Samsung’s new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 handset pushes foldable flip telephones to new heights and reaches a rising inhabitants phase, because of important enhancements in design, consumer expertise, and pricing. Is that this the cellphone for you? By way of our expertise, you’ll find out if that’s the best handset for you. Let’s take a deep dive into this thrilling cellphone.

Our take a look at unit is the 128 GB cream AT&T Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G (SKU SM-F711U) with Samsung One UI three.1.1 with mmWave 5G for optimum peak speeds over 5G. Different carriers would possibly or won’t assist that kind of 5G, so double-check together with your service earlier than shopping for the cellphone.

There’s additionally preloaded software program comparable to DirectTV or the AT&T Cloud and Cell safety that aren’t included with unlocked handsets or non-AT&T telephones. Apart from that, the general expertise must be very comparable between all Z Flip3 fashions worldwide.


The folding design is an apparent place to begin since it’s the essence of this cellphone. Samsung’s objective (for my part) is to create an especially pocketable smartphone that has no important downsides as doable in comparison with traditional telephones such because the Galaxy S21 and S21+. We posted extra images on Instagram, be part of us!

Flip telephones are confirmed form-factors, and we already know that individuals (used to) love them. They had been deserted because the requirement for big, monolithic shows turned the norm, however with Samsung’s folding OLED know-how, the flip design roars again once more.

The Z Flip3 brings necessary design updates that shut the hole with normal telephones. Z Flip3 is now waterproof, and that’s extraordinarily necessary for the cellphone’s survivability. The glass floor is extra resistant, the hinge is healthier designed, and the general chassis feels extraordinarily strong regardless of having shifting elements.

Samsung has an enormous array of safety choices for customers who fear about dropping the cellphone, together with very intelligent circumstances. third occasion equipment like skins provide extra unique choices if wanted.

The brand new 2-tones colour scheme appears smooth, and we bought the black/cream which appears nice, however my favorites can be the Pink, Inexperienced, or Lavender variations. In any case, the dual-tone design provides a visible clue for the gadget’s orientation, along with the tactile really feel of the hinge.


It’s honest to say that the Galaxy Z Flip3 is the best-looking Flip Folding cellphone and is a testomony to Samsung’s design and manufacturing prowess. Motorola is the one close to competitor, and the remaining is just about all discuss, no product.

For left-handed individuals, the placement of the Energy and Quantity buttons is a bit too excessive, however with the hinge occupying fairly a little bit of area, I’m undecided this may very well be improved, even within the subsequent technology.

I discover the Galaxy Z Flip3 extraordinarily pocketable. Anybody who has carried one thing just like the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely or S21 Extremely would totally recognize the distinction as the Z Flip3 may be very comfy in pants pockets. Visually, it’s a large success as nicely, however you may resolve for your self with the images.

Consumer Expertise

Past the bodily compactness, the Z Flip3 brings distinctive experiences to customers. For instance, you should utilize the cellphone with the show bent at nearly any angle (Flex Mode) between totally closed and totally opened. Typically, it’s simply super-convenient.

You may put it on a floor to look at movies, bounce right into a convention name, or close to a window for a timelapse. I like this flexibility, and I believe that almost all customers will take pleasure in that facet of the cellphone.

Does closing the Galaxy Z Flip3 finish a name? The reply is “sure, it could possibly,” however that’s not the default conduct. Samsung has an “Answering and ending calls” setting to decide on how you can reply or finish a name.


The brand new, bigger cowl touch-screen makes the cellphone rather more useful when closed. It’s now massive sufficient to supply a typical always-on show expertise. On a traditional cellphone, I often have the clock and music controls seen, however the Z Flip3’s cowl display screen expertise is extra necessary should you don’t need to open/shut the cellphone incessantly.

You may select which app widgets seem there, together with the same old music controls and world clocks. I’m certain most individuals would need an excellent bigger cowl display screen, however this one addresses on a regular basis use circumstances nicely sufficient.

I loved that you may simply use the rear digital camera for higher-quality selfie images utilizing the duvet display screen to preview the shot. When closed, you may maintain onto the cellphone rather more tightly and use the amount button as a shutter button.

Galaxy Z Flip3 Digital camera

The Z Flip3 rear digital camera options Major and Ultrawide cameras, which is a combo that covers essentially the most important cell photograph use circumstances: Day, Evening, and Ultrawide images. There’s no devoted Zoom digital camera, and the Major digital camera module handles this perform the very best it could possibly.

If we dig deeper into the Z Flip3 vs. Galaxy S21 digital camera technicals, we will see that it’s underpowered towards its S21 cousin. The Z Flip3’s Sony IMX563 is notably smaller than the Samsung S5KGW2 sensor of the S21, and the identical is true for the Ultrawide digital camera.

The possible clarification is that the S21 chassis is 13% thicker than the Z Flip3, giving engineers extra room to work with. Bigger sensors want extra space, and that’s why all high-end telephones have sizeable digital camera bumps, one thing that appears off the desk, for now.

These technical variations present up in our CAMERA HW rating, and precise imaging assessments present variations in particulars, colour accuracy, noise ranges, and different picture high quality attributes in comparison with the S21 and S21 Extremely. As soon as once more, digital camera instantly impacts picture high quality.

A really life-like reference picture shot with the S21 Extremely. That is very near what the eyes see within the real-world. We are going to crop the inexperienced space, however word the good consistency of Samsung’s picture tuning throughout the Z Flip3, S21 and S21 Extremely.

Samsung’s colour tuning is great and really constant throughout telephones, regardless of important variations in digital camera tools. No quantity of (software program) tuning can in the end make up for the distinction in precise picture high quality. However it could possibly assist protect pure colours and the scene’s temper as a lot because the optics and sensors can seize.


Among the picture high quality variations comparable to particulars or noise are usually not very seen on social media or on the cellphone’s display screen. Nonetheless, they might stand out extra on a laptop computer or a TV.

Total, the photograph high quality is excellent in relation to the cellphone’s measurement. I consider that Z Flip3 patrons will likely be glad with the digital camera expertise, particularly since its digital camera is healthier than its major rival, the foldable Motorola RAZR 5G, in keeping with our CAMERA HW rating.


Trying on the cellphone straight on, the crease is almost invisible

As standard, the picture high quality (100% sRGB) and the 720 NITs brightness of the 6.7” OLED show is top-notch, and other people have gotten used to it from Samsung.

Probably the most frequent questions on it revolve across the crease positioned simply above the hinge mechanism. Are you able to see it, and might you really feel it?

Throughout regular utilization, you don’t are inclined to see the crease (see photograph above), and I usually neglect it’s even there till I take a look at the display screen from an angle, or if the picture may be very darkish and the floor caught a mirrored image from a close-by gentle. The brighter the surroundings is, the extra possible you’ll see the crease, however it’s by no means been an issue within the consumer expertise.

However relying on the angle, reflections can reveal it

Alternatively, you’ll really feel the crease in your fingertips as you utilize the contact display screen in that space. Thumb-scrolling sometimes stays throughout the backside half of the display screen and nicely under the crease. Index scrolling tends to hit the crease extra usually. Is it an issue? I don’t suppose so, however you may all the time strive for your self to make certain.

The 120 Hz refresh price is new for this mannequin and ensures the smoothest expertise doable with out affecting battery life a lot because it robotically goes right down to 60 Hz when acceptable. When you get used to 120 HZ it may be onerous to come back again to 60 Hz.

Samsung mentioned that the brand new (versatile) glass is about 30% tougher than the earlier technology, and that’s along with the plastic display screen protector.


From a efficiency standpoint, the Snapdragon 888 platform ensures no tradeoff in comparison with most Android flagships outfitted with the identical processor, comparable to S21 and S21+. The efficiency is great, together with for intensive graphic functions comparable to fashionable video games. It’s not far off the Galaxy S21 Extremely, which has a fancier cooling system.

The 8GB of RAM is tighter than different Android handsets, and individuals who like to put in a ton of apps (100+) would possibly need one thing extra sizeable, however it’s not an issue for most individuals. The bottom mannequin has 128GB of storage, and the utmost is 256GB as there’s no micro-SD choice.

I’d have appreciated to see a 512GB model for a barely larger value, however the motherboard is tiny, so we’d have to attend for denser reminiscence chips to succeed in that storage capability on this design. In 2022 maybe?

Battery life

As a result of nature of the chassis, the battery capability is comparatively small at 3300 mAh, which is considerably decrease than the S21+’s 4800 mAh. On condition that each run on a comparable processor platform and have equal show floor space, it is best to anticipate a drop in battery life proportional to the capability distinction.

And that’s what (internet looking) battery assessments present. The Galaxy S21+ lasts 10 hours, whereas the Galaxy Z Flip3 would most likely go on for six.5 to 7hours. For gentle use, you may need to cost solely day by day. Nonetheless, heavy customers must be extra cautious about managing the battery life.

A small battery may very well be mitigated by super-fast charging, however sadly, the Z Flip3 doesn’t cost notably quick. 15W wired charging and 10W wi-fi charging are in the present day’s primary charging speeds at this value level, and there are various sooner choices.

The distinctive industrial design problem and warmth dissipation are almost certainly the primary challenges to creating this cellphone cost any sooner. The battery life is the Z Flip3’s major Achilles’ heel in comparison with its traditional S21+ cousin.


The Galaxy Z Flip3 is a singular cellphone with one objective: provide you with an ultra-compact foldable cellphone with as few tradeoffs as doable in comparison with a equally priced “traditional” Galaxy cellphone.

And for essentially the most half, it does ship a near-identical compute efficiency and legacy functionalities. Nonetheless, the shorter battery life and decrease digital camera efficiency (in that order) are important parts to think about. To this point, the Z Flip3 buyer satisfaction price may be very excessive, and I anticipate it to stay that method.

It brings distinctive consumer experiences and a type issue adored by many patrons who’re keen to miss the few weaknesses we highlighted in favor of a satisfying look, really feel, and utilization mannequin. As I go searching me and on-line, I see an increasing number of individuals keen to “go Foldable,” and it’s projected that Samsung will ship many extra foldable telephones this 12 months.

The Galaxy Z Flip three won’t be for everybody, however each indicator present this market snowballing quick. Samsung has created the big display screen show class, and it could be fascinating to see if Foldables comply with an analogous trajectory.

When you’re contemplating getting a Galaxy Z Flip3, examine Samsung’s official web page for reductions and different incentives. At publishing time, it was doable to commerce in previous telephones just like the iPhone 7 for about $300.

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