Samsung tripled the turnover of folding models in the first half of 2022, compared to the same period last year. Mobile phones with screens that double from technological giants landed on the market in 2019. Although they have gradually gained popularity, they are still far from being mass devices. But the South Korean brand does not stop trying to achieve it and has presented this Wednesday, at the long-awaited Galaxy Unpacked event, two new folding terminals: the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy Z Fold 4. These are two mobiles designed for different users . The Z Flip, Samsung’s best-selling foldable, emulates the old phones that were characterized by their clamshell shape and stands out because when folded it fits practically in any pocket. The Z Fold, for its part, has a book-like format and protrudes through a gigantic screen when it is unfolded. EL PAÍS has been able to have a first contact with both mobiles on a trip to London to which it has been invited by Samsung. The design of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is quite similar to that of its predecessor, although Samsung assures that it is built with a hinge and bezels thinner than the previous generation. “Flip users love their devices because they can interact with their digital worlds, without displaying them,” they say from the company. The mobile has an external screen of 1.9 inches. Although this panel is too small to perform multiple actions, it is useful for checking notifications. In addition, Samsung claims to have added new features “so that users can stay more focused on the moment and less on their phones.” One of the main limitations of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was that it did not allow you to reply to messages when it was folded. Now the user can reply from the external screen with audio, emojis or some preselected responses such as “I’m late, but I’ll be there soon”, “how are you doing?” or where you are?”. Samsung also claims to have added some widgets to make calls and control other smart devices. The terminal opens and closes easily. Although it is possible to do it with one hand with a little effort, it is more comfortable to use both. Unfolded, it has a 6.7-inch screen and can be used like a conventional smartphone. In the middle of the panel, just where the mobile is folded, a small indentation can still be seen when you drag your finger over it. The two new Samsung foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4. IIn the photographic section In addition to a 10-megapixel front camera, the phone has two rear sensors – one main and one wide-angle – of 12 megapixels each. The tech giant claims to have improved the Z Flip 4’s cameras “for brighter photos and stable videos, even at night.” The user can take selfies with the dual rear camera and preview them without unfolding the device. This function now incorporates portrait mode. When the mobile is folded in half, it can be kept in an “L” shape. In this position, the so-called Flex mode is activated and the layout of some applications – such as YouTube, Facebook Messenger and Google Meet – changes automatically. This mode is especially useful for using the camera in hands-free mode, making video calls and taking photos without using a tripod. The terminal incorporates the Qualcomm processor for the high-end Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. In addition, it has 8 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of storage. While the battery of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was 3,300 mAh, that of the Z Flip 4 increases to 3,700 mAh. This increase, according to the South Korean brand, “provides users with an additional three hours of video transmission.” Galaxy Z Fold 4 After the uneventful arrival on the market of the first Galaxy Z Fold, in recent years Samsung has improved the design of this terminal, which weighs 263 grams. Although quite similar to its predecessor, the latest Galazy Z Fold features a slightly different aspect ratio. The 6.2-inch external panel is now slightly wider. “Something that gives the user a standard smartphone experience on the outside and a tablet-like experience on the inside,” the company notes. The new proportions, in theory, “make it easier for users to interact with just one hand when using this screen.” With the large main screen of this terminal, 7.6 inches and slightly wider than that of its predecessor, Samsung’s goal is to enhance multitasking and allow the user to use several applications simultaneously. The company describes it as “holding a smartphone and a tablet at the same time.” The mobile is compatible with the S Pen stylus, which traditionally accompanied the Note range and is used to write, take notes or draw by hand just as you would in a notebook. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is compatible with the S Pen Pen.IRSamsung wants the terminal to look more and more like a PC. The main screen has a new taskbar that resembles that of a computer and allows the user to access their favorite and recently used apps. Some applications of the most popular social networks, such as Facebook, have been optimized to be used on the main screen. Samsung’s largest folding incorporates some new features in the photographic section. It has five cameras: one hidden under the main 4-megapixel screen, another on the outer 10-megapixel screen and a triple rear camera made up of a 12-megapixel main sensor, a 50-megapixel wide-angle and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. With the wide angle, Samsung promises four times the resolution of the Z Fold 3 and 23% brighter images in dark environments. Like the Z Flip 4, the new Z Fold also has the Snapdragon 8+ Gen processor 1. It also incorporates 12 GB of RAM and three versions of storage —256 GB, 512 GB or 1TB—. The battery maintains the 4,400 mAh of the Z Fold 3. Both mobiles have a fast charge that, according to the company, allows the battery to be filled to 50% in half an hour. The terminals can be reserved from August 10 in some European countries and will be available from August 26. New ‘smartwatches’ and headphonesIn addition to folding phones, Samsung has also introduced two new smart watches: the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. With a larger surface area and more direct contact with the wrist, these devices theoretically measure health indicators more accurately than their predecessors. But it must be borne in mind that they are not medical devices: the data they offer is only indicative and should not be used for medical purposes. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 together with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. IR Among the main novelties Galaxy Watch 5 features an improved sleep monitoring interface, a 60% more scratch-resistant sapphire crystal display, and a 13% larger battery than Galaxy Watch 4. Charging is also a breeze. 30% faster than its predecessor and theoretically provides eight hours of extra battery life after eight minutes on the charger. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is designed for those who do outdoor activities. In addition to greater durability, the South Korean brand ensures that it is adapted to monitor activities such as hiking or cycling. The main novelty of the new Samsung headphones, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, is that they have 24-bit audio support. “They allow you to hear the slightest sigh of an artist or that particular note that you have never heard in your favorite song,” they say from Samsung. Additionally, the company has redesigned these noise-cancelling headphones to make wearing them more comfortable. Now they are 15% smaller and fit better in the ear to prevent rotation, for example, when exercising. You can follow EL PAÍS TECNOLOGÍA on Facebook and Twitter or sign up here to receive our weekly newsletter.
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