Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: The first foldable phone Below $1,000
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is here, and at $999, it’s the “cheapest” foldable phone yet. Although a grand isn’t cheap, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 brings foldable phone technology to a more affordable price point. And now, more individuals than ever before can test out the foldable lifestyle.
Will the decreased price persuade users to switch to foldable phones? The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also more water resistant than its predecessor, with an IPX8 rating. The phone features Gorilla Glass Victus on the exterior display and Samsung’s new Armor Aluminum shell, making the screen 80 percent more robust. In short, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is more durable than the original Galaxy Z Flip, but we still wouldn’t drop it.
Battery life is one area where the Galaxy Z Flip 3 fails miserably, according to our tests. It’s not a nice sight. For the most part, the Flip 3 is a nice foldable phone, but it’s not fantastic. Continue reading for our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is now available for pre-order, with an August 27 delivery date. The 8GB/128GB base setup costs $999, but there’s also a $1,049 256GB variant. With a three-year plan, those who pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will receive a $150 Samsung.com credit and 12 months of Samsung Care+ for free.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: Design and durability
With the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung prioritized durability. Thanks to a new film, the screen is now 80 percent more durable than the one found on the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The 1.9-inch outside display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, while the phone’s frame is made of Samsung’s Armor Aluminum technology. All of this contributes to greater scratch resistance, particularly on the cover display.
The Flip 3 is also water resistant to IPX8 standards. That means you won’t have to worry about dunking it, but neither Samsung nor I would advise it. During our hands-on time with the phone, we were unable to test the phone’s water resistance.
The cover display is the most noticeable alteration to the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s design. That’s four times larger than the 1.1-inch outside strip on the Galaxy Z Flip, so you’ll be able to see a lot more information than before.
Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black are the four colors available for the Galaxy Z Flip 3. In our hands-on, the lavender really stood out, striking the eye and exemplifying the Flip 3’s focus on elegance. Gray, Pink, and White hues will be available exclusively on Samsung’s website. I’m trying out the Cream model, and it’s rather lovely in its delicacy. Given how slippery the original Galaxy Z Flip was, the smooth finish is also very appealing.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s key selling point, other from its lower price, is how small and portable it is when folded. The phone is only 3.4 x 2.8 x 0.63-0.67 inches when closed, thus it can fit into practically any pocket.
The phone measures 6.5 x 2.8 x 0.27 inches when opened, but it still fits comfortably in the hand. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also easy to carry about, weighing only 6.5 ounces (just like its predecessor).
In general, Samsung trimmed down the Flip 3 just a smidgeon. When open, the original Flip was 6.6 x 2.9 x 0.28 inches, and when closed, it was 3.4 x 2.9 x 0.61-0.68 inches. The new phone is the same weight as the old one, but it is slightly thinner and taller. When you add in the improved durability, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a modern engineering marvel.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: Displays
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display when it’s fully opened. The combination of the 2640 x 1080 resolution and the 120Hz refresh rate created a genuinely stunning viewing experience. The Flip 3’s scrolling was silky smooth, demonstrating Samsung’s genuine display power.
The 1.9-inch touchscreen can be used to play music, monitor the weather, and even take selfies when closed. (The touchscreen can be used as a viewfinder as well.) Simply double-click the power button to start the camera, and you’re good to go. This is a significant improvement over the Flip 3’s tiny exterior display, making it more useable while closed (and thus saving battery life, theoretically).
I was immediately enamored with the Flip 3’s redesigned cover display when compared to the original Flip. It’s quite versatile and handy, allowing you to interact with a variety of phone tasks without having to open the device. Outside of the folding, it’s by far my favorite Flip 3 feature.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: Cameras
In terms of the camera, they’re identical to the original Flip. A 12MP (f/1.8) wide-angle camera and a 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide camera are mounted on the back. The selfie camera has a 10MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. And, unlike comparable $999 phones like the iPhone 12 Pro — which I used for the subsequent photo comparisons — the Galaxy Z Flip 3 still lacks a telephoto lens.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: Performance
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a powerhouse with a Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB of RAM. As I went through apps in Flex mode, it didn’t stutter once. In summary, the Flip 3 operates in the same way as any other Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone.
On the Flip 3, intense games like Genhin Impact and Asphalt 9 run smoothly. There were no frame drops that I detected. Games that require a higher refresh rate, such as Dead Cells, run smoothly on this phone. Of course, the main drawback is battery life, which I’ll discuss in a moment.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: Battery and charging
The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s battery capacity is 3,300 mAh, which is the same as the original Flip’s. This is concerning, considering the Flip’s battery life was not particularly spectacular. The 3,300 mAh battery is also less than that of other Samsung phones, such as the standard Galaxy S21, which has a 4,000 mAh battery.
We put the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s battery to the test in both refresh rate options, and neither produced a satisfactory result. The Flip 3 only lasted 5 hours and 43 minutes in adaptive mode. It lasted significantly longer in 60Hz mode, at 6 hours. I’ve also heard about other reviewers who experienced dreadful battery life. The Flip 3’s short battery life detracts greatly from the phone’s total value.