Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the newest of Samsung’s flagship foldables, and it builds upon the hardware strides made with the Z Fold 3 and Galaxy S22 to deliver an experience that aims to be better than the former and equal to the latter.
- The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has decently fast charging
- Galaxy Fold 4 chargers are everywhere
However, one area that hasn’t seen much improvement is the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s charging speed. Unlike other Android phones, some of which have adopted charging speeds of 100W, the Galaxy Fold 4 keeps the tried-and-true 25W charging speed. While that’s a downside for those who want to fully charge in an hour, the lower charging speed is safer for your battery, and you probably won’t need to buy a new, proprietary charger to use it. Unfortunately, though, that means you’re also not getting a charger with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
As with most 2022 flagship smartphones, Samsung is excluding a charger from the packaging because there’s a good chance you already have one that works. There’s also the e-waste and environmental argument that big companies push, as well as the practical idea that smaller boxes allow for more phones to be shipped at once. Either way, the Fold 4 isn’t coming with a fast charger
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has decently fast charging
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Let’s talk about the fast charging on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Unlike OnePlus and Xiaomi, Samsung, like Apple, equips its phones with modest charging speeds of around 30W. You’ll be able to charge the foldable to 50% in half an hour, though a full charge will take more than double that time as the Z Fold 4 slows down charging at high levels in order to protect your battery’s health.
Speaking of battery life, the Galaxy Fold 4 comes with a 4, 400mAh battery. It’s not the biggest battery in the world, especially now that Android phones routinely sneak into the 5,000mAh range. Certainly, Samsung says that the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor paired with its own One UI software will help the Fold 4 last the day, but a fuller review will have our findings.
Galaxy Fold 4 chargers are everywhere
The good part about that modest charging? You can find a 22W to 30W charger for your Fold 4 pretty much anywhere. You’ll get the most bang for your buck with 25W chargers since the Fold 4 only supports up to 25W. Anything after that will offer diminishing returns. If you need to buy a new charger, we have a few curated collections of USB-C cables and fast chargers that should work well with the new Z Fold 4.
If you’d like to reuse an older charger, the fact that it uses USB-C also means that your current smartphone or laptop charger could double as a Z Fold charger. Best of all, it’s no iPhone, and that’s a good thing as far as charging is concerned.