Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest compact foldable

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest compact foldable

Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, alongside the Galaxy S20 series in 2020. Unlike the original Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip featured a clamshell design, with a tiny screen on the outside and a regular-sized foldable display within. The Galaxy Z Flip didn’t offer great hardware for its price, so it wasn’t as well-received as the Galaxy Fold. Therefore, Samsung updated it a few months down the line with a Snapdragon 865 Plus chip and 5G support.

While the second-gen device offered better performance, it wasn’t a huge improvement over the original Galaxy Z Flip. So it wasn’t as exciting of an upgrade as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was for the flagship foldable line. Samsung has now launched the third device in its Galaxy Z Flip lineup, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings some major improvements to the table.

The all-new Galaxy Z Flip 3 features an upgraded design with a larger cover display, a more durable construction, and a new high refresh rate display on the inside. It also features Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip and several new software features to help you make the most of the foldable display. Best of all, it’s a fair bit cheaper than its predecessors, which will likely attract more buyers. If you’re planning on getting the Galaxy Z Flip 3, here’s everything you should know about the device.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Specifications

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Build
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the back
  • Armor Aluminum frame
  • IPX8 water resistance
Dimensions & Weight
  • Folded: 72.2 x 86.4 x 17.1mm ~ 15.9mm
  • Unfolded: 72.2 x 166.0 x 6.9mm
  • 183g
Display
  • Outer display:
    • 1.9-inch Super AMOLED
    • 250 x 512; 302 PPI
  • Inner display:
    • 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • 2640 x 1080; 425 PPI
    • 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
    • 1x Kryo 680 (ARM Cortex X1-based) Prime core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 (ARM Cortex A78-based) Performance cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 (ARM Cortex A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz
  •  Adreno 660 GPU
RAM & Storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
Battery & Charging
  • 3,300mAh dual-cell battery
  • 15W wired charging
  • 10W wireless charging
  • 4.5W reverse wireless charging
Security
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • AI face recognition
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 12MP f/1.8, Dual Pixel AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP f/2.2, 123° FoV
Front Camera(s)10MP f/2.4
Port(s)USB Type-C
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dolby Atmos
Connectivity
  • 4X4 MIMI, 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
  • SA/NSA 5G (Sub6/mmWave)
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
SoftwareOne UI based on Android 11
Colors
  • Phantom Black
  • Cream
  • Green
  • Lavender
  • Gray
  • White
  • Pink
  • Thom Browne edition

Design & Build

Like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a bit more compact than its predecessor. However, it features more noteworthy design changes. For starters, the device now has a significantly larger cover display next to the rear-facing dual-camera setup. This new cover display and camera setup are housed within a black glass section in the top half of the back panel, giving the device a two-tone finish. These changes give the Galaxy Z Flip 3 a completely fresh look.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 colors and options open and shut

As far as the build quality is concerned, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 also has the new Armor Aluminum chassis, which Samsung claims is their strongest aluminum frame yet. It features Gorilla Glass Victus on both halves of the back panel, and it even offers IPX8 certifications for water resistance. On top of that, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 also features a new protective film on the foldable display that is 80% more durable than the previous models. Samsung made some significant changes to the device’s internal design to make it water-tight. You can learn more about these changes here.

Displays

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs an improved 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED panel on the inside. It has a resolution of 2640 x 1080p, a pixel density of 425 PPI, and a peak refresh rate of 120Hz with adaptive refresh rate support. As mentioned in the previous section, the display features a new stretchable PET layer for added durability.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

While the previous phones in the Galaxy Z Flip lineup offered tiny outer displays, the one on the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is much more useful. It’s an AMOLED panel that measures 1.9-inch diagonally, making it four times larger than the outer display on the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. It has a resolution of 250 x 512p and a pixel density of 302 PPI. Thanks to the additional screen real estate, the phone can now display up to four lines on the outer screen. In addition, Samsung has included a couple of handy widgets and customization options for the outer screen.

SoC, RAM, & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip. The 5nm octa-core chip features one Kryo 680 prime core (ARM Cortex X1-based) clocked at 2.84GHz, three Kryo performance cores (ARM Cortex A78-based) clocked at 2.4GHz, and four Kryo 680 efficiency cores (ARM Cortex A55-based) clocked at 1.8GHz. The SoC is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Cameras

While Samsung is offering some significant design and display improvements with the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the company hasn’t made any changes to the camera setup on the device. It still features the same dual-camera setup as the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, consisting of a 12MP f/1.8 main camera and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. For selfies, the device features the same 10MP f/2.4 camera as its predecessor, which is housed within a hole-punch cutout on the inner display.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Cream

The main 12MP shooter offers Dual Pixel Auto-focus, optical image stabilization (OIS), HDR10+ video recording, and Tracking AF support. The 12MP ultra-wide camera has a 123˚ Field of View, and it doesn’t offer OIS or AF capabilities. The 10MP selfie shooter also misses out on OIS and AF functionality.

Connectivity

Since the Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs a Snapdragon 888 chip, which features an integrated 5G modem, the device offers 5G support. It offers support for both Sub6 and mmWave 5G (SA/NSA). In addition, it offers 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1. Other connectivity options include a USB Type-C port and NFC.

One UI

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 runs Samsung’s One UI skin on top of Android 11 out of the box. Much like One UI for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung has included a couple of software optimizations on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to help you make the most of the foldable display.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, Watch 4

These include a Flex Mode, native app optimizations, customization features for the cover display, and more. At the moment, we don’t have all the details regarding the software enhancements. We’ll update this post as soon as we have more info.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 XDA Forums

Cases & Accessories

Official Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 cases

Samsung is offering a host of first-party cases to help you protect your brand-new Galaxy Z Flip 3. These include:

  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 Silicone Cover with Strap (Navy, White)
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 Silicone Cover with Ring (Lavender, Coral, Olive, Green, Navy)
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 Leather Cover (Mustard, Green, Black)
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 Clear Cover with Ring
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 Aramid Cover

If you plan on getting a Galaxy Z Flip 3, make sure you check out our recommended cases, chargers, and accessories.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Pricing & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is much more affordable than its predecessors. It starts at $999 in the US, and it went on sale in the region on August 27th. The device is available in seven colorways — Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender, Gray, White, and Pink — with the last three variants exclusive to Samsung’s website.

Samsung will also offer a Thom Browne edition of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Thom Browne Edition

Check out the table below for pricing details for other regions.

S.No.VariantUSAUKEuropeIndia
1.8GB+128GB$999£949€1,059₹84,999
2.8GB+256GB$1,049£999 €1,109₹88,999

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is up for purchase on Samsung’s website. While Samsung is no longer offering any of the pre-order benefits, the company still has some great trade-in benefits for the device. Samsung will let you trade in up to four devices for an attractive discount on the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Other retailers are also offering great benefits on the purchase of a new Galaxy Z Flip 3. Check out this post for the best deals you can get right now. Also, make sure you read this post to see all what you’ll get in the box with the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

If you’re based in India, you’ll have to wait a while to get your hands on the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The device will be available for purchase on September 10th. It’s also worth mentioning Samsung is only offering the Phantom Black and Cream variants in the region and isn’t offering any trade-in benefits. There are a few launch offers though, and you can read about them by following this link.

    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
    The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is Samsung's latest clamshell foldable that offers a bigger outer display, high refresh rate inner display, and top-of-the-line hardware.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.