Samsung Unveils New Foldable Phones

  • By Kim Seong-min

    August 11, 2022 13:09

    Samsung unveiled its latest foldable smartphones in New York on Wednesday. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 have a longer battery life and improved camera functions and are lighter than their predecessors.
    The Z Fold 4, which folds horizontally, has smaller hinges and a thinner bezel, so it weighs 8 grams less than its predecessor at 263 g. It has shrunk by 0.2 mm in depth and 3.1 mm in height. It also has a 50 megapixel camera and stylus.
    The Z Flip 4, which folds vertically, has longer battery capacity because the hinge has been shrunk to create more battery space. It now comes with 3700 mAh battery, up 12 percent from its predecessor. 
    The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Z Flip 4
    The battery can be recharged up to 50 percent in just half an hour. The dimensions were decreased by 0.3 mm in width and 1.5 mm in height, enabling users to get a better grip. The Z Flip 4 also has a "flex" mode allowing photos to be taken without opening the device. 
    The Z Fold 4 has a multitasking bar under the screen, while the Z Flip 4 lets users make calls and send text messages without opening the device.
    Samsung said it minimized the price increase to maximize sales. The Z Fold 4 (256 GB) costs the same as its predecessor at W2 million (US$1=W1,310). The 512 GB version costs just W22,000 more than the previous model at W2.12 million.
    The Z Flip 4 costs W1.35 million for 256 GB and W1.47 million for 512 GB.
    The phones go on sale in Korea on Aug. 26 before hitting global markets. 
    A commercial for Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 4 runs on billboards in Times Square in New York on Wednesday.
    The electronics giant also unveiled the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro as well as Galaxy Buds 2 Pro wireless earphones. The Watch 5 can measure blood pressure, body temperature and other vital signs and even lets users gauge their snoring and oxygen levels while sleeping. The Pro model has more battery capacity and a bigger screen. 
    Samsung hopes foldable smartphones will become more widespread so it can snatch a bigger share of the premium market from rival Apple.
    According to market watcher DSCC, Samsung accounted for 74 percent of the global foldable phone market in the first quarter of this year. It aims to sell more than 10 million of them this year.
    But foldable devices account for less than 10 percent of the global smartphone market, though some industry watchers expect volume to rise to 30 million units by 2024.
    Huawei and other Chinese rivals are hot on the tails of Samsung. Huawei rolled out its fifth foldable phone, the Mate XS, in May, while OPPO plans to roll out a new foldable device following its Find N model last year. Xiaomi is also following suit.  
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