While several smartphone brands are still developing their first generation foldable smartphones, Samsung has already come out with its third generation fold and flip. The South Korean smartphone maker is trying to make its foldable technology available to the public, especially the latest addition to its flip, the Galaxy Z Flip 3, which starts at just Rs 84,999 in India.
In addition to bringing the price of its latest Flip smartphone below one lakh, the company is also making other devices more durable and usable, including the IPX water water resistance rating. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the company’s biggest push to bring foldable smartphones into the mainstream. I have been using the device for a few days now and here is my initial impression.
Design and build
Straight glass and metal slabs that we call smartphones nowadays can handle the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and all the other foldable smartphones separately. Each foldable smartphone has a unique design and turns the watch back to a time when no two phones were the same. Such a unique design and smooth profile is why I think phones are becoming fun again.
The device is available in Phantom Black and Cream color options. Although many of my acquaintances are skewed towards the cream color option, I personally think that the Phantom Black color option is the best in the bunch because it makes the phone look professional and smooth. Also, matte layering across the device makes it feel very premium. The company lists a lavender and a green color option on its website, which may be available at a later date.
No matter where you take this smartphone, the folding mechanism is eye-catching but a bit loose compared to the previous one of the Galaxy Z Flip 3. I think the hinges could have been a little stiffer and the edges should have clicked towards them.
A big improvement of this generation is the larger external display, which can now be used for checking notifications, clicking selfies and much more. On top of the display, the company has used Gorilla Glass Victus to protect it from scratches and drops. The rear panel looks like a pixel with icy and glossy glass. The hinge consists of Samsung branding, but when the phone is unveiled, you can’t show the company’s branding anywhere.
The back of the phone is quite slippery, so it can sniff every time it is on the surface or when it vibrates. While this can be a problem, it is not sustainability. While using the phone, it took two big drops from my desk, but showed no signs of damage. However, I would still recommend that you use a case (there is no case inside the box).
Right next to the external display, there are two camera modules, which can be used for general pictures and selfies. There are no large camera bumps and there is a protective ring on top of the sensors so that the lenses are not scratched.
The SIM card tray is on the left end of the device. At the right end are the volume rocker and the power button. The fingerprint sensor on the power button is quite responsive. The volume rockers are quite high and I don’t like placing them.
It’s the world’s first foldable smartphone that comes with an IPX rating, which means you don’t have to worry if it gets a little wet in the rain. Sustainability is something that I will dive deep into in my in-depth review.
If you turn the phone over, you will see a beautiful foldable display. The 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display is very nice with 2600 × 1080 pixel resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The display brings a new protective layer to the top, which protects the screen from being accidentally stained with hard pressure.
So far I personally haven’t had any problems using the Galaxy Z Flip 3, it’s easily obvious. The display is quite sharp and colorful. The 120Hz refresh rate feels quite smooth, making the 60Hz Galaxy Z flip display look antique.
Perfect for taking long display content with 22: 9 aspect ratio, it completely fills the screen.
The crease in the middle where the folds of the display are still visible and can be easily felt when you run your finger over it. At first, it’s an annoying, after a few hours of use you’ll start to ignore it like a hole punch.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset, the Snapdragon 888. In addition to the high-end processor, the device comes with 8 GB of RAM. When the two are combined, it easily handles all the tasks left on the device.
I’ve played multiple heavy games on the device, including Battlegrounds Mobile India, Asphalt :: Legends, and more, and haven’t seen any lag or stuttering. I tried heavy multi-tasking and the phone glided. It gets a little warm to the touch when playing for long periods of time or taking lots of photos. However, this was to be expected considering the raw power that the device provides in such a slim profile.
Although I haven’t thoroughly examined the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s cameras, I’ve pulled them out for a few spins. And I have to say that they are not flagship-grade cameras. Don’t get me wrong here, they’re not bad, they’re pretty good, especially for foldable smartphones. However, when compared to flagship cameras like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, they do not work on lack sound.
Pictures clicked with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 are usable and can be posted online. The device lets you click on images from the main camera.
Overall, I would say that the cameras are decent and something I want to keep an eye on for future generations of devices.
The device comes with a split 3,300mAh battery, which is a bit small in my opinion. When I was using the device a little, it was able to give me a full day of battery life. However, once I started using the device extensively with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and all my initial applications, it only lasted half a day and I had to charge one more time to finish. If you use the device in 60Hz mode and don’t spend so much time folding and unfolding it, the device can hold you up all day with heavy use.
The charging speed is also quite slow when you compare it to the competition. It only supports 15W fast charging, which is a bit annoying. It takes about two hours from 0-100 percent to charge the device.
The initial impression
With the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung is looking to take the foldable form factor mass market, and in these prices and features, I think the company will be quite successful in doing it. Although I can’t fully recommend the phone right now and tell you to wait for my full review, the device is quite interesting and to this day, I’m quite fascinated with it. It’s a smartphone that makes me think phones are fun again.
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