I just lately reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, and now it is time to take a more in-depth have a look at its extra style-oriented cousin, the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Despite the title, that is the second era of the Galaxy Z Flip and never the third, but it surely does share loads of options and capabilities with the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has all the time been extra of a lifestyle product, focused on those that wish to make a trend assertion. It’s nonetheless a costly one, however, no less than it is now extra sturdy and IPX8 waterproof which makes it extra viable on a regular basis use. Should you take into account this in the event you’re pondering about shopping for your first foldable cellphone? Let’s discover out.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 worth and variants
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is priced approach decrease than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but it surely’s nonetheless a costly cellphone and sits in correct flagship territory. The worth begins at Rs. 84,999 for the variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and goes as much as Rs. 88,999 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The inbuilt storage will not be expandable, so select properly before you purchase. I’d have preferred extra RAM within the costlier variant. Just just like the Galaxy Fold 3, in the event you pre-booked the Galaxy Z Flip 3 you then would have been eligible for money again affords and in addition would have gotten 12 months of Samsung Care+ bundled.
Coming to colors, Samsung has solely launched two in the meanwhile in India — Cream and Phantom Black — however the cellphone can also be out there in Lavender, Gray, White, Green, and Pink in another international location.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 design
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 are similar to these of the primary mannequin and it even weighs precisely identical (183g). However, the aesthetics and end of the supplies have been modified. The outer aluminum body now has a matte end, which seems to be very nice however makes the physique very slippery. The huge design change is the brand new dual-tone look and the bigger outer show or cowl display screen. It now measures 1.9 inches (up from 1.1 inches) and has the next decision. It’s additionally much more responsive, however its performance remains to be restricted, which we’ll get right into a bit later.
Samsung has darkened all the space across the cowl display screen, enveloping the digital camera module too, so as to give the phantasm of a lot bigger show panel. The different half of the highest panel and all the backside panels are of a special color, relying on which one you select.
Even although the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3’s design resembles iconic clamshell telephones of the previous, you possibly can’t precisely ‘flip’ it open – you will nonetheless want two palms. If you are persistent sufficient, then you can be taught to unfold it with one hand, but it surely’s a wrestle and you can find yourself damaging the folding show together with your fingernails. The hinge feels strong and has barely much less resistance in comparison with the one on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which makes it simpler to open and shut.
The glass on the skin of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, whereas on the within, you get Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass (UTG). The latter is alleged to be extra sturdy than what was used for the earlier era, however identical to we noticed with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, even slight stress from sharp objects will depart a mark. The crease could be very noticeable each time you swipe previous the center of the internal show whereas scrolling or interacting together with your content material. It’s a bit of distracting, however I received used to it after some time.
The major 6.7-inch show is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with the identical decision because the earlier mannequin, solely now it has a 120Hz most refresh charge. Colours are vivid and brightness is sweet sufficient for indoor use, though the display screen washes out beneath direct daylight. There’s a hole-punch cutout within the show as an alternative of the decrease high quality under-display digital camera used within the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which I believe is for the most effective.
There’s not a lot within the retail field aside from the cellphone itself. All you get is a USB Type-C cable and SIM eject software. Samsung has made a wide range of circumstances for the Galaxy Flip 3, like this keychain-type case that it despatched me which prices Rs. 3,799. The high quality is sweet and it makes the cellphone simpler to grip.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs and software program
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, identical to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and is alleged to help the identical variety of 5G bands too. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 doesn’t get S Pen stylus help however it’s IPX8 rated for water resistance. Another characteristic that is lacking is Dex help. The battery will not be too massive at simply 3,300mAh and the utmost “fast” charging velocity is simply 15W, as an alternative of 25W like on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This implies that even when related to a high-Wattage USB PD charger, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 takes nicely over an hour to totally cost. This is not precisely fast by any normal, and is very disappointing while you have a look at how a lot this cellphone prices.
Flex Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 makes some apps extra ergonomic to make use of when the show is folded half approach
Some of the OneUI software program tips that we noticed on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 have been modified for the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Due to its slender type, you possibly can solely open two apps without delay in split-screen mode and as much as 5 in floating home windows. You can pressure apps to make use of the multi-window and Flex modes even when they do not natively help them, however the different Labs options that I noticed on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 aren’t supported right here.
This brings us to the quilt display screen, which though a lot better than the one on the earlier mannequin, remains to be not useful sufficient. You can set completely different widgets and backgrounds for the quilt display screen, and the elevated measurement means now you can preview your notifications, however you possibly can’t reply to a message or e-mail immediately. I’d have preferred the choice to ship no less than some fundamental templated responses like an “okay” with out having to open the cellphone. The Motorola Razr 5G’s cowl display screen is far more useful on this respect. Come to consider it, Samsung might have used a good bigger show panel if it had needed so as to add extra performance.
The cowl display screen does help some gestures. A swipe down helps you to change the cellphone’s ringing mode and alter the brightness of the outer show; a swipe proper reveals you unread notifications, and a swipe up from the underside brings up Samsung Pay. If you retain swiping left, you possibly can cycle by the widgets for music, climate, alarms, voice recorder, and so forth. You can select which widgets are displayed and their order within the Settings app. Finally, a double-press of the ability button opens the digital camera app and allows you to use the quilt display screen as a viewfinder.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 efficiency and battery life
The efficiency of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 was fairly strong throughout the assessment interval. The first belongings you’ll wish to do while you start utilizing the cellphone are improve the grid measurement on the homescreen and app drawer so the icons do not look comically massive, and in addition cut back the peak of the keyboard, which tends to take up a bit of greater than half of all the backside portion of the show by default. OneUI runs easily for probably the most half, however I observed a touch of lag when making an attempt to open many floating home windows over two apps that had been already working in split-screen.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is unquestionably extra manageable than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in your hand. When closed, it may be simply pocketed with out creating any ugly bulges. Call high quality was additionally good. Answering a name by the quilt display screen routinely engages the speaker, however while you open the cellphone, it would not routinely change to the earpiece, which is what I’d have preferred. Closing the cellphone throughout a name routinely cuts it.
Benchmark scores had been in step with these of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 scored 6,87,029 factors in AnTuTu and managed 119fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex gaming check. These numbers translate nicely when taking part in precise video games too. Titles corresponding to Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty: Mobile appeared and ran nice. The stereo audio system are fairly succesful, and there is an choice to allow Dolby Atmos. HDR movies look actually good however most of them can have thick black bars on the left and proper, until you are watching native 21:9 content material.
Battery life was respectable so long as I wasn’t watching loads of content material or taking part in video games. With mild utilization, I used to be capable of stretch the battery life to simply over a full day, however on days on which I watched loads of video or performed video games for lengthy stretches, this dipped fairly a bit. The cellphone ran for simply 10 hours and 52 minutes in our HD video loop check, which is nicely under common. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 helps 10W wi-fi charging and can be utilized to wirelessly cost different gadgets too.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 cameras
The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 are modest so far as flagships go. The setup is much like what you get with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, minus the telephoto digital camera. You get two 12-megapixel sensors on the skin with vast and ultra-wide lenses, in addition to a 10-megapixel selfie digital camera. The cellphone can shoot as much as 4K 60fps movies and also you get all the usual taking pictures modes that we have come to count on from Samsung’s 2021 flagships.
If you give the sensors sufficient mild, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 can seize good particulars and hues. HDR can also be dealt with very nicely, with highlights uncovered nicely and sufficient element within the shadows. Digital zoom goes as much as 10X, however the high quality is expectedly weak on the highest magnification. Close-ups pack in excellent element and a delightful background blur.
Low-light pictures come out fairly good too because the digital camera app routinely engages Night mode. Strangely, it would not do that when utilizing the ultra-wide digital camera, and in my expertise, I needed to change to Night mode so as to get a usable lengthy publicity shot with the ultra-wide digital camera. Videos pack in good element and are stabilised nicely beneath good lighting, however in low mild, footage can look noisy and jitter creeps in while you stroll and shoot. The selfie digital camera captures handsome selfies throughout the day and does a good job in low mild too.
The solely actual direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the Motorola Razr 5G, which retails for Rs. 89,999 and there is just one choice, with 256GB of storage. This makes it very related in worth to the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s 256GB variant too. Between the 2, there is not a lot competitors if you concentrate on it because the Razr 5G is a mid-range cellphone, versus the flagship specs provided by Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 makes a powerful model assertion and feels refined sufficient for on a regular basis use, identical to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. I’ve to level out once more that as powerful as the outside is, the folding show nonetheless wants some tender love and care. Battery life will not be nice, particularly in the event you’re within the behavior of consuming loads of content material, and I nonetheless suppose the outer display screen must be extra useful. If you do not fuss about these items an excessive amount of, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 could possibly be a enjoyable little smartphone so as to add to your digital life.