Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra 

It’s becoming clear that foldable smartphones are Samsung’s answer to the larger “phablets” of days gone by. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was arguably superseded by Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, and when the Galaxy S22 Ultra arrived earlier this year looking even more like a Galaxy Note, the message was clear.

However, it’s the Galaxy Z Fold 4 that’s filling the void for folks looking for an even more expansive screen on their smartphone. Thanks to foldable technology, it’s finally possible to carry a tablet-sized device in your pocket, meaning it could be the go-to phone for those looking to maximize what they can do with their phone.

Regardless of apparent similarities, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 4 fill two very different spots at the top-end of Samsung’s smartphone lineup, and while the design of the Galaxy S22 Ultra may seem rather pedestrian compared to the Z Fold 4, it still has a lot going for it. Read on as we look at Samsung’s two flagship smartphones in a head-to-head comparison.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Size Unfolded: 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3mm (6.11 x 5.12 x 0.25 inches)

Folded: 155.1 x 67.1 x 15.8mm (6.11 x 2.64 x 0.62 inches)

163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm (6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 inches)
Weight 263 grams (9.28 ounces) 229 grams (8.04 ounces)
Screen size Main: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X

Cover screen: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X

6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Screen resolution Main: 2176 x 1812 pixels (372 pixels per inch)

Cover screen: 2268 x 832 pixels (387 ppi)

3088 x 1440 pixels (500-ppi density)
Operating system Android 12L with One UI 4.1 Android 12 with One UI 4.1
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
MicroSD card slot No No
Tap-to-pay services Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Processor Qualcomm 8 Plus Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200 (depending on the market)
RAM 12GB 8GB, 12GB
Camera Rear main: 50-megapixel (MP) primary, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP telephoto

Front main screen: 4MP under-display

Cover screen: 10MP

Rear: 108-megapixel (MP) primary, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP periscope, 10MP telephoto

Front: 40MP

Video 8K at 24 frames per second

4K UHD at 30/60 fps

1080p FHD at 30/60 fps

720p HD at 30 fps

Super Slow-mo 720p at 960 fps

Slow motion 1080p at 240 fps

8K at 24 frames per second

4K UHD at 60 fps

1080p FHD at 60 fps

720p HD at 30 fps

Super Slow-mo 720p at 960 fps

Slow motion 1080p at 240 fps
HDR10+

Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2 with Dual Audio and Samsung Seamless Codec (SSC) Bluetooth 5.2 with Dual Audio and Scalable Codec
Ports USB-C USB-C
Fingerprint sensor Yes (side-mounted) Yes (in-display ultrasonic)
Water resistance IP68 IPX8
Battery 4,400mAh

25W wired charging

10W wireless charging

4.5W reverse wireless charging

5,000mAh

45W wired charging (no charger

included in the box)

15W wireless charging

Reverse wireless charging

App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support All major carriers All major carriers
Colors Graygreen, Phantom Black, beige, burgundy (Samsung Exclusive) Phantom Black, Phantom White,

green, burgundy

Price Starting at $1,800 Starting at $1,199
Available from Samsung Samsung, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
Review 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Design and display Multitasking on the Galaxy Z Fold 4's Cover Screen.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

There’s little doubt the Galaxy Z Fold 4 feels cool and innovative, but there’s also something to be said for the tried-and-true classic design of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. After all, smartphone makers have been using variations on the standard rectangular all-glass design for over a decade, so clearly, it’s a style that works.

It’s also worth noting that foldable screens come with a tradeoff in thickness. The Z Fold 4 may be sophisticated, but it’s anything but svelte. The Z Fold 4 is nearly twice thick as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, so this isn’t a smartphone you’ll be able to slip into a shirt pocket or a pair of slim-fit jeans. When unfolded, it’s slightly thinner than the S22 Ultra, but you’re not going to carry it around that way.

There’s also a tradeoff in screen sizes. Sure, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 gives you an expansive 7.6-inch main display when it’s unfolded, but the cover screen is a smaller 6.2 inches. Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra has a single 6.8-inch display. The 3088-by-1440-pixel display on the Galaxy S22 Ultra also offers a higher pixel density, with 500 ppi versus 387 ppi on the Z Fold 4 cover screen or 372 ppi on the 2176-by-1812-pixel main screen.

Let’s also not forget that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has more moving parts to contend with. While we’re thankfully past the design flaws of the original Galaxy Fold, there’s still a hinge that can break, a problem that some Z Fold 4 users have already run into.

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