The form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Flip series is set: a 6.7-inch smartphone that can be folded like a classic folding mobile phone. This means that the flap can be used as a regular smartphone when opened. When folded, however, it is much more compact. A small screen is also built in next to the external cameras. When closed, you can see the time, notifications and access some widgets.
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Although not much has changed in terms of design at first glance, the innovations are in the details. Because Samsung has adapted the Galaxy Flip 4 to the basic design of the S22 series. The frame is slightly more angular and the screen edges are slightly thinner. Therefore, the Flip 4 is slightly smaller with a screen of the same size. In addition, all color variants of the Flip 4 are now matte and significantly less susceptible to fingerprints.
While the large screen remains protected by folding, the small screen now uses Gorilla Glass Victus+, the brand’s toughest protective glass to date. In addition, there are more widgets to choose from in 2022 than with the Flip 3. However, the new widgets could also come to last year’s model via update.
New internal features of the Galaxy Flip 4
An advantage of the Flip series remains in the fourth generation: While the Galaxy S series at home relies on Exynos processors, which are criticized for higher battery consumption, Qualcomm comes into play with the Flip series. Instead of the Snapdragon 888 in the Flip 3, the Galaxy Flip 4 is equipped with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. This is currently the most powerful processor from the manufacturer.
The main memory is unchanged at 8 gigabytes. And the memory for the basic variant remains at 128 gigabytes. In addition to a 256 gigabyte variant, a model with 512 gigabytes of storage space is also offered for the first time. This is handy because the Flip series has never offered a way to expand the memory later. By the way: there is no room for another SIM card either. A dual SIM function is still available – via eSIM, as in the previous models in the series.
Almost no changes to the camera
In terms of performance, the Galaxy Flip 4 can surpass the flagships of the S22 series. However, this is not the case with the camera. Samsung equips the Flip 4 with two 12-megapixel cameras again this year. They already take excellent photos in the Flip 3, but they can’t quite keep up with the Galaxy S series. Nothing has changed this year either. Only the field of view of the main camera has become a bit wider with 24 instead of 27 millimeters.
Big jump in battery
However, you can expect significant battery improvements. The capacity has increased from 3,300 mAh on the Galaxy Flip 3 to 3,700 mAh on the Flip 4. In addition, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a more energy-efficient processor. These two factors should result in noticeably better battery life. However, compared to the Galaxy S22+ in the same size at 4,500 mAh, the battery is still smaller. But you can’t fold this smartphone into that either.
Not only is the battery life improved with the Flip 4, but so is the charging speed. Charging with up to 25 (instead of 15) watts is now supported. 15 instead of the previous 10 watts are now possible wirelessly.
Galaxy Flip 4 vs. Flip 3: Our verdict
The comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 and its direct predecessor shows that the changes are in the details and are solid developments. Don’t expect big jumps, as many corners have been optimized and improved. Fortunately, the price has remained the same. The Flip 4 is still available from €1100 (RRP). The Flip 3 meanwhile has lost a little in value, it has long been available for well under 1,000 euros.
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