Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3: The best Phone in foldable family

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Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3 is the advancement in Samsung foldable family, let’s find out is it the best foldable phone?

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Z fold is an ambitious and flagship series of Samsung. Samsung galaxy Z fold 3 is the latest addition in Samsung foldable family. Samsung puts a lot of effort to make it reality, and the outcome is commendable. Samsung has launched two phones – Galaxy Z fold 3 and galaxy Z flip 3.

The first look of Z fold 3 is almost similar to z fold 2. But z fold 3 has considerable improvements in features and specifications.

Z fold 3 is the world’s first water-resistant foldable phone, with added features and improvements. S pen, OMG! is the most demanded thing among Samsung lovers and a salient feature. Yes! Z fold 3 has the S pen support. But the setback is, it doesn’t include in the package. You have to spend few more bucks to get it separately. Features like flex Mode, task bar, s pen enhance the user experience.

Opinion

The best foldable phone as of now is Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, but who knows the future.

Z fold series is evolved and improved with key features like, Water resistant, durability, s pen support etc. Everything is not Perfect, so does Z Fold 3.

Positives:

Tougher, Durable and Brighter display

Adaptive refresh rate of displays 120 Hz

Water resistant

S pen support and multi-tasking

What could be improved?

Price is on higher side.

Battery could be improved.

Crease on foldable display is visible.

Camera setup is not offering value at this price range.

Charger and S pen is missing in the package.

Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3 specifications at a Glance:

Price – 1,49,999 – 1,57,999

Network – 5G

Processor – Snapdragon 888

Storage – 256GB, 512GB UFS 3.1, RAM – 12GB

Dual sim, Nano-SIM and e-SIM

External display- 6.2 inches 2268 x 832 pixels

Main display – foldable 7.6 inches, 2208 x 1768 pixels

Rear Camera – 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

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

Under display camera – 4 MP, Front camera – 10 MP, f/2.2

Battery – 4400 mAH

Fast charging 25W, wireless charging 11W, reverse wireless charging 4.5W

Colors – Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Green

Weight 271 g

Let’s see the Quick review and how it’s different from predecessors

Launch price of this phone is cheaper than predecessor, but that doesn’t mean is not costly. Yes, Foldable phones are bit costly, but they meant for niche.

Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3 is Samsung’s, the first water resistant foldable phone.

Z fold 3 has tougher and brighter display as compared to Z fold 2, Samsung claims it 80% tougher and more durable.

Peak brightness of displays is 1500 nits. Both foldable and front display, have good visibility in outdoor harsh lighting conditions.

Under display camera in Z fold 3, is not good for taking selfies, however it is good for video calls, zoom meetings etc. Great to see this camera is disappeared while watching content. For selfie you can use main 10 MP camera.

No Fancy high mega pixel cameras. Overall good camera quality and functionality, you will be able to take decent snaps. I repeat Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3, camera functionality is good and picture quality is good.

Task bar feature of Z fold 3 is appreciable. It’s really helpful for those who repeatedly switch between apps and helps multi-tasking. You can pin different apps like in windows.

Battery life of Z fold 3 can be improved, as I think 4400 mAH will not be sufficient for full day use.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 may look bulky, because of the Gap near hinges when folded. When unfolded its truly a slim phone, it could easily fit in single hand when folded.

S pen support is a great feature to this big display and added to productivity only drawback is, that s pen doesn’t comes with package, like charger.

Good to see good number of productivity apps are optimized according to the device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: price and availability

The Galaxy Z fold 3 released Globally on 27th august 2021. It is available for pre boking on Amazon and Samsung, will be released on 10th September in India. Shipping will be start on 27th September as per Samsung India website.

Samsung galaxy Z Fold 3 comes in 256 GB and 512 GB, priced 1,49,999 and 1,57,999 respectively. Phantom black and Phantom green two colors are available.

Galaxy Z Fold 3: Design Build Quality and Durability

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First look of the phone is amazing, I loved it. Hinges are sturdy and hold the position as you want it. Yes, it is bulky when folded specially near the hinges you have to take care while putting in pocket with other stuff. You can find the dimensions in image attached. You will get type C data cable and sim ejector tool inside package.

Camera island is redesigned looks better than previous generation, side mounted finger print sensor is located ergonomic position.

IPX8 ingress protection introduced in this phone and this is word’s first foldable phone with water resistant feature.

Frame is made of high-grade aluminum Alloy. Samsung proudly calls it Armor Aluminum. Build quality is tough, despite of foldable phone, it doesn’t feel flimsy. Flexible display is safe under strong frame. Back of the phone is made of glass.

Z fold 3 can easily be held in single hand and easy to operate.

Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3: Display and Sound

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The Displays of Z Fold 3 are amazing, those who experienced high end Samsung AMOLED display, knows about the quality of display.

Cover display or front display of Z Fold 3 is 6.2 inches (2268 x 832 px) and protected with Gorilla glass Victus. Bezels are slim in both the displays though the main foldable display is slightly bigger in size.

Main foldable display has two 7.6 inches foldable screens (2208×1768 px). Under display camera is also embedded in this screen. This foldable screen is made of ultra-thin glass and protected by flexible polymer, which is 80% harder than previous generation.

Both the screens are bright enough and visible in sunlight. Z fold 3 comes with 120Hz adaptive display, for smoother experience. HDR 10+ support is there so media consumption on it’s big screen is an amazing experience.

Z Fold 3 has stereo speakers mounted on top and bottom in aluminum frame, and loud enough overall great sound quality. No 3.5 mm jack, supports type c headphones.

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Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3 and S pen support

This is the great feature added in the process of Z fold series evolution. S pen did not work with previous generation of z fold 3 and previous generation of s pen didn’t work with Z fold 3.

Samsung designs S pen Fold and S pen pro edition which are compatible with Z fold 3. These S Pen has softer tip and spring to dampen the force, to protect Z fold 3, main screen from damage. Despite of the fact that main screen is harder than previous generation, we can’t forget that it is made of flexible polymer. Easy to get scratch and marks from sharp objects.

Other features of S pen like, air command features work fine. S pen Fold edition only works with Z fold 3

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Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3: Camera

Main camera is 12 MP, selfie camera is 10 MP, and under display camera is 4MP.

First, we talk about video quality, you can take up to 4K 60fps. Which is enough, believe me you need, not more than that.

Main camera as well as selfie camera can records up to 4k 60fps, wide and telephoto lens records up to 4K 30fps, under display camera can record 1080p 60 fps.

Color reproduction of main and selfie camera is good. Z fold 3 main camera and Telephoto lens has OIS. It also has electronic image stabilization which is work fine with all three cameras.

Picture quality is good and can live up to your expectation, Telephoto lens has 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. Ultra-wide angel image is average.

Picture quality of main camera can be compared with S20, images are soft and colors are great. Live focus mode (blur mode) is great and have many effects to play around i.e., studio mode.

Night mode camera is good, low light shots are amazing. Under display camera is only works fine for video calls.

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Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3: Performance and battery life

What would you expect from premium device? Obviously, The Best performance, Z fold 3 is powered by Snapdragon 888 chipset, Octa core 2.84 GHz and Adreno 660 GPU.

This chipset is power hungry and phone tends to heat during gaming and losses power. Maybe because of heat management is not good with thin body, which is just 6.4 mm. Surprisingly Samsung had fit two screens, back glass and state of the art technology in such a tight space.

Z Fold 3 comes with one RAM option 12 GB and 256/ 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage options. Z fold 3 has 5 G support, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, USB type C 3.2, NFC connectivity.

This chipset can perform every task that you think can be performed in smartphone, provided device technology supports it.

Let’s have a look on benchmarks of Z Fold 3 performance.

GeekBench 5 Single core – 1095

GeekBench 5 Multi-core – 3239

AnTuTu 8 – 635918

AnTuTu 9 – 752218

Z fold 3 has 4400 mAH battery, which will not be sufficient to run full day, even with moderate usage. Battery could be increased little more.

It will be sufficient for normal usage.

Conclusion

The best foldable phone as of now is Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, but who knows the future. Z fold series is evolved and improved with key features like, Water resistant, durability, s pen support etc. Everything is not Perfect, so does Z Fold 3.

Positives

Tougher, Durable and Brighter display

Adaptive refresh rate of displays 120 Hz

Water resistant

S pen support and multi-tasking

What could be improved?

Price is on higher side.

Battery could be improved.

Crease on foldable display is visible.

Camera setup is not offering value at this price range.

Charger and S pen is missing in the package.

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