It carries a less expensive tag as well!
Samsung has announced its flagship foldable device of 2021: the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The third iteration of the Galaxy Z Fold packs some major reliability and sturdiness improvements over its predecessor, which brings its durability in line with regular smartphones.
Foldable devices thus far are related to reliability issues. However, Samsung is getting to fix that problem permanently with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 this year.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Is the Foldable From the Future
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 packs some major design and build improvements over the Galaxy Z Fold 2 from last year to form it more reliable and sturdy. Samsung is using its “strongest aluminium frame” yet on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Armor Aluminum frame is up to 10 per cent more durable.
To protect the duvet display and rear of the device, Samsung uses Gorilla Glass Victus, that’s more durable and less susceptible to scratches. As for the folding display, Samsung uses a panel layer and a protective film on the Ultra-Thin Glass panel. Samsung claims this leads to the most folding display being up to 80 per cent more durable than before.
The reliability improvements don’t end there. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the world’s first foldable device to feature a water-resistant IPX8 certification. There is no dust resistance, but the water-resistance certification means the Galaxy Z Fold 3 can survive being dunked in up to 1m of water for up to 30 mins.
At the front, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 features a 6.2-inch AMOLED display. However, when unfolded, there is a 7.6-inch folding display. Both display panels support HDR10+ and 120Hz refresh rates. the dimensions of the duvet display, and therefore, the folding display remain equivalent as on the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Same Camera Setup as Last Year
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 packs five cameras in total. This consists of three 12MP cameras at the rear, including a 12MP primary and telephoto sensor. Then, the duvet display features a 10MP selfie shooter. the important highlight, however, is that the 4MP under-screen camera is hidden beneath the folding display. The resolution is on the lower side, but the camera is primarily meant for video calls and not for taking selfies.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 also supports S Pen. Samsung offers two different S Pen stylus for the device: the S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro. They feature a “force limit” technology to ensure the most foldable display of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t damaged. They’re going to be available for purchase as a separate accessory for the device.
Other key specs of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are as follows:
- Snapdragon 888 chipset
- 12GB RAM, 256/512GB storage
- Dual-SIM connectivity, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, and USB-C
- 4,400mAh battery with 25W fast charging support
- Wireless charging with reverse wireless charging support
- Android 11 with One UI 3.1
- 158.2×67.1×14.4mm when closed, 158.2×128.1×6.4mm when opened; 271gms
- Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
To take better advantage of all the important screen estate, Samsung brings some notable software improvements to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Settings menu has been revamped, and there is a Mini Menu that will easily allow you to switch between open apps without using gestures. Samsung has also worked with Spotify, TikTok, Microsoft, et al. to make sure their apps can properly cash in on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s display.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Colors and Pricing
What’s impressive is that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 carries a lower cost tag than its predecessor despite all the improvements. the bottom variant of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 with 256GB storage will retail for $1,799. That’s $200 cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which retailed for $1,999.
In Europe, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will retail for €1,799/£1,599. It’ll be available in Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver colours.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 goes on pre-order from August 11, and it’ll be available in selected markets from August 27.