Samsung is that the king of the foldable marketplace for now, and while that creates sparsely populated hills, its foldable are spoiling for a few competitors to knockdown. Samsung’s foldable is on the throne supreme together.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 are the latest versions of Samsung’s foldable and despite a number of similarities, they are two very different. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 offers massive screenland, while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a reasonable powerhouse with a 6.7-inch display.
There are tons of shared similarities between the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, with some obvious differences. The hinge mechanism and displays are the primary similarities that come to mind, but there’s more. Both phones now feature an identical vertical rear camera alignment and both the finishes and button configurations now match more closely than last year’s models.
Neither phone precisely follows the present Samsung Galaxy design language. They lack the Contour Cut Camera. However, both phones are still unmistakably Samsung devices.
The biggest aesthetic departure is that the two-tone color scheme of the Galaxy Z Flip 3. the highest section of the phone surrounding the duvet display and two rear cameras is usually black no matter the phone’s primary color. As a long-time Pixel owner, it’s like the Pixel 3 and earlier models. I’m a lover, but it’d prove divisive.
We will put the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 through our rigorous display testing once we have the devices in hand. For now, some brief hands-on time with the devices and Samsung’s diary gives us a transparent picture of what to expect.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 features a uniform display configuration because of the previous model, with a 6.2-inch exterior display and a 7.6-inch interior display. However, that exterior cover display gets a bump to a 120Hz refresh rate alongside a rather higher resolution.
The interior display isn’t overlooked completely though. The introduction of an under-display camera means an almost unblemished 7.6-inch display, a small mosaic effect is visible where the camera is found. The aforementioned addition of S Pen support is that the other major upgrade for the inside display. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 can now function as an ideal digital notebook.
Reviews will include our full performance testing on both devices, but there is no doubt that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is going to be the winner. Both phones feature an equivalent Snapdragon 888 processor, but the 12GB of RAM within the Galaxy Z Fold 3 should help it edge out the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with just 8GB of RAM.
Both phones internally are near carbon copies of the Galaxy S21 lineup from earlier this year and while those phones are edged out by the OnePlus 9, they continue to be plenty powerful for any game or task that’s presently available on Android.
There’s no reason to stress about performance on these devices, but the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is nearly unquestionably getting to begin the winner.
While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 did make the switch to an under-display camera for its interior display, all of the remainder of the cameras on both of those phones remain just like their predecessors.
As we’ve learned in recent years, the camera sensors aren’t the complete story for any phone, Google especially has managed to try to do more with less. The Snapdragon 888 does offer some AI and machine learning enhancements which will improve the photos from both phones but particularly given the worth of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 it hurts that the camera hardware is unchanged.
If you’re unacquainted with last year’s models, this suggests they both have all 12-megapixel sensors on the rear. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 includes three rear sensors covering wide-angle, ultra-wide, and telephoto, while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is restricted to wide-angle and ultra-wide.