Samsung has unveiled updated versions of its flagship foldable devices, including a revamp of the popular Galaxy Z Flip that adds better cameras, bigger displays and thinner bodies.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 were announced during a livestream on Wednesday, along with redesigned versions of Samsung’s flagship Buds Pro and Galaxy Watch 5, all of which contain recycled materials such as ocean-bound plastic.
Galaxy Z Flip 4
The Z Flip 4 is the star of the show, building on the success of last year’s model with a more compact body that’s smaller in almost every way, with a slimmer hinge and smaller bezels around the 6.7-inch foldable OLED screen.
It also has Qualcomm’s fastest Android chip, a bigger battery and an improved pair of 12-megapixel cameras that produce brighter, sharper photos, addressing one of its predecessor’s gripes. It can also be customized with 75 different color combinations for the frame and glass with matching interface themes.
“In the homogeneous market of black rectangles with touchscreens, it makes sense for Samsung to have products for users who want something that stands out from the crowd,” said James Manning Smith, principal analyst at CCS Insight. “The Z Flip series has been particularly successful in this context, and we expect the Z Flip4 to help further strengthen Samsung’s growth aspirations in the foldable device space.”
Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung’s foldable tablet, the Z Fold 4, has also been improved with a slimmer hinge, slimmer bezels and an 8g weight reduction compared to its groundbreaking predecessor.
When closed, the phone is shorter and the screen on the outside is wider, making it easier to use as a regular smartphone. The Android 12L software was developed in collaboration with Google to take better advantage of the foldable shape and large 7.6-inch internal screen, which offers a more desktop-like experience and more third-party apps, such as Facebook, optimized for the tablet size.
The improved cameras on the back bring it up to par with the Galaxy S22 series released earlier this year, including a brighter 50MP main camera and a 3x optical zoom camera.
“The Z Fold is a more challenging form factor and probably a much more experimental device compared to the Z Flip,” said Manning Smith. “Samsung will be hoping that improvements to its foldable smartphone line will make the phones more reliable, rather risky purchases in the eyes of consumers, and it should be commended for its tireless work to advance the category.”
Galaxy Watch 5
Samsung’s smartwatches based on Google’s Wear OS have also been upgraded with the Galaxy Watch 5 and the larger Watch 5 Pro. Both new watches have longer battery life, more scratch-resistant screens and durable bodies, and are now available in 40mm, 44mm and 45mm cases to better fit a range of wrists.
They track a greater number of health metrics and offer guidance and coaching plans, building on last year’s reboot of Samsung’s smartwatch efforts.
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The premium Samsung Buds 2 Pro headphones are 15% smaller than their already compact predecessors, with a new pressure hole and improved shape for better comfort.
The upgraded headphones support 24-bit high-resolution audio and noise cancellation, which now removes an additional 3dB of unwanted sound. They also have Dolby head tracking for immersive movie sound.
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