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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Galaxy S22: What to expect


The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 created a ripple in the smartphone universe, much like a spinning binary black hole system. Well, astrophysics aside, this was the first foldable phone that challenged the status quo at one very important aspect - price.

Now, we're all very excited about the upcoming successor - the Galaxy Z Flip 4, and many of you might be asking yourselves - should I get this new foldable or opt for a conventional flagship, such as the Galaxy S22?

Today we're going to compare those two, and even though comparing a bar phone with a foldable might not make much sense at first, there's a valid reason to do so - after all, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is expected to bring Samsung foldable game to another level, offering more power for less money (basically), alongside all the benefits of a foldable phone. So, without further ado, let's check out how these two stack against each other in various categories such as Display, Camera, Battery Life, Performance, etc.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 vs Galaxy S22 in a nutshell:
  • 6.7" flexible AMOLED, 120Hz vs 6.1" AMOLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Android with OneUI on top in both phones
  • 12MP dual camera system (wide/ultrawide) vs triple camera (50MP wide/12MP ultrawide/10MP telephoto)
  • 3,700mAh battery on both (rumored)

Table of Contents:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

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Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung Galaxy S22

The Good

  • Awesome display
  • Compact-ish
  • Good haptics
  • Good camera
  • OneUI is all grown up and fleshed out

The Bad

  • Not a huge improvement over S21
  • Battery life is a bit weak
  • Speakers need improvement

Design and Display Quality

Apples and oranges... but are they?

It'd be easy to dismiss the design similarities between the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy S22 based on form factor alone. Let's not forget that those two come from Samsung, and they're more similar than you might think.

Of course, we don't know how the Galaxy Z Flip will look like but it's safe to say that any drastic changes in design from its predecessor are not likely to happen. With that being said, Samsung could turn things around and introduce a new camera bump or color scheme. What the Korean company won't do is change the materials - we're expecting the same glass/metal design as the predecessor, and that's one of the biggest similarities to the Galaxy S22.

Let's talk colors - according to the latest leaks, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is expected to come in Gold, Gray, Light Blue, and Light Violet. The Galaxy S22 on the other hand is available in Cream, Violet, Sky Blue, and Graphite. So, there's overlap here with the Blue and Violet hues but we don't know how close these colors would be.

Moving on to the display part of the equation - we expect Samsung to once again use a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with an LTPO variable refresh rate technology in the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Nothing wrong with that - whether or not it'd be the same exact panel from the previous version, we don't know. We're tempted to include a comparison between the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 but let's hold our horses for now.

As for the Galaxy S22 - it's a known variable in this equation - the phone sports a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and variable refresh rate that goes all the way up to 120Hz. Here are some in-depth display tests.

Display Measurements:

Performance and Software

Top of the crops

On the hardware front we expect the Galaxy Z Flip 4 to come equipped with the yet-to-be-released Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (we tested a reference device, so you can check out the scores following the link) chipset - an overclocked and more efficient version of the regular 8 Gen 1. 

The Galaxy S22 comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the States, so the performance difference between the two devices shouldn't be enormous (or tests show around a 10-15% bump compared to the previous model).

Both devices feature the same amount of RAM, and given that they run the same software (Android 12 with OneUI on top), the real-life performance should be very, very close. The benchmark results of the Galaxy S22 are below, and we will include a small reference table of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.

Performance Benchmarks:

Geekbench 5 Single Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S22 1152
Geekbench 5 Multi Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S22 3352


Destination unknown

Little is known about the Galaxy Z Flip 4's camera system. Chances are the phone will use the same dual 12MP wide/ultrawide setup from its predecessor, and that's not great news. Even though the Z Flip 3 can snap good photos, the lack of a dedicated telephoto lens makes the system less flexible.

The Galaxy S22, on the other hand, adds the aforementioned telephoto lens, alongside a main 1/1.56" sensor with a bigger pixel count - 50MP, with f/1.8. The ultrawide camera in the Galaxy Z Flip 4 could be the same 12MP f/2.2 we've seen through different models and generations (S21, S22, Z Flip 3).

For the moment, though, we should include some Galaxy S22 samples, just for reference (the ultrawide shots could be very close between the two but this is yet to be confirmed).

Battery Life and Charging

As close as it gets

It's still early days but according to the latest rumors, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 could come with a battery rated at 3,700mAh (that's actually two batteries working together - first cell has a rated capacity of 2,555mAh, and the second has a capacity of 1,040mAh). 

The battery inside the Galaxy S22 has the same rated capacity, and given all the hardware and software similarities, we should expect more or less the same endurance from both devices. The S22 was criticized for it's less than perfect battery life, and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 will run an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but all in all, both should be pretty close.

PhoneArena Battery Test Results:

Video Streaming (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S22 7h 26 min
Web Browsing (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S22 12h 23 min
3D Gaming (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S22 4h 29 min

Now, we shouldn't expect groundbreaking upgrades in the charging department (or upgrades at all, for that matter) when it comes to the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Samsung will probably play it safe and opt for the same 15W charging speed we saw in the Z Flip 3.

The Galaxy S22 on the other hand supports up to 25W fast charging, so it looks like it will have the edge in this category. We shouldn't jump to conclusions, though, as Samsung might brave up and upgrade the charging speed in its next foldable to match the other flagships in the Korean company's portfolio.

Specs Comparison


Summary and Final Verdict

Well, there you have it - our preliminary comparison between the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Galaxy S22. It might not look like the most obvious comparison but there are some questions that are legit - should you upgrade to the Galaxy S22 or hop on the foldable train and get the Galaxy Z Flip 4?

Samsung is perfecting its foldable game, and if the clamshell form factor is your thing, then the stars are in favor of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Given the popularity of its predecessor, the Z Flip 4 will be even better, and the just right gateway to foldables.

There's nothing wrong with the Galaxy S22, and if you want a compact flagship (that doesn't fold in half), you can go for the S22, no doubt about it, and save some money as a bonus. Stay tuned for our in-depth comparison - we will update this piece once we get the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in our hands.

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