The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is finally here – if you are wondering ‘what happens to the Z Flip 2’, the number is missing (or if nothing else, the 5G version of the original Galaxy Flip seems to have technically counted upgrades).
Launched with the Z Fold 3, you can see that like that big foldable phone, the Z Flip 3 also gets updated more times than any other device than its predecessor. The ‘big’ difference here is that it’s cheaper than the original flip, but if you ‘ve not already accessed a modern flip phone, reducing the Z Flip 3 to a more attractive device is certainly not enough.
This is the best clamshell foldable phone currently available – not to mention, the only competition is the Motorola Razr 2020 or the original Z Flip. The fact of the matter is that with this reduction in the asking price, the cost for the Z Flip 3 is no longer worth it, if the reversal is not enough.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Aside from the folding functionality, the Z Flip 3 does not justify its price tag – and some issues with the form factor, if there is a gap when you close the phone, how hard it is to close, or the fingerprint scanner is positioned so that it is uncomfortable on the right side. And it has issues that give any smartphone experience like a small battery and an impatient camera.
It’s definitely fun to put the phone in your pocket, and it’s a relief to know that the inner screen is protected from scratches and scratches when it’s closed. The 1.9-inch external screen is actually more than four times larger than its predecessor’s 1.1-inch display, but the large outer screen is useless — it’s nice to see selfies, but its touch controls are subtle if you want to sort those notifications .
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a great party tactic and fashion statement that is not as advanced as a typical smartphone for everyday activities. You may want to spend your money on a hard device because the flexible are not there yet.
Design and Display
To look at it, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 does not seem to offer anything more than its predecessor. But the look can be deceptive and once you pick up the phone you can see some improvement in it.
The phone has a ‘glossy’ plastic background and glass around the camera module, unlike all the originals in the glass but despite the fact that its dimensions and weight are basically the same as before, the new phone feels tough to hold. Plastic is more resistant to drops than glass and is also generally easier to grip, which means that the flip does not slip with wet hands.
Some of this comforting stability of the phone is probably due to the hinge mechanism which feels less restless and less secure than the first flip.
Like the original Galaxy Z Flip, the Z Flip 3 has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner; This is a bit hard to get when the phone is stretched like the original. There is a slight gap between the two halves when folding the phone, which reduces the rigidity of what the phone looks like. This gap is smaller than the original Z-flip but we feel safer if it flows on both sides so that it does not break and dust.
Here’s a weird design choice from the original Z Flip: the Z Flip 3 is almost square in shape when folded and is as wide as your average smartphone. This means that the phone may not be as long as your average cell phone, but it can be a squeeze for small pockets. It’s twice as thick when folded, so it’s more accurate to say that the phone fits snugly into pockets and bags, but not at all.
The phone comes in several different colors including light brown, black, green and purple but some of them are limited to Samsung website depending on your region.
The flagship display of the 2020 model is 6.7 inches by 6.7 inches, and its refresh rate has been increased to 120Hz. Unlike the original flip and all fold models, the folding mechanism is not clearly visible on the back of the display, which is a nice change but it is by no means completely hidden.
Major improvements have been made to the external display, which was 1.1 inches in the original flip but has grown significantly to 1.9 inches here. This makes it easy to see the redesigned layout for this display, which is useful due to the new settings that allow you to change the apps on the cover screen to mimic your Galaxy Watch 4.
As mentioned earlier, the external viewer is nice to look at but difficult to interpret if you want to sort by your notifications – and don’t even think about using it to type or interact.
Camera and battery life
This will be a slightly shorter part of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 as it has both the same headline camera specifications and batteries as its predecessors.
The back has a 12MP wide and 12MP oversized snapper, but the sensors have larger pixels than the original flip, but the pictures are a bit brighter and more colorful. We do not know the size of the sensor here, but the 10MP front snapper is also not fundamentally different.
The collection of camera models also looks similar. It has a Flex mode, so you can bend the phone to several parts at a right angle and use one side to keep the mounting side of the camera stable, as you can see with the standard modes on the Galaxy S21. Zoom is all digital and can go up to 10x.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has the same 3,300mAh battery as its predecessor and has a lighter side for a phone with a 6.7-inch display, but we guess the format factor limits how big the power package can be. This is a successful review and we still haven’t had enough time to properly test the phone’s power, but we found that the first flip was probably hard to last all day.
There is also no difference in the 15W charge which we consider to be slow if the battery is not relatively small. There is also a wireless charger that works better when the phone is turned off due to the location of the charge coil in the phone.
Performance and specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings smaller performance improvements than its predecessor – the most important of which is to use the Snapdragon 888 chipset, the highest Android processor available (for the 888 Plus version with several phones).
Thanks to this processor and 8GB of RAM, the phone felt very powerful to use when we scroll through menus or apps. We haven’t tested any games on the phone – we’ve been busy tweaking it and exposing ads – but we’ve used a lot of other Snapdragon 888 phones, so it’s going to be a fairly powerful device.
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