Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy S22

In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is the best foldable phone for most people who are interested in foldable technology. It’s using its foldable screen to create a more compact device, reminiscent of classic flip phones, and it’s roughly half the price of its older brother, the Z Fold 4. However, before flipping for the Flip 4, it’s worth taking a look at how to do it. It stacks with Samsung’s most popular mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy S22. After all, why pay more for the Z Flip 4 if you can get a good experience out of the Galaxy S22? We took a look at the two phones to see how they stack up.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
size 146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm unfolded: 71.9 x 165.2 x 6.9 mm

tucked: 71.9 x 84.9 x 17.1 mm

Weight 168 g 187 grams
Screen Size 6.1 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Main: 6.7 inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X

cover screen: 1.9 inch Super AMOLED

screen resolution 2340 x 1080 pixels (425 ppi) Main: 2640 x 1080 pixels (426 ppi)

cover screen: 512 x 260 pixels (302 ppi)

The operating system Android 12 with One UI 4 Android 12 with One UI 4.1
storage 128 GB, 256 GB 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
micro memory card slot number number
Click to pay Services Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Healer Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
camera rear main: 50 MP primary, 12 MP ultrawide, and 10 MP

In front of me: 10 MP

rear main: 12MP primary and 12MP ultrawide

In front of me: 10 MP

video 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps, HDR10+ 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps, HDR10+
bluetooth version 5.2 5.2
ports USB-C USB-C
fingerprint scanner Yes (ultrasound in screen) Yes, side-mounted
water resistant IP68 IPX8
battery 3700 mAh

25W wired charging

15W wireless charging

4.5W reverse wireless charging

3700 mAh

25W wired charging

10W wireless charging

4.5W reverse wireless charging

App Market Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support All carriers All carriers
Colors Phantom black, white, rose gold, green, graphite, sky blue, violet, cream Pura Purple, Graphite, Rose Gold, Blue
the prices 800 dollars 1000 dollars
buy from Samsung Samsung
review points 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Design, width and durability

These are two radically different phones. The S22 is a board without moving parts, while the Flip 4 folds in half. However, when unfolded, they actually have similar dimensions; But when folded, the Flip 4 measures 84.9mm x 71.9mm x 17.1mm. Basically, the length is reduced by 50% but doubled in thickness in a very similar way to an old mobile phone.

The advantage of the Flip 4 here is that you don’t need a long pocket to carry it in, which makes it perfect for carrying in a briefcase, purse or pocket. This extra thickness when folded may make it bulge more in some pockets, so a change in overall size is more of a shape readjustment than a size reduction. Whether or not this design works for you will largely depend on the clothes you wear or the accessories you carry regularly.

In addition to size and foldability, the Flip 4 and S22 are very similar in design, except that the Flip 4 has a 1.9-inch external cover screen alongside its camera assembly. This allows you to check notifications and the time and take selfies with the main camera, all without having to fully unlock the phone.

The Flip 4 features a larger 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X 2X 1080 x 2640 display, compared to the 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X2X 1080 x 2340 pixels on the Galaxy S22. Both phones have great-looking screens and run at up to 120Hz, although it’s important to note that the Flip 4’s screen isn’t as sturdy as the S22, and it still has a crease in the middle where it folds. Because of those caveats, which one has the best offer is really a matter of personal preference.

The Flip 4’s foldable screen is inherently more delicate than a non-moving solid tablet like the S22. Unfortunately, it is a simple physical fact that moving parts are more susceptible to wear and tear than non-moving parts.

The Flip 4’s biggest problem can be seen in its IPX8 rating. In such a rating, the first number after “IP” indicates its resistance to solids (such as dust and sand), and the second number indicates its water resistance. An “X” rating for solids means that the Flip 4 is practically not resistant to dust and other solids, while a liquid rating of 8 means that it can be fully submerged in water to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Therefore, if you take the Flip 4 to the beach, you can safely submerge it in the sea, but throw it in the sand and it may be game over.

With the S22 it gets an IP68 rating, which means it’s safe from sand and surfing alike.

In the end, both phones have completely different design philosophies and pros and cons. There’s no clear winner, and in terms of design, choosing between the Flip 4 and the S22 becomes a matter of preference.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22

Performance, battery and charging

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 with CoverScreen OS and App Drawer
CoverScreen OS brings a full app drawer to the cover screen. Nadim Sarwar / Digital Trends

The S22 and Flip 4 both feature 3,700mAh batteries, but there is some variance in how long it takes for each to accommodate that battery capacity. The S22 gives you approximately four to five hours of screen time and will probably last through a work day with moderate use. The Flip 4 only lasts three to four hours of use, which will likely last all day, but without much wiggle room. This difference in battery life probably stems from the Flip 4’s larger screen, as well as the additional front screen.

The S22 and Flip 4 are nearly identical in terms of charging specs and performance, with the S22 slightly ahead with 15W wireless charging as opposed to the 10W wireless charging found in the Flip 4. Expect these phones to perform similarly when it comes to charging speed, except in Wireless charging case as the S22 gets charged faster.

The S22 and Flip 4 both have 8GB of RAM and offer 128GB of base storage, although the Flip 4 gets quite a bit more in terms of storage if you opt for the more expensive 512GB model. byte, while the S22 only offers up to 256 GB. The Flip 4 is a newer phone with a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that beats the slightly older Snapdragon processor found in the S22, and you can expect better performance and improved efficiency from this newer processor. A good example of what this means in the real world is how the S22 struggles to maintain high frame rates at maximum settings when playing a demanding game like Call of Duty: Mobile, While Flip 4 easily maintains high frame rates at maximum settings.

Winner: tie

cameras

Galaxy Z Flip 4 appeared showing the cameras and cover screen.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

In terms of video capabilities, the S22 can record 8K at up to 24 fps, 4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at up to 240 fps, and 720p at up to 960 fps. The Flip 4 can do the same except for 8K since none of the camera sensors have a high enough resolution. However, 8K video is a somewhat niche feature that is conceptually impressive but not very useful to the average person.

It really isn’t a competition for any phone that packs the best camera array. The S22 has a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 50MP wide-angle camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera. The Flip 4 has the same ultrawide camera, only a 12MP wide-angle camera, and no telephoto camera. Both phones feature a 10MP selfie camera.

The Flip 4’s range of cameras is truly the absolute minimum when it comes to modern mobile photography. You’ll be able to take decent shots with it, but it’s very limited compared to the S22. The telephoto camera is a very useful tool in a smartphone, so the lack of this feature in the Flip 4 is a big problem. S22 wins a landslide here.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22

Software and updates

Plugin game on Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Galaxy S22 and Game Booster Plus in Add-ons System. Nadim Sarwar / Digital Trends

Both the S22 and Flip 4 run Android 12 with One UI 4.1 and will soon receive an upgrade to Android 13. This means that with either device, you’ll get the latest version of Android available on Samsung devices, along with all the software features that this entails. Since both devices were released in the same year, you can expect them to stay updated for a similar amount of time, which according to Samsung’s benchmark is four major Android updates and five years of security patches.

Thanks to the design differences, the Flip 4 has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, so despite running the same OS, it’s not quite the same. The Flip 4 has proprietary software that runs to enable additional functionality around its foldable screen and small front screen so that apps can automatically adjust to occupy only half of the screen using flex mode so the UI elements change depending on the position of the screen. Show. Because of this add-on, Flex is a bit more advanced than the S22 in terms of software.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Special Features

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 sitting at a table.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

Flip 4 features a bright and obvious festive trick that definitely puts it ahead in the special features department. The foldable screen is both eye-catching and fun, with some gadgets too, thanks to software features like Flex Mode. Beyond this obvious point, the Flip 4 can take selfies using the main camera thanks to the front screen, as well as record photos and videos when the phone is closed.

By contrast, the Galaxy S22 has a more natural approach. It has built-in voice assistants, 5G, and a number of Samsung’s own extras, such as a gaming mode. However, it’s pretty much a standard smartphone, and while that’s an advantage in some ways, the Flip 4 wins first prize in terms of special features.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Price and availability

The Flip 4 is much more expensive, starting at $1,000 compared to a starting price of $800 for the Galaxy S22. That’s an extra amount to pay for a slight performance bump and foldable screen, especially when you consider all the other sacrifices made in the Flip 4’s design. Both phones are out now.

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S22

The The Samsung Galaxy S22 beats the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 in that it really matters, and in terms of practicality, it’s the obvious choice. The Flip 4 is certainly a more exciting and innovative device, but it’s hard to justify given the higher price tag and the sacrifices its design makes to accommodate a foldable screen.

Most of the people prefer to choose the Galaxy S22. Its more durable design, better camera array, and lower price are particularly important advantages. However, despite all our criticism, the Flip 4 is without a doubt a great phone. It’s powerful, elegant, fun, and probably worth being excited about with something new and various tradeoffs that are still essential to a foldable screen experience.

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