Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3: A Look at Samsung’s New Foldables | Cell phone


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

The month of August in the smartphone market is usually marked by the unveiling of the next Galaxy Note, but Samsung decided to do something different in 2021. The star of the time is the Galaxy Z Fold 3, folding cell phone that supports the S Pen to attract fans of the pen and also comes with protection against water, thinner design and more resistant screens. O Galaxy Z Flip 3, more stylish and compact, is also coming. I went to see the devices up close and tell my impressions below.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3: Video First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: IPX8, rugged screen and a “hidden” camera

While the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was practically a revolution compared to the first Galaxy Fold, the third generation is nothing more than a refinement, bringing the same format, the same screen size and almost the same cameras as the previous model. But the refinement is good: Samsung used a solid foundation to include a bunch of features that made the device far more interesting.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

For the first time, Samsung’s collapsible smartphone is IPX8-certified, which guarantees peace of mind when carrying your cell phone around without worrying if someone spills a glass of water on your device worth thousands of reais. I honestly didn’t expect this feature to come anytime soon, as some companies have found it difficult to include water resistance even in regular-shaped premium phones — imagine a model with a hinge in the middle.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

S Pen No Z Fold: Enough for Note Fans?

Another welcome addition is support for the S Pen, which has been expanding beyond the Note line and arrived on the Galaxy S21 Ultra earlier this year. The Fold line with huge display was expected to get the function someday, but Samsung needed to improve the screen’s strength first: as it’s made of plastic and has a sensitive film on top, a sharp object in constant contact could cause disaster .


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung says that the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s new 7.6-inch folding screen film is 80% tougher than the previous generation, which allowed for the inclusion of support for the S Pen. There is only one detail: unlike what happens in the Note line, the pen is not included, there is not even a compartment to store the accessory in the body of the device. This indicates that fans of the Note line shouldn’t be fully served by the foldable — and many people should be orphaned if the company doesn’t present a successor to the Galaxy Note 20.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

This, of course, without considering that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the most expensive cell phone from Samsung and may be inaccessible even for those who have the budget for a Galaxy Note. The company has not yet released prices for the Brazilian market, but don’t expect anything less than the R$ 7,999 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, launched in 2020; and remember that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 arrived in the country for R$ 13,999.

Foldable screen with good definition and a hidden hole


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Speaking of the foldable screen, it still has excellent definition thanks to the resolution of 2208×1768 pixels, and gives an impression of fluidity because of the refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. Colors remain vibrant on the Dynamic AMOLED panel and, yes, the crease it’s still there in the middle of the screen — but after reviewing the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2, I can say that I just remembered that the crease existed while I was writing the text for this hands-on. Once you get used to it, the little fold mark makes no difference in use.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

The big surprise is in the camera, which is now “hidden” and doesn’t need an extra hole on the internal screen. Or almost that: the novelty is less impressive live because you can notice the circular cut around the pixels and a certain inconsistency in the colors. Still, it’s a nice solution as it leaves more continuous space for content; we just need more tests to see if the sensor, now 4 megapixels, can still take good pictures and keep up with our video meetings.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

For the rest, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 brings exactly what is expected from a high-end cell phone. The trio of rear cameras have 12 megapixel resolution and ultrawide, wide and telephoto lenses. The processor is the powerful Snapdragon 888 5G, the latest from Qualcomm. And the format is almost identical to the previous generation: despite being nine grams lighter and a few millimeters more compact, the difference is almost imperceptible. Oh yes: unlocking is still done by a fingerprint reader on the side, and the stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos remain here.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Another expected but negative point is that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will come without practically any accessories in the box. While the previous foldables had a fast charger and even a protective cover, the new model only comes with a USB-C cable. The company has already removed many accessories from premium smartphones, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a clear sign that this decision will not be reversed.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung’s second collapsible smartphone is the Galaxy Z Flip 3. No, you haven’t lost track of time: the company skipped the Galaxy Z Flip 2 and changed the number to align with its sister cell phone. Anyone who has been following the mobile phone market for a long time knows that the last time Samsung did something like that was by skipping the Galaxy Note 6 and launching the Galaxy Note 7 in the same year as the Galaxy S7. As we know today, it was a pretty bad chapter in Samsung’s history. But I hope that nothing like that happens again.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

About the Galaxy Z Flip 3 itself, we have the same format as the old flip phones, which folded in half to make them more compact. The most noticeable change is in the external display, which was tiny in the previous generation and couldn’t show much more than hours or a tiny selfie. The new screen is 1.9 inches and is still small, but it has more utilities, like showing a full notification or even a thumbnail of your credit card — which means you can use Samsung Pay to make payments without having to open the cell phone.

The folding main screen is 6.7 inches and Dynamic AMOLED panel. A relevant innovation is the refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, which makes animations more fluid. All of this is very nice, but it makes me worried about autonomy: the battery kept the 3300 mAh capacity of the previous generation, which, in our review, was far from impressive. We now have a more powerful processor, stereo speakers, a larger external display, and an internal display with double the refresh rate.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 does not support the S Pen, nor does it focus so much on innovative technologies or exclusive features like the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Samsung makes it appear at all times that the Flip audience is different, it has a more “fashionable mind” ” and puts more value on the design — so much so that the accent color of the first Galaxy Z Flip was a very eye-catching mirrored purple. Purple is still available, and now there is a cream-colored version that will certainly not be the choice of people who only buy white, black or silver cell phones.

More news: Buds 4, Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic


Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

In addition to the folding cell phones, Samsung also unveiled three wearable devices: the Galaxy Buds 2, a wireless headset that features active noise cancellation; and the duo Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which brings a new operating system (replacing Tizen with Google’s Wear OS) and more health features, including a bioimpedance meter that can show the percentage of fat in your body .


Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

We’ll talk more about them in the future, but we already have news on the Techblog detailing the main news from Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Watch 4 and Buds 2. What do you want to know about the new Galaxy in the full reviews?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G – Technical Data:

  • Screens:
    • external: 6.2 inches, Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, 2268 x 832 pixel resolution, 24.5:9 aspect ratio, 120 Hz refresh rate, Infinity-O
    • internal: 7.6 inches, Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, 2208 x 1768 pixel resolution, 22.5:18 aspect ratio, 11 to 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: octa-core up to 2.84 GHz, 5 nm
  • RAM memory: 12 GB
  • Storage: 256GB or 512GB
  • Triple rear camera:
    • main: 12 megapixel f/1.8 with optical image stabilization (OIS)
    • ultrawide: 12 megapixels f/2.2
    • telephoto: 12 megapixels f/2.4, OIS
  • Frontal camera:
    • external: 10 megapixels f/2.2
    • internal: 4 megapixels f/1.8 (under the screen)
  • Drums: 4400 mAh
  • Operational system: Android 11 with One UI
  • Connectivity: 5G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS
  • Dimensions:
    • closed: 158.2 x 67.1 x 16 mm
    • open: 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm
  • More: water resistance (IPX8), Gorilla Glass Victus, S Pen support
  • Weight: 271 g
  • Colors: Phantom Black, Phantom Green and Phantom Silver

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G – Technical Data:

  • Screens:
    • main (internal): 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED, Full HD+ (2640 x 1080), 425 ppi, 22:9 aspect ratio, Infinity Flex, 120 Hz
    • external: 1.9 inch Super AMOLED, 517 x 760, 303 ppi
  • Processor: 64-bit octa-core and 5 nm
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1
  • Rear Cameras:
    • main: 12 megapixels f/1.8, 1.4 um pixels, Dual Pixel autofocus, OIS,
    • ultrawide: 12 megapixels f/2.2, 1.12 um pixels
    • glass: Super Clear Glass with Gorilla Glass DX
  • Front camera (internal): 10 megapixels f/2.4, 1.22 um pixels
  • Drums: 3300 mAh
  • Operational system: Android 11 with One UI
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, eSIM + nano SIM, 4G (4×4 MIMO, 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 20), 5G (NSA, SA, sub-6GHz, mmWave)
  • Sensors: digital reader on the side, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, compass, Hall, proximity, luminosity
  • More: stereo speaker with Dolby Atmos
  • Dimensions:
    • open: 166 x 77.7 x 6.9 mm
    • closed: 86.4 x 77.7 x 17.1 mm (taking into account the hinge)
    • Weight: 183 g

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