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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 Review Rundown

Samsung ElectronicsPublished on 25 Aug 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Foldable Smartphone (2021)
Neoscore* 75%
  • S Pen stylus is a first for a foldable display
  • Flex View is a Samsung marketing term
  • Good battery life
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is the latest iteration of the company's flip-up smartphone. Both its cover screen and inner display have a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, and it also features the first-ever Samsung phone to incorporate an under-display selfie camera. Another first is the phone's supports of Samsung's S Pen stylus for the very first time.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Foldable phones are no longer a costly toy for early adopters, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is here to prove it. Unfolded, the phone measures 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 millimeters, with a 7.6-inch main screen. Samsung has included “sweeper” bristles inside the hinge so that dust can get forced out if it does get in.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro support
  • Excellent screen real estate
Cons[**]
  • Dust can get in and get in

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
This year's Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is Samsung's first foldable phone. It's waterproof (with an IPX8 rating), and far more durable as well. Both the cover screen and tablet-like inner display have a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz – with S Pen stylus support. Despite all of these improvements, the Fold 3 somehow costs slightly less than its predecessor.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • IPX8 water resistance rating
  • S Pen stylus included
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

gsmarena[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Gsmarena have found the following[***]:
The main display is still a 7.6-inch, Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. The smaller external display is also slightly different this time around in terms of dimensions, but more importantly, it can now do 120Hz refreshing, just like the main folding panel. Both the main and cover displays on the Z Fold3 manage to just meet the deltaE requirements to be considered color-accurate.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • HDR10+ support
  • 120Hz on the cover display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Flex View still needs work

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 delivers a user experience that no other mainstream phone can match. While the folding form factor may seem like the star, it's more deserving of the best supporting feature award. The cover display was basically an afterthought on the Galaxy Fold, it got a massive upgrade last year to a nearly bezel-less 6.2-inch, Super AMOLED display.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Foldable form factor is a huge improvement over the Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Improved durability
  • S Pen support for Note fans
Cons[**]
  • Expensive at full price

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has a 7.6-inch (19.3 cm) foldable Dynamic AMOLED display. For the first time, Samsung has hidden a UD camera (UDC: Under-Display Camera) under the main display. Samsung provides its smartphone with a 24-month warranty.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast AMOLED display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good battery life
  • Fast SoC
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre call quality
  • Only 12 months warranty

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is the only big-screen folding phone in the US. It lets you play games, read PDFs, and create content in unique ways. Samsung has a great array of trade-ins and discounts for this phone, but a phone priced like a laptop just won't be the mainstream choice.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Big, bright screen
  • Good battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
  • S Pen included
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is designed to convince you that the third time's a charm when it comes to buying into the future of foldable phones. We've been closely evaluating its familiar 2-in-1 design, determined to fold and unfold the 7.6-inch flexible display until we could do it in our sleep in order to properly test its durability. This version of Samsung's foldable phone feels stronger than its two predecessors: it's waterproof this time, while its mini-tablet-sized inner screen withstood our meanest stylus strokes with the new S Pen and S Pen Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Foldable and foldable
  • S Pen and S Pen Pro included
  • Impressive battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is available for pre-order now, with a release date of August 27. It has a brighter display and enhanced multitasking features, complete with a Windows-like taskbar. There's really not much new to report on the camera with the Galaxy Z foldable 3, with the exception of the under-display camera.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, color-accurate OLED display
  • Improved multitasking features
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Under-display camera isn't included

whathifi[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The new Armor Aluminium hinge and framework makes the Z Fold 3 0.5mm more svelte and 11g lighter than the outgoing model. The device is IPX8 rated, so it can be submerged in freshwater up to 1.5 metres deep for up to 30 minutes and survive. There's a totally hidden front camera lens to maximise screen space and, following apparently extensive consumer demand, S Pen support.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED screen
  • S Pen support
  • Impressive battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Review: The foldable you’ve been waiting for. Digitaltrends. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G review: A step above. Expertreviews. 2021-08-23. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G review. Gsmarena. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: You can almost forgive how expensive it is. Laptopmag. 2021-09-11. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G review: The unrivaled folding smartphone. Notebookcheck. 2021-09-17. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Review. Pcmag. 2021-08-23. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review. Techradar. 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review (in progress): The best foldable phone just got better. Tomsguide. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. 9. ^ Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G review. Whathifi. 2021-08-11. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  10. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  11. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  12. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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