Daily Authority: 👏 Flagship foldable revisited


Ryan Whitwam / Android Authority

🫠 Good morning all, and welcome to the Daily Authority. It was absolutely sweltering here this past weekend, so much so that I seriously considered sleeping outside. I didn’t because I dislike mosquitoes even more than the heat.

Six months of foldin’

samsung galaxy z fold 4 home screen open

Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Z Fold 4 (unfolded)

It’s still very good

  • Some elements of Samsung’s smartphones don’t seem to age, and one of these is the software.
  • This is especially true on the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
  • Currently running One UI 5 on top of Android 13, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 still “feels so intuitive,” according to Scott.
  • “It includes tons of multitasking features, a desktop-like home screen dock, and smooth, easy-to-understand transitions as you open or close the display to varying degrees.”
  • The smart camera controls are a particular favorite.
  • “If you fold the phone halfway, a new camera interface appears that puts the controls on one half and the viewfinder on the other, allowing you to prop the phone on a table for a timer-controlled group selfie.”
  • The camera hardware also still holds up.
  • The 50MP+12MP+10MP combo is the first time Samsung introduced a flagship-level camera experience on one of its modern folders.
  • Finally, the price isn’t too bad either.
  • Yes, it’s one of the most expensive devices you can buy, but C. Scott argues it’s no longer an issue.
  • “Thanks to the rapid depreciation Android phones experience within only a few months of release, it is incredibly easy to get a Galaxy Z Fold 4 at a much, much cheaper price.”

The bad is still bad

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 folding screen glare

Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

  • You’ll get a vast display with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but you’ll also get a large crease down the middle.
  • “This appears in the middle of the phone when it is fully opened, and it’s just as much of an eyesore now as it was in previous generations.”
  • It’s especially jarring when rivals have found ways to minimize the crease impact on their devices.
  • Then there’s the battery life.
  • Samsung didn’t upgrade the battery on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, giving it the same 4,400mAh capacity as its predecessor.
  • Charging also remains notably slow compared to today’s flagships.
  • Just 25W wired and 15W wireless features.
  • Finally, let’s talk about the under-display camera.
  • This is Samsung’s second take on the technology, after the Z Fold 3, but Scott said images taken with this camera were “pretty weak.”
  • At least you have the rear cameras and the smartphone screen’s selfie camera if you want higher quality snaps.

Should you buy one?

  • Well, do you need a foldable phone right this minute?
  • If yes, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is still worth it.
  • It remains the best foldable on the market, has great software, and can be had at a relatively low price.
  • However, if you can wait, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 (as well as several other foldables) is launching this year.

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Have a great week,
Andy Walker, Editor.



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