Samsung this week launched its fourth generation of foldable devices, the $1,000 Galaxy Z Flip and the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold. Although there’s no sign of a comparable Apple foldable device on the horizon, rumors suggest that prototypes are in the works, so we thought we’d take a look at Samsung’s latest smartphones to see if Apple has a foldable iPhone coming out. But what needs to be measured? out.
Samsung’s early foldable devices were plagued with durability issues and hinge issues, but Samsung’s been around for years now. The new hinge design and body refinement have taken care of many of these issues, and the fourth-generation devices look and feel more durable.
The Z Fold 4 is the larger 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 small foldable that folds vertically from top to bottom, and has a 6.7-inch display when opened. When closed, there’s a 1.9-inch display where you can view notifications, time, and other information at a glance.
Both Samsung’s foldable devices feature 120Hz OLED displays that look great, and the Z Fold 4 runs a special version of Android made for the foldable device. Android L adds a dock that makes it easy to swap between apps, and useful multitasking capabilities.
Beyond the novelty of folding, these two devices have your usual high-end smartphone features. Multi-lens cameras, high-capacity batteries that outlast iPhone batteries, the latest Qualcomm chips, display cameras, fingerprint sensors, 5G connectivity, and more. Be sure to watch our video above to see the folding mechanism in action and take a look at the rest of the feature set.
We’ve been hearing rumors about a foldable iPhone since 2016 when LG Display began producing foldable displays for smartphones, but so far, there haven’t been any concrete rumors about an iPhone that will be such a device. remains in the prototype stage.
bloombergK Mark Gurman said in January 2021 that Apple’s work on an iPhone with a foldable display was in the early stages, and 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 away from release.
Display analyst Ross Young and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo both believe that Apple has some kind of foldable iPhone in development, with plans to launch for 2025 as soon as possible. Apple often stops implementing new technology until the available hardware meets the Cupertino company’s demanding quality specifications, so it took several years for Apple to launch its own foldable Android smartphone. It’s no surprise to wait.