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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 [Q2 + 512GB]


This version of Samsung’s foldable phone feels stronger than its two predecessors: it’s waterproof this time, while its mini-tablet-sized inner screen withstood our meanest stylus strokes with the new S Pen and S Pen Pro.

S Pen support makes perfect sense on a screen of this size, and it was something that people were clamoring for with the first two Folds. There’s more writing and drawing real estate here than on any Galaxy Note smartphone, yet not so big that it’s inconvenient like a full-sized traditional tablet that has to be stowed in a  bag. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 can be closed to half and stuck in a pocket.

It may well change the way you use your phone day to day, especially if you spring for the S Pen and a case to carry it in – unfortunately, the stylus is sold separately and doesn’t tuck inside the phone. That inconvenience will be jarring for long-time Note fans, even if we found the new stylus bigger and easier to use than the Note’s toothpick-sized S Pen. 

Also, you’ll need to dial back your camera expectations: this is yet another foldable with cameras that are good, but which lack the zoom-in oomph of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and last year’s Note 20 Ultra. There is one standout camera perk: an under-the-screen camera neatly obviates the need for punch-hole on the more seamless inner display, although the 4MP camera quality loss is noticeable.  

The big hook to the Galaxy Fold 3 is its slightly cheaper price compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and, maybe more convincingly, the excellent trade-in deals Samsung is offering in many regions when you pre-order ahead of the official release date. 

965,000.00 1,100,000.00

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is designed to convince you that the third time’s a charm when it comes to buying into the future of foldable phones, and without a Galaxy Note 21, there’s a lot of pressure on Samsung to make good on that adage.

Good news: we’ve fully tested the Galaxy Fold 3 for nearly two weeks now, and it’s become the first foldable phone that we can recommend to those who would ordinarily consider themselves early adopters, but who passed up on the first two iterations of Samsung’s foldable, without hesitation.

We’ve been closely evaluating its familiar 2-in-1 design, determined to fold and unfold the 7.6-inch flexible display until we could do it in our sleep in order to properly test its durability. 

Dimensions

Unfolded: 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm

Folded: 158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4-16 mm

Weight

271 g (9.56 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus) (folded), plastic front (unfolded), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame

SIM

Nano-SIM and eSIM

 

IPX8 water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Stylus support

Type

Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits (peak)

Size

7.6 inches, 179.9 cm2 (~88.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1768 x 2208 pixels (~374 ppi density)

 

Cover display:

Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

6.2 inches, 832 x 2268 pixels, 25:9 ratio

OS

Android 11, One UI 3.1.1

Chipset

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)

GPU

Adreno 660

Card slot

No

Internal

256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM

 

UFS 3.1

Triple

12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm

Features

LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video

[email protected], [email protected]/240fps (gyro-EIS), [email protected] (gyro-EIS), HDR10+

Single

4 MP, f/1.8, 2.0µm, under display

Cover camera:

10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm

Features

HDR

Video

[email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

 

32-bit/384kHz audio

Tuned by AKG

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

USB Type-C 3.2

Sensors

Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

 

Bixby natural language commands and dictation

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)

Ultra Wideband (UWB) support

                   Battery             Li-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable

                                           Fast charging 25W

                                           Fast wireless charging 11W

                                           Reverse wireless charging 4.5W

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