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Samsung’s event brought with it two devices, the Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, their smaller, clamshell and “cheaper” phone. While the Fold 3 is a hugely impressive phone with massive specs, the Z Flip is aimed at those who want in on the folding revolution, but not at the cost.
Well, sort of.
The Z Flip 3 is still $999 for the 128GB and 1049.99 for the 256GB. There’s no headphone jack and no way to expand this storage with microSD cards, meaning you’re stuck with what you have.
Built-in is the same Snapdragon 888 processor as the other Fold 3 and 8GB of RAM, so it can still hold its own against others on the market. Its cameras are 12-megapixel f/1.8, with one being dedicated to wide-angle stuff. You can record HDR10+ video now, which could theoretically be edited in DaVinci Resolve for exceptional color grading.
On the outside, the clamshell reveals a smaller cover screen, with the embedded two cameras acting as higher quality selfie cameras with a preview being displayed. Other than that, it seems to just be used for displaying minimal information or a glance at texts.
Inside, the screen is 6.7 inches with a 22:9 display with a 120Hz refresh rate. This is a massive upgrade and anyone using the phone regularly for any kind of use, not just gaming, will find it massively beneficial.
Samsung still hasn’t figured out how to iron out that crease, with it being hugely noticeable in every photo that isn’t a 3D render but once folded down, it does look pretty cute.
While this phone won’t suffer from the wider screen that the Fold 3 has and its lack of support, I do think this is by far and away from the weaker of the two offerings. The massive screen crease would drive me up the wall – I don’t care if it’s not noticeable while the device is on.
I also think these phones are still too expensive. A grand FOR A PHONE that might not survive the full two years you have it is a big ask and I think Samsung’s work on the Fold 3 has come on leaps and bounds, but the Flip is still lagging behind in a lot of areas.
It launches on August 27th.