Samsung held this Wednesday a new edition of its virtual event Unpacked 2021 which featured the new and innovative cell phones Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3, which surprise once again for its design, with flexible screens as the main feature, and a number of improvements that differentiate it from its predecessors.
Just a year ago this class of smartphone with a flexible screen was seen as something inaccessible due to its high price, but Samsung is making a big bet on this new category, introducing important technological improvements and reducing its manufacturing cost, as they recognized.
Likewise, the world’s leading manufacturer of cell phones took it for granted that a significant growth in the folding market in the coming years, whose sales tripled in 2021 compared to 2020. And for that reason, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be your bastion in the segment.
Galaxy Z Fold 3: the usual folding, improved
Far is that first Z Fold model in which the exterior screen was useless. This panel, which now reaches 6.2 inches, is fully functional and has Super AMOLED technology and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
Now the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are two phones in one and the user can take full advantage of it both in the closed position and when it is deployed, becoming a small 7.6-inch tablet (in dimensions of 12.8 x 15.8 centimeters, with 0.64 cm thick) .
The screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 reaches 7.6 inches in its folded version. Photo: AFP.
This terminal also reduced weight compared to the previous version, with 271 grams (compared to 282 grams for the Z Fold 2) and has obtained the first IPX8 water resistance certification in a folding ‘smartphone’.
In addition, it is not without power, since it mounts the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and it has 12 GB of RAM memory, to which is added a 4,400 mAh battery to guarantee a full day of use.
Another of the great improvements is in its cameras. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 features a triple main camera with three sensors of 12 megapixels (MP) each. It is an angle, a wide angle and a two-magnification optical zoom (which reaches 10x in digital).
In addition, it incorporates a 10 MP lens on the front screen and another 4 MP available when the phone is deployed. These last two lenses, designed for selfies or video calls (although the format of this terminal allows you to use the main camera for these functions), are hidden under the panel, becoming the first folding with this technology.
Lastly, Samsung showed during the broadcast that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be compatible with a special S-Pen, which can be purchased separately together with a special cover. Of course, unlike the digital pen used in the Note, this one does not work via Bluetooth, so its number of applications is significantly reduced.
The all-new Galxy Z Flip 3
Samsung’s other launch is the Galaxy Z Flip 3, which folds down to 7.2 x 8.6 centimeters (1.6 cm thick) and reaches 6.7 inches when unfolded, displaying a Dinamic panel. AMOLED with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
The great challenge of this phone was to make a slightly larger and more functional outdoor screen, and it achieves this with a 1.9-inch panel (compared to the 1.1-inch of the previous model) that allows you to read notifications and interact with some apps, such as Spotify.
Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a larger external screen. Photo: AFP.
With a weight of 183 grams, this is one of the most versatile Samsung phones and improves its folding technology so that the feeling when using it is unique.
Design plays a key role in this device and the company opted to also increase the number of colors in which it is sold, including the lavender, cream, dark green and black, in addition to three other shades that will be sold exclusively through the manufacturer’s website: pink, white and gray.
The Z Flip 3 will have various covers adaptable to the folding design of the phone. Photo: Bloomberg.
The Z Flip 3 is also waterproof (IPX8) but, like the Z Fold 3, its resistance to dust is not certified, since small pieces of sand -for example- could affect your folding system if they are introduced through those small gaps in the hinge.
The mobile also has a 3,300 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor on the side, a Qualcomm Sanpdragon 888 processor and 5G connectivity.
The price and arrival in the country
For the moment, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 They will be available worldwide from August 27, while in Argentina their landing will take place sometime in October.
Regarding the price, Samsung Argentina did not confirm it officially; although he assured that its value will be less than what can be obtained in the United States and, in addition, it is adjusted to a “Exchange Plan” that is applied when you deliver your old device. Worldwide, the teams will go on sale for $ 1,799 (Galaxy Z Fold 3) and $ 999 (Galaxy Z Flip 3).