Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Can the upgrade beat the foldable skeptics?

The new Galaxy Z Fold 3 is lighter, smaller, more durable and cheaper.

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After looking like Infinite strings of rumors and leaks, NS Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 It’s finally a reality.Samsung announced with 3rd generation foldable mobile phones Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Wednesday’s virtual unpacked event..Both phones prove it Samsung has not given up on folding.. In fact, the Z Fold 3 Angle is the best foldable cell phone you can buy.

last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 addresses many issues People had in the original crease. Still, despite the long-awaited injection of premium features and specs, the Z Fold 2 still needed to win our trust. NS The second fold left many of us wanting a foldable one that feels like a phone It’s not like an experiment.

On paper, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 seems to be improved in every way.Samsung folds Fitter Happia Upgrades: Slimmer, lighter, more productive, durable and affordable. Add 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, under-display selfie camera, S-pen support, and low price to your cover screen to get a rugged all-purpose phone.

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Samsung is confident in improving the durability of the Z Fold 3. This is because Samsung recommends taking out small, pointed objects and using them in folding screens. All these nip, tack, and additions make your hardware and software more streamlined and friendly.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3: Seeing Samsung’s latest foldable for the first time


NS Galaxy Z Fold 3 (reservation method) It starts at $ 1,800 (£ 1,599), which is $ 200 lower than the original price of the Z Fold 2 (Australian prices have not been announced, but £ 1,599 translates to approximately A $ 3,000). We are heading in the right direction. By the way, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 starts at $ 1,000 (£ 949). Pre-orders will begin and both phones will be available on August 27th.

Price for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3




US price

Galaxy Z Fold 3



$ 1,900

Galaxy Z Fold 3



$ 1,800

Galaxy Z Flip 3



$ 1,050

Galaxy Z Flip 3



$ 1,000

Samsung makes Galaxy Z Fold 3 more durable

The main screen of the Z Fold 3 has a new protective film that Samsung claims to be smoother, scratch-resistant and 80% more durable than its predecessor. The metal frame and hinges are made of a new material called Armor Aluminum. As a result, Samsung states that it is 10% more durable than its predecessor, the Fold hinge.

This new aluminum also makes the phone 11 grams lighter than the last crease. It’s quite heavy to take off from the phone. But the big picture is that the Z Fold 3 is one of the heaviest phones on the market in 2021. By comparison, it weighs as much as 42 grams. Galaxy S21 Ultra, I think it’s a big phone call.It’s only 30 grams less IPad miniIt has a 7.9-inch display.

The Z Fold 3’s main display is 7.6 inches and has an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. Samsung says the Fold 3 “eco-display” is brighter and consumes less energy. This is important because the dual battery is smaller than that of the Z Fold 2, but Samsung says it can expect similar battery life.

The water resistance of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is IPX8 compliant, so it can withstand up to 30 minutes under 1.5 meters of water. It’s just as nice an addition (especially in terms of keeping the Z Fold 3 clean), but it’s not dustproof.If you remember back Check the original crease sampleDust was one of the factors that caused screen damage on some reviewers’ phones.

The cover screen has been upgraded to Gorilla Glass Victus to support an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. The Z Fold 3 is a naming scheme that reflects the color options of the Galaxy S21 Ultra and comes in three colors: Phantom Silver, Phantom Green, and Phantom Black.

Use the S Pen on the screen of the Galaxy Z Fold 3

2021 is the year of the S Pen. The Z Fold 3 now supports stylus and you can buy two new S pens. There is a $ 50 S Penfold Edition and a $ 100 S Pen Pro. The S Penfolds Edition doesn’t have Bluetooth, but you can click on the S Pen to take a screen capture or write down a note. Samsung also sells a specially designed $ 80 Fold 3 cover case that comes with the S Penfold Edition.

The S Pen Pro is equipped with Bluetooth, acts as a remote and supports gesture control. You can also use the onboard memory feature to copy and paste between S Pen devices. It’s thick and feels like a traditional pen.

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You can use one of the two new S pens with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.


Both S-pen have a new auto-retractable tip to protect the Fold 3 display. You cannot use other S-Pens that are related to the new S-Pen, which has nothing to do with the screen and uses a different frequency, in the fold.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 has an under-display camera

As for cameras, there are five. The outer camera bumps include a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Both wide and telephoto cameras have an optical image stabilizer.

The cover screen has a hole punch notch for a 10 megapixel camera. And you need to open Z Fold 3 to see the 5th camera. Or you should try to display it. This is Samsung’s first under-display camera. That is, there are no notches or holes on the main screen. The screen is displayed without interruption.

Samsung Z Fold 3 Folding Phone

A closer look at the top right of the display reveals a faint outline of the new underdisplay camera. It is visible at a particular angle and under certain lighting.

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Samsung uses display elements to hide the camera and uses transparent wiring that allows the camera to be seen through the screen. Although the camera is only 4 megapixels (which is also useful for viewing through a display), it uses AI image processing to create photos and videos.

The Z Fold 3 has a built-in AR filter that can record 8K video and offers a variety of capture and preview modes that take advantage of Z Fold 3’s unique build.

Samsung Z Fold 3 Folding Phone

There are three camera bumps on the cover: wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 software enhances folding screen support

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 runs Android 11 and comes with a number of software updates that push Fold beyond the limits of traditional phones. There have been major improvements to multitasking, new UX elements have been added, and there are more ways to use flex mode. You can now pin the edge panel like a Windows taskbar and create quick shortcuts to your app.

Samsung has worked with companies such as Google, Microsoft and Disney to optimize the app for collapsible screens. Optimized apps include Spotify, YouTube, TikTok and Zoom.

Samsung Z Fold 3

In flex mode, you can use the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in an open position like a laptop.


2021 flagship specs in Galaxy Z Fold 3

The Z Fold 3 has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip as the Galaxy S21 Ultra.I’m a little surprised that it isn’t New Plus version on some gaming phones.. The Z Fold 3 has a whopping 12GB of RAM and comes with 256GB or 512GB of storage.

Folding phones support sub 65G, and certain carrier versions also support millimeter wave 5G. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Can the upgrade beat the foldable skeptics?

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