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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

by MH RISHAD - 05 Sep 2021
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

 

How is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 different?

Now, this is a question quite a few people have asked. But the answer is simple. It is better, it is thinner and lighter. In other words, the third version of the Fold is much more refined and visibly so. The hinge, which earlier used to look like an appendage, is now seamlessly integrated into the design. The phone, when closed, fits much better in your hand. The folded Fold 3 also feels more like a Samsung galaxy device now that the front screen is almost edge-to-edge.

How good is the in-screen camera design?

The big design change is when you open the Fold3 and use the larger screen. The front-facing camera here is behind the screen and eliminates the need for a notch or hole. But you can see the small round when you are on a white screen though it will not hamper your experience in any way. And when you switch to the front camera this suddenly comes to life with a spark around the screen — quite a spectacle and something you will enjoy every time. Also, this new tweak makes the larger screen of the Fold3 much more usable.

Is the crease on the folded screen gone now?

The crease is very much there, though subdued. After having seen many foldable over the past couple of years I am not sure the crease will ever go away. That would have to be a wonder of physics if at all. Companies will however try to make them less visible though. On the Z Fold3, the crease is visible more when you are on a white screen, like when checking Gmail. On colourful screens, it sort of vanishes at least stays out of sight.

How good is the camera?

When someone asks me this, I want to respond by asking: “Does it really matter in this phone?”. But anyway, people do tend to take the camera seriously on all their phones. The Fold3 is a flagship and the camera is not something we should really worry about. The rear camera for me is close to what the S series does and will not disappoint you. However, it will surely leave you confused — do you click photos with the phone closed or open? Whatever you do, the photos to come out to be good no matter the conditions.

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2021, August 11
Status Available. Released 2021, August 27
BODY Dimensions Unfolded: 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm
Folded: 158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4-16 mm
Weight 271 g (9.56 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus) (folded), plastic front (unfolded), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame
SIM Nano-SIM and eSIM
  IPX8 water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Stylus support
DISPLAY Type Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits (peak)
Size 7.6 inches, 179.9 cm2 (~88.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1768 x 2208 pixels (~374 ppi density)
  Cover display:
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
6.2 inches, 832 x 2268 pixels, 25:9 ratio
PLATFORM OS Android 11, One UI 3.1.1
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU Adreno 660
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
  UFS 3.1
MAIN CAMERA Triple 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@60fps, 1080p@60/240fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps (gyro-EIS), HDR10+
SELFIE CAMERA Single 4 MP, f/1.8, 2.0µm, under display
Cover camera:
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm
Features HDR
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
  32-bit/384kHz audio
Tuned by AKG
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.2
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
BATTERY Type Li-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 25W
Fast wireless charging 11W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
MISC Colors Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Green
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 635918 (v8), 752218 (v9)
GeekBench: 12719 (v4.4), 3239 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 38fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -25.6 LUFS (Very good)
Battery life
Endurance rating 75h

 

 

 

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