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Samsung releases Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and Galaxy Z Fold3 5G foldable smartphones

Samsung releases Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and Galaxy Z Fold3 5G foldable smartphones

Samsung updated its foldable phone portfolio today at its Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G and Galaxy Fold3 5G bring a better design and more durability than the previous generation.

Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Galaxy Z Flip3 5G gets a major upgrade in durability; The phone is now IPX8 water-resistant. Samsung claims that this is the first foldable phone to get this certification. This means that water will not enter the hinges when the user takes it out in the rain. There's no rating given for dust resistance, but there's a good chance it's gotten even better.

Size-wise, the new phone is practically identical to its predecessor, with a difference of one millimeter in width and depth. It now uses Samsung's new Armor aluminum frame, which Samsung calls its strongest frame yet.

The main AMOLED display is the same size as the previous generation: 6.7-inches with 2640 x 1080p resolution. However, both displays now support 120 Hz refresh rate, which is a welcome upgrade over the previous generation's 60 Hz. The refresh rate is also adaptive, which means it can lower itself depending on what is displayed on the screen. Glass also got an upgrade. The display now uses Corning's latest Gorilla Glass Victus, which is much more resistant to scratches.

Samsung has also increased the size of the rear cover display. It now measures 1.9-inches from the previous generation's 1.1-inches. Its resolution has been increased to 250 x 512 which works out to a resolution of 302 pixels per inch. The larger display should provide a more comfortable viewing experience when previewing notifications and widgets.
The rear dual-camera array is now arranged diametrically opposite horizontally, which is likely to make room for the larger cover display. Nothing jumps out here immediately; Both the cameras seem similar to the previous generation. The Z Flip3 5G packs a 12MP f/1.8 main camera and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. On the front is a 10MP f/2.4 pinhole selfie camera.

In terms of performance, the Z Flip3 5G is powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 888. It comes with 8GB of memory and 128GB or 256GB of faster UFS 3.1 storage. At launch, the phone will run on Android 11.

The Z Flip3 5G packs the same 3300mAh battery capacity as the previous generation, and it will be interesting to see how it performs considering its larger rear display and high-refresh main display.

Biometrics includes face recognition, and there's a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone.

The Z Flip3 5G is pre-ordered now starting at CA$1,260 and will start shipping on August 27th. Color options include Cream, Green, Lavender, Phantom Black, Grey, White and Pink.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
The story is similar to that of the larger Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, which opens up horizontally instead of vertically for more display area. The phone has also got IPX8 water resistance rating; No worries in the rain now.

Compared to the previous generation, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has shaved off a few millimeters from the dimensions. It now also uses Samsung's Armor Aluminum for its chassis.

With no new Note devices arriving this year, Samsung has added S Pen support to several of its other phones, including the Z Fold3 5G. This actually makes sense, as the mass display lends itself well to drawing. Samsung has developed an S Pen with a softer tip specifically for the foldable display, but the phone supports active Bluetooth S Pen as well.

Z Fold3 5G improves multitasking by providing more screen space to open multiple apps. And with its large cover display, users can do simple tasks without opening the phone.

The display area of ​​the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G hasn't changed; It still has a 7.6-inch main display with 2,208 x 1,768 resolution and a 6.2-inch cover display with 2,260 x 816 resolution, both of which are AMOLED. However, like the Z Flip3 5G, the Z Fold3 5G's main display still sports a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Its three rear cameras—a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP main, and 12MP telephoto—now reside in a more conspicuous block on the back. The flash has been moved to the bottom of the camera stack instead of parallel. There's a 10MP camera on the cover, and a 4MP under-display camera inside the main display - a first for a Samsung phone. Unlike a pinhole camera, an under-display camera sits under the display and doesn't require a cutout.

As expected, the Z Fold3 5G also houses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 SoC. It tops out at 12GB of memory and offers up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The phone will launch with Android 11.

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