Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Galaxy Z Fold 2: Should you upgrade?

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 packs all the right improvements over the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. This includes the usual yearly improvements like a faster chip, improved cameras, and a better display. Given how good the Fold 3 was, these minor upgrades make the Galaxy Z Fold 4 among the best Android smartphones on the market. Compared to 2020’s Fold 2, though, the Z Fold 4 packs a lot more prominent changes. But if you already own the Galaxy Z Fold 2, should you upgrade to the Fold 4? Or wait for the 2023 Galaxy Z Fold 5? Let’s dig into the details.

Price, specs, and availability


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was an expensive foldable when it launched in September 2020, with a retail price of $2,000. While the phone’s folding form factor justified its high price, it was also why many consumers shied away from it.

Despite making several improvements over the next two years, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 carries a lower MSRP of $1,800 in the US. And if you can take advantage of Samsung’s various deals and bundles, you can get the phone for an even lower price.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is no longer on sale, while Samsung sells the Fold 4 in almost every market possible.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2


Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Snapdragon 865+





256GB, 512GB, 1TB

256GB, 512GB


Folding display: 7.6” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X (21.6:18), 2176 x 1812 px, HDR10+ certified, Up to 120Hz refresh rate Cover display: 6.2” HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X (23.1:9), 2316 x 904 px, 120Hz refresh rate

Folding display: 7.6” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X (22.5:18) Infinity Flex Display, 2208 x 1768px, HDR10+ certified, 120Hz refresh rate Cover display: 6.2” HD+ Super AMOLED Display (25:9), 2260 x 816 px


4400mAh, 25W fast charging, up to 15W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging

4500mAh, 25W fast charging, up to 15W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging

Rear Cameras

50MP primary camera with 1.0μm pixel size (2.0μm in 12MP), f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS; 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide (123° FoV); 10MP f/2.4 3x optical zoom sensor with OIS, 30x digital zoom; Up to 8K video recording from the primary camera, Super clear glass with Corning Gorilla Glass DX

12MP primary camera with 1.8μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS; 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide (123° FoV); 12MP f/2.4 2x optical zoom sensor with OIS, 10x digital zoom; 4K video recording

Front Camera

Cover display: 10MP f/2.2, Foldable screen: 4MP under-display camera, f/1.8

Cover display: 10MP f/2.2, Foldable screen: 10MP, f/1.8


5G, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Ultra Wide Band, one Nano SIM, two eSIMs

5G, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Ultra Wide Band, one Nano SIM, one eSIM

Dimensions and Weight

Folded: 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8mm (Hinge) – 14.2mm (Sagging) Unfolded: 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3mm, 263g

Folded: 159.2 x 68.0 x 16.8mm (Hinge) – 13.8mm (Sagging); Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9mm (Frame) – 6.0mm (Screen), 282g

Network Connectivity

mmWave and sub-6GHz, Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20

mmWave and sub-6GHz, Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20


One UI 4.1/Android 12, Updated to One UI 5.1/Android 13

Launched with Android 10, Updated to One UI 5.1/Android 13

Software Support

Will receive OS updates until October 2026 and security patches until 2027

Will receive OS updates until Android 13 and security patches until 2024


Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, Burgundy ( Exclusive)

Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black

Starting Price


Launched at $2,000

Build quality and durability

The original Galaxy Fold was infamous for its durability issues. With the Fold 2, Samsung took some steps to address this issue, including using a thin folding glass on the foldable display. The hinge was also redesigned to make it harder for dust or other contaminants to slip in and damage the screen or internal components.

In the following years, the Korean smartphone maker has further built on this making the Fold 4 among its “toughest foldables ever.” The durability improvements include using an “optimized layer structure” on the folding screen to reduce damage from shocks, Armor Aluminum frames, hinge cover, and Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the cover screen and rear glass. That’s not all. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 carries an IPX8 rating, meaning it can survive a surprise swim in up to five feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Compared to Fold 2, the hinge on the Fold 4 is noticeably slimmer.

If you have butter fingers or are known to be careless with your phones, the Fold 4’s enhanced durability makes it a worthy upgrade. And for that additional peace of mind, you will be glad to know that if your Fold 4 ever needs a screen replacement, Samsung has also made that cheaper. You can always put one of the best Galaxy Z Fold 4 cases on the device to protect it from dings and drops.

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One issue with the Fold series is its weight. The Fold 2 weighs 282gms, while the Fold 4, despite the durability improvements and better hardware, weighs 263gms. That’s still heavy, but the reduced weight will make handling the foldable slightly more manageable.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, there’s no dedicated S Pen slot on the Z Fold 4 — Samsung wanted to add one but ultimately decided against it. However, the display does support S Pen, so if you are a fan of the stylus, rest assured that it will work on the Korean giant’s latest foldable. You only need to get a decent Galaxy Z Fold 4 case with an S Pen slot to carry it around.



Comparison pic showing the difference in aspect ratio between Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Fold 4

A quick look at the specs sheet shows that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 retains the same 6.2-inch HD+ cover screen and 7.6-inch QXGA+ 120Hz foldable display as the Fold 2. What’s different is the aspect ratio, which is arguably more important in the current crop of folding smartphones. When unfolded, the Fold 4’s display is slightly wider, which aids two-hand usage. The outer cover display is less narrow, making it feel less cramped than before. While minor, these improvements significantly impact usability.

Apart from the aspect ratio change, there are the usual advancements in brightness and power efficiency. As the “Build quality and durability” section explains, the Fold 4’s displays are much more durable.

Performance and battery life

Qualcomm’s 2020 flagship chip, the 7nm Snapdragon 865+, does duty inside the Galaxy Z Fold 2. 12GB RAM and speedy 256GB UFS 3.1 storage further ensure Samsung’s 2020 foldable does not feel slow to use. That is, as long as you are not a heavy user. On the other hand, if your workload is heavy and involves running multiple heavy apps or games simultaneously, the Z Fold 2 will show its age.

The 4nm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip inside the Fold 4 is much more powerful. Coming from Fold 2, you might notice smoother animations and faster launch times. The additional horsepower will be handy when you are heavily multitasking, as the switch between apps will be seamless and quick. Like the Fold 2, the Fold 4 features 12GB RAM and can be configured with up to 1TB storage, albeit only in select markets.

If you are considering upgrading from Fold 2 to Fold 4 for better performance, it would be better to wait until the 2023 model. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip delivers on both performance and efficiency front, which should make the Galaxy Z Fold 5 a substantial upgrade.

A person holds a foldable phone with the hinge partially engaged

On paper, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a slightly smaller 4400mAh battery than the 4500mAh cell on the Fold 2. However, Samsung’s 2022 foldable will last longer despite a slight drop in battery capacity, all thanks to its more efficient 5nm chip and inner and outer displays. Don’t expect tablet-like battery life from the Fold 4, though. Like the older model, it has enough juice to last a day of medium to heavy use.

Both models support Samsung’s 25W fast charging. But it is the newer Fold that charges faster. When using a compatible 25W USB-C adapter, you can top off the Fold 4’s battery to 50% in 30 minutes. A full charge takes around 80-90 minutes. The Fold 2 charges much slower — a 0-100% top-up takes nearly two hours.

Both devices support 15W wireless fast charging and Samsung Wireless PowerShare, which lets you reverse-charge other Bluetooth accessories using your phone.


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Samsung’s latest foldable makes some notable upgrades over the Fold 2 in the camera department. While both devices pack five cameras, the Fold 4 uses newer and better sensors to deliver an improved imaging experience. At the rear, the Z Fold 4 houses the same 50MP primary shooter as the Galaxy S22+. However, the bigger and newer sensor can capture more details and has a better dynamic range than the Fold 2’s 12MP camera. Coupled with the faster ISP of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, the Fold 4 can record 8K videos — the 2020 Fold tops out at 4K.

You can zoom in further into your subjects with the Fold 4 with its 3x optical telephoto sensor and 30x digital zoom. It falls short of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 10x periscope zoom lens but is still an upgrade over the older Fold’s 2x optical and 10x digital zoom. The ultrawide camera is the same, though you might see some processing improvements on the newer model. In addition, thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass DX, lens flaring in low-light shots will be less of an issue on the Fold 4.

You get the same 10MP selfie camera on the cover display of both Folds. On the foldable inner display, though, it’s a different story. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 features a 4MP under-display camera—that’s down in resolution compared to the Fold 2’s 10MP shooter. However, the under-display camera is less obvious and offers a better full-screen experience. Samsung seemingly wanted a bigger and better camera sensor on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 but canceled them because they added unnecessary weight and thickness.

Software support

In the Android ecosystem, Samsung is the undisputed leader in terms of software support. It promises four years of OS updates and five years of security patches for its newer devices, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Z Fold3/Flip 3 series. This means the Fold 4, which launched with One UI 4.1 based on Android 12L, will receive all OS updates until August 2026. And another year of security updates after that.

As for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung promises three major OS updates and four years of security patches. The device launched with Android 10 and is currently running Android 13. This means that from an OS update viewpoint, the Z Fold 2 has reached its end of life. Going forward, Samsung will only roll out security patches and minor new One UI builds for the phone.

Samsung quickly updated the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Fold 2 to Android 13-based One UI 5 within a few months of the OS’s public release. In addition, the company recently rolled out the One UI 5.1 update for its foldable devices. Samsung’s latest skin packs several new features and changes. You can read about all the new One UI 5.1 features.

Samsung has tried to maintain feature parity between the two devices from a software viewpoint, with the Fold 2 getting almost all the new software-based features as Fold 4.

Should you upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 sitting on a wicker tabletop and showing an ice cream cone on its wallpaper

If your Galaxy Z Fold 2 has held up with abuse well so far, there’s no pressing reason for you to go and buy the Fold 4. Despite its age, Samsung has rolled out regular updates for the Fold 2, giving you one less reason to switch away from it. The phone has received its last OS update in Android 13, but Android 14 is still a few months away from public release.

As for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, it packs improvements in all key areas you expect: a more durable and brighter display, better performance, battery life, and camera. And while all these advancements are welcome, they’re not big enough to warrant an immediate upgrade, especially given Samsung’s solid software update track record. You are better off waiting for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which could debut a new hinge design.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Top pick

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the foldable to buy outside China if you can look beyond its steep price tag. With a 7.6-inch foldable display, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, and 12GB RAM, the Fold 4 can make you a true productivity workhorse while on the go.

But there’s an exception here. If your Galaxy Z Fold 2’s foldable display shows signs of wear and tear or the hinge has gotten loose after hundreds of folds and unfolds over the years, the Fold 4 is a worthy upgrade. Trade-in Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals will help shave down that steep $1,800 price tag. When you upgrade to a Fold 4, set up the One UI 5 home screen the right way to get the most out of it.


Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Still good

Despite its age, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 still delivers a great foldable experience. While it no longer has the fastest internals around, the phone should serve your light to moderate use case just fine. Samsung’s excellent software support further acts as a cherry on top.

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