Samsung will unveil its next-gen foldable phones on August 10th as it continues to try to make the most of a market where it has no real competition. The upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 have appeared in numerous leaks so far, to the point where we think we know everything there is to know about the two handsets. The newest rumor comes from Korea, providing price and preorder details for both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4.
How much will the Galaxy Z Fold 4 cost?
Recent rumors from Europe gave us somewhat good news about Samsung’s pricing plans for the new foldables. We learned that the 256GB Galaxy Z Fold 4 might be €50 (about $50) more expensive than last year’s model.
This implied the 256GB Fold 4 might not start at $1,799 in the US as the Fold 3 did. However, unlike last year, Samsung will reportedly have a 128GB Galaxy Z Fold 4 version in stock. If the European price leak is accurate, the Fold 4 might still start at $1,799 in the US before deals and discounts. But buyers will only get half the storage for that price.
A new report from Naver details the pricing structure for the Fold 4 and Flip 4 in Korea. According to the site, Samsung will not raise the prices for the Fold 4.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 press image leak. Image source: 91mobiles/Evan Blass The 256GB model will sell for 1,998,700 won in the region, just like its predecessor. If the report is accurate, the 512GB model will cost 2,097,700 won in Korea. That implies Samsung will set the starting price for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at around $1,799. That’s what the cheapest Fold 3 cost last year, before preorder deals.
Samsung is reportedly looking to push sales of foldable devices despite inflation concerns. That’s why it’s keeping prices in place for one more year. However, the report says pricing might vary depending on the market and exchange rate.
Flip 4 price also leaked
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 might not see a price bump in Korea, but Samsung will raise the price for the Flip 4.
Prices start at 1,299,000 won for the 256GB version, or 45,000 won (about $35) more expensive than last year. The report is in line with at least one report from Europe that suggested a price increase might be in order.
This could translate to a price hike of about $50 for the US market. As a reminder, the Flip 3 started at $999 last year. Any price hike would get the starting price over that $1,000 mark.
Samsung expects to sell more Galaxy Z Flip 4 units than Fold 4. This could explain the higher price. It’s more expensive to manufacture phones in this economy. Also, Samsung might be looking to raise revenue from the foldable handsets.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 press image leak. Image source: 91mobiles/Evan Blass Preorder details leaked
As high as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 prices might be, Samsung will do everything it can to drop them via preorder promotions. The company already offers up to $200 Samsung credit for reservations, which do not force buyers to commit to purchase anything. However, only half of that creditcomes with a Fold 4 or Flip 4 preorder.
Once the phones launch, Samsung will have additional preorder deals in place. The offers for Korea have leaked, according to the same Naver. Buyers who preorder one of the two foldable flagships after the August 10th event will get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2, a protective case, and one year of Samsung Care+ extended warranty.
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Samsung has officially confirmed that it will unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 on August 10th. Then again, everything has seemingly already leaked. For instance, a new Galaxy Z Fold 4 price leak tells us the new foldable flagship might be slightly more expensive than last year’s. And Galaxy rumors almost always turn out to be accurate, whether it’s for traditional form factors or foldable handsets.
The Fold 4 price leak comes just a few days after the Flip 4’s cost leaked in Europe. The new rumor comes from the same region, teasing slight price bumps for the new devices. That’s not surprising, considering the current state of the global economy. And it’s not necessarily bad news considering Samsung’s reservation promotion for the two handsets and the rumored upgrades.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 price leak
We explained just a few days ago that buyers should expect price hikes across the board for new smartphones. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine continue to impact the economy. And the costs of goods are going up. It’s not just fuel at the pump or groceries but also devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 that will see price increases.
Last week’s Flip 4 price leak suggested that the price would be similar in Europe to last year’s Flip 3. An Italian blog said that the leaked price of €1,080 for the 128GB version would probably go to €1,099 for the country. That would be on par with the Flip 3’s cost last year.
As a reminder, prices all throughout Europe tend to be similar, with slight variations. Also, they include tax, unlike US prices. Therefore, converting the EU price to dollars would not reflect the US price. Finally, the dollar has reached parity with the euro recently, which makes currency conversions a lot easier if you need them.
With all that in mind, we explained last week that the Flip 4 might cost $999 in the US if that leak was accurate.
In turn, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 price might stay at $1,799, which is what the Fold 3 cost at launch. Also, these are prices before any reservation or preorders promos that Samsung might offer.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 design render: Foldable screen (top), cover screen and camera details (bottom). Image source: @OnLeaks and Smartprix How much will the Galaxy Z Fold 4 cost?
But now we have a different price leak for Europe, and this time around, the Fold 4 is specifically mentioned. GizPaw found the price tags of both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 on the website of an undisclosed European retailer.
As always, with such discoveries, these might be just placeholders. Stores are preparing their websites for future sales. The information they present might not be accurate.
According to the leak, the 256GB Galaxy Z Fold 4 would sell for €1,849 in this European market, or €50 higher than last year. The price for the 512GB option would go up by €100, from €1,899 to €1,999.
The same retailer posted prices for the Flip 4 handset, which are in line with last week’s quotes. The 128GB starts at €1,080. But GizPaw says that’s actually €30 more expensive than the Flip 3’s €1,049 starting price.
Assuming the information above is accurate, US prices might see similar hikes come August 10th.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 press image leak. Image source: 91mobiles/Evan Blass It’s not all bad news
There might be ways to mitigate the higher prices. First, Samsung offers fans up to $200 credit for preorder registrations. That might be enough to offset the price increase, considering that Samsung should offer various preorder deals for the phones.
Secondly, there’s a rumor that says the Fold 4 might also come in an 128GB version. That might be a way for Samsung to keep the $1,799 price tag in place for one more year. If you don’t mind having just half the Fold 3’s storage, then you might be able to purchase the Galaxy Z Fold 4 for $1,799 before deals and discounts.
Nothing is official, however. These are all assumptions based on a myriad of rumors. And while Galaxy leaks usually turn out to be true, Samsung still has time to change its pricing scheme for the 2022 foldables.
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Samsung is a couple of weeks away from returning to the Unpacked stage. This time, it’ll unveil new foldable devices and wearable gadgets. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 will be the main stars of the event, although Samsung fans also expect the Watch 5 and brand new Galaxy Buds, come August 10th. Almost everything has leaked about the new foldable phones in the past few weeks. The only thing missing was the price for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, but there’s a rumor about that.
The European pricing structure for the Flip 4 has leaked, indicating that Samsung might not plan any significant price changes for the more affordable foldable handset. The Flip 4 should cost just as much as its predecessor in the region, so we’d expect Samsung to keep the Fold 4 price in place as well.
Smartphone price hikes shouldn’t be a surprise
Flagship smartphone vendors routinely keep last year’s pricing structure in place, but 2022 isn’t a regular year, and foldable phones aren’t regular flagships. The massive inflation following the pandemic and the war in Ukraine has forced suppliers to increase prices. In turn, smartphone makers might pass those costs to the consumer.
That’s not great news for Samsung foldable devices, which continue to be more expensive than traditional flagships. Samsung has lowered the prices since the first Fold and Flip models. And the company throws plenty of promos at consumers in a bid to reduce the entry cost. But Samsung phones are more expensive than their counterparts from China. Luckily for Samsung, those rival devices aren’t widely available.
Considering all these conditions, it’s clear that Samsung can’t offer massive price discounts for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 this year. At best, Samsung can keep prices in place for one more year. That’s what the new leak suggests.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 leaked press render. Image source: MySmartPrice Galaxy Z Flip 4 price in Europe
As always, with European Union prices for goods, we’ll remind you that the prices below factor in tax. That’s how it works. Therefore, converting the prices in dollars will not get you the full picture. On the other hand, since the dollar and the euro reached parity, converting the prices below is very simple.
That said, a new report provides the purported prices for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 variants. Here’s what buyers in the EU might expect:
128GB Galaxy Z Flip 4: $1,080 256GB Galaxy Z Flip 4: $1,160 512GB Galaxy Z Flip 4: $1,280 Whatever the final price for the Flip 4, the entire EU region will offer a similar pricing structure, with small variations. Italian blog Tutto Android speculates that the 128GB model might cost $1,099 in Italy. That price point is in line with the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s cost last year.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 press image leak. Image source: 91mobiles/Evan Blass How to reduce the cost of foldable phones.
If the Flip 4 price quotes are accurate, we’d expect Samsung to keep the Flip 3 prices in various markets. The new affordable foldable might start at $999 in the US before all the deals.
Similarly, Fold 4 might keep the Fold 3 starting price in place. That’s $1,799 before deals and promos. But you might get just 128GB of storage instead of 256GB like last year.
The good news is that Samsung will have plenty of preorder deals for fans. You can start saving right away by registering your interest to preorder. You score at least $100 in savings for either the Fold 4 or Flip 4. And savings go up to $200 if you also register to preorder the new Samsung wearables.
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As the global economy reels, it’s no surprise smartphone demand is down. Spending $1,000 on a phone isn’t nearly as appealing with a potential recession looming. Earlier in the month, IDC projected that smartphone shipments would decline by 3.5% in 2022. Samsung seems to be feeling the effects of this slowdown as much as any phone maker, as a new report claims the company has millions of unsold phones in stock.
Samsung struggling to unload new phones
The Elec reports (via SamMobile) that distributors have 50 million Samsung phones currently sitting in their inventory. The mid-range Galaxy A series is said to make up “a huge portion” of this unsold supply. Sources tell the site that Samsung wants to ship 270 million phones in 2022, but the 50 million unsold phones represent 18% of that sales goal.
According to The Elec, unsold inventory usually represents about 10% of any company’s total shipments. The fact that Samsung’s is so much higher shows just how significantly the South Korean tech giant overestimated sales in the first half of the year.
The report goes on to note that Samsung was producing around 20 million phones a month in January and February. That number dropped to 10 million in May, presumably in response to inventory growing while demand was dropping.
We can’t verify this report, but it isn’t the first to spell trouble for Samsung this spring. Last month, South Korea’s Maeil Economic Daily reported that Samsung was slashing smartphone orders for 2022. A source said that Samsung was lowering its order volume from 310 million units to 280 million units — nearly 10% fewer than planned.
Apple isn’t immune to low demand either
iPhone SE 3 color options. Image source: Apple Inc. Of course, Samsung isn’t the only smartphone maker lowering expectations due to inflation, supply chain disruptions, and the Russia-Ukraine war.
In March, Nikkei Asia reported that Apple would make 20% fewer iPhone SE units in the next quarter than planned. Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that production issues were not to blame, but rather demand was simply lower than expected.
Samsung and Apple each have major phone launches planned for the second half of 2022. According to Front Page Tech host Jon Prosser, Samsung will announce the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 on August 10th. A month later, we expect Apple to host an event of its own to pull back the curtain on the highly-anticipated iPhone 14 line.
Both companies are certainly hoping that the economy is in better shape later this summer. Otherwise, we might see unsold inventory continue to grow.
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When the Galaxy S22 series launched, we told you that the Galaxy S22 preorder deals were so good you had to check them out. The alternative was to wait for the Galaxy S22 price to drop to buy a better deal in the weeks that followed the release date.
With more than a month since preorders started, we’ve had a chance to learn more details about Samsung’s Galaxy S22 phones. And it turns out that the various controversies surrounding the phone make it a questionable purchase.
In what follows, I’ll cover four reasons why you shouldn’t buy the Galaxy S22, even when the price drops.
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The Galaxy S22 is one of the most anticipated phones of the year, something that can be said about any of its predecessors. And Samsung already registered record sales for the handset in Korea. But that was during preorders before all the problems came to light.
In what follows, we’ll highlight three significant controversies that hurt the Galaxy S22. Add to that the phone’s poor performance in durability tests, and you have at least four solid reasons not to buy a new Samsung flagship smartphone.
Galaxy S22 Ultra drop test: Camera damage. Image source: YouTube The glass breaks easily
The Galaxy S22 features a sturdy design, and we saw the phone survives all sorts of durability tests with ease. But the one area where the Galaxy S22 fails is accidental drops.
We saw a few drop tests so far, and the Galaxy S22 models shattered after just the first drop. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s curved edges appear to be particularly prone to cracking.
That’s not to say other glass phones are any safer. And this isn’t such a big controversy. The iPhone 13 certainly isn’t shatter-proof, although it won’t break quite as easily.
You should know from the get-go that you will need protective gear with the Galaxy S22. All that Aluminum Armor and Victus Glass talk won’t do much to safeguard the phones against drops.
Galaxy S22 Ultra display supports 1Hz refresh rate. Image source: Samsung Samsung lied about the Galaxy S22 display refresh rate
Nobody forced Samsung to lie about the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus display specs in its announcement. But the company did it anyway. And it hasn’t exactly apologized.
As a reminder, Samsung initially said that the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus support dynamic refresh rates between 10-120Hz. That’s a great feature to have, as it helps the phones conserve battery life by intelligently lowering the refresh rate when full 120Hz support isn’t needed.
The truth is that the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus can only go as low as 48Hz. That’s still helpful, of course. However, it doesn’t change the fact that Samsung lied about the specs.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus smartphone. Image source: Samsung What 45W charging?
Buy a Galaxy S22 phone, and you won’t get a charger in the box. Samsung mocked Apple’s move a few years ago and then copied it anyway. Obviously.
That’s not a problem for most handset owners, as they probably have USB-C chargers at home that will work fine with the new device. But if you want to take advantage of the fastest charging speed on the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra, you will need a 45W charger.
You can buy a 45W charger from Samsung or a third party. Regardless of where you get it, tests have shown that 45W charging is a joke on the Galaxy S22 Plus and Ultra. That’s right, it appears as though Samsung lied yet again.
This is the kind of feature that looks great on paper. But in real-life tests, the phone spent about a minute recharging at top speeds. After that, it no longer charges at 45W.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone. Image source: Samsung The worst offense: Galaxy S22 app throttling
Say you’re willing to ignore all the Galaxy S22 issues noted above, and you’re determined to buy one of the three models. You should be aware of the big Galaxy S22 performance throttling issues.
The controversy is so significant that Samsung rushed to issue a fix and roll it out in Korea and Europe. Moreover, Samsung is facing lawsuits and investigations at home, and the company had to address the matter openly during its shareholders’ meeting earlier this week. Samsung apologized, but the damage was already done.
Also, the company said it didn’t cut Galaxy S22 costs at the time. Some speculated the phones had to reduce performance because they lack proper cooling.
Even with the fix in place for some regions, the throttling controversy is still worrying. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to understand what happens if you remove the throttling. The feature is meant to prevent overheating and battery drain. Does that mean you should expect these problems once you disable throttling?
The throttling problem nullifies all of Samsung’s marketing efforts that promote the speed and performance of the new phones. And benchmark tests already showed the Galaxy S22 can’t outperform the iPhone 13 series that was released last year.
Also, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 flagship tablets suffer from the same problem.
Galaxy A52 in black and Galaxy A72 in white. Image source: Samsung Do not buy the Galaxy S22
To recap, the Galaxy S22 isn’t as durable as we thought it would be. Samsung misled customers about the display specs on the cheaper models. The charging speed isn’t as fast as advertised even on the more expensive models. And the performance of all Galaxy S22 versions.
With all that in mind, there’s no reason to buy the Galaxy S22 right now. Not even after Samsung inevitably slashes prices in the coming weeks.
I will note that one can ignore these problems. You can buy accessories to protect the glass, just like any glass phone. You don’t need the display to go down to 10Hz. And 25W charging is fast enough for most people. Finally, the throttling fix might really solve the performance issues.
But people buying a Samsung flagship expect the best possible experience. It’s the principle of the matter. Dealing with all these issues is an aggravating headache when you spend so much money on the latest and greatest smartphone.
Just imagine what it would mean for the latest iPhone to disappoint buyers like this.
Galaxy S22/S22 Plus vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra reviews on Samsung.com as of March 16th. The Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and Ultra reviews on Samsung’s website seem to agree. These are three-star phones at best.
Instead of the Galaxy S22, you can look forward to the Galaxy A53 and A33 mid-rangers that can’t possibly disappoint. On the other hand, if the Galaxy S22 price drops to A53 levels before any trade-in offers and carrier deals, it might be worth revisiting.
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