The Galaxy Z Flip 3, like the Galaxy Z Flip, folds vertically to go from a standard-sized phone to something you can easily fit in even the tightest of pockets, but it brings a number of design improvements. First off, the phone is water resistant with an IPX8 rating, which is an amazing achievement considering Samsung’s not been selling foldable phones for very long.
Because the phone can unfold and stay open at multiple angles, unfolding it with a single hand is still tough to do, but thankfully that doesn’t extend to folding it shut, which is fairly easy after a bit of practice.
The Z Flip 3 also looks stunning, thanks to a two-tone design – the metal frame and hinge are a slightly different color than the glass on all of the seven colors you can pick up.
Samsung has done an exemplary job at making sure this thing will turn heads everywhere you go.
Both the cover and foldable displays on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 come with useful upgrades. The cover screen is appreciably larger than before (1.9-inch vs 1.1-inch), and that means it’s a little more useful.
You can now see bigger previews for capturing selfies using the rear cameras, there’s space for up to four lines of notifications, and widgets are now more usable. There are seven to choose from: Music player, Alarm, Voice Recorder, Timer, Samsung Health, Weather, and Calendar.
The main 7.6-inch foldable display now has a 120Hz refresh rate, which means you get a creamy smooth scrolling experience and animations. It’s also 29% brighter than the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen, and you won’t have any legibility issues even under bright sunlight.
The camera hardware is the same as the Z Flip’s. At the back, there’s a 12MP main rear camera with F1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel autofocus, and optical image stabilization, along with a 12MP ultra-wide F2.2 camera with a 123-degree field of view.
If you need a zoom lens on your smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is not for you.However, Samsung has made optimizations to the camera’s image processing, and the main camera captures photos with more vivid colors
The Galaxy Z Flip had an almost year-old Snapdragon chip under the hood and we had to wait for its 5G variant to get the latest silicon, but that’s not the case with the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Z Flip 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 888, the same chip that powers the Galaxy S21 series, and performance is as good as you would expect.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3, like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, comes running Android 11 with One UI 3.1.1 on top, but as far as foldable-focused features are concerned, it’s not as packed. There’s the Flex Mode functionality, as discussed earlier, and the new Drag & Split feature is present as well.
That said, One UI is the best software experience out there in the world of Android smartphones, and that doesn’t change with the Galaxy Z Flip 3. As expected, this phone will get three years of OS upgrades and up to five years of security updates.
Battery life on the Z Flip 3 is as average as you would expect from a high-end phone with a 3,300 mAh battery and features like a 120Hz screen. You’re looking at around 11-12 hours on a single charge with 3-4 hours of screen on time on average.
Worse yet, you’re still getting just 15W charging on this phone, and even though it’s only a 3,300 mAh battery, topping it up is an excruciatingly slow affair. 10 minutes of charging takes the battery up by around 12%, and 30 minutes of charging gets it up to around 33%. A full charge is supposed to take an hour and 29 minutes according to the phone, but the actual time taken is longer by around 10-15 minutes.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has stereo speakers like other Galaxy flagships, with the earpiece acting as the second speaker. The quality improvement is easy to notice, although the stereo setup here isn’t as loud as it is on Samsung’s non-folding flagships (which also use the earpiece as the second speaker). Still, it’s miles better than the single speaker setup on the Galaxy Z Flip and a feature I’m very glad to see on the new phone.
Call quality and network reception are excellent. 5G support comes standard on the Z Flip 3, but I wasn’t able to test it out due to the lack of 5G networks here in India. Also, the Z Flip 3 doesn’t get two physical SIM slots like the Z Fold 3, which I found a little disappointing.
Why You should buy!
|Stunning, water-resistant design|
|Beautiful 120Hz folding display and larger cover display|
|5G connectivity as standard|