Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 review in progress: The entertaining foldable is improved

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is more of an improvement over the model from the previous year than it is an innovation. It has smoother corners and smaller bezels to give off a more expensive appearance. It’s still a cute small phone despite that. With the content production tools and overall feel of the device, Samsung is definitely catering to the younger demographic, saving the “mature” and “professional” appearance for the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

However, I could make the same claim for the Galaxy Z Flip 3. It was a fun phone as well, but it had several upgrades over its predecessor, including a complete redesign. What distinguishes the Galaxy Z Flip 4 then? To be completely honest, not much thus far.

With a brighter primary sensor, Samsung was able to improve the cameras’ low-light photography. However, the ultrawide camera is still the same. Additionally, although I haven’t finished all of my testing, my initial assessments indicate that the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s cameras perform about as well as those of the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s, which is to say they fall short of what you might anticipate from a $999 phone.

As you can see from my Galaxy Z Flip 4 review in progress, I have a fairly ambivalent opinion on it. It’s not the improvement over last year that I was hoping for, but it’s also not a terrible phone. As I complete my impressions and receive test results, I will update this over the next few days.

For more information on whether Samsung flagship is best for you, visit our comparison of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy S22 (opens in new tab).

With 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at $999/£999, which is the same price as last year for American consumers but slightly more for U.K. users. If you want more storage space, you can pay more for a 256GB model ($1,059) or the new 512GB variant ($1,179), but that’s the only distinction.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 hardly appears any different from the outside. You’ll probably be ok with this if you adore the clamshell foldable design. The phone is the best huge phone, but it fits well in my pocket without protruding.

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