Samsung continues its strong commitment to folding and has just announced not one, but two new models. This is the renewal of your previous proposals; the mobile which becomes a tablet and the mobile which folds to reduce its size by half. We are talking about the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3.
The model that concerns us in this case is the Galaxy Z Fold3, the original concept that the brand presented in February 2019 and with this they have already renewed three times. The Galaxy Z Fold3 improves on almost everything over its predecessor, let’s see.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 technical sheet
7.6-inch QXGA + Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex display (2080 x 1768 dots), 120 Hz, 374 ppi and S Pen support
6.2-inch 2X Dynamic AMOLED (2268 x 832 dots), 120 Hz, 387 ppi
Snapdragon 888 5G with 8 cores, 64 bits and 5nm lithography (2.84 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.8 GHz)
256 or 512 GB UFS 3.1
10 megapixel photodiodes, f / 2.2, FOV 80º and 1.22 µm
4 megapixel photodiodes, f / 1.8, FOV 80º and 2 µm
Main: 12 megapixels, f / 1.8, 1.8 µm photodiodes, Dual Pixel AF, 83º FOV and optical stabilization
Ultra wide angle: 12 megapixels, f / 2.2, 123º FOV and 1.12 µm photodiodes
Telephoto: 12 megapixels, f / 2.4, PDAF, 1 µm photodiodes, Dual OIS, 45º FOV and 2x zoom
5G NSA and SA, Sub6 / mmWave LTE enhanced 4X4 MIMO
2 x nano-SIM and 1 x eSIM
Dolby Atmos stereo speakers
Fingerprint sensor and facial recognition
67.1 x 158.2 x 16mm (folded) 128.1 x 158.2 x 6.4mm (unfolded)
Ghost black, ghost green and ghost silver
From 1,799 euros
More and more robust and resistant
One of the main concerns with folding designs is durability. Nothing is eternal, and even less if this something allows us to fold it and unfold it. Samsung has improved the sturdiness of the Fold and in this generation they bring us a design that mounts 10% stronger aluminum, in addition to Gorilla Glass Victus covering both sides. By the way, despite having improved all this, it is 11 grams lighter than its predecessor.
Stronger materials, a more robust hinge and water resistance are some of the improvements of this generation.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 continues to build on the same design that we had already seen. It folds up on its vertical axis and has two screens, a smaller exterior and a larger, flexible interior. The hinge still leaves a small space inside when folded, which makes the thickness in this part more important (16 mm and 14.4 mm in the thinnest part).
One of the great novelties of this generation is the arrival of IPX8 waterproofing. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is, together with the Galaxy Z Flip3, the first fully waterproof foldable mobile. Strong of the hinge, Samsung says that the mobile can be folded up to 200,000 times without problem.
Fluid screens with surprise
Like the previous generation, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has two screens, the outside and the inside, which is the one that folds up. On this occasion, both panels have a refresh rate of 120 Hz, whereas before we found this advantage only on the interior screen. Both are Dynamic AMOLED 2X and have a density of around 380 dpi.
The inner screen continues to show a slight crease, as is evident and if it bothers in use, we will have to analyze it in the review, although in previous folding models we have already seen that this crease ends up fading into the background with use.
The interior front camera has been hidden under the screen.
Another novelty of this generation, the front camera has been hidden under the screen. What they did is that the area of the screen that covers the lens has a lower density than the rest of the panel, so that it lets in light but at the same time hides the light. camera.
Speaking of camera, on the back we find a vertical module with three lenses. The main one is 12 megapixels and has an f / 1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel focus and optical stabilizer. It comes with an ultra-wide and a telephoto lens, both 12-megapixel.
Hello S Pen
Already at the end of last year, there was talk that there would be no more Galaxy Note. The Galaxy S21’s S Pen support was the first clue and we can already confirm that since the August event was where the new Note traditionally arrived.
The arrival of the folding during the August event and the support for the S Pen make it clear: we can say goodbye to the Notes.
When in doubt, the Galaxy Z Fold3 also supports the S Pen Fold Edition which is specially designed for the Fold’s flexible display. This model does not have Bluetooth connectivity, so it does not have some special features that the Note had. However, Samsung has confirmed that there will be an S Pen Pro that will have this option.
Of course, the Galaxy Z Fold3 still has features like screen continuity, multitasking capabilities that let you drag files between apps, and more to take advantage of its design.
Qualcomm signed power and doubts about autonomy
We can not leave without talking about the technical characteristics of the Samsung folding. How could it be otherwise, level up a processor, but this time it’s not a Samsung Exynos, but a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Until now, Samsung has reserved Qualcomm chips for the Chinese and US markets, but this times there will be only one version with this chip, at least for now.
At the moment there is no version with Exynos, but a model with Snapdragon 888.
Regarding the memory, we have a single option of 12 GB of RAM and two of storage: 256 or 512 GB UFS 3.1, not expandable with MicroSD. It also has a fingerprint reader under the screen and a facial recognition system.
The battery is 4,400 mAh, a figure that seems a bit tight considering that it is a mobile with two screens, one of which is quite large. We will have to wait for the review, but a priori it does not seem that autonomy will be its strong point.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 versions and prices
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 will arrive in stores in three colors, to choose from Phantom Black, Phantom Green and Phantom Silver. In addition, it has two versions depending on the memory, 256 or 512 GB. The 256 GB model costs 1799 euros, or 200 euros less than the same version of the Galaxy Z Fold2. It can be booked today on the Samsung website.