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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 just tipped for major performance boost

Unofficial renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, partially open from the front and back
(Image credit: OnLeaks/91 Mobiles)

Update (May 20): Another Z Flip 4 rumor has emerged, this time claiming there's going to be a small boost to its battery capacity.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4's performance could blow past not just the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but also the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, based on benchmarks spotted by leaker Ice Universe (opens in new tab).

Those benchmarks, taken from the CPU-stressing Geekbench 5, are for an Android 12 phone named "samsung SM-F721U," running an unnamed ARM-based CPU. Ice Universe asserts that this phone is the Z Flip 4, and that chipset is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, something that we've heard rumored before as powering Samsung's new foldables, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

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Accompanied with 8GB RAM, the alleged Galaxy Z Flip 4 scored 1,277 points on the single-core test and 3,642 points on the multi-core test. 

In comparison, the Galaxy S22, which uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 8GB RAM, scored 1,204 and 3,348 points respectively. And the Galaxy S22 Plus, scored 1,214 and 3,361 points when we tested it. So the Galaxy Z Flip 4 seemingly has the edge in performance. It seems set to beat the Galaxy S22 Ultra's 1,240 and 3,392 Geekbench 5 scores, although the 12GB version of the S22 Ultra may have scored higher. 

So, as one might expect, the new chip appears to offer a nice performance increase to the Z Flip 4. More processing power is good, particularly if you are into smartphone gaming or multitask a lot on big-screened phones. 

But there are other changes rumored for the Z Flip 4 that we're more interested in. For example, the claims of a larger outer display and a bigger battery sound like much more valuable features for a typical user. 

Based on previous years, the Galaxy Z Flip 4, alongside the larger Galaxy Z Fold 4, should arrive around August. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will likely use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chip too if the Z Flip 4 does, and is also rumored to come with a more comfortable screen aspect ratio and improvements to the rear cameras.

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, gaming, audio and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.