Samsung has Launched Two Folding Galaxy Smartphones: Fold 3 and Flip 3
Both devices are designed to become innovation leaders for the Korean manufacturer and include a selfie camera under the main screen, stylus support (sold separately) and for the first time also a type of water resistance. Prices – 3,750 per flip and over 6,000 shekels per fold.
Following a string of rumors and leaks, Samsung today launched the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Both devices are designed to become innovation leaders for the Korean manufacturer and include a selfie camera under the main screen, stylus support (sold separately) and for the first time also a type of water resistance (IPX8) . The two devices still display almost the same configuration as the first and second generation devices. Configuration of book for fold 3 and of oyster for flip 3.
The senior device, the Fold 3, is expected to be sold in Israel at prices ranging from NIS 6,300 to NIS 6,700, depending on the model. The Flip 3 will be launched in only one version, which will cost about NIS 3,750, although the local distributors in Israel have already started offering it at a lower price. In any case, the devices are sold without any accessories except for launch promotions for the first buyers.
In terms of specs, the Fold 3 of course offers more features, with the main part being a 7.6-inch main screen with FHD resolution. The outer screen is narrow and high and covers most of the surface of the device unlike the previous models. It is 6.2 inches in size. Both monitors support a high refresh rate of 120 Hz. The fold is a bit heavy with about 270 grams and also large, its thickness when closed is about 14.4 mm in the thickest part which is like two attached smartphones.
It is equipped with 12 GB of operating memory and a fast storage space of 256 or 512 GB. But there is no memory card expansion slot here. The camera offers three sensors on the back, a 12-megapixel main, a wide angle at the same resolution, and a zoom camera that is also 12-megapixel.
The external selfie camera is 10 megapixels and for the first time the internal selfie camera is embedded under the screen glass and offers a more modest 4 megapixel resolution and 2 micron pixels. The 4,400mAh battery is not as big as one would expect for such a device – but we will wait for a review to understand how efficient it is in everyday use. In any case, the charge is not very impressive with only 25 watts.
Samsung says that the magnification of the external screen is intended to allow regular use of the device even when it is closed. A kind of admission that opening the phone whenever you want to do something is a slightly more cumbersome move. In each case, the devices were tested for about 200,000 folding cycles of the screen. This is enough for several years of use. But the company understands that these are more sensitive screens and therefore offer screen replacement insurance that allows you to repair a screen every year at a price of NIS 700 per flip and NIS 1,000 per fold. Not cheap.
The Flip 3 on the other hand may seem more modest in terms of its configuration, but it may prove to be the most comfortable device for regular use than its big brother. Its 6.7-inch screen is open and has a small 1.9-inch screen on its back for alerts and a watch display or a preview of media and messages. The device is relatively thin with a thickness of 6.9 mm when open. In the folded position it is even slightly thicker than the fold with 15.9 mm. Its weight however is reasonable with 183 grams, modest even relative to competing traditional devices.
The operating memory is more modest with 8 GB, and the storage space is 256 GB, but here too there is no expansion slot. The main camera offers only 2 sensors, standard and wide angle both with a resolution of 12 megapixels. The selfie camera is the same one of the fold with 10 megapixels. There is no camera below the screen but there is optical stabilization. The 3,300mAh battery is a modest hour even in terms of cheap smartphones and it’s unclear how it will handle real-world use. By the way, the “fast” charging speed is a bit ridiculous nowadays with only 15 watts, compared to 30 watts on devices that cost a third of the price.