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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Foldable Smartphone (2021)

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Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is the company's third-generation flagship foldable smartphone. It is marginally smaller than its predecessor from 2020, while retaining the same general design.
While displays of similar sizes (at 7.6" and 6.2" respectively) remain largely the same as before, they are brighter and more efficient than before. Further, both displays on the Galaxy Z Fold3 support 120Hz refresh rate.
Moreover, the Z Fold3 now supports S Pen digitizer. Samsung offers two options, the standard S Pen Pro or the specific S Pen Fold Edition. Both feature a special retractable Pro tip with force limit technology to protect the softer main screen.
Another key upgrade is 5G support.
Alongside the Galaxy Z Fold3, Samsung also unveiled the Z Flip3.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • The best foldable on the market
  • Excellent under-display camera
  • IPX8 water resistance
  • S Pen Pro support
  • Flex Mode lets you force split view in unsupported apps
Cons
  • Folding screen feels more fragile than in the Galaxy Z Fold 2

What external reviewers found***

Ext 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good performance
  • Solid performance
  • Excellent multitasking and productivity performance
  • Good cameras
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Slow SoC
  • Poor camera quality
  • Underwhelming under-display camera
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Cover ScreenMain Screen

Connectivity

PortsUSB-C 3.2
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 + NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity4400 mAh
Camera | Front4MP Under display camera: F1.8, Pixel size: 2.0μm, FOV: 80˚ + 10MP Selfie Camera : F2.2, Pixel size: 1.22μm, FOV: 80˚
Camera | Rear | Telephoto12MP Telephoto Camera: PDAF, F2.4, OIS, Pixel size: 1.0μm, FOV: 45˚
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide12MP Ultra Wide Camera: F2.2, Pixel size: 1.12μm, FOV: 123˚
Camera | Rear | Wide12MP Wide-angle Camera: Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8, Pixel size: 1.8μm, FOV: 83˚
ColorsPhantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver
MaterialGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus) (folded), plastic front (unfolded), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame
SpeakersStereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth6.4 mm Unfolded / 16.0 mm Folded
Size | Height158.2 mm
Size | Width128.1 mm Unfolded / 67.1 mm Folded
Weight271 g

Display

Aspect Ratio24.5:922.5:18
Brightness1000 nits (1500 nits peak)
Display Diagonal6.2 inch
Display TypeHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Pixel Density387 ppi
Refresh Rate120 Hz
ResolutionHD+ 2268 x 832

Function

AudioDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
ChipsetQualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
Fast Charging25W Fast charging
GraphicsAdreno 660
Operating SystemAndroid 11, One UI 3.5
ProcessorOcta-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
SecurityKnox, virus & malware prevention, secure folder
SensorCapacitive Fingerprint sensor (side), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
SIM2x Nano SIM + eSIM 5G
Weather ResistanceIPX8
Wireless Charging10W Fast Wireless Charging + 4.5W Reverse Wireless Charging

Performance

Memory | Capacity12GB RAM
Storage256 or 512GB UFS3.1

Production

Debut2021-08-11

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 47%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
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Find the original article here.
Pros
  • S Pen stylus is a great addition to the foldable phone experience
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid cameras
Cons
  • No Google Play Services
  • No wireless charging

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The cameras are definitely the weakest link in the Galaxy Z Fold 3's chain. You can get a similar experience from other phones like the Galaxy A72 and Galaxy S20 FE for under half the price. Samsung's smaller foldable also delivers a more durable screen and an IPX8 design. But the small size comes at the expense of a decently sized battery and camera.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable screen is a great addition to the foldable design
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Camera could be better
  • No IPX8 rating

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best foldable on the market. It offers one of the best gaming experiences I've gotten on a phone. It's also still expensive at $1,800, though the price tag becomes more palatable if you think of it as a potential replacement for your phone, tablet, and e-reader.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent multitasking and productivity performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • No S Pen support
  • No wireless charging

gsmarena[4]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
Like its name suggests, the S Pen Fold Edition only works on the Z Fold3. It has the soft tip and spring dampening. It is essentially passive and does not have a battery but does retain support for Samsung's Air command features. Tracking is just as precise as we have come to expect out of Samsung's S Pen tech, and response time is also really impressive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredible S Pen performance
  • Very thin and light
  • Very good battery life
Cons
  • No microSD card slot
  • No wireless charging

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 runs Android 11 with Samsung's One UI 3.1. The front-facing hole-punch camera is a 10MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. This is not to be confused with the under-display camera on the internal display, which is a 4MP at f/1.8. Samsung remains the best in the Android world when it comes to software updates.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Flex mode is a huge improvement over the Galaxy Z Flip 3
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No telephoto camera
  • No headphone jack

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
, but some competitors can do even better, especially when it comes to small data blocks. A constant 60 FPS is possible in PUBG Mobile in the HD setting, and even with the highest detail settings enabled, the Fold3 doesn't experience any stuttering. The surface temperatures of the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G remain completely safe even under load, and the foldable never gets uncomfortably warm.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Large 120 Hz OLED display
  • Fast SoC
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor camera quality
  • Slow SoC

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
For a $1,799 phone, these cameras are a little disappointing. With a maximum 2x zoom, there's also no comparison to the S21 Ultra's 10x zoom. The under-display selfie camera is not great. It has no night mode, which meant my low-light selfies were pretty much blacked out.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable form factor
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • No night mode
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

t3[8]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 doesn't quite match up to Samsung's flagship S series smartphones. While you can expect bright shots across the board and plenty of detail from the default settings, you won't get a strong balance between light and dark areas. When you switch to ultrawide mode, you're sure to lose out on detail as well. When it comes to the two front cameras, the 4MP under-display snapper isn't great. So you definitely won't be taking selfies with it, but for video calls, it will do. The 10MP selfies on the cover screen is much better and is capable of taking bright, flattering selfies. With the phone partially folded, you can change where everything sits on the display, as well as use Capture View.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable design
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance
Cons
  • Underwhelming camera
  • Underwhelming under-display camera

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 runs Android 11 with Samsung's own One UI overlay on top. The S Pen is a major addition here – it's the first time Samsung has included stylus support in a foldable phone. There isn't a clear place to store your stylus – you'll need to opt for a particular case to have a place to put it.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable design
  • Good battery life
  • S Pen included
Cons
  • S Pen only works with the main screen
  • No magnetic connection

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
There's an under-display camera within the 7.6-inch main display of the Z Fold 3. It's not completely invisible, but the crosshatch pattern does a fine job at making the screen a bit more uniform. The idea is neat, but it's half-baked. We found that the 4MP f/1.8 camera captures photos that are noticeably less sharp than those taken with the 10MP selfie camera.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Flexible design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast performance
Cons
  • Under-display camera isn’t great
  • No microSD card slot

theverge[11]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Samsung's big goal for its folding phones this year is to make them “mainstream” For the Z Flip 3, Samsung hopes it can become a premium alternative for people who would otherwise buy a “normal” phone. For $1,800 I'd like something better, but that money is going toward the screen, the waterproofing, and the rest.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Big screen
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Camera quality isn’t great
  • No waterproofing

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 delivers a shot that's nearly as good as the S21 Ultra at 10x, even if the pic is a bit too bright. The under-display camera is a step forward in terms of design, letting you see more of the screen in use. But you'll need to trade off some image quality from this 4MP shooter.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Foldable design
  • Excellent camera performance
Cons
  • Lackluster battery life
  • No wireless charging

whathifi[13]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The Z Fold 3 runs the latest Snapdragon 5-nanometer AP and 5G connection, backed up with a respectable 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of built-in storage. The rear camera is an improved 12MP triple affair with a 10MP cover camera – remember, there's the new super-clear glass to ensure a great shot. The battery is a beefy 4400mAh dual affair and you also get stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • S Pen Fold Edition is a great addition to the foldable screen
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: No Note replacement, but a fine foldable. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-review-2732195/. 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 second opinion: Big steps forward, small steps behind. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-review-second-opinion-3037098/. 2021-10-16. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Review: The foldable you’ve been waiting for. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold3-review/. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_z_fold3_5g-review-2303p8.php. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: You can almost forgive how expensive it is. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3. 2021-09-11. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G review: The unrivaled folding smartphone. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Z-Fold3-5G-review-The-unrivaled-folding-smartphone.561594.0.html. 2021-09-17. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold3-5g. 2021-08-23. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G review: the most convincing folding phone yet. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-5g-review. 2021-08-23. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
9. ^ Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
10. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-review. 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
11. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: nearly normal. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22638257/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-review. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
12. ^ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review (in progress): The best foldable phone just got better. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
13. ^ Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-z-fold3-5g. 2021-08-11. Retrieved 2021-08-25.

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