Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4: Talk of a larger cover display emerges for next-generation Galaxy Z Flip smartphone
Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) has delivered an update about this year's Galaxy Z Flip, currently referred to as the Galaxy Z Flip4. According to Young, Samsung will be expanding the size of the Galaxy Z Flip's cover display again this year, repeating a change it made between the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the Galaxy Z Flip3. For context, the original Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G have 1.1-inch cover displays, much smaller than the 2.7-inch equivalent in the Motorola Razr 5G. While the Galaxy Z Flip3 closed that gap, Samsung only brought last year's cover display up to 1.9-inches.
Young claims that Samsung has elected to equip the Galaxy Z Flip4 with an entirely new cover display. Supposedly, this year's exterior display will span over 2-inches, but Young would not specify its size. Presumably, this means that Samsung will modify the design it introduced with the Galaxy Z Flip3, unless it extends the display by a modest 0.2-inches or so. Unfortunately, details about the Galaxy Z Flip4's interior display remain unknown, although the handset is expected to resemble its predecessor. Separately, GalaxyClub alleges that the Galaxy Z Flip4 has a larger overall battery than the Galaxy Z Flip3 too, which we have discussed separately.
Moreover, the Galaxy Z Flip4 should launch with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, not last year's Snapdragon 888. In saying that, Samsung will stick with a capacitive fingerprint scanner, rather than adopting an under-display alternative. Reportedly, Samsung had considered using an under-display fingerprint scanner but decided against doing so because of the added impracticality of having to unlock the Galaxy Z Flip4 only after opening it. Potentially, a larger cover display would make it easier for Samsung to embed an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Z Flip4's outside. However, it would remain to be seen how this would improve upon Samsung's established capacitive sensor.