Hands-On With Samsung's Latest Foldable Smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip

Samsung this week launched its fourth-generation foldable devices, the $1,000 Galaxy Z Flip and the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold. Though there's no sign of a comparable Apple foldable device on the horizon, rumors suggest prototypes are in the works, so we thought we'd take a look at Samsung's newest smartphones to see what Apple needs to measure up to when a foldable iPhone does come out.


Samsung's early foldable devices were riddled with durability issues and hinge-related problems, but Samsung has now had several years to work out the kinks. New hinge designs and body refinements have taken care of a lot of these issues, and the fourth-generation devices look and feel more durable.

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The Z Fold 4 is the bigger of Samsung's two foldable smartphones, and it folds like a book, going from a 6.2-inch display to a 7.6-inch display. The Z Flip 4 is a smaller foldable that folds vertically, top over bottom, and it has a 6.7-inch display when opened up. When closed, there's a 1.9-inch display where you can see notifications, the time, and other at-a-glance info.

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Both of Samsung's foldable devices feature 120Hz OLED displays that look fantastic, and the Z Fold 4 runs a special version of Android built for foldable devices. Android L adds a dock that makes it easy to swap between apps, and there are useful multitasking capabilities.

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Beyond the novelty of the folding, these two devices have your general high-end smartphone features. Multi-lens cameras, high-capacity batteries that outlast the ‌iPhone‌ battery, the latest Qualcomm chips, under display cameras, fingerprint sensors, 5G connectivity, and more. Make sure to watch our video up above to see the folding mechanism in action and to get a look at the rest of the feature set.

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We've been hearing rumors about a foldable ‌iPhone‌ since 2016 when LG Display started producing foldable displays for smartphones, but so far, there have been no tangible rumors about an ‌iPhone‌ that folds as such a device remains in the prototyping stage.

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Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said back in January 2021 that Apple's work on an ‌iPhone‌ with a foldable display was in the early stages, and that the company had not yet committed to releasing a foldable device. Other rumors have indicated that Apple is testing 8-inch and 9-inch foldable options, but we're still years off from a release.

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Both display analyst Ross Young and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believe Apple has some kind of foldable iPhone in development with a launch planned for 2025 at the earliest. Apple often holds off on implementing new technology until the available hardware can meet the quality specifications that the Cupertino company demands, so it is no surprise to see Apple waiting for several years after the launch of foldable Android smartphones to launch its own.

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Top Rated Comments

madrigal77 Avatar
20 months ago
Foldables: The modern equivalent of 3D TV's.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shh Avatar
20 months ago
These will never be a possibility for me until they can find a way to get rid of that visual crease in the middle of the screen. Even if I'm not a fan of these, at least there are companies like Samsung trying to push the envelope.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fraserh02 Avatar
20 months ago
Foldable are brilliant. Having owned a fold the concept is amazing! Can’t wait for the day Apple does the equivalent… that’s what stopped me. Too caught up in the ecosystem. Those who say they’re pointless.. give it a chance first, if you like iPads you will love the form factor!
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1557750 Avatar
20 months ago
I mean, it is intriguing. Props to Samsung for tackling this type of technology. I do believe they’ve made huge strides in foldable tech. But I still don’t get it. I’d be staring at that crease all day long.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blazerunner Avatar
20 months ago
Samsungs doing all the R&D and heavy lifting. In a few years when Apple releases their own folding phone, they'll take all credit and Macrumors will actually give them all the credit.

Happens all the time.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jamezr Avatar
20 months ago
seems like everyone throwing shade right now.....will be the ones extolling the usefulness of foldables when it has an Apple logo on it. Just saying..... We have seen this before many times.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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