’s more “standard” smartphones. In terms of imaging hardware, the Z fold 4 should have a triple camera setup on the back, which includes a 50MP main shooter (108 according to other sources), a 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The phone is also expected to feature a 4MP selfie camera inside the phone and a 10MP selfie camera on the front of the phone’s external display, indicating that not much has changed between two Z Fold generations.

It’s no secret that Samsung usually reserves its best cameras on its S-series Ultra, but nowadays computational photography has changed the game of mobile photography, raising hopes that Samsung might tweak its camera software. camera for better optimization and optical results. After all, if Google can get great results with 12MP lenses on the pixel 6a, nothing prevents Samsung from doing so as well.

less crease

Now this next one is more of a minor issue. Since foldable screen engineering is a relatively “new” application in modern smart devices, the problem of visible creases is still present on almost all foldable devices (at least for now). But as always, we’ve yet to see the Z Fold 4 in all its glory – for now, we can only hope that Samsung has managed to reduce the crease on its screen somewhat for a while.

Integrated S-Pen slot

With the demise of the Galaxy Note line, the S-Pen was designed to live within the confines of the S22 Ultra, which essentially serves as the obligatory large-screen stylus-equipped device on Samsung’s current slate of phones. Given that the Z Fold 3 didn’t have a stylus compartment (although its large display is the perfect reason to have one), it would make sense for the company to squeeze one into the Z Fold 4.

However, the newly leaked renders of the device show that there is no S-Pen integration as all sides of the device are clean except for the microphone holes, top grilles speakers and USB-C port. We still haven’t seen the actual device, so maybe there’s a slim chance of seeing a stylus slot once it launches publicly.

That said, we still have to wait for Samsung to officially present the device. Whether or not those expectations make it to the final product is up for debate, and we’re sure whatever the company shows us on August 10 will still be something to see. In the meantime, you can read more about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 here on Phandroid.

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