Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Galaxy Z Flip 4 sold like gangbusters as it was marketed as more of a fashion accessory, complete with a Bespoke version, than a geeky high-tech contraption like its bendy sibling in the Z Fold line. Needless to say, it was also the cheapest foldable phone at introduction which contributed to its popularity, so does the Z Flip 4 follow suit?

Key Z Flip 4 vs Z Flip 4 differences:
  • Lighter, more refined Z Flip 4 design
  • Better Z Flip 4 battery life and faster charging
  • Much faster Z Flip 4 processor
  • More lioght-sensitive camera on the Z Flip 4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Z Flip 3 design and display quality

When comparing the design of the Z Flip 4 with the old clamshell king with foldable display – the Z Flip 3 – we can’t help but notice that, despiteall  the improvements on the inside, these devices are practically identical in dimensions, though the Flip 4’s design seems more refined.

At first brush, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 sports the same 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X internal Infinity Flex Display with 2640 x 1080 resolution and 22:9 aspect ratio, and the same 1.9-inch 260 x 512 pixels external panel like its predecessor. 

The 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate, or the “Dynamic” part of the lengthy main screen title, is now a 1-120Hz affair, meaning that it offers much more granular refresh rate depending on the content displayed and thus has a gentler impact on the battery power draw. 

Samsung’s 2022 clamshell foldable has a Bespoke edition, too, which introduces a number of new color combos for the front and back in Yellow, White, Navy, Khaki, Red, as well as for the frame which can be either Silver, or painted in Black or Gold hues.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Z Flip 3 performance

Coming with the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 already carries the fastest processor on Android phones at the moment, but its 1080p display resolution ensures that it will also be the fastest runner in the world of foldable phones. 

Not that the Z Flip 3 is a slouch with the Snapdragon 888, but the newer 4nm processor production node of TSMC pegs the 8+ Gen 1 as the quickest Qualcomm processor at the moment.

The 8GB RAM that come standard are now paired not only with a base 128GB storage and a middle 256GB tier, but also with a model that carriers the whopping 512GB of storage, something unheard of for a foldable phone in this price range before. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 maxed out at 256GB and that’s that.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Z Flip 3 specs comparison

Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Z Flip 3 camera

At a 12MP main wide-angle camera with Samsung’s Dual Pixel autofocus technology, optical image stabilization, F1.8 aperture, and 83˚ field of view, the Z Flip 4 mimics the main camera spirit of its predecessor, but not the 1.8 micron pixel size which is larger than the 1.4 micron pixels before and seems borrowed directly from the Galaxy S21 series.

The the ultrawide-angle 12MP camera with 1.12 micron sensor pixel size, F2.2 aperture, and far-reaching 123˚ field of view, however, seems borrowed directly from the Z Flip 3, just as the 10MP selfie snapper.

Thus, there aren’t drastic Galaxy Z Flip 4 camera hardware upgrades as there are on its larger bendy sibling the Z Fold 4 and you can expect better imagery to come via the upgraded image processing that the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 offers, as well as improved software algorithms. 

At night, however, the pictures from the Z Flip 4 and its larger 1.8 micron pixels are shaping up as better. Ditto for the low-light modes, though don’t expect any night video improvements since the phone will be using the identical 12MP ultrawide camera.

New Z Flip 4 Camcorder mode

The new Camcorder mode that lets you use the phone as, well, a camcorder of yesteryear by bending it 90 degrees and holding the lower part in your palm, while recording and previewing with the upper is a Z Flip 4 exclusive. Not a camera revolution, but it certainly seems handy, though we can’t seem to shake the feeling that the Z Flip 3 can also be used this way no matter the name of the feature

Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Z Flip 3 battery life and charging speed

Perhaps the biggest improvement of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 over the Z Flip 3 is its better battery life and the faster charging times. The much larger, 3700 mAh battery pack now ensures longer runtimes, while the 15W charging speed of the Z Fold 3 turns into “Super Fast Charging” at “up to 50% charge in around 30 mins with 25W adapter.”

Needless to say, said adapter isn’t in the box, while the 10W wireless charging speed remains unmoved. We put the Z Flip 4 through our battery life test as this was the Achilles heel of its predecessor, now rectified by Samsung with a two-pronged battery life and charging speed improvement approach.

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