Take a look at the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, and find out how well it is a foldable computing + gaming powerhouse!
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Flagship Class Performance!
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 runs on the most powerful mobile SoC available for Android devices – the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
Fabricated on the latest 4nm Samsung process technology, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :
- a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3.2 GHz,
- three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz, and
- four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.8 GHz.
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a higher-binned version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC that powers the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Its Cortex-X2 prime core runs at 3.2 GHz, instead of 3 GHz, while its Adreno 730 GPU runs at 800 MHz, instead of 720 MHz.
On paper, this is about as powerful as it gets in 2022, but let’s take a look at how it actually performs!
Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Battery Life + Charging Speed!
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Work Performance
We first tested the Galaxy Z Flip4 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.
|Work 3.0||Z Flip 4||Z Flip 3||S22 Ultra||S21 Ultra||Note20
|Mobile Platform||SD 8+ Gen 1||SD 888||SD 8
Unsurprisingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is about 8% faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 used in the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and the Snapdragon 888 used by the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
It’s a nice boost, but you won’t actually notice the difference. For certain, it will easily handle anything you throw at it, whether it’s just posting your latest Instagram pictures or editing a 4K video.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Gaming Performance
For gaming, we tested the Galaxy Z Flip4 using 3DMark, with these results :
|3DMark||Z Flip 4||S22
|Z Flip 3||Note20
|Sling Shot Unlimited||10690||11094||9248||8026||3327|
|Wild Life Unlimited||11144||9106||3952||4504||3288|
When it comes to less strenuous games (Sling Shot), the higher-clocked Adreno 730 GPU had no effect, but when we switched to Wild Life, we saw a 19% to 22% boost in performance.
For certain, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will crush any game you throw at it, but the Galaxy Z Flip4’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 gives you more performance headroom.
It also shows that you don’t really need expensive “gaming smartphones”. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 will easily handle any game you want to play.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Overall Performance
We then tested the Galaxy Z Flip4 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :
|AnTuTu||S22 Ultra||Z Flip 4||Z Flip 3||S21 Ultra||Note20
|Device||SD 8 Gen 1||SD 8+ Gen 1||SD
The AnTuTu benchmark tells a slightly different story. The higher-clocked Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 pretty much performs as fast as the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – with a slight 3.7% performance difference.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is about 23% faster than the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and a whopping 37% faster than the Galaxy S21 Ultra!
But note that its temperature jumped by over 10°C! At peak performance, the Galaxy Z Flip4 can get quite toasty!
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Performance Summary
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is a svelte smartphone when unfolded, and yet super compact when folded. You would not expect performance to be a key selling point.
In fact, I expect Samsung to tune down the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 for better battery life. But somehow, Samsung kept its performance high, while improving its battery life in the Z Flip4!
In other words – you can have your cake and eat it too. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is not just a fashion statement in your hands, it’s a computing and gaming powerhouse in a compact form factor.
It is no surprise why the Galaxy Z Flip4 is arguably the hottest smartphone Samsung introduced in 2022!
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Price + Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes in four colour options, as well as a special Bespoke Edition :
- Graphite – legacy colour
- Pink Gold – new colour
- Blue – new colour
- Bora Purple – their signature colour this year
These are the available models and launch prices for the Z Flip 4 :
- 8 GB + 128 GB : RM4,099 (about US$920 / £760 / A$1,319 / S$1,267)
- 8 GB + 256 GB : RM4,399 (about US$987 / £816 / A$1,415 / S$1,359)
- 8 GB + 256 GB Bespoke Edition : RM4,599 (about US$1,032 / £853 / A$1,479 / S$1,421)
- 8 GB + 512 GB : RM4,899 (about US$ 1,099 / £909 / A$1,576 / S$1,514)
The Bespoke Edition is only available on the Samsung website, and requires 3-4 weeks to deliver, as each unit is custom-made.
Here are online purchase options :
- Malaysia : $4,099 | $4,099 | $4,099 | $4,099
- Singapore : S$1,398 | $S1,333 | S$1,398
- United States : US$1,059 | US$1,059
- United Kingdom : £999
- Australia : Price Check | Ecosystem Bundle
Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 : Colour Comparison!
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