Samsung Flip4 vs Flip3 - What’s new, different or the same?

June 1, 2023

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 front view of display and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 front view of display.

Unfold your world with the Samsung Z Series, the Samsung Galaxy Flip4. Remember flip phones? Well, they’re back and better than ever. Samsung has taken all the functions of the early 2000’s flip phone and upgraded it to fit your 2023 lifestyle.

Designed with a real folding glass display, it fits compactly into any pocket. But it doesn’t stop there. Forget makeshift stands to prop you phone up, Galaxy Z Flip4 allows for a revolutionised mobile experience, giving you the freedom to go hands-free whether taking selfies, video calling or watching YouTube. With ingenious Cover Display, take calls, check messages, and skip songs without even having to unfold.

So, what does the Samsung Galaxy Flip4 have that the Flip3 doesn’t? Don’t worry we did all the research, so you don’t have to. Read on to learn how they stack up against each other. 

What’s different – the battery 

The Galaxy Z Flip4's two-part battery has a 3,700 mAh total capacity compared to the Flip3's 3,400 mAh. Couple with the 25W charger, the Flip4 is the fastest charging Flip yet, so you can text non-stop, edit videos or stream videos without worrying about battery life. With the 25W charger you can boost your battery up to 50% in 30 minutes. And Wireless PowerShare makes it easy to power up your Galaxy Buds or Galaxy Watch.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 can be charged at a maximum of 15W and supports wireless charging. A full battery charge takes up to 2 hours to support apps like Netflix, Facebook and TikTok.

What’s different – Colour options and multi-mode usage 

There are four colours available for the Galaxy Z Flip3, including Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black. For the Flip4 the phone comes in a variety of pastel colours like Pink Gold, Blue, Graphite and Bora Purple. You also can use the Galaxy Bespoke service to customise both the Flip3 and Flip4’s frames top and bottom panel to match your style.

With Galaxy Z Flip4's uniquely optimised, 6.7-inch display, you can get more out of your smartphone. With its one-of-a-kind screen, you can use all your favourite apps and streaming services. For easy control and seamless browsing, use Flex mode and the lower screen as a touch pad. Or get more done with Multi-Window. And you can do more while the phone is folded shut too. With the 1.9-inch AMOLED Cover Screen, you can send quick text replies or find a tab fast in your Samsung Wallet.

When you’re on the move, sometimes you just need the headlines. The upgraded Cover Display on the Flip3 is four times larger than the original Galaxy Z Flip, making it easier to check the time, take calls or skip songs at a touch. And when you’re ready for more, unfold to express yourself with hands-free Google Duo video calls in Flex mode. Just position the Galaxy Z Flip3 on a flat surface and you’re ready for action.. 

What’s the same? 

Although the Flip4 has more design upgrades than the Flip3, the phones share a lot of similarities. The Multi-Window feature is available on both phones, allowing you to open two app windows on the same screen. That means you can scroll through your social feed while messaging the group chat at the same time. ​Both have the same compact, clamshell design with a 1.9-inch, Super AMOLED, 260 x 512-pixel cover screen. Flipping them open reveals a foldable, Dynamic AMOLED 2x, HDR10+, 6.7-inch, 1080 x 2640-pixel display with a 120Hz variable refresh rate. You can also level up your selfies with the same accuracy and sharpness, with both phones sporting a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 10MP selfie camera.

Which one is right for you?

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3, the Galaxy Z Flip4 has an improved processor, battery, and Wide Camera that allows it to take even better photos in low light conditions. Besides being more compact and durable than its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip4's Cover Screen also allows for more customisation.

The Galaxy Z Flip4 has a boosted Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ 4nm processor which is more powerful and efficient when compared with the Snapdragon 888 processor of the Galaxy Z Flip3, giving you laptop-like performance in the palm of your hand. The Flip4 is designed for those who need a phone that will keep up to speed with on-the-go demands, day and night.

How to get your hands on the Flip4 or Flip3

When it comes to affordable and innovative phones, Samsung is an industry leader. Perfect your posts, conduct meetings or stream your favourite shows with the Galaxy Z Flip4 or its pocket-sized predecessor, the Flip3.

The Flip4 has all the best bits of Samsung phones, including the security – Samsung Knox will make sure all your security and log-in data stays protected.

For Photographers, social media addicts and business owners needing a phone that can be used across multiple apps, the Flip4 and Flip3 are both powerful options. If you prefer pocket-sized over powerful speeds, consider the Flip3. For heavier usage, we recommend the Flip4.

You can buy the new Flip4 from Three, online or in store.

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