Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Review: Features, Price and Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Review: Features, Price and Specifications
 
 
 
 

Technology and gadget nerds had a lot to smile about at the Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event held on 11th August. Among other things, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, its top-of-the-line folding phone, the Samsung Z Fold 3 5G, the Galaxy Watch 4 series, and the Galaxy Buds 2. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a stunning look and might just be the best folding phone in the market today. Not only is the launch price competitive, but it's also Samsung's first foldable phone that makes sense to recommend to ordinary people.

Price and Availability

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, which made its debut earlier this month, is available from 27th August at all major retail outlets and Samsung.com. The retail price starts at $999, making the Flip 3 the first foldable phone under $1,000.

However, you can get the best Galaxy Z Flip 3 deals at only a few hundred dollars from major carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, who offer trade-in from $499.99. Samsung provides a variety of cool Galaxy Z Flip 3 cases to protect your sparkling new phone.

The company is keeping up with the trend of offering little in the box alongside the phone. All you get is the phone, some manuals, and a USB-C cable.

Key Specifications

  • OS: Android 11, One UI 3.1

  • Memory: 8GB

  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB

  • Cover Display: 1.9-inch AMOLED display, 260x512 (302 PPI) resolution

  • Inner Display: 6-7-inch display, 2640x1080 (425 PPI) resolution, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate

  • Weight: 183g

  • Colors: White, Phantom Black, Gray, Cream, Green, Lavender

Design, Hardware, and Build

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a unique form factor, one that is sure to turn heads wherever you go. It's bringing back the vibe of the first flip phones but in an advanced design. It also solves the issue of modern phones, which are too tall to fit in some pockets.

When folded, the Z Flip 3 is easily pocketable. The best part is that its form factor doesn't mean it compromises on features and specifications. You can fold it at any angle between 30 and 150 degrees and place it on a surface when using.

The Flip 3’s metal frame and hinge feel sturdy, thanks to Armor Aluminum, a surprisingly light material reinforced by other metals. The hinge doesn’t creak or wobble when in use, and this extra tensile strength makes the Z Flip3 feel like a regular phone, only that it folds. At 183g, it's only a bit heavier than Galaxy S21 and lighter than Galaxy S21 Ultra. 

It also comes fitted with Gorilla Glass Victus on its displays, and you can rest assured the phone won't be getting any scratches any time soon. The Z Flip 3 is water-resistant with an IPX8 rating.

This means you can take those surfing or diving videos in the pool without worry. Just keep it away from the beach since it lacks dust ingress protection, which could damage the hinge.

The phone doesn't have a big camera hump on the back, and it makes sense since you don’t want it wobbling on a table when video calling.

Performance and Software

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The Z Flip 3 ships with One UI 3.1, which is based on Android 11. It's almost similar to the one used on Galaxy S21. The major difference is that it includes a foldable-specific feature called the Flex Mode. The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and you can opt for the 8GB RAM with either 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The cover screen is a nice touch and clever addition to its design. A single tap shows the time, while a double-tap displays an animated animal that entertains you by jumping up and down. While silly, this is a delightful and fun experience.

Swiping left reveals notifications and can display up to four lines of text at a time. Swipe up to change the brightness or volume, swipe down to activate Samsung Pay. Swiping right displays the weather, alarms, music controls, and a timer.

The front cover display can also be used as a camera viewfinder with the phone closed or open. Double-clicking the power button launches the camera with the phone closed. The Z Flip 3 features a 120Hz refresh rate on the inside screen.

As you might expect from this top-of-the-range device, there’s no lag, stuttering, or the slightest hesitation when launching apps.

Camera

Surprisingly, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 has the fewest cameras and the simplest camera setup of its current flagships. You get 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide rear cameras and a 10MP selfie camera. There's no zoom, but the image quality is impressive.

Night mode produces decent results, and the photos are soft compared to those taken from Galaxy S21. The camera execution is advanced, thanks to features like automatic image replacement, multi-frame capture, automatic night mode, and toast notifications which now come built into Samsung’s software.

Battery Life

The Z Flip 3's 3,300mAh battery registers average battery life. On medium to heavy usage, with the screen set to 120Hz refresh rate, the phone can last around 11 hours. The battery will do just fine for ordinary users.

The Z Flip 3 only supports a maximum of 15W wired charging, which takes around two hours to fully recharge the battery from 0-100 percent.

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