The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 was always likely to support the S Pen, given that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 does, but it looks like the stylus will be a much more integrated component this time around.
According to Mukul Sharma (a leaker with a good track record) Samsung has started production of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s S Pen in several Eurasian countries. Sharma says no more, but it’s a potentially very illuminating claim.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 isn’t expected to land until August or September, so it would seem early to build the S Pen if it’s just an optional accessory like last year.
[Exclusive] Mass production of the S-Pen for the upcoming Galaxy Fold (Z Fold 4) has started in several Eurasian countries.#Samsung #SamsungGalaxyZFold4April 18, 2022
Of course, a number of leaks have suggested that the S Pen will come with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and that the handset will even have a slot for it, just like the Galaxy Note line and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. So this latest leak fits that, as Samsung will have to build a lot more S Pen units if it comes with every Z Fold 4.
Even if these leaks are fake, this latest information suggests that Samsung expects the S Pen to be a popular accessory, as the company would presumably be able to build a lot of them by launch if it starts now.
Of course, we’d take this latest leak itself with a pinch of salt, but given Sharma’s background, there’s a good chance it’s correct.
Analysis: what else will the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 offer?
Beyond a bundled S Pen (and likely a slot for it), the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 might include a few other significant upgrades, but not ones that will be obvious at first glance.
Most leaks so far suggest it will look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, with similar screen sizes, but with build and camera improvements.
For the former, the glass can be stronger, the phone can be lighter, and its water and dust resistance can be improved.
For the latter, it could have the same 10MP 3x optical zoom camera as the Samsung Galaxy S22 (which would be an upgrade from the 2x optical zoom offered on the Z Fold 3). It could also have the same 108MP main sensor as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and an improved under-display camera.
By telephone Arena