The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is here, and at $999, it’s the cheapest foldable phone available. Although $999 isn’t cheap in any way. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings foldable phone technology to a more affordable price point. And now, more users that probably cannot afford it when the first Galaxy Flip was released can now test out the foldable phone. Now the question is will the price persuade users to switch to foldable phones?
To be honest, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the first foldable phone for the general public. It’s essentially a standard smartphone with the ability to fold in half, and it may appeal to those who miss the pleasant click of a flip phone. Also, because of a price reduction, the new Flip is now roughly the same price as an iPhone or Galaxy S flagship. Samsung’s latest foldable also sports a larger external display than its predecessor, making it more functional when folded.
If you’ve seen the original Z Flip, the Z Flip 3’s most noticeable design change is the addition of a considerably larger screen to the front, accompanied by a revamped dual-camera configuration that’s far more in line with Samsung’s 2021 Galaxy designs. Also, the hinge has been redesigned that can be utilized by average people as well as power users.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also more water-resistant than its predecessor, with an IPX8 rating. The phone also features Gorilla Glass Victus on the external display and Samsung’s new Armor Aluminum shell, making the screen 80 percent more robust than the predecessor. In fact, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is more durable than the original Galaxy Z Flip.
It even has a speedier screen than Apple and Google, as well as innovative software that optimizes the screen when propped up on a surface. But, even at a more affordable $1,000 the issue remains: is the Flip 3 good enough to push foldable into the mainstream?
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 design
Durability is one of the most critical elements to consider when deciding whether or not the Flip 3 is fit for regular use. Samsung strengthened the Flip 3’s frame with stronger aluminum, improved the hinge, and strengthened the screen with a highly flexible protector.
To be honest, with the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung prioritized durability. Due to the new external screen protector, the screen is now 80 percent more durable than the one found on the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The 1.9-inch outside display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, while the phone’s frame is made of Samsung’s Armor Aluminum technology. All of this contributes to greater scratch resistance, particularly on the cover display.
The Flip 3 is also water-resistant to IPX8 standards. That means you won’t have to worry about submerging it, but neither Samsung nor I would advise doing that.
The cover display is the most noticeable alteration to the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s design. That’s 4X larger than the 1.1-inch outside strip on the Galaxy Z Flip, so you’ll be able to see a lot more info than before.
The Z Flip 3 is all about being small and it’s important to keep that in context. When folded, the device is about half the size of a typical modern phone, and it weighs 183 grams, making it lighter than the Galaxy S21 Plus or iPhone 12 Pro, but not nearly as light as smaller phones like the Galaxy S21 model. It’s also significantly taller than the S21 when it’s unfolded. Therefore, if comfortability in a pocket is important to you (i.e when folded), it is significantly less intrusive than most non-foldable phones.
However, because this is a folding display, it is plastic coated, which means it is shiny and susceptible to form creases across the hinge line. This makes complete sense, as it is typical across all folding devices from any manufacturer – it is one of the main considerations that must be made if you’re looking for a folding device.
It will also rely on how you use your phone whether the Z Flip 3’s design style will suit you. For some, the small screen on the front may be nothing more than a distracting screen, but for those who frequently work with numerous devices, it may be a fascinating way to handle incoming messages and calls.
The lack of an under-panel camera on the main screen in the Z Flip 3 is a little surprising. That’s strange because Samsung has managed to fit that design advantage onto the Z Fold 3, which will be released alongside this smartphone. In fact, having a punch-hole here isn’t an issue.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 display
When you open the Flip 3, you’ll see a 6.7-inch, 1080-pixel wide OLED display that is brighter and refreshes faster than previous generations. With fast touch response, vibrant colors, deep blacks, and smooth scrolling, it looks and feels precisely like Samsung’s other OLED screens. It’s pleasant to see outside, looks excellent when viewing a video, and compares favorably to rival flagship phones in terms of performance and quality. The Flip 3 has a 9:22 aspect ratio, which makes it taller than typical phones.
The Flip 3’s internal screen, which, because of its flexible AMOLED panel and 120Hz refresh rate, is beautiful when browsing the net. The display never lagged as I surf the net, and the images were brilliant with deep blacks and superb contrast. Yeah, and I didn’t even mind the crease across the fold — it’s apparent but it doesn’t interfere with viewing.
Just like I mentioned earlier, there is a new factory-installed screen protector, consisting of a stronger plastic than Samsung’s previous screen protectors, that sits atop the improved display. It’s considerably harder to break or scratch than the old Flip’s screen protector, and it’s much smoother to tap and swipe on. It feels almost identical to the screen protectors many people use on top of regular phones, and Samsung claims it will stay longer than the previous one. Meanwhile, Samsung still advises against removing the screen protector, and if you do need it changed, you should take it to a licensed repair center.
This will be a brief part because the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3’s main camera specifications are identical to those of its predecessor.
The back of the phone has 12MP (f/1.8) wide and 12MP ultra-wide cameras with PDAF, OIS with more pixels than the original Flip, so photographs are brighter and more vivid. The front-facing 10MP camera is similarly mostly unaltered, however, the sensor size is unknown.
The camera modes appear to be the same as well. Along with the normal modes found on the Galaxy S21, there’s Flex Mode, which allows you to partly fold the phone at a right angle and use one side as a stand to keep the other, camera-toting side steady. Zooming is done entirely digitally and can be done up to a factor of ten.
Performance & battery
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 improves on its predecessor in a few ways, the most notable of which is that it now features the Snapdragon 888 chipset, the most powerful Android Chipset available.
When browsing through apps, the phone felt quite powerful thanks to this chipset and 8 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 888 is a capable chip that can smoothly run heavy games without any lags.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 comes pre-installed with Android 11 and One UI 3.1, with an Android 12 update on the way. The Flip 3 will receive three years of updates and four years of security patches, just like other Samsung phones.
Even after all of the changes to the Z Flip 3, the battery size has stayed the same as the original Z Flip. You still have a 3,300mAh battery. That’s well below average by Android standards, but it all works out in the end, and the phone can easily get you through a day when moderately used.
Because the phone does not come with a charger, most users will have to plan on spending a little more to purchase a fast charger. The Flip 3 offers slightly slower charging speeds than other top-end Samsung phones, with 15W fast charging, 10W fast wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. In practice, this implies that a full wired charge takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, whereas a full wireless charge takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
|Announced Date||11th August 2021|
|Release Date||27th August 2021|
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 166 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm|
Folded: 86.4 x 72.2 x 15.9-17.1 mm
|Display Size & Type||Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X|
6.7 inches (Main display)
1.9 inches (Cover display)
120Hz refresh rate
Peak Brightness: 1200 nits
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2640 pixels (Main display)|
260 x 512 pixels (Cover display)
|Screen-to-body ratio||~84.7% (Main display)|
|Pixel Density||~426 PPI|
|Software||Android 11; OneUI 3.1.1|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)|
|12 MP Wide lens (f/1.8)|
12 MP Ultra-wide (f/2.2)
Supports [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+ video recording
|10 MP Wide lens (f/2.4)|
Supports [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||No|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G, 5G|
Supports nano SIM + nano SIM
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 3,300 mAh|
-USB: Type-C 3.1, USB OTG
-Fast battery charging: Yes (15W)
-Wireless Charging: Yes (10W)
-Reverse charging: Yes (4.5W)
|Colors||Phantom Black, Green|
Lavender, Cream, White
|Price||Starts from ~$999|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 price in Nigeria & availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is expected to be released on 27th August with a price tag of $999. Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, Cream, White, Pink, and Gray are the color options available for the phone. There are no details at the time of writing this post as to whether or not this phone will be released in Nigeria on the same mentioned date. However, we expect it to be available by next month with a price range of N600,000 – N650,000.
Should you buy it?
The Flip 3 demonstrates that Samsung is capable of making a nice phone with a flexible display at a fair price. Because of its water resistance and larger front screen, it’s also a welcome improvement over its predecessor. The most pressing question at this point is: Who should buy this? That may be you if you truly want a foldable phone before they become more popular. For those interested enough to purchase one, the Flip 3 is a device capable of serving as a daily driver. However, there are now insufficient benefits for a broader popular audience.
Thanks to water resistance and a larger, more functional Cover Display, the Z Flip 3 is a gratifying update from the predecessor. With a starting price of $1,000, it competes with flagships from Apple, Huawei, Google, and Xiaomi. The Flip 3 is held back by battery life and potential durability difficulties, despite the fact that it mainly operates like a standard modern smartphone that can be folded in half.
Samsung has now reduced the price of the Flip 3 to a far more affordable $999, which is still in the flagship territory but not as high as the first Flip, which retailed for over $1,400. With this price you get all of the latest flagship internals, including Qualcomm’s most powerful Snapdragon 888 CPU and 8GB of RAM,. It also receives a few key updates, the most notable of which is a functional Cover Screen, a 120Hz main display, improved hinge, loudspeakers, and waterproofing!
To be honest, Flip 3 is not for everyone; there are still those who want the best camera or who aren’t interested in what the Flip has to offer. And it’s still unclear how well the enhanced durability will hold up in the long run. But if you ask me, I think alot of people are buying it, especially since it’s the same price as a phone that looks just like the one they’ve had for years.