If you are on the fence about foldable smartphones, we recommend the Galaxy Z Fold 3 without hesitation. It actually proves that the future of smartphones could be foldable. Samsung is at the forefront of the foldable revolution, which is the biggest thing to happen to smartphones ever. Samsung’s latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes in its third generation with a range of powerful features.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is determined to prove the doubters wrong about foldable phones. Are you concerned about its durability? A tougher display and a water-resistant body are two of the features of this phone. Interested in a big 7.6-inch screen? There’s also a camera under the display, creating a more immersive display.
In general, our findings were positive, with the biggest and most significant changes occurring in the design. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 feels more durable than its two predecessors, from the hinge to the frame. Additionally, the new screen composite now supports the S Pen, which indicates how durable it is. An enormous screen requires the use of a stylus. In contrast to its canceled Note sibling, the S Pen is neither tucked away in the body of the phone nor included with it.
Quick Pros And Cons
- Durability is improved
- Productivity features
- excellent performance
- Charging time
- The S Pen is sold separately
Release Date And Price
On August 27, Samsung released its Galaxy Z Fold 3. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 starts at $1,799 for the 256GB model, and the 512GB model is $1,899. Two-color options are available: Phantom Black and Phantom Green.
Despite being bulky, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 adds a lot to durability. Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold is water-resistant. Additionally, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s Gorilla Glass Victus display and Armor Aluminum body are developed to be scratch and drop-resistant. Lastly, Samsung suggests that the Z Fold 3 is equipped with a new protective PET film. This combined with the “optimized” main layer results in a screen that is 80% more durable. In case that isn’t enough to convince you that the Z Fold 3 you’re considering is safe, check out the best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 cases you can buy for additional assurance.
As a closed phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 measures 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.56 to 0.62 inches and opens to 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 inches. Weight is 9.5 ounces. When closed, it feels thicker and heavier than most phones, so it will be noticeable in your pocket.
Displays And Audio
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 features two screens: a cover display of 6.2 inches, and the main display of 7.6 inches when unfolded. Our hands-on time with the phone showed smooth scrolling and overall performance with both panels running at 120Hz. The interior screen resolution remains at 2208 x 1768 pixels because of the new Eco display technology, but it is 29% brighter than before.
There’s a new camera under the display on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s main display, and that’s a big reason it looks so stunning. In full-screen mode, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s UDC is almost invisible, so you won’t have to see a notch or a punch hole. The hole is barely visible when the display is dark, as on the home screen. A brightness average of 422 nits was observed in our testing on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s speakers have quite a bit of power and produce a clear, loud sound when listening to Spotify and when making calls. Z Fold 3 speakers are on the bottom, so one can get muffled when you stand it on a desk, but otherwise, the audio is good.
Samsung’s decision to use Exynos chips in India has been a bone of contention because performance is not really a concern with flagship smartphones. Since it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, the Z Fold 3 won’t suffer the same fate. This is the first time that we’re seeing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in an Indian smartphone. Interestingly, we’ve experienced zero untimely overheating issues or battery drain issues with this device, one of the most stable we’ve used with a Qualcomm chip. The Fold 3 is targeted at power users, so we believe having a chipset that can handle multiple apps running at once is more important than ever. In terms of storage and RAM, UFS 3.1 and LPDDR5 RAM guarantee smooth performance. When 5G networks are available, it ensures that things run smoothly.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 battery is 4,400mAh – 100mAh smaller than its predecessor, which might have been necessary to keep its body slim while incorporating all the technology. Due to its chipset, high-refresh-rate screens, and multitasking, we did not have high hopes for its battery life. The screen lasted for an average of 4-5 hours, much to our surprise. A charger is not included in the box of the Fold 3 and supports a maximum of 25W. In comparison to its competitors, it takes over an hour to charge to full capacity. Approximately 40% of the battery can be charged in 30 minutes.
The Z Fold 3 was designed with the cameras conservatively and made good use of the limited space available. Similar to its predecessor, the back camera setup consists of a 12MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x magnification. It is only the inclusion of optical image stabilization on the zoom camera, as well as the ISP on the Snapdragon 888 that will provide additional capabilities. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 cameras capture bright, clear images with vibrant colors that are borderline oversaturated, just like other phones from the company.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen
Samsung’s inclusion of S Pen support for a 7.6-inch foldable phone is refreshing after using a stylus on even the largest phablets is cramped. With more space to work with, you are able to take notes, sketch, or markup documents without constantly zooming in.
There is, however, an immediate problem with the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s S Pen support. With the foldable phone, the stylus will work, but it will not be included, nor will it be built into the phone like with Galaxy Note models. S Pen is a separate accessory that you buy on top of the $1,799 you already spend on your phone. In order to store the pen, you’ll need a specially designed case, which is an additional purchase.
Samsung retains its title as the best foldable phone with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and not just because there’s no competition at the moment. Compared to last time, you get a more durable design, better multitasking, and a better display for less money. Under-display cameras are a step forward in terms of design, letting you see more of the screen when not in use. However, you will need to trade off some image quality with this 4MP camera. As well as optimizing more apps for foldable, Samsung deserves credit for coordinating with developers. Furthermore, the battery life and design could have been improved. Ultimately, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a solid phone for those willing to pay extra for a device that can also double as a tablet.