Today, Samsung introduces its new folding phones. The Flip and the Fold have reached the fourth generation and have received some innovations that make them completely up to date. In addition, the brand also introduces the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro noise-cancelling headphones.
The names are somewhat similar: Flip is a compact device that is somewhat reminiscent of the flip phones of the distant past. This phone is primarily intended to find a place in your pocket. The Fold is a larger model and mainly intended for people who want to be productive on the go and who want a more compact alternative to a tablet or who want to be able to perform laptop-like tasks.
The two devices are therefore completely different and appeal to a different target group. The basis is the same in both cases: the relatively new Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 is used, as we previously encountered on Hardware Info in the OnePlus 10T and ZTE Nubia Redmagic 7S Pro. This 4nm processor is characterized by better temperature management and GPU performance compared to its predecessor.
You can fold both models, with this new generation Samsung has put more effort into the hinge. When we got our hands on the devices earlier this week, we noticed that the Fold has a very tightly aligned hinge, so you’d have to do your best to unfold the phone. Both models have a flexible screen, a screen with an adjustable refresh rate of 1-120Hz. that would provide significant energy savings compared to the previous generation. The fold in the screen is of course not invisible, especially when showing a black screen you see a clear bulge. It depends on the person how annoying it is.
Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 in practice
The marketing images
You don’t need to unfold both phones to use them. The little Flip has a small screen where you can see messages, the time and give a short answer. With the Fold, you have a second screen in standard smartphone size, which you can use as a regular ‘candy bar’ phone. The Fold’s large screen is also suitable for use with windows, as it comes with Android 12L. That version of the operating system is specially developed for phones with a folding screen. Samsung tries to simplify use with a ‘task bar’ at the bottom of the screen. This model is very suitable for use with Microsoft Office. Google apps like Chrome and Gmail also support drag and drop. The included S Pen is also handy.
Galaxy Fold 4 from Samsung in practice.
The press material for Fold 4.
The Flip comes with QuickShot, with which you can directly share videos and photos with the Meta platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram but also Snap.
The Fold has a fold-out 7.6-inch screen with 2176×1812 pixels, the AMOLED screen on the front is 6.2 inches and offers 2316×904 pixels. The fold weighs 263 grams. Folded, the device is almost 1.6 cm thick, unfolded 6.3 mm. You will find a total of four cameras on this model. On the outside, you will find three rear cameras: 12, 50 and 10 megapixels. When closed you can take selfies with a 10 megapixel copy and in the folding screen you will find one with 4 mp. Fold will be available with 256, 512 and 1 TB of storage. The device is compatible with 5G, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Flip 4 weighs only 187 grams and is 17.1 mm thick when folded. Folded out, it is 6.9 mm. The unfolded amoled screen of this model is 6.7 inches root and offers 2640×1080 pixels. In front you will find a 1.9 inch screen with 260×512 pixels. The selfie camera offers 10mp, on the back you will find two more 12mp sensors.
The Samsung Z Fold 4 will be available for €1799 (256GB), €1919 (512GB) and €2159 (1TB).
The Samsung Z Flip 4 will be available for: from €1099 (128GB), €1159 (256GB) and €1279 (512GB).
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
In addition to the new devices, Samsung is also presenting the new Galaxy Buds Pro. According to the manufacturer, these are fifteen percent smaller than the previous generation. This has had consequences for the largest driver that has been treated in the wireless headphones: it is now 10 instead of 11 mm in size. It is striking that Samsung has also managed to incorporate a 6 mm driver. Noise reduction would also be improved. This has been achieved by positioning the microphones used for this purpose differently.
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
The headphones weigh 5.5 grams each and support 24-bit audio. You should be able to listen to music for a total of eight hours. Buds are equipped with Bluetooth 5.3.
Buds 2 Pro will cost 229 euros.
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