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(Pocket-lint) - Samsung is expected to refresh its lineup of folding, flexible smartphones later this year, with new models of the Flip and Fold lineups being evolved further. 

Of course, while Flip 4 is likely to be the more popular due to its price point and convenient form factor, the Fold 4 will be the aspirational all-powerful model. 

It typically has better cameras than its smaller sibling, and those are said to be improving further in 2022, with the Fold 4 adopting the same telephoto zoom lens as the Galaxy S22 and S22+

A leak claims that the Galaxy Fold 4 will feature a 3x optical zoom rather than the 2x zoom in the current Fold model, however, the resolution is dropping from 12-megapixels to 10-megapixels. 

The rumour comes from Galaxy Club in a report which also claims the front facing cover camera will likely be the same as the 10-megapixel selfie cam on the Fold 3. 

Other details at this stage are unclear, but rumours have suggested that the Fold 4 will be one of three new foldable phones that launch this summer. 

As well as the usual Flip clamshell, there has been speculation that Samsung will release a phone with vertical and horizonatal hinges, rather than just one single folding point. 

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As it stands, all of this is just rumour fodder for now, but the improvement to the zoom camera on the Fold certainly seems a likely addition. It would make sense for its most expensive, innovative device to feature cameras at least as good as its standard candybar flagship range. 

Writing by Cam Bunton.