The leaks continue for Samsung’s upcoming smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 4. This time, notable Android Twitter tipster Ice universe has revealed that the phone’s screen is slated to have a less prominent crease.
According to the leaker, the crease will still be there to some extent when the phone is unfolded, but should be smoother than it was on previous iterations, finally fixing an issue which has been plaguing Samsung's Fold lineup since its first iteration, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
A consistent problem
Samsung's original Galaxy Fold launched with a plastic cover protecting its main screen, which had a very prominent crease. This would lead to an annoying glare, regardless of whether you were using the phone inside or outside. Samsung has been working on fixing this design flaw but has yet to fully overcome it.
The Galaxy Z Fold3, for example, got rid of the plastic covering and replaced it with Samsung’s own Ultra-Thin Glass. The hinge was also improved upon as it was made to be more durable than before. Despite the improvements, the crease is still there, if not as noticeable.
It’s not like this issue is impossible to solve, either. Chinese tech company Oppo launched a foldable phone in China that significantly reduced the amount of visible crease. And if you go back a little further, you’ll find Motorola’s 2019 Razr phone accomplished the same task thanks to a clever hinge design.
A year of leaks
We've already seen a steady flow of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4-related leaks throughout 2022, and things are ramping up as we get closer to its expected launch date.
We've put together a curated list of all of the leaks that have occurred this past year, which describe a foldable device with a 7.56-inch main screen and a 6.19-inch cover screen. The phone may also sport the same 10MP optical zoom camera found on the Samsung Galaxy S22.
Hopefully, Samsung can figure out the creasing problem in time for the device's official launch, so we no longer have to deal with an annoying line down the middle.
Judging by previous release dates, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to arrive sometime during late summer 2022. That said, there’s still time for changes to be made and then subsequently leaked, so stay tuned for more updates as they occur.
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Cesar Cadenas has been writing about the tech industry for several years now specializing in consumer electronics, entertainment devices, Windows, and the gaming industry. But he’s also passionate about smartphones, GPUs, and cybersecurity.