Samsung has finally launched it’s one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2021, the Galaxy Z Fold3. It brings a decent number of changes from its predecessor, both in terms of improvements as well as innovation. We will see more durable design this time, and first under display camera in any Samsung smartphone. So, without further delay, let’s have a look at Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.
Design & Display:
Starting off with the design itself, the Z Fold3 retains the same book style folding design as the Z Fold2. The frame is now made up of more durable Armor Aluminium then a regular aluminium. The folding glass is also stronger this time, Samsung claiming that it can survive under a bit more pressure compared to the predecessor. This time Samsung also bought IPX8 water resistance. It’s a bit compact from the sides and thickness as compared to its predecessor, thanks to better design engineering. Still, it weighs at 271 grams, which is very hefty for a smartphone user.
The main folding display has the size of 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 2208 x 1768 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It has HDR10+ support and has peak brightness of 1200 nits. This display also has a 4MP Under Display camera, making it first Samsung smartphone and 2nd commercial smartphone after just launched Mi Mix 4 to have UD Camera. This camera’s main purpose is video calling on the big screen. The cover display has same 6.2-inch size, but this time there’s 120Hz refresh rate here as well. Both the cover display and back panel has Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor built on 5nm process and has Adreno 650 GPU. Though it’s time for Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset flagships, but different devices like foldable phones need some more optimizations to run on certain hardware. Still, Snapdragon 888 is one of the most powerful Android processors as of now. It has 12GB RAM with 256/512GB UFS 3.1 storage options. The device runs on OneUI 3.5 on top of Android 11. Samsung said that its more optimized for folding functionalities now.
As I mentioned before, it has 4MP under display camera in main display. And as it is mainly for video calling, you can take selfies either with 10MP shooter present above the cover display, or even with the rear camera setup as well. Speaking of the rear camera, it’s unchanged from last year. Meaning it consists of 12MP f1.8 primary sensor with Dual Pixel Autofocus, 12MP f2.2 ultra-wide sensor with 123° FOV, and 12MP f2.4 telephoto sensor with just 2X optical zoom and OIS. Do note that this camera setup is 3 years old, means that it was first seen on Galaxy Note 9 in 2018. Main camera can record videos up to 4K at 60fps.
S Pen Support:
With the Galaxy Z Fold3, Samsung is bringing the support of S Pen stylus to its folding smartphone as well. So, we can assume that Samsung has rested the Note lineup in peace now. This Z Fold3 has two S Pen options, the S Pen Pro found on Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the new S Pen Fold Edition. This is exclusively made up for Galaxy Fold smartphones, giving more seamless experience and utilizing S Pen with such big display properly. But as the Z Fold3 does not have space to fit the S Pen, you need to buy a separate case for it.
This devices packs in a 4,400mAh battery (100mAh smaller than predecessor) with same 25W fast wired charging, 11W wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. It has side mounted fingerprint sensor and stereo speakers as well. For connectivity, it has 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, aptX HD, and Type-C port.
Pricing & Availability:
- 12+256GB variant – €1,799 or £1,599
- It comes in three color options; Phantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver.
- Pre-order in Europe & UK has already begun, sales starting from 27th August.
- Price of 512GB variant is not known, and we will get the pricing & availability of other regions soon.
So that’s the Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 smartphone. Surely it got a lot of improvements and new innovation like UD Camera, but it would be better if the rear camera setup also got a bit of an upgrade. Well, what are your thoughts on the Galaxy Z Fold3? Let us know in the comment section below.