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Samsung has launched two new foldable smartphones with flexible glass that folds down the middle of the screen, including its most expensive device yet.
The Korean tech giant lifted the lid on several new products at its Unpacked event on Wednesday, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes with a new taskbar along the bottom of the phone, giving a more 'PC like experience' where users can easily see their apps.
It comes with as much as 1TB of storage – but for a colossal £2,019.
Samsung has also launched the Galaxy Z Flip 4, which flips open like a retro 90s phone thanks to a horizontal hinge through the middle of the screen.
Compared to last year's Flip model, it has smaller bezels and a slimmer hinge for a perfect shape and better grip, Samsung says.
Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at £999 for 125GB of storage and goes up to £1,199 for 512GB of storage.
At the firm's Unpacked event on Wednesday, the Korean tech giant lifted the lid on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, its most expensive smartphone yet
Just like its predecessors, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a vertical hinge down the middle and essentially acts as a 2-in-1 device
Samsung has also launched the Galaxy Z Flip 4, which flips open like a retro 90s phone thanks to a horizontal hinge through the middle of the screen
Galaxy Z Fold 4
Galaxy Z Flip 4
Both of the smartphone models are 5G compatible, come with IPX8 water resistance and can be folded and unfolded more than 200,000 times.
They're available for pre-order today (August 10) and go on sale August 26.
Paolo Pescatore, analyst at PP Foresight, said the new Fold and Flip models only have 'incremental upgrades' over last year's versions.
'Ultimately maintaining a premium for what some users will see as incremental upgrades is always a hard sell,' he told MailOnline.
'This is in stark contrast to Apple with everyone eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new iPhone every year.
'It seems the focus has been on software as the devices essentially look the same.'
Just like its predecessors, Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a vertical hinge down the middle and essentially acts as a 2-in-1 device.
It has two screens – a smaller one on the outside that displays basic information when it's folded, and the larger interior screen that's like a tablet.
Samsung has brought a taskbar to the bottom of the larger screen that better displays all a person's apps, much like Windows on a PC.
Galaxy Z Fold4 comes with a new taskbar feature along the bottom of the phone, giving a more 'PC like experience' where users can easily see their apps
Galaxy Z Flip 4 is the third of Samsung's 'Flip' models, inspired by 90s flip phones but with foldable glass
Flip 4's main screen measures 6.7 inches, while the smaller cover screen on the outside is 1.9 inch, like last year’s Flip 3
The new phones are the latest in the Samsung's line of foldable phones.
Samsung released the original Galaxy Fold in 2019, followed by its follow-up the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the original Galaxy Z Flip in 2020.
In 2021, it released the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Flip 3 was the second Flip model, but it was named 'Fold 3' to align with the branding of the Fold 3.
Now, Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4.
Users can drag the apps to open them on a split-screen – so, for example, Facebook addicts can display Messenger and the Facebook app next to each other and keep an eye on both of them at the same time.
The Fold 4's interior screen measures a hefty 7.6 inches diagonally – the same as the one on the Fold 3, which was released last year.
Prices vary depending on storage, but they start at £1,649 for 256GB and go up to £2,019 for 1 terabyte.
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