This is a complete review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept in 2021.
In today’s guide you’re going to learn:
- Why does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 not make sense?
- What makes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 unique?
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 release date and price
- And lots more…
Let’s dive right in!
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Concept
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the third generation of the Samsung Fold series.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept includes:
- A Smaller dimension and lighter weight
- Dual SIM support
- An alloy Armour aluminium metal structure
- Reinforced hinge movement
- IPX8 water-resistance
- A GGV (Gorilla Glass Victus) glass covering
The device follows a similar design concept with most Samsung Galaxy Fold phones, which is, the whole small screen on the front and main screen on the inside design format.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 Full Specifications
Expanding more on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept, its full specifications can be described as seen below:
- Size when unfolded: 128.1 x 158.2 x 6.4mm (5.04 x 6.22 x 0.25 inches)
- Size when folded: 67.1 x 158.2 x 16.0mm (2.64 x 6.22 x 0.63 inches)
- Front main screen camera: 4MP
- Cover screen camera: 10MP
- Rear main camera: 12MP ultrawide, 12MP wide-angled, 12MP telephoto rear
- Weighs 271g (or 9.56 ounces)
- 2-panels with a 6.2-inch cover screen and a 7.6-inch infinity flex screen
- Dynamic Super AMOLED 2X panels with a 120Hz refresh rate
- Inside display with selfie camera hidden under the screen
- 29% more screen brightness than the Galaxy Fold 2
- Android 11 operating system with One UI 3.1
- 12GB RAM
- 256GB, 512GB fast storage on the base model
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip
- IPX8 water resistance
- USB-C charging port
- 5G network enabled
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- 4,400mAh battery life capacity
- Bluetooth version 5.1
- No MicroSD card slot
What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Unique?
The #1 thing that makes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept really stand out from its competitors, more so than its design, screen, or power, can be seen in the device’s software.
Since the first Galaxy Fold, there were so many subtle improvements to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept that the entire narrative has changed.
The Galaxy Fold concept is no more about having a bigger screen to make everything look BIGGER, but now, it’s about being able to do more!
Samsung has clearly gone to great lengths to make sure that when you’re using this big inside screen, that you’re squeezing every last bit of utility out of that extra real estate.
News apps, blogs, and websites show more info than before; Even YouTube now shows more thumbnails than before!
The web browser is not feeling like a fully-fledged computer now. There are now proper spacings for tabs at the top, and it’s now pretty much quick to open a new tab using the dual app mode, without having to leave your initially opened web browser.
You can even stack apps on apps.
Samsung is really focused on user experience with the Fold 3 as they let users experiment further with the device using a group of settings called Labs.
This feature helps you quickly resize your Windows display for any app, so even apps like Instagram that aren’t optimized for the unusual aspect ratio of the device can still work as intended.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept also comes with an improved taskbar.
The device’s flex mode lets you turn your one big screen device into two separate screens.
The cover screen mirroring implements any change you make on your inside home-screen and maps it to the cover screen for consistency.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Concept Release Date and Pricing
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is set to be released on August 27th, 2021, with a set price of $1,799 for the 256GB model, and $1,899 for the 512GB model.
Samsung was able to reduce the price of the Galaxy Fold 3 by $200 off the price as compared to last year’s Fold 2. This easily makes the Galaxy Z Fold 3 the greatest phone on the market right now.
But, why does it still suck?
Why Does the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Concept not Make Sense?
Now, the way that Samsung is pitching the Z Fold 3’s that, you can use it like a normal bar phone, and simply open it if you need a larger experience.
But, the fact that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 costs significantly more than the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the fact that it’s got the thickness and the weight of almost two phones that has a significantly smaller battery capacity of 4,400mAh, and a significantly worst camera system as shown above all implies that when using a Galaxy Z Fold 3 in its cover screen mode, you’re really just using a REALLY BAD PHONE FOR THE MONEY!
Also, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept doesn’t have the battery capacity to sustain it when in unfolded mode.
In unfolded mode, the device has a tablet size display that has a higher refresh rate and 29% more brightness than the last Fold 2, but why is the device making use of a smaller battery of just 4,400mAh?
And finally, for the price of the Z Fold 3, you can buy a Galaxy S21 Ultra ($1,199), an iPad ($299), a Galaxy Buds Live ($129), and a whole lot of McDonald’s burgers for yourself.
Another major flop of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept can be seen in the S pen.
For the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung created two(2) versions of the S-pen:
- S-pen Fold edition
- S-pen pro
For a limited time, buyers will get a Fold edition included as part of their purchase for the Z Fold 3, but, as stated earlier, this is a limited-time offer and you will eventually have to buy it separately.
Secondly, the fact that this S-pen comes separately just means that you also have to use a special Samsung branded case to be able to keep it with you.
Thirdly, if you want the Bluetooth feature as it is in past S-pens, you’ll now have to spend more to get the S-pen pro. And still, this S-pen pro doesn’t fit into the special Samsung branded case, it comes in its own special sleeve, and has its own USB port because you have to charge it separately.
Now, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept is 11g lighter than the last Fold, but adding a Galaxy Note style S-pen will literally add 3g to its weight. The fact that the S-pen is now a separate item and the fact that you now have to inconvenience yourself to use it just means that after the launch period, 80% of the customers aren’t even going to consider getting it.
But what about the camera quality?
Now, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept, with all its size and specific features should be considered a phone for pros, right? But is it?
One of the biggest improvements in smartphones recently has come in the form of cameras. Super high resolutions, incredible zooms, new forms of stabilization, large sensors, laser autofocus, all these special features, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept has none of it.
Though the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept doesn’t have a bad camera, it actually produces decent results. Samsung adjusted the coating on the lenses such that it allows for more percent of lighting, but, the fact that this camera hardware is less capable than the base version of the Galaxy S20, which is a year and a half phone that launched at half the price, it doesn’t actually inspire me to recommend it.
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept looks like a really nice upgrade to the Fold 2, but all these conflicting concepts just leave us in a really odd position.
Now I’d Love to Hear from You:
- Would you recommend the Galaxy Z Fold 3?
- What specific features do you find most fascinating of the Galaxy Z Fold 3?
- What better feature(s) would you want to see in the next Galaxy Fold series?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!