The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the rumoured next iteration of the impressive line of foldable smartphones, but as much as we're interested in the specs, we're keen to know more about what price to expect.
The Z Fold 3 tipped the scales with a huge $1800 price tag, making it one of the most expensive phones you could buy, even for those interested in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
But with the somewhat exclusive pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, will the Fold 4 be cheaper for a more mainstream appeal?
We take a look at everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 price, and what we could expect come release.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Price
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hasn't been revealed just yet, and it goes without saying that an official price will be some way off, but there are some reports that could give us some clues.
A post by @yeaux112 on Korean blogging site Naver revealed some, albeit unconfirmed, details around the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
This included the claims that there will be an improved under display camera, weight reduction, a new hinge, and improved battery.
They also go onto say that the release date will be same as the previous generation (which would put it at August 2022).
But what about the price? Well, according to androidheadlines, the Z Fold 4 could be cheaper this time around.
There are two reasons behind this: diversifying component suppliers and current pricing trends of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and 3.
Diversifying Component Suppliers
According to theelec last year, three companies were in competition for the new hinges for the Fold 4: KH Vatec, S-Connect and AU Flex.
What typically happens with these kind of situations is that you can get a better deal, and it appears that Samsung is looking for ways to reduce the cost of making the Fold 4s this time around.
Reportedly, this may also be the case with their ultra-thin glass technology, which Samsung are apparently looking to make more cost effective.
Following Price Trends
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 came in at around $1800, but it was still cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which was a whopping $1999.
Let's be honest. this is far too expensive for people who are even going for a $1000 smartphone, so if Samsung want these foldable phones to go mainstream, they really have to bring that price down.
We've seen a drop of around $200 between generations, so we could see that again this time, but with rumours of two under display cameras and the inclusion of the S-Pen, does that really make financial sense?
Will The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Be Cheaper?
At the moment, it looks like signs are pointing towards the Galaxy Z Fold 4 being cheaper than the Z Fold 3, and we're estimating it may come in at around $1500 - $1600 this time around.
If the desire is for the foldable phone to become mainstream, then they'll need to drop it lower than that. But considering the number of unique components involved in the production of the phones, plus the fact that you've essentially got two screens, perhaps it's unrealistic to consider these ever capable of becoming so?
Competition from the likes of other brands, such as Vivo with their X Fold, may help drive the price further down, but we think it's unlikely.
That being said, at this stage, we're confident it will be cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, we just hope Samsung can source cheaper components with compromising on quality.