Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review “Not perfect, but fantastic foldable phone”

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 isn’t perfect. It could have been better in terms of camera, battery and durability. But it’s a fantastic foldable product for mainstream users.

The content of this review article is long. For those who want to know the conclusion first, here is the general review.

“I like the Galaxy Z Flip 3. It has its shortcomings in terms of battery and camera, and it has some issues with durability, but it definitely peaked in the aesthetics and features of this smartphone. “You may not like it, but if you want a foldable phone, you don’t have to wait any longer. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a real foldable phone, and there’s no guarantee that something better will come out anytime soon.”

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 isn’t a perfect smartphone (of course, no one is perfect anywhere in the world). But this phone does exactly what it wants. It’s a premium looking foldable phone that looks great, is easy to use, and isn’t terribly expensive.

To make this phone a little more perfect, it could be equipped with a slightly better camera. Instead, it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more. Battery life could also have been longer, but it wouldn’t be as small as half the size.

Samsung made the right compromise. As a result, not only the world’s representative foldable phones, but also the most interesting phones of the year came out.


New design, IPX8 waterproof, but the hinge is still fragile

Last year’s Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G looked pretty appealing, so I was a bit surprised that Samsung did a new design from scratch on a third one. Fortunately, Samsung was able to find a few major improvements, and my concerns were only in the shadows.

Although the wide shape and size of the mobile phone did not change much, it changed a lot in terms of aesthetics. The first-generation metal finish mirror disappeared and replaced with a calm two-tone design. In testing this phone, I could use black, purple, or dark green. Samsung’s web store has a few more online-only colors with black borders.

The phone colors all look great, but the bigger change to note is the new black sea that takes up almost half of the phone’s front. This includes two external cameras as well as a larger cover screen. This design can hide this screen when not in use, and even with a black background all over, the screen doesn’t pop out and you don’t feel a seam with the body.

The Z Flip 3 not only looks better than its predecessor, but is also stiffer. Importantly, it includes IPX8 water resistance. It’s the same level of water resistance as most flagship phones, but it’s still not rated for dust, so you still have to be careful at the beach.

The new Armor Aluminum frame is 10% stiffer than before, the toughest Gorilla Glass Victus covers the body, and the Gorilla Glass DX sits above the camera.

I have one thing to confess. After using the Flip 3 for a week, I dropped it. As I pulled my phone out of my pocket, it fell on a gravel road, and the side that fell to the ground was the hinge side in question. Nevertheless, it worked flawlessly with the exception of a couple of nicks and small scratches.

There’s no guarantee the Z Flip 3 will be as strong as a standard flagship phone, and there are some new vulnerabilities that are evident. But my foldable phone has survived the crash, and I don’t think it needs to be treated like a baby.


6.7 inches, 120Hz, wrinkled but not important

There are two displays to consider in the Flip 3. First, the main display will be described.
The 6.7-inch foldable screen is full HD and AMOLED panels as before, but this year it supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother, fluid animations.

If you’ve never experienced a foldable phone, you might be surprised at how sturdy the Flip 3’s display really is, and how barely noticeable the crease in the center is. But it’s not completely wrinkle-free. It is hard to see from the front, but depending on the angle, wrinkles can be easily seen on a bright background. You can also feel it every time you scroll the centerline, which can be inconvenient.

When I first got this phone, it felt like it was important to me. However, after a few hours of use, I didn’t really care that much. I didn’t have to think too much.

As for the outer cover display, it has already been mentioned that it is 1.9 inches larger than before. It can now contain widgets and controls that are not just notification icons.

Swipe to one side to set widgets for music controls, weather alerts, alarms, step count, and more. Swipe in the opposite direction to see readable notifications on small screens, and swipe from top to bottom to adjust the brightness and volume. You can even customize the default clock and set up a simple always-on display with a few fun animation options.

Basically, I didn’t make it big enough to get in the way of the design, and there’s plenty of room to make the cover screen useful. It would have been nice to be able to customize the widget a bit more and have a simple reply to message option without having to open the phone, but it feels like part of a really cool phone though.


Powerful specs and 5G support, but no dual SIM

The first-generation Galaxy Z Flip used a slightly older chipset to keep costs down. Impressively, this time around, despite actually lowering the price, they never used an old chipset. This year’s flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888, is the same chip used in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and S21 smartphones.

It offers fast overall performance along with 8GB of RAM to compete with other non-best gaming phones.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Benchmarks







You can choose between 128GB or 256GB of high-speed UFS 3.1 high-speed storage. There is no microSD slot, so it cannot be expanded even if the capacity is insufficient. Snapdragon 888 supports 5G. Unfortunately, there is only one space for a physical SIM card, but it can support both a physical SIM and an eSIM at the same time.

In addition, it provides various functions such as Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC. You can unlock facial recognition with a single selfie camera, and fingerprint unlock using a side-mounted scanner rather than an optional display.


Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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