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Rumored Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs look good, except this one

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 with S Pen
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to be announced sometime in July or August, and while we’re still a few months away from the official announcement, we have already heard a lot of news about the upcoming foldable flagship. We heard that the new foldables from Samsung might not be as exciting as we thought they would be, and there may be only some slight changes on both the Z Fold 4 and the Z Flip 3 devices.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 was a solid upgrade over the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and it introduced S Pen support, a far more durable display, and even water resistance. The hinge mechanism was significantly improved, and while we still had a crease, it wasn’t too bad. The next-generation Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to bring even more changes, but those might not be as big as we initially thought.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 Specifications

IceUniverse and Yogesh Brar have shared the specifications for the upcoming foldable, revealing the specifications. It’s nothing that we didn’t already expect, and it seems like on the hardware side of things, the Z Fold 4 will be a welcome upgrade.

The leak reveals the Z Fold 4 will have an internal 7.6-inch QXGA+ AMOLED display with 120Hz and a 6.2-inch HD+ AMOLED 120Hz external display. This aligns with the Z Fold 3, which had the exact display sizes and similar resolutions. However, the Fold 4 is rumored to have a slightly wide panel on both displays, changing the aspect ratio ever so slightly to be more manageable and easier to use. Unsurprisingly, the Z Fold 4 is going to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, and it will pack 12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of storage.

As for the camera, there will be a total of five sensors. There will be a 50MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultrawide, and a 10MP telephoto offering up to 3-times optical zoom, improving the 2x capability from the Fold 3. The outer selfie camera will be a similar sensor with a 10MP unit. Samsung is also expected to keep the 4MP under-display camera.

It’s unclear when Samsung will finally unveil the Android 12L update for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but the device is expected to arrive with the OneUI 4.1.1 update, based on Android 12. The Z Fold 4 will likely receive the new Android 13 update in the coming months, as Google is rumored to start rolling it out sometime in September.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 design

The design of the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be unchanged and look nearly identical to the Fold 3. It will reportedly not have a dedicated S Pen slot, as we’ve seen previously in some concepts, and while the display will have a new aspect ratio and it will be wider, the design will be very similar.

The display crease is rumored to still be there, although the hinge mechanism will get a welcome upgrade, making the crease look less noticeable to the eyes and to our fingers. We don’t know if the UTG glass is receiving an upgrade, but we’d assume that it’s one of the things that Samsung has tried to improve in the past year to make the display more durable.

Battery and charging speed raise a few questions

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The battery of the Fold 3 was everything but impressive, and I often find myself looking for a charger in the middle of the day. It’s worth noting that I am a power user, still, the 4,400 mAh battery is far too small to power a massive 7.6-inch display. The phone can last longer when only using the external 6.2-inch panel, but it’s less useful due to its narrow design.

The new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC will make the device more power-efficient, but it still remains to be seen how the device will hold up, given that the battery capacity remains the same as the one in the Fold 3. Android 12L and Android 13 will also bring more battery optimizations and other features to make the phone last longer on a single charge, but speaking of the charging functionality, it will stay at a measly 25W speed.

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25W charging speeds are getting to the point where they’re unacceptable and slow, and Samsung has failed to innovate and bring faster-charging technologies to its devices. The Galaxy S22 Ultra supports 45W fast wired charging, although Samsung limited it through software. Suppose Samsung doesn’t support faster-charging technologies on its upcoming premium and flagship devices. In that case, they will be much harder to recommend in a world where most other manufacturers support 30-60W fast wired charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in Black Product box image

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is the latest foldable flagship from Samsung. It has an IPX8 certificate, supports the S Pen, and comes with the powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in Purple folded and unfolded

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the phone to get if you’ve been itching to try out the folding form factor without breaking the bank.

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First Galaxy Z Flip 4 Color Sells Out

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The entire suite of new Galaxy products has been up for pre-order since Wednesday and we keep checking to see if any of it is selling out. So far, not much has outside of a single online exclusive color of the Galaxy Z Flip 4, while the Fold 4 and both Galaxy Watch 5 watches can still be had with August 26 launch day delivery.

The first color of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 to sellout is the “Navy” colorway. The pre-configured version with navy is listed now as “out of stock,” plus if you try and use the Bespoke tool to capture a Flip 4 entirely in navy, it’ll show there as soldout too. Interestingly, if you Bespoke tool a Flip 4 and only put navy as a single panel, you’ll get a 3-4 weeks estimate.

The only other item with even a slight delay is the goofy burgundy Fold 4, but it appears to be sticking to the advertised 3-4 week delivery. I wouldn’t actually consider it much of a delay.

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Whatever the situation is here, I’ve got to admit that I’m surprised that more of the new Samsung devices aren’t soldout or with extended shipping times. As of right now, all four of the main Flip 4 colors will arrive on time (see here), as will the three main Fold 4 colors (see here) and the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro in all configurations (see here).

Compare this launch to the Galaxy S22 from earlier in 2022 and they couldn’t have hit differently. Samsung’s dates for the exclusive online colors of the S22 Ultra started slipping almost immediately, which we know first hand because of Tim’s struggles to land one. Within a week, the dates further moved with estimates a full month out or even later.

We’ll keep an eye on shipping times over the next week or so to see how this launch changes. Will the situation start to match the Galaxy S22 launch or are the minor improvements in this year’s foldable line-up not enough to get people to bite? In my first couple of days with the Flip 4, I can tell you that the phone is very much like the Flip 3, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the hell out of it.



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Telegram’s Big Update is for the Emoji Lovers

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A new update is rolling out to Telegram today and it is all about emoji. If you love emoji, custom emoji, animated emoji, or any other type of emoji, you are in for a special treat.

Telegram announced its new Emoji Platform “where anyone can upload custom packs with unique art styles and characters for Telegram Premium users.” Folks can use these uploaded custom emoji packs in messages or captions, plus premium users are getting access to another 10 emoji packs.

To make it more obvious that all of these new custom and animated emoji are available, you’ll see the sticker shortcut in the message box turn into an emoji shortcut as you type. That shortcut leads to a new emoji panel, where you’ll see suggestions and be able to browse your various packs. To make things (potentially) easier, typing shortcuts like :smile or :lol will give you all of the available options too.

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And finally, custom emoji can be interactive in 1-on-1 chats, so “any user can tap to play synchronized, full-screen effects” from all of the emoji you spam off to friends.

For iOS users, there are new sticker, GIF, and emoji panels “with separate tabs for stickers, GIFs and emoji – just like on the Android, desktop and web apps.”

In other Telegram Premium feature news, users will find a setting that allows them to control who is able to send them voice and video messages. The options now are Everyone, My Contacts, or Nobody.

There are additional controls that will let you choose specific people or groups, and of course, you can always convert audio messages in to text. The settings for all of this are in Settings > Privacy and Security > Voice Messages.

The last new feature for Premium users is an option to “share the experience with friends, family and coworkers by sending them a prepaid subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months – at a discount.” To do so, you can tap on the profile image of someone in a chat, then the 3-dot menu to “Gift Premium.”

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These updates appear to be rolling out right away, as I’ve already seen the update on Android.

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First Early Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Review Arrived

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Of the two new Galaxy Watch 5 models announced, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the one we’re most interested in. Not only is Samsung marketing it as an “outdoors” watch for the active type, they also gave it “Pro” name, as if it packs a number of extra features over the regular model. We don’t have one in for review (we did order one) yet, so we’re doing that thing we often do with Samsung launches – looking elsewhere for early impressions.

Thanks to Ray from DC Rainmaker, one of the best at reviewing sports watches, we have a first early Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review to analyze. He took the watch for a run to test GPS and heartrate accuracy, as well as battery life. The video he posted also compares some features of the Watch 5 Pro to the Watch 5, in case we didn’t do a good enough job of that earlier in the week.

The takeaways from this early and not-at-all-final review, show that the new Compass feature might have some initial issues, GPS accuracy is not bad and performs far better than the Apple Watch Series 7, heartrate accuracy was quite good after a slowish start, and that GPS battery life is probably closer to half of what Samsung is advertising. Daily battery without GPS is likely closer to 2.5 days vs. the 3.5 days advertised. Again, these are all early, first look numbers that could change over the coming weeks with more testing.

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The video also dives into “Pro” features here and laughs a bit at what that even means because there aren’t really any pro features when you compare to other outdoor-focused sports watches. And I would tend to agree with that. In fact, Tim and I were joking earlier in the week about Samsung’s forced “outdoors” push for this watch, when almost nothing about the watch makes it better for outdoors than other Samsung watches except for GPX support and backtracking when navigating. These are not “pro” features and the rest of the watch is just the same as the Watch 5. It’s just silly branding.

Anyways, we’ll have our Watch 5 Pro soon enough and will do out own testing. If you were trying to decide now to get in on this awesome pre-order promo ($50 credit, free Charger Duo, and $240 off trade-in) , give the video below a watch.



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