Samsung is such a large company that, on many occasions, we are unaware of what that implies. Its most profitable part is semiconductors and screens, but the most visible part is related to mobile telephony.
It is precisely in this sector where there are more problems since the competition is brutal. Despite this, the Koreans are clear that foldable is their future and the differentiating element from other companies. We finally have a terminal of this type focused on the average consumer.
After having tested the two new proposals from Samsung in the last two weeks, we have been able to analyze the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, a smartphone that has significantly lowered the price compared to its predecessor.
a unique design
Clamshell or folding mobiles were ubiquitous two decades ago, but nowadays, it is rare to see any, except those focused on the elderly.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 strikes a chord with us, recalling when hanging up and down using a hinge was normal. Even so, it is possible to use the new version without opening it, thanks to its new external screen.
One aspect that also draws attention is its construction. We might think that with a continuous opening system, the mobile would not feel robust in hand—quite the contrary. Samsung has fine-tuned the relationship between weight, fish in hand, strength, and cost to perfection.
The Flip 3 is not only a better mobile in this sense but more resistant. This is so thanks to its new aluminum, more resistant, new screen, more resistant, and new crystals, more resistant.
Oh, and IPX8 water resistance. Of course, it is not resistant to dust or sand, so it would be a good idea not to take it to the beach and similar environments.
The form factor allows, as in other folding phones, to use the mobile as a tripod, which helps make video calls or take a picture.
Finally, to close this section, mention the presence of a double speaker. We do not have a sound system as powerful as in the Z Fold 3, but it is an improvement over what we had last year.
We are almost sure that no one will buy a terminal like this for its power and performance. Even so, the prices we move it is something we demand.
And it’s not apparent. Last year we saw Motorola’s Flip and Razr fail in that they had high-end prices but no processors to match. Not anymore.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 uses the Snapdragon 888, has 8 GB of LPDRR5 RAM, and plenty of internal memory. Yes, part of the 128 GB to adjust the starting price, but there are versions with more capacity.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 rear viewfinder
This makes using the mobile to play not only possible but also pleasant. Of course, remember that the integrated screen protector can be scratched with repeated presses in the same place, especially if we do not have perfectly cut nails.
Connectivity is expected in a high-end, with presences such as Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, or NFC, and absences such as the headphone jack or microSD.
The fingerprint sensor is lateral; in this case, it makes a lot of sense since it allows us to pay with the mobile without having to open it, which would be impossible if it had the sensor under the screen.
The internal screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
And speaking of screens, Samsung has dramatically improved both of these models.
The external one now has an automatic refresh rate of 120 Hz, which means that it adjusts to the content, and now its battery when it can.
And that is not the most relevant. Last year we saw how the Flip had a somewhat low maximum brightness, a task for a mobile designed to be used primarily outdoors.
Now the brightness reaches 1200 nits, a more than the respectable figure that allows us to use the mobile in any situation, regardless of the ambient light.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 front screen
On the outside, we have a new 1.9-inch panel that allows us to sometimes use the mobile without opening it. However, unfortunately, it still has silly bugs, such as not letting us use the predefined responses and n notifications as smartwatches allow.
This external screen is customizable with designs and allows us to use gestures to change the brightness, and volume, see music control widgets and pay with the mobile.
In addition, we can remove those we do not use in the device settings.