The Samsung Unpacked event has taken place on 11th August and the Korean manufacturer has launched the Samsung Galaxy Z series of folding smartphones for 2021. The smartphones launched were the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 along with Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch 4 series in the event. The build of the device is from Samsung’s Armor Aluminum and comes with IPX8 water-resistant build.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 announced this year is the third iteration of the folding device from the company. Also, Samsung has not compromised on the build quality of the device; by improving the durability of the flexible displays used on the devices. Furthermore, Samsung claims that the flexibility of the displays has increased to 80% from the previous generation models.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Specifications
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 features a 7.6-inch primary QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display with a resolution of 2208 x 1768 pixels. The folding display supports a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 22.5:18 aspect ratio, and 374ppi pixel density. When unfolded, the device sports a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Cover Display that supports a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 24.5:9 aspect ratio, and 387ppi pixel density.
On the software front, the Z Fold 3 runs on the Android 11 operating system with OneUI Skin on top. The internals of the device comes with a 5nm octa-core Snapdragon 888 chipset; with a max clock speed of 2.84GHz and has Adreno 660 GPU.
Also, the storage of the device is 12GB of RAM and 256/512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage internal storage. Also, the most highlighting factor of the Z Fold 3 is the under-display camera.
Cameras and Battery
The camera module on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a triple camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens and OIS. The secondary sensor is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens; the tertiary sensor is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with dual OIS, HDR recording, and up to 2x optical zoom. The device sports a 10MP front-facing camera on the outer display for selfies and video calls.
The front-facing camera on the flexible screen is an under-display sensor which is totally new when compared with other brands and makes Z Fold 3 ahead of the competition. In terms of the Under-display sensor, Samsung has used a 4-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The device even has support for S-Pen and Samsung has specifically launched the S-Pen Fold and S-Pen Pro for the same reason.
The connectivity options are 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC; Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and a USB Type-C port. The fingerprint sensor used on the Z Fold 3 is a side-mounted unit for security.
The battery pack on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a 4,400mAh dual-cell unit that supports 25W fast charging. Also, Galaxy Z Fold 3 has support for reverse wireless charging apart from wired and wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 sports a 6.7-inch primary full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display with a resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels. The inner folding display supports a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 22:9 aspect ratio, and a 425ppi pixel density. The outer cover display is a 1.9-inches display with a resolution of 260 x 512 pixels. The display is capable of showing different widgets and notifications.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 offers a 5nm octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with a max clock speed of 2.84GHz along with Adreno 660 GPU. The storage provided on the Z Flip 3 is 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of internal UFS 3.1 storage. The flipping smartphone from Samsung runs on the Android 11 operating system with OneUI skin on top. Also, the Z Flip 3 comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for secure unlocking.
The camera module on the Z Flip 3 is a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens, OIS, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The front-facing camera is a 10-megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 aperture in the punch-hole of the flexible screen for selfies and video calling.
Besides, the speaker setup is a bottom-firing unit as well as the earpiece doubling as a speaker.
The connectivity options on the Z Flip 3 include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The sensors array is fully loaded with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, geomagnetic, gyro, hall sensor, and a proximity sensor. The battery provided on the flipping smartphone is a 3,300mAh dual-cell that supports 15W fast charging. Also, the device even has support for wireless and reverse wireless charging.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes at a price tag of $1,799.99 or Rs. 1,33,600 approx. in three color options; Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is priced at $999.99 or Rs. 74,200 approx. in various color options such as Cream, Green, Gray, Lavender, Phantom Black, Pink, and White.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Series will go on sale from August 27 in Limited markets around the world which are the US, Europe, and South Korea. The pre-orders for the folding smartphones from Samsung have already begun and there is no clear information about the arrival of these devices in India.