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Galaxy Z Fold 4 Rumors: A New Hinge and Galaxy S22-Like Camera?


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Samsung’s tablet-size foldable, the $1,800 Galaxy Fold 3, is the most recent bendy phone from the company, alongside the clamshell Galaxy Z Flip 3, and a new model could be on the way soon. We’re keeping an eye out for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (and the rumored Galaxy Z Flip 4) to arrive in the upcoming months. In the meantime, however, the latest buzz points to possible camera and hinge upgrades for the next Galaxy Fold. 

Here’s what we’ve heard about the Galaxy Fold 4 so far — in terms of price, new features and possible specs. We’ll be updating this story as new information becomes available.

Design: Galaxy Z Fold 4 isn’t getting an S Pen slot, but maybe a new hinge

There’s no doubt in our minds that the Galaxy Fold lineup represents a remarkable showcase of technology and innovation. But there’s just one thing: Samsung’s top-of-the-line foldable isn’t inherently practical like, say, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 or even the Galaxy Note series. For example, there was no slot for the S Pen in the Galaxy Fold 3, and based on rumors, there won’t be a holder for the S Pen either in its successor. For those who use it, you’ll still have to find a way to safely bring along your Samsung stylus.

We’re crossing our fingers that the leakers got this one terribly wrong. We’d love to see a holder in the Galaxy Fold 4 or, even better, perhaps see a way to magnetically attach the S Pen to the Fold 3’s hinge the same way you can attach an Apple Pencil to an iPad Pro. 

Speaking of hinges, the next Galaxy Z Fold may sport a single hinge design instead of the double hinge seen on previous Samsung foldable phones. That is, according to leaker @TheGalox_, who 9to5Google says has a decent track record. The updated hinge is said to make the Fold 4 thinner and lighter than its predecessor. 

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The Galaxy Note series was the first Samsung lineup to get an S Pen.


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The Galaxy Fold 4 might rock a double-sided fingerprint reader

Samsung introduced a fingerprint sensor to its foldable phone via the Galaxy Fold 3, where it’s located on the right side of the handset. Accessible whether the device is folded shut or opened up, it also doubles as a power button. 

However, that fingerprint reader may be on the move, according to Dutch publication Lets Go Digital, and may be placed under the screen instead. The Dutch publication referred to a patent Samsung filed in March last year to back up the claim, saying the company plans to process the fingerprint reader in such a way that it can be used as a double-sided fingerprint sensor that can be used on the cover screen (when the handset is folded shut), as well as when it’s unfurled to a tablet-size device. On the cover screen, it can apparently be used from the center bottom of the display, and when unfolded it’ll be on the center bottom of the left screen, the report says. 


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Cameras: What’s in store for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 

Samsung’s Fold 4 may have under-display cameras on cover and interior screens. The Galaxy Fold 3 also debuted an under-display camera to Samsung’s lineup of foldables. It’s located under the large internal display, and is one of five cameras on the device. According to rumors, Galaxy Fold 4 will also rely on five cameras, but there will be two under-display cameras this time around, at least according to one Korean leaker, who goes by the handle yeux1122.

This is another rumor I hope is inaccurate (unless Samsung drastically improves its tech) since the Galaxy Fold 3’s under-display camera was its weakest link, camera-wise. According to a review of the Galaxy Fold 3 by CNET’s Patrick Holland, indoor selfies taken with it looked “highly processed” and even outdoor snaps in good lighting didn’t look much better. 

When it comes to the other cameras, however, the Galaxy Fold 4 could be getting a Galaxy S22-like upgrade. According to Dutch blog GalaxyClub, Samsung may adopt the Galaxy S22’s 10 megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom for the upcoming foldable. If this rumor becomes a reality, the Fold 4 will have a better zoom range than previous models of the device. 

Read more: Best Foldable Phones in 2022

Price: Galaxy Fold 4 might get cheaper

Many of the big-name foldables on the market today are available for closer to $2,000, putting them well beyond the budget of the average shopper. If Samsung and its rivals want their bendy devices to break into the mainstream in a big way, one major thing that’ll need to change is the price. And that may be happening, if rumors are accurate. 

According to that same Korean leaker, the price of the Galaxy Fold 4 will come down. The leaker didn’t provide more details. Going by the Fold lineup’s track record, there’s a reasonable chance that the Fold 4 won’t induce as much sticker shock as some of its predecessors. Although the Fold 3 is the most expensive phone Samsung has released this year, it still got a welcome price drop compared with last year’s Fold 2 and the original 2019 Fold. The Fold 3 comes in at a starting price of $1,800 in the US, which is a welcome $200 price cut from the Fold 2’s launch price. In the UK the Z Fold 3 starts at £1,599 for the 256GB variant, while in Australia it’s AU$2,499. The clamshell Z Flip 3 meanwhile saw its launch price slashed by nearly $400.

For more, check out CNET’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 reviews.

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