Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Z Fold 3 comparison: What’s the difference?

After seeing the incremental changes and updates to the Galaxy S22 lineup in February, it’s now the turn of the super flagship Galaxy Z Fold. Samsung announced the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 along with the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro at its latest Samsung Unpacked event — all of which are scheduled to arrive on August 26 — and, new The Fold definitely looks like the Galaxy Fold.

While this new version doesn’t differ much from last year’s model in the cosmetic department, it does bring some new features, including improved durability and a wider outward-facing overlay screen. But how does the Galaxy Z Fold 4 stack up against the Z Fold 3 when we get to the details on paper? Here, we compare their specs to see how different Samsung’s upcoming Fold is.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Z Fold 4: Tiny iterative improvements

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold lineup has undoubtedly come a long way since its disastrous origins. While the cheaper Z Flip has become a new option for those interested in folding, the Galaxy Z Folds remain the premium flagship phones in Samsung’s lineup. Last year’s Z Fold 3 broke new ground in folding phone norm, with features like water resistance that still pales in comparison to traditional phablets. That said, the new Z Fold 4 retains many of last year’s improvements from the Fold 3, such as IPX8 protection, a 7.6-inch foldable OLED, and a slim but usable cover screen — an accident that’s now cheaper to repair.

The Z Fold 4, much like the S22 generation, offers many small improvements, an iteration over the last model. Its outward-facing screen is now about 3mm wider, offering an aspect ratio that feels less awkward and slimmer. The under-screen selfie camera should also be better integrated into the screen, and although the phone is slightly lighter, the internal display is more durable than last year’s model. Samsung says this lighter body facilitates one-handed use.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is lighter than its predecessor, yes, but only 8 grams.
Photo by Alison Johnson/The Verge

There’s also a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor for faster performance, and the main camera has been improved with more megapixels and a larger sensor for better nighttime performance. Sadly, the term “night photography” coined by Samsung still exists today, but if the trade-off for the word crime is better photos, well, okay.

All of these changes to the Z Fold 4 are still the same price as the outgoing model, which means it starts at $1,799.99 with 256GB of storage. Putting aside any ongoing pre-order promotions that get you 512GB of storage for free, this is an expensive phone, and that’s unavoidable. So if this generation hasn’t changed significantly enough for you, the Z Fold 3 was a long time ago to search for a discount. But to better assess how the two compare on paper, here’s a side-by-side comparison outlining the finer details of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Z Fold 4 specs

Specification Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Specification Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
operating system Update to Android 12 Android 12
Main Screen Size 7.6-inch OLED 7.6-inch OLED
Home screen resolution 2208 x 1768, 374ppi 2176 x 1812, 374ppi
Home screen aspect ratio 22.5:18 21.6:18
Override screen size 6.2-inch OLED 6.2-inch OLED
Cover screen resolution 2268 x 832, 387ppi 2316 x 904, 402ppi
Override screen aspect ratio 24.5:9 23.1:9
maximum refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
size (open) 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3 mm
Dimensions (closed) 158.2 x 67.1 x 16 (hinge) – 14.4 (deployed side) mm 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8 (hinge) – 14.2 (deployed side) mm
weight 271 grams 263 grams
battery capacity 4,400 mA 4,400 mA
processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
Memory 12GB 12GB
storage 256GB, 512GB 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
port USB-C charging port USB-C charging port
rear camera 12MP, f/1.8, 1.8μm (main), 12MP, f/2.2, 1.2μm (ultra wide angle), 12MP, f/2.4, 1.0μm, 2x (telephoto) 50MP, f/1.8, 2.0μm (main), 12MP f/2.2, 1.12μm (ultra wide angle), 10MP, f/2.4, 1.0μm, 3x (telephoto)
Front camera 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22μm (cover), 4MP, f1/8, 2.0μm (main) 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22μm (cover), 4MP, f1/8, 2.0μm (main)
video Records HDR, 1080p, and 4K video at 30 fps and 60 fps, supports slow-motion 1080p video at 240 fps, super slow-motion 720p video at 960 fps, and super-time-lapse 4K video at 30 fps HDR, 8K video recording at 24 fps, 1080p and 4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps, slow-motion 1080p video support at 240 fps, super slow-motion 720p video support at 960 fps, super-time-lapse 4K video support at 30 fps
Biometrics Fingerprint scanner in power button Fingerprint scanner in power button
Waterproof and dustproof IPX8 rating IPX8 rating
5G mmWave and sub-6GHz mmWave and sub-6GHz
wireless Wireless 6, Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Wireless charging? Yes Yes
S Pen support? Foldable S Pen Foldable S Pen
color options Phantom Silver, Phantom Black, Phantom Green Lime Green, Magic Black, Beige, and Burgundy (Samsung.com Only)
Availability Now August 26
starting price $1,799.99 $1,799.99

While the Fold 4 does look cool, it’s hard to deny that, on paper, it feels like a modest spec boost over the Fold 3. Aside from the upgrade to the main camera sensor, telephoto magnification, new CPU, and a slightly wider overlay screen, you’ll have to squint to see some of the differences. (I’m looking at you, aspect ratio.)

Yes, it can now shoot 8K video, but only at 24 frames per second – most people probably don’t want to deal with these huge file sizes. Durability improvements and low-cost repairs are a welcome change, but Samsung’s claim of a 45 percent stronger home screen is one of those numbers, which sounds like a lot at first, but it’s hard to say how much of an impact it will make in the long term.

Perhaps the dramatic improvements will be more apparent in our full review. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the comments.


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