Samsung today unveiled its new generation of folding phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G smartphones. The two new devices are full of technological innovations, which Samsung defines as “the next chapter of mobile innovation”.
The Korean manufacturer did not want to leave its credits in someone else’s hands and endowed the two smartphones with what the technology has to offer, in order to provide an optimized “foldable” experience, capable of responding to users’ requests and needs.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, the third generation of these devices, feature an elegant and functional design that, together with technological innovations, provides the user with an entertainment experience described as being truly immersive. In fact, the two new devices offer new ways of working, watching multimedia content and gameplay.
For Samsung, the Z Fold 3 5G is the true productivity and entertainment tool, thanks to superior performance and an uninterrupted 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display. Plus, it’s the first foldable smartphone ever to support the S Pen.
The Z Flip 3 5G has a completely different philosophy, being designed to carry in your pocket, thanks to a compact, original and elegant design, which makes it the device designed for use on the go.
“With the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Z Flip 3 5G, Samsung is once again redefining the possibilities with foldable smartphones that give users the flexibility and versatility needed for today’s world Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: that lives at an accelerated pace,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “As a pioneer and industry leader in the foldable category, we pride ourselves on building on our legacy of innovation with the Z Fold 3 5G and Z Flip 3 5G. These devices equip consumers with technologies that unlock new ways to maximize and enjoy every moment, through an ecosystem built on openness and innovation.”
Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: Built to Last
The Korean manufacturer is betting on the durability of the third generation of Galaxy Z devices. Samsung’s two new folding smartphones, Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, have an Armor Aluminum body (the strongest aluminum ever used in a Galaxy smartphone), combined with the toughest Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ to protect against accidental drops and scratches. In addition, both devices feature a water-resistant IPX8 rating, so users no longer have to worry when they get caught in the rain.
The inclusion of a new protective film made of stretchable PET and optimized display panel layers results in a home screen 80% more durable than previous devices.
The Hideaway Hinge, first introduced on the Galaxy Z Flip, allows devices to stay in place at any angle. And thanks to improved cleaning technology, the cleaning brushes inside are now shorter, helping to repel dust and other particles and maintain device durability.
The Z Fold 3 5G and Z Flip 3 5G were also subjected to an extensive bending test, verified by Bureau Veritas to test bending strength 200,000 times. Furthermore, the devices are equipped with the latest 5nm AP and 5G band compatibility.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G: For Work and Play
The Z Fold 3 5G’s uninterrupted 7.6-inch Infinity Flex display is made possible by Under Display camera technology, a Samsung innovation. With minimal pixels applied to the top of the camera’s hole, the Z Fold 3 5G also features new Eco display technology applied to the screen, allowing it to be 29% brighter than the previous generation while consuming less energy. The 120Hz Super Smooth adaptive refresh rate, now on both the main screen and the outdoor screen, allows for smoother scrolling.
For the first time in the Galaxy Z line, Samsung brings the Note range technology to the Z Fold 3 5G: the S Pen functionality. Users can take advantage of the S Pen’s features, fully optimized on its folding screen. It is thus possible to take notes or consult the to-do-list while making a call or reading emails.
There are two S Pen options for the Z Fold 3 5G: S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro. Both feature a specially designed retractable tip with force limit technology to protect the main screen of the Z Fold3 5G. Samsung is betting heavily on this technology, even claiming that it is “the best Samsung S Pen experience so far, with even lower latency for realistic composition, ensuring that taking notes and sending messages is an even more intuitive process.”
Productivity seekers will also enjoy the Z Fold 3 5G’s improved Flex mode features that let you do more at the same time, such as joining a video call on the device’s top screen while checking meeting notes at the bottom . With the Multi-Active Window update on the Z Fold 3 5G, multi-tasking is even easier. And now on the Z Fold 3 5G, users can create a shortcut and reopen apps the same way later, thanks to the improved App Pair. Furthermore, they can use the new Taskbar on the Z Fold 3 5G to quickly switch between different applications without returning to the home screen.
The Z Fold 3 5G is built with a sleeker, thinner and lighter design for improved portability compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. It is available in three colors: Phantom Black, Phantom Green and Phantom Silver.
Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: Style and Functionality
The Z Flip 3 5G allows users to express themselves with bold color options, a sleek design , and premium features , with four fashionable colors to choose from – Cream, Green, Lavender and Phantom Black – and new ring grips and covers.
The redesigned exterior display is now four times larger than the previous generation and makes it easy to view notifications and messages without having to open the Z Flip 3 5G. Users can keep track of their schedule, check the time and monitor their daily step count with new widgets on the outdoor screen, or coordinate the wallpaper on the outdoor screen with their new Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic to get a matching look. In addition, Samsung Pay is built directly into the exterior display.
The Z Flip 3 5G has upgraded camera functions, allowing hands-free selfies with Flex mode, or taking photos and videos by holding the device folded, from the outer screen, using the enhanced Quick Shot mode, and double-clicking power key of the Z Flip 3 5G. With stereo speakers upgraded with Dolby Atmos, the user gets immersive sound.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: Optimized Experience
With the Galaxy Z series, users will have access to more applications that make the most of the foldable screen, and Samsung is expanding partnerships with leading companies such as Google and Microsoft. The user can already collaborate effectively with the Microsoft Teams application and enjoy an optimized meeting experience, which adapts based on the Flex Mode of its Galaxy Z series and the power of association between Office and Teams. For the best productivity at work, Microsoft Outlook’s Dual Panel Mode for Samsung Foldables allows users to read a complete email while viewing others, just like a desktop experience.
But it’s not just the big international players that are in the Korean brand’s thinking. Samsung supports the Remote Test Lab(RTL), giving app developers the ability to directly install and test their apps in real time.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G: Pricing and Availability
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is a smartphone with unique features and therefore will not be within reach of any wallet. Its entry price is $1,799.99 in USA and €1859.90 in Europe. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G has a base cost of $999 in USA and €1099.90 in Europe.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G are available for pre-order starting today and will officially launch on August 27th, starting with being available in select markets including the US, Europe and Korea. Users who pre-order the Z Fold 3 5G or Z Flip 3 5G will receive one year of protection from Samsung Care+, Samsung’s premium support service. Users’ phones will be covered for accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage and back cover replacement.