The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is here, bringing more polish and refinement to a foldable series that was already the best foldable overall. While this year’s improvements may not immediately catch the eye, they add up to more than the sum of their parts. These updates include a newly designed hinge that doesn’t protrude as much in folded form, resulting in a folded form factor that’s a bit more symmetrical. The Fold 4 is also slightly lighter than the Fold 3. The cameras have also been upgraded, to a new 50MP main camera sensor with a larger 1/1.55-inch image sensor, plus a telephoto zoom lens. 3X quality. The ultra wide-angle camera is still as useful as ever.
One of the things Samsung has focused on in recent years is that it wants the Fold 4 to be as durable as possible. And starting with last year’s Z Fold 3, Samsung introduced a new “Armor Aluminum” coating for the frame, as well as official IPX8 water resistance.
These same features return this year for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. While Samsung claims its “Armor Aluminum” is stronger than before, the IPX8 water-resistance rating is identical to last year’s Z Fold 3.
What does this mean? Well, an IP (Ingress Protection) rating represents the documented level of protection provided by a device against dust or liquid. These are presented by two numbers. For an IPX8, which only has a number, this means that the device is not protected against dust, but against water. The “8” rating means the device can withstand immersion in more than one meter (3.2 feet) of water. This means that if you accidentally drop the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the pool or a sink full of water, you can expect the phone to survive unscathed if you take it out within a reasonable amount of time. This means that yes, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is waterproof.
Keep in mind that neither phone is waterproof, and the same is still the case here too. Despite having an official rating, it’s worth mentioning that phone warranties still don’t cover water damage, so you should try to avoid deliberately submerging the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in water. Look at the IP rating as a “just in case” protection against torrential rain or accidental submersion in water, not an open invitation to take the Fold 4 underwater on purpose. The lack of dust resistance is a bummer, so you may want to protect your investment with a case.
If you’re interested in buying the Galaxy Z Fold 4, there are plenty of deals going on right now, so be sure to check them out.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is Samsung’s latest foldable flagship, with high-end specs and up to 512GB of internal storage. However, you cannot expand it with a microSD card.