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Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 first look; key features

The fourth-generation foldables, Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 has finally arrived in South Africa ahead of the official release date on August 26. Luckily we were able to get our hands-on on the two phones during the Galaxy Unpacked event and here’s the first look of the device.

Samsung continues to push the boundaries of smartphone versatility with its fourth-generation foldables, the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4, with each reaffirming the Korean tech tech giant’s commitment in creating flexible phones for the modern age, whether you’re looking for enhanced productivity from your favourite device, or are simply a fan on gadgets that place customisation capabilities at the forefront of their creation as they are about delivering powerful experience.

The Galaxy Z Flip4 builds on the success of Samsung’s iconic form factor, adding key features, including an upgraded camera experience, a larger battery and expanded customisation, while maintaining its ultra-compact design.

The Galaxy Z Fold4 opens up new possibilities for users, offering shape-shifting design, immersive displays and PC-like multitasking features, in addition to advanced camera technology and powerful mobile processors.

The Galaxy Z Fold4 offers a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when open and a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when closed (below).
The Galaxy Z Fold4 offers a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when open and a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when closed.

Galaxy Z Flip4, the ultimate tool for self-expression

The Galaxy Z Flip4 enhances users’ favourite features, making it the ultimate tool for self-expression. Its compact clamshell design offers unique experiences, meaning it’s possible to shoot hands-free video or capture full group selfies at various angles by partially folding Z Flip4 to activate FlexCam. These can even be enjoyed on users’ favourite apps.

Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Meta, FlexCam is optimised for popular social platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook. Likewise, users can do more than ever with Z Flip4 by taking high-quality selfies right from the Cover Screen by leveraging the main camera with the upgraded Quick Shot.

They can take high-quality video recording in Quick Shot mode and then seamlessly switch to Flex mode to continue recording hands-free without stopping the video – ideal for content creators and vloggers. Users are now able to take selfies in Portrait Mode and see preview in actual photo ratio when using Quick Shot.

With an upgraded camera equipped with a 65 percent brighter sensor powered by the Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, photos and videos are crisper and more stable – day or night.

Samsung customers can complement their style with a premium design in four vintage colors, including Bora Purple and graphite, as well as bold new colors like rose gold and blue.

Galaxy Z Fold4, a multi-tasking Powerhouse

Described as Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet, the Z Fold4 combines the company’s collective mobile technology expertise to create a device with increased functionality whether opened, closed, or in Flex mode. Furthermore, it is Samsung’s first device to ship with Android 12L, a special version of Android created by Google for large-screen experiences, including foldables.

The Z Fold4 is Samsung’s first device to ship with Android 12L, a special version of Android created by Google for large-screen experiences.

In addition to the new taskbar, which provides a layout similar to your PC, offering access to users’ favourite recent apps, Samsung’s partnerships with Google and Microsoft take multitasking to the next level.

Google apps, including Chrome and Gmail now support drag-and-drop, allowing users to quickly copy and paste links, photos and more from one app to another.

With Google Meet, users can now connect with more people while enjoying virtual co-activities, including co-watching videos on YouTube or playing games together on a video call. The multitasking experience can not be complete without the S Pen functionality, enabling on-the-go drawing and notetaking with streamlined storage inside the Standing Cover with Pen case.

Upgraded, personalizable camera

Galaxy Z Fold4 takes stunning photos and videos with an upgraded 50MP wide lens and 30x Space Zoom lens. A variety of camera modes, including the larger Zoom map activated on Capture View Mode, Dual Preview, and Rear Cam Selfie are custom-built to take advantage of the unique form factor for increased capturing flexibility.

The outer selfie camera has a 10 MP resolution, while there’s a 4 MP selfie camera on the inside, hidden under the display.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip4 has the same amount of megapixels as its predecessor, the Z Flip3; a 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP for the selfie.

Z Fold4 comes with enhanced and premium colors such as Graygreen, Beige and Phantom Black.

Stylish and durable

The Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 both uses Armor Aluminum Frames and Hinged Lid along with exclusive Corning Gorilla Glass diet+, making the devices designed to be the toughest foldable ever. What’s more, the Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are said to be the only IPX7l8 certified water-resistant foldable phones on the market, meaning they can withstand withstand water submersion of up to 5 feet.

Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4: Pricing and vailability

Galaxy Z Flip4 complements users’ styles with premium designs in legacy colours: Bora Purple and Graphite and new colours: Pink Gold and Blue. The Galaxy Z Fold4 and Standing Cover with Pen case are offered in refined colours that include Grey Green, Beige and Phantom Black.

The Galaxy Z Flip4 will be made available at a recommended retail price of R21 999 and Galaxy Z Fold4 for R37 999. Both devices will also be accessible on 24 or 36 months’ contracts from network operators.

Customers who pre-order either Galaxy Z Flip4 or Galaxy Z Fold4 at from August 11 to 31 August will get the newly launched Galaxy Watch5 for only R29 pm.

With the Samsung trade-in program customers who trade-in their old devices can receive R10 000 cashback or R400 off their contracts and 1-year free Samsung Care Plus screen protection valued at R1 999.

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