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Shown above are Galaxy Z Flip4 products, Samsung Electronics’ latest foldable phones. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4 disclosed

Samsung Electronics took the wrap off its latest foldable smartphones of the Galaxy Z Flip4 and the Galaxy Z Fold4 during the unpacked event held online on Aug. 10.

The Seoul-based company said that both devices feature customizable form factors, tailored experiences, and upgraded performance.

Samsung plans to launch the two products in South Korea on Aug. 26 and later in other markets. The Galaxy Z Flip4 is priced at 1.35 million won ($1,040), and the Galaxy Z Fold4’s price tag is 2 million won ($1,530).

“Samsung Galaxy foldables are built on the foundation of our openness philosophy, enabling new possibilities with complete customization both inside and out. Created in collaboration with our world-class partners, the next foldable devices offer unparalleled mobile experiences that meet the needs of our most dynamic users,” Samsung President Roh Tae-moon said.

“Through our unwavering focus and industry leadership, excitement for the foldables continues to grow. We’ve successfully transformed this category from a radical project to a mainstream device lineup enjoyed by millions worldwide.”

The tech giant said that new features were added to the two new gadgets.

For example, the Galaxy Z Flip4, which has a compact clamshell design, enables people to shoot hands-free video or capture full group selfies at various angles by partially folding it.

In addition, its users can make calls, reply to text messages, unlock the car, and control widgets from the cover screen without having to open the phone.

The Galaxy Z Fold4 is equipped with Android 12L, a special version of Google Android geared toward providing large-screen experiences on big-sized foldable phones.

Samsung said that the new smartphone would let people multitask in an easier and more convenient way.

Along the two phones, Samsung also brought about Galaxy Buds2 Pro, its new earbuds.

KB Investment & Securities analyst Lee Chang-min said that the two new gizmos fall short of high expectations.

“The prices of the fourth-generation Galaxy phones did not go down compared to the third-generation ones. Hence, we don’t think that they have price competitiveness,” Lee said.

“In addition, there are no revolutionary changes in hardware. We worry that its foldable phone shipment this year would amount to 15 million units this year, less than the previous expectation of 18 million.”

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