Galaxy Z Fold 4: The last time Samsung tried to do the best it could fold before the Pixel Notepad stole the show

Galaxy Z Fold 4: The last time Samsung tried to do the best it could fold before the Pixel Notepad stole the show

I have a confession…I think I want a foldable phone!

Now, am I going to fall in love with her and keep her? I don’t know, I don’t know. But I finally realized that I needed a phone that was easy to use with one hand (on the go), a device with a large screen, useful for multitasking, multimedia consumption, gaming, or rather Toy.How do I know? Well, I have a file The Pixel 6 Pro, which I use daily for things like watching videos and taking photos, but also the much smaller iPhone 8, which I take with me to the gym, for example. However, what really played a part in awakening my interest in foldable devices was something I didn’t expect… FIFA.

I’m not a player, but a fan of football (this is football for people across the ocean), and I recently downloaded FIFA Mobile on my Pixel 6 Pro. The game is going well. The Pixel comes with a large 6.7 inch screen, so the gaming experience is very good but not so amazing.

There’s a virtual joystick on the left side of the screen, which you’re supposed to move around on all the time, and this item can easily start getting in the way of your content and blocking the view entirely. This is not good if you are playing football online and entering A little competitor. Well, very competitive…

I tried playing on my iPad Pro, but as an EA Sports – the game maker doesn’t allow you to use a controller, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. In fact, the Inspection The experience is great thanks to the huge screen, but have you tried playing on your 11-inch iPad while holding it? It’s not a great idea. I’ve found that laying the iPad on a flat surface makes more sense, but then leaning against a table…

So… what is this? perfect The form factor of a game like FIFA Mobile, Call of Duty (which I was also playing) or Asphalt 9? What is this device that will allow enough room for my fingers while not obscuring my view without being too bulky and heavy?

And the iPad mini 6! Okey, no… I thought Galaxy Z Fold 3, but the iPad mini would be a great shout, too. Except, you know…it can’t be folded into a phone that you can put in a pocket.

Galaxy Z Fold 3: Very tempting, but… imperfect

But of course, being a mobile enthusiast, I can’t look at the Galaxy Z Fold 3 like that Just gaming device. This would be a very expensive gaming device, and I can’t afford to keep it for one game. So, I immediately thought about all the shortcomings that accompany the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. A crease in the middle of the large screen, the gap when the phone is closed, and of course the significantly less capable camera system, compared to the Pixel 6 Pro.

Out of the gate, there are a lot of compromises to make if you’re going to spend $1800 on the phone. Furthermore, knowing that there are foldable phones in China virtually eliminates all of the above challenges that come with the Fold 3 will make me feel a little jealous I can’t get it Best.

However!

  • The Galaxy Z Fold 3 retails “only” for €1,199 in Europe now, and if you’re lucky, you can find a brand new unit for as little as €800-900 on eBay, which is banana
  • Although they may offer better foldable phone hardware than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, both unfortunately Oppo Find N and Honor Magic V is not available outside of China yet.

So I actually have three options now:

  1. Ditch the Pixel 6 Pro and buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which doesn’t come with one or two compromises (at least in my book).
  2. Wait for the 2022 folding offers from Samsung and Google.
  3. Keep the Pixel 6 Pro and keep dreaming…

Galaxy Z Fold 4: An ‘improvement’ made for Samsung’s Fold series

But why Samsung? Why does it have to be this way?

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 marks Samsung’s third attempt at a foldable process, and it’s a good one, especially compared to the previous two. But not exactly because Volume 3 is Very well. It’s rather because the bar wasn’t set at that height from the start. The Galaxy Fold was very much a prototype of a device that somehow made it to the shelves. Respectively, it wasn’t too difficult for The Galaxy Z Fold 2 shines brighter than its predecessor. The second generation of the foldable came with a much better set of screens, cameras, and the overall foldable phone experience.

But even then, we heard reports of units with defective internal screens, as well as reports from Huawei The Mate X2 has taken over the hardware. The foldable Huawei had no visible crease, could be folded completely without leaving a gap, and its external screen was more usable than that of the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Unfortunately for me and everyone else who wants the best foldable phone available, the story today isn’t much different. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is just a refined Fold 2, which adds waterproof protection, support for the S Pen (if you care) and an innovative but questionable 4MP camera under the screen, but without addressing some of the underlying hardware issues of its predecessor.

Meanwhile, foldable starters, Oppo and Honor, who was in her first attempts at this form factor, somehow managed to get a lot right! The Oppo Find N offers a completely different size than the Fold 3. It is much smaller, but this makes its external display exceptional for one-handed use. It leaves no gap when closed, and no sign of a crease in the middle of the inner screen.
The same goes for the Honor Magic V, except that this comes after the Huawei Mate X2 (for obvious reasons), which means it has a large 6.45-inch external display and a huge 7.9-inch internal panel.

It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that compared to the Fold 3, both phones offer a better, more refined form factor with attention to hardware details.

Galaxy Z Fold 4: What we expect vs. what we want to see

Here’s what I feel is a much-needed disclaimer before we continue: I’m not writing this to complain about the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s flaws, but instead as a plea to the South Korean company.

Samsung, if you’re reading this, please, step up! You are the biggest phone maker in the world. I know you can make the best (and most popular) foldable phone out there. Why do we need to take baby stepswhen the deficiencies of the barn have been apparent for three generations now, and other companies have shown that they can be remedied?

Galaxy Z Fold 4 needs:

  • Exterior/Indoor screens are slightly wider and shorter
  • Wrinkle-free indoor screen
  • To close the fold without leaving a gap
  • The camera system on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, even if a 10x periscope zoom lens needs to go (although Huawei has demonstrated that including such a camera in a foldable is indeed possible)

We’ve already heard rumors of more design improvements with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but unfortunately not all of them are great.

Samsung’s fourth-generation foldable is expected to retain the same aspect ratios as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and 2. So far, we don’t know if this design is over, but I Strongly I hope there’s a chance Samsung will give it another idea.Leaks have revealed that Samsung will find space inside the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s body for an integrated S Pen, which is great. It makes a lot of sense to store this in the device, which also makes me wonder why Samsung had to include the S Pen in Galaxy S22 Ultra? anyone? just me?

It is also believed that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will come with an improved camera under the screen, or even cameras – One “invisible” shooter under each screen. But we haven’t heard much about the remaining core features.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know if Samsung will remove the fold or the gap when the phone is closed, as well as adding truly groundbreaking cameras to the Fold 4, which would match the high price tag of this new device. truly we will.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 may face competition from an unexpected source

Finally, if Samsung is conservative with hardware upgrades on the Fold 3, since phones like the Oppo Find N and Honor Magic V are exclusive to China, things are said to change this fall.

Not otherwise Google is preparing to unveil the first-ever foldable phone, with a current rumored name Google Pixel Notepad. And as a Google Pixel 6 Pro user, I can’t be neutral with this device. You know – as long as it’s already released.

Leaks and rumors say the Pixel Notepad will be similar in size to the Oppo Find N, and you bet a very compact form factor when closed, which I love. Moreover, Google’s magic, powered by a second-generation Tensor chip and powerful camera processing, will give the Pixel a serious chance to challenge the Galaxy Z Fold 4 if Samsung’s foldable doesn’t make some significant improvements over its predecessor.

Google’s foldable is expected to sell for just $1,399, which is $400 less than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 ($1,799) if the latter doesn’t see a price drop. So, my mind and my pockets are open, Samsung. They will definitely be less busy after I do that the movementBut it’s up to you to convince me. If not, Google might do it first…

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to launch in early August, while Google’s Pixel Notepad will likely join the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro for a Google launch in October.