When Samsung released the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, it had some issues, but there are many potentials in the design. So, how about the Galaxy Z Flip 3? Has it improved and fixed the original Z Flip?
In terms of design, the Z Flip 3 seems more elegant and classier than the original Flip model. It appears to be sturdier with stronger aluminium frame and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The power button has fingerprint sensor embedded and it’s quite convenient. Instead of those tacky colour options of the original devices, the Z Flip 3 comes more elegant colours, including white, grey and Phantom Black. There’s not much difference in folding and unfolding operations, but Samsung probably added some minor enhancements to make the mechanism more durable and reliable.
The adaptive 120Hz display will make the screen feels fluid and power-efficient, depending on the way the phone is used. Colours look vivid and the crease is invisible when you use the phone normally. Even so, the crease is still easily visible at certain angle and lighting situation. The lid has a 1.9-inch display that can quickly show incoming notifications and other important details, so, it is not necessary to unfold the main display. You can decide whether to display calendar events, weather, social media updates or other information.
At the back, there are two primary cameras, 12MP f1.8 wide angle and 12MP f2.2 ultra wide angle. On the display, there is also a punch hole for 10MP selfie camera, unlike the nearly invisible selfie shooter of the Z Fold 3. A telephoto is notably missing, which is typically a standard feature of a flagship. Even so, image degradation is barely visible if you don’t use digital zoom excessively.
Internal hardware and performance
From a hardware standpoint, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 offers top notch performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and Adreno 660. The basic 128GB model should be adequate for typical uses, while the 256GB version is suitable if you record plenty of videos. Whether it’s for gaming or productivity tasks, we can be certain that the Z Flip 3 can deal with any computing demands.
The battery has modest capacity at around 3300mAh. Even so the more efficient chipset with better miniaturisation and display with adaptive refresh rate should noticeably increase battery life. If you often view static content, such as email, social media pages and web browser, the display will significantly reduce its refresh rate.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 will further solidify Samsung’s position in the foldable sector. As one of the Samsung’s flagships, the South Korean company wants to make sure that people have good views about these designs. It will be harder for other manufacturers to gain a foothold in a niche currently dominated by Samsung and Huawei. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is currently priced $999, which a moderate pricing for flagship device, especially with its unusual flip design.