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This has been a rather busy week for smartphone leaks and announcements alike. Not only did Google reveal the Pixel 6a and Pixel 7 on Wednesday, but we also saw leaked renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Hours after he shared the Z Fold 4 leaks, Steve H. (@OnLeaks) returned with leaked renders of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4 as well.
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Hemmerstoffer teamed up with frequent collaborator 91mobiles to share the Galaxy Z Flip 4 renders on Wednesday. Unlike the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4, which seems to feature a few design changes, the new Z Flip 4 looks virtually identical to its predecessor.
At a glance, you might not be able to tell the difference between these two phones. Like last year’s model, the Z Flip 4 will feature a 6.7-inch flexible display that folds in the center with a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. On the back, the small cover screen once again sits next to the dual-camera setup at the top of the device.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 renders show the phone unfolded. Image source: OnLeaks/91mobiles At the bottom of the phone are a USB Type-C port, a microphone, a SIM tray, and a speaker grille. The power button sits on the right side (and doubles as the fingerprint sensor) along with the volume rocker. None of these features or design elements are different from what Samsung brought to the table with the Z Flip 3 last August.
The design might be unchanged, but the phone will undoubtedly be more powerful than its predecessor. According to the leak, the Z Flip 4 will ship with Qualcomm’s more recent Snapdragon 888 Plus processor and a larger 3,700 mAh battery. Unfortunately, the two 12-megapixel rear cameras reportedly aren’t getting upgraded this year.
If you want an even better look at Samsung’s new foldable phone, 91mobiles published the following video showing it off alongside the leaked renders this week:
When is the Galaxy Z Flip 4 coming out?
Typically, Samsung hosts at least two Galaxy Unpacked events a year. The first Galaxy Unpacked of 2022 was in January, when the company unveiled the Galaxy S22 lineup as well as the Galaxy Tab S8 tablets. If Samsung sticks to the same schedule that it has for the past few years, the second event should come in August. Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Watch 4, and Buds 2 last August. We expect a similar showing this August.
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The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is three months from release, which explains why the number of leaks is increasing. And why we already have renders showing the purported Galaxy Z Fold 4 design. The new phone might resemble the previous version, but it won’t be identical to the Fold 3. That’s what several design leaks have told us so far, and the renders put that in perspective.
Even more interesting is a different design leak that indicates the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be a lot lighter than its predecessor. Not only that, but it will be lighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has a traditional form factor.
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Reports so far have claimed that Samsung will employ a new hinge design that helps reduce the phone’s weight. Separately, Galaxy Z Fold 4 design leaks said the new foldable will have different proportions. It’ll be shorter and wider, so that the external display is easier to use.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 weight
Well-known insider Ice Universe has provided most of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 design details so far, and he’s back with new tidbits.
He said on Twitter that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be lighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max when it’s in a case. That’s Apple’s best and largest iPhone so far, a device weighing 240 grams without a protective case.
In a separate tweet, the same leaker said the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will weigh less than 260 grams, without offering an exact figure. The weight detail implies that Samsung has altered the Fold 3 design to make the Fold 4 lighter.
Last year’s Fold model weighs 271 grams, which is pretty heavy for a smartphone. But, again, the nature of foldable designs forces such compromises right now.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 design render: Foldable screen (top), cover screen and camera details (bottom). Image source: @OnLeaks and Smartprix New design renders
Ice isn’t the only leaker out there detailing Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 design. OnLeaks and Smartprix partnered to release the first Galaxy Z Fold 4 renders (above and below).
Again, the Fold 4 will apparently resemble its predecessor. It’ll feature a large 7.6-inch foldable display and a 6.2-inch cover screen on the exterior. The inner display will have an under-panel camera, while the external screen will have a hole-punch camera.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 design render: Cover screen and rear camera. Image source: @OnLeaks and Smartprix The renders seem to confirm previous claims that Samsung changed the handset’s dimensions. We’re looking at 155 x 130 x 7.1 mm when unfolded. The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s unfolded size is 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm. Therefore, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be shorter and wider if these design details are accurate.
Finally, the renders suggest that the rear camera system will get a design change on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. We’re looking at three camera protrusions on the back rather than a single module. The new camera design resembles the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
That said, these are just rumors. No matter how accurate Samsung leaks tend to be, we’ll have to wait until August for Samsung to confirm everything.
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With summer on the way, we’re getting closer to the launch of Samsung’s next wave of foldable devices. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 should be unveiled in August, during a launch window that once belonged to the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy S22 Ultra delivered the final nail in the Note’s coffin, and Samsung has since confirmed that the Note series is dead. As a result, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 are the only new Samsung flagships that we’ll see this summer. And now we have another series of leaks that details the significant display design changes coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
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A Samsung insider with an accurate track record revealing Galaxy secrets said a few weeks ago that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 wouldn’t just recycle last year’s display design.
The Fold 3 is Samsung’s best Fold version to date when it comes to durability. But it’s not a perfect foldable phone. The Fold 3 is thicker and heavier than traditional handsets. More annoying is the external display, which continues to feature an aspect ratio that’s not friendly to one-handed use. The cover screen is too tall and not wide enough.
That’s where the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is improving, according to Ice Universe. The leaker said a few weeks ago that the handset’s cover screen will be wider than before. Also, the display will not be as tall as that of the Fold 3. These changes should make the new handset easier to use.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone. Image source: Amazon / Samsung The new Galaxy Z Fold 4 display design leak
The same leaker has returned with more details about the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s display design. This time, he shared screen ratios for the phone’s displays which support previous rumors. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable display will have a 6:5 aspect ratio compared to 5:4 for the Fold 3. The cover screen will have a 23:9 ratio, compared to 24.5:9 for the Fold 3.
The leaker provided visuals that make it easier to understand these design changes:
As you can see in the renders above, the overall screen real estate will not change for the foldable screen. The display will be slightly wider and just a touch shorter than before. Therefore, the diagonal size should be similar.
More interesting are the renders showcasing the purported Galaxy Z Fold 4 cover display design, seen below:
Like the foldable screen, the external display is slightly wider and shorter. We’re only looking at a few extra millimeters that make the phone a bit wider. Is that enough to improve the experience with the folded screen? We’ll have to wait for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to hit stores to see that.
In a separate tweet, the leaker also listed the battery capacities for the two 2022 Samsung foldables. We’re looking at a 4,400 mAh battery pack for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and a 3,700 mAh battery for the Flip 4. If the figures are accurate, only the Flip is getting a battery size upgrade, while the Fold 4 will only match its predecessor’s battery size.
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