The Galaxy S22 Ultra is yet to ship to the consumers and we're already hearing details about Samsung's next flagship phone. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a big upgrade, which users have been asking for, but before that let's talk about the S22 Ultra and its new haptic feedback engine.
You probably didn’t preorder the S22 Ultra with its haptic feedback in mind, but it matters more than you might think. Subtle, precise feedback can boost the perceived quality of a phone and makes it much more enjoyable. That's what Samsung tried to do with the S22 Ultra with its new X-axis vibration motor the same one Apple equips in their iPhones which by the way are known to provide the best haptic feedback in the industry.
Now, we have a video giving us an idea of how big of a difference this new motor makes compared to the S21 Ultra which has a Z-axis vibration motor. Take a look.
As you heard the S22 Ultra has subtle, precise feedback while it buzzes and rattles on the S21 Ultra. So basically this means when touching on-screen buttons, dragging sliders, and more you'll get a much more pleasant experience with the S22 Ultra.
Moving on, you see Samsung added the S Pen support to the Z Fold 3 last year which a lot of people appreciated. But they didn’t provide an integrated S Pen slot on the device. As a result, users had to buy Samsung’s official S Pen case to carry around the pen which was not an optimal solution because the case added unnecessary bulk and not much protection either. Plus you need to buy the S Pen separately which made the entire thing even more expensive.
But it looks like that won't be an issue with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. We have a new report from a reputed South Korean publication the Elec that Samsung will offer a dedicated slot for the S pen on the Z Fold 4. This would significantly expand the usability of the S Pen as users will always have the stylus on hand. The report also mentions that there won't be a Galaxy Note in the second half of the year which isn't surprising because the S22 Ultra is the new Note.
The report also mentions that the S Pen will use the EMR technique to attach a digitizer to the Z Fold 4’s display. This means the S Pen no longer needs a battery of its own which would result in them shrinking the size of the pen enough to make it fit inside the phone’s chassis.
They also shared the screen sizes of the Z Fold 4. The inner display will remain the same at 7.56" while the outer display is shrinking marginally by 0.01" to 6.19". This means that it will likely have the same footprint as its predecessor although a tad wider which to be honest, you're not going to even notice. This is not good because we were expecting a wider cover screen which would make it more convenient compared to the Z Fold 3. But it looks like that is not happening.
Although the report didn't mention it, previous rumors said the Z Fold 4 will also have an updated camera setup borrowed straight from the S22 lineup. Now we don't know if they are borrowing the S22 Ultra's setup or the regular S22. I guess we'll have to wait and see. The report also mentions the display sizes of the Z Flip 4. The inner screen will remain at 6.7" while the outer one will be increased marginally to 1.9" from 1.83.
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