Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 bring several improvements at a more affordable price

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 bring several improvements at a more affordable price

Samsung today lifted the covers off its latest foldable smartphones — the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, alongside the new Galaxy Buds 2, Galaxy Watch 4 series, and the S Pen Pro. The new foldable smartphones feature several improvements over their predecessors, including design changes, durability improvements, and, of course, new hardware. Here’s a brief overview of Samsung’s latest foldables.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the third smartphone in Samsung’s flagship foldable lineup. While it isn’t as big of an improvement as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was over the original Fold, it does bring some significant changes to the table. For starters, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a bit smaller, slimmer, and lighter than the Z Fold 2, and it features a more rounded frame. It has a simpler camera island design on the back, it’s the first foldable phone to come with IPX8 certification for water resistance, and it has a more durable build.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 specifications

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Build
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the outer screen and back panel
  • Armor Aluminum frame
  • IPX8 water resistance
Dimensions & Weight
  • Folded: 67.1 x 158.2 x 16 ~14.4mm
  • Unfolded: 128.1 x 158.2 x 6.4mm
  • 271g
Display
  • Outer display:
    • 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • 2268 x 832; 387 PPI
    • 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Inner display:
    • 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • 2208 x 1786; 374 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
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256/512GB UFS 3.1 storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,400mAh dual-cell battery
  • 25W fast charging support
  • 10W wireless charging support
  • 4.5W reverse wireless charging
  • Charger not included
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
  • Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.4, PDAF, Dual OIS, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom
Front Camera(s)
  • Outer camera: 10MP, f/2.2
  • Inner camera: 4MP, f/1.8, under-display sensor
Port(s)USB Type-C
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dolby Atmos
Connectivity
  • 4X4 MIMO, 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
  • SA/NSA 5G (Sub6/mmWave)
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
SoftwareOne UI based on Android 11
Other FeaturesS Pen Fold Edition/S Pen Pro support
Colors
  • Phantom Black
  • Phantom Green
  • Phantom Silver

Along with the minor design changes, Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy Z Fold 3 with newer hardware. The phone packs a 6.2″ 120Hz HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display over on the front, a massive 7.6″ 120Hz QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the inside, Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip, 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 standing upright on the floor

Samsung hasn’t made any major changes to the rear camera setup on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It features the same triple camera setup as its predecessor, comprising of a 12MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP 2x telephoto camera. Over on the cover screen, it has the same 10MP selfie shooter as the Fold 2. However, its inner selfie camera has received a significant improvement. Instead of a 10MP sensor, the inner selfie camera now uses a 4MP sensor, and it’s housed underneath the display. This makes the Galaxy Z Fold 3 the first phone from Samsung to feature an under-screen camera sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 open full in hand

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 still features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. It packs a stereo speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support, a 4,400mAh battery, 25W wired fast charging support, 10W wireless fast charging support, and 5G capabilities (Sub6+mmWave). The phone runs Samsung’s One UI skin based on Android 11 out of the box, which comes with a few additional features to help you make the most of the folding form factor.

As seen in previous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 also features S Pen support. Samsung has launched two S Pen models for the device — the S Pen Pro and the S Pen Fold Edition. The S Pen Fold Edition is a compact stylus that supports air gestures, button input, and more. On the other hand, the S Pen Pro is an active stylus that offers additional Bluetooth functionality, copy/paste support between devices using the onboard memory, and more.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 colors: Green, Black, Silver

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes in three colorways — Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver — and it’ll go on sale starting from August 27th. Samsung will also offer a Thom Browne edition of the device. The device will be available at a starting price of $1,799 in the US, with the higher-storage variant going for $1,899. In the UK, the device will be available for £1,599 and £1,699, respectively.

    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
    The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is Samsung's latest and greatest foldable phone. It brings several improvements over the previous model, including high refresh rate displays, an under-screen camera, and top-of-the-line hardware.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3


The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the third compact foldable from Samsung that offers a clamshell design. It too, like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, brings several minor improvements over its predecessor. Starting with the design, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a bit more compact than the Z Flip 5G. It features a 4x larger cover screen, and it’s more durable, thanks to the Armor Aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass Victus on the back.

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

Much like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 also comes with upgraded displays. On the outside, the phone features a 1.9 inch Super AMOLED cover screen, which is four times bigger than the one found on the previous model. The bigger screen can display up to four lines, it now has 6 useful widgets, and can also be customized to match the Galaxy Watch watch face.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

On the inside, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 features a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display that offers a peak refresh rate of 120Hz and adaptive refresh rate support. The inner display has a resolution of 2640 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 425 PPI. Unlike the Z Fold 3, the Flip model features a hole-punch cutout on the main display for the selfie camera.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Green color in hand

As with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung hasn’t made any changes to the camera setup on the Galaxy Z Flip 3. It still features a dual-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 12MP primary camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 10MP selfie camera on the inside. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip, coupled with 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 also packs a stereo speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The phone packs a 3,300mAh dual-cell battery that supports 25W wired fast charging. On the software front, the device runs Android 11 out of the box with Samsung One UI on top. It also comes with a couple of additional software features to help you make the most of the foldable display.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 colors

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 comes in seven color schemes — Phantom Black, Cream, Green, Lavender, Gray, White, and Pink — but the Gray, White and Pink variants are Samsung.com exclusives. Samsung will also offer a Thom Browne edition of the device. The device is priced starting at $999 in the US, with the higher-storage variant priced at $1,049. It will go on sale from August 27th. In the UK, the device will be available for £949 and £999, respectively.

    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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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.