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When I first got my hands on Samsung’s Flip4, I had mixed thoughts. For a long time, I had a traditional one-piece smartphone, which was ideal for me as a blogger and content producer.
However, the Flip4 is an entirely different gadget.
It feels like the 1990s have returned, yet the technology beneath the hood of this device is cutting-edge. I think that the Flip 4 is a sexy device, but it won’t fit in the budget for most of us.
Flip 4 specs
Android 12, Samsung One UI 4.1
6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED foldable display, 2640 x 1080 pixel resolution, 425ppi
3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 octa-core processor
Adreno 730 GPU
128GB internal storage
12MP wide-angle + 12MP (ultra-wide) rear cameras, LED flash
10MP f2.4 selfie camera
HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner
Dual SIM, (nano SIM / eSIM)
4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
3,700mAh battery, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, wireless power share
Colors: Blue, Bora purple, Pink gold, Graphite
Design & Build
The Flip4 isn’t a new entry in this category, and Samsung has been upgrading its Flip series design. The Flip4 is built to last and feels like a tank.
To make the phone sturdy, Samsung has to make sure that all parts are secured. It has to last at least a few years to make your investment worth it.
Some minor upgrades vs the previous version include a smaller hinge and the notable straighter corners. The metal frames are now well-polished.
When used, the Flip4 attracts attention since it does not resemble the majority, but one thing I did not notice is when you close the phone. It gets clumsy. Nobody wants to lug around huge phones, do they? However, this is just my view.
Other than that, the Flip4 design and build aren’t as noticeable as the previous version.
The main screen has a 6.7-inch full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display which is basically the same as its predecessor. The screen has a 2640x 1080 pixel resolution in a 22:9 aspect ratio and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
The Cover Screen still sports a Gorilla Glass Victus+-protected 1.9-inch Super AMOLED Display with a 260512-pixel resolution.
To achieve a mix of durability and flexibility, the primary display is still built of a combination of ultra-thin glass (UTG) and plastic.
This is where I worry the most. Over time, the mark separating the displays will be visible and users may not like it. During the review, I already noticed that color separation when you tilt the phone.
However, the quality of the display is superb. The colors are vivid and images are bright. You’ll love taking photos using this phone.
The colors were rich, the contrast was superb, and the detail was crisp in all of the photographs. This new edition doesn’t add much to what was already available. Since the camera on Flip4 is the same as that on Flip3.
It comes with one nano SIM card and one eSIM and supports 5G, LTE, WiFi 802.11ac/ax, and Bluetooth 5.2. Unfortunately, microSD card functionality is unavailable, and you must contact your telco in order to activate the eSIM.
The Flip4 now features a 3,700mAh dual battery, which is somewhat larger than the Flip3’s 3,300mAh battery. It is not as compact as other usual smartphones, but it is an improvement. Because the 1.9-inch Cover Screen takes fairly little power, the folding design adds to reducing battery consumption.
The 25W charging can do 50% charge within a duration of 30 minutes. This feature isn’t so impressive as some of Samsung’s rival brands already offer 120W fast charging on midrange and high-end smartphones.
The Flip4 is not for everyone. This product caters to a certain market.
However, the Flip4 is both an elegant and powerful smartphone. If you buy in to this item because you desire an update, be prepared to experience a really powerful device that is also a head-turner.
Samsung’s flip phones are stunning, but the Flex Display is a major concern, especially for long-term use. We don’t know how long it will live.