Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review

Foldables for the masses, that’s the direction where we’re headed. maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but at this price for the base version, the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is the most affordable smartphone with a bendy display. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is priced way lower than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but it’s still an expensive phone, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. In addition to a lower price tag, the Flip3 comes with some meaningful improvements over the previous generation you will know more about it in this Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review

Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Review – Features

Display

The foldable 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display has a 1080x2640px resolution (425ppi) in a 22:9 aspect ratio – it is pretty tall indeed. The display of the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is HDR10+ capable. Galaxy Z Fold 3’s main display looks pretty stunning. One key omission on the Flip and Flip 5G’s displays was a high refresh rate. sure, the phones were impressive because of the foldability, Flip3 covers that base as well, offering 120Hz capability. The outer display, or cover display as Samsung calls it, has gotten an increase in size to 1.9-inches in diagonal from the tiny 1.1 inches of the previous Flips. It is OLED as well – Super AMOLED, in fact, and has a resolution of 260x512px and a density of 302ppi.

the phone will maintain 120Hz for as long as you’re touching the display and switch down to 60Hz a few moments after the last touch. As usual, there are certain apps that default to 60Hz, like the camera viewfinder and Google Maps. One unexpected issue we ran into with the cover display is that the phone can’t control its brightness based on ambient light conditions, which means that it can be a bit too bright for your sleepy eyes at night.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review

As a rear camera, we get a 12MP (f/1.8) wide-angle shooter and a 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide one. The selfie camera is 10MP with an f/2.4 aperture. The phone can shoot up to 4K 60fps videos and you get all the standard shooting modes. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 can capture good details and colors. HDR is also handled very well, with highlights exposed well and enough detail in the shadows. The selfie camera captures good-looking selfies during the day and does a decent job in low light too.

Low-light photos come out pretty good too as the camera app automatically engages Night mode . . The Galaxy Z Flip 3’s camera improvements come down to software, offering enhancements to portrait mode and indoor photography.

Battery and charging

Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs a piddly little 3300mAh battery – far smaller than most mainstream Android phones these days.  the Flip’s battery life wasn’t all that impressive. 3,300 mAh is smaller than other Samsung phones. In its adaptive mode, the Flip 3 lasted for just 5 hours and 43 minutes. In the 60Hz mode, it lasted for a slightly better 6 hours. I’ve also heard of other reviewers who got abysmally bad battery life. Another letdown with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the 15W max wired charging. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 supports up to 25W, so I expect charging your Flip will feel slow in comparison. Wireless charging on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 caps out at an even slower 10W.  The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 supports 10W wireless charging and can be used to wirelessly charge other devices too.

NOTE: Samsung won’t be including a charger in the box.

Design and build

The broad shape and size of the phone haven’t changed much, but the aesthetics have. Gone are the mirrored, metallic finishes of the first-gen, replaced by more muted two-tone designs. The Z Flip 3 doesn’t just look better than its predecessors

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review

it’s tougher too. The new ‘Armour Aluminium’ frame is supposedly 10% tougher than before, while Gorilla Glass Victus – the toughest around – coats the body, and Gorilla Glass DX sits above the lenses. The glass on the outside of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, while on the inside, you get Samsung’s Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG). The latter is said to be more durable than what was used for the previous generation.

The headline here is the inclusion of an IPX8 rating, which means there’s the same level of water resistance as on most flagship phones.

Performance 

With a Snapdragon 888 and 8GB of RAM, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a powerhouse. It didn’t stumble once as I flipped through apps in Flex mode. In short, the Flip 3 feels like any other Snapdragon 888-powered device. I never noticed any frame drops. Games that support higher refresh rates like Dead Cells play wonderfully on this phone.

Software and Flex mode

Galaxy Z Flip 3 comes with Android 11 and One UI 3.1 out of the box, with an Android 12 update on the horizon. But the star of the show isn’t One UI itself, but the software enhancements that Samsung has hit on to make the Galaxy Z Flip 3 feel helpful.

Fundamental among those is Flex mode, which significantly bolsters the app user experience where supported. Flex mode allows you to split UI elements between the two displays. One of the best places to try this out is in the Camera app, where you can have the viewfinder on the top display and the shutter controls on the button. Similarly, you can video call with the phone folded at an angle and sitting on a table — that should help with arm fatigue on long video chats.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 – Specification

Screen SizeMain Screen : 17.03cm (6.7″) Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2640 x 1080),
Cover Screen : 4.82cm (1.9″) Super AMOLED (260 x 512)
DimensionOpen : 72.2 x 166 x 6.9 mm,
Close : 72.2 x 86.4 x 17.1~15.9 mm
Weight183g
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888 Octa-core
Max. Display refresh rate120Hz (main display)
Camera Primary 12MP Wide
12MP Ultra wide
Front Camera10MP Front Main
Battery3,300mAh
Memory8GB RAM
Storage256GB / 128GB
S Pen CompatibilityNo

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review – Pros and Cons

Pro’s

  • IPx8 Water Resistant
  • Hyper-Fast Speed
  • Compact Design
  • Hands-free Photos & Videos
  • Wireless Charging & PowerShare
  • New Unique look

Con’s

  • 3300 mAh battery
  • No external memory support.
  • The camera can disappoint you

Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Review – Pricing

In India, The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 starts at Rs. 84999 (1080USD) with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s a second variant with the same 12GB of RAM, but storage extended to 256GB priced at Rs 88999 (1130 USD), And available in many variants of colors.

Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Review – Final Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is very attractive to those who might’ve been on the fence about foldable before. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 makes a strong style statement and feels refined enough for everyday use, just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

you can get a Galaxy S21 Plus for $999 (₹ 77000), which has a telephoto lens and better battery life. In other words, the Flip 3 has a lot of competition and it fails to offer everything that its rivals can. Its terrible battery life certainly doesn’t help things. But the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is meant to push things forward, offering something novel versus the glass and metal slabs we’re so used to nowadays. However, the Flip 3’s extremely disappointing battery life gives us pause, making it difficult to recommend this phone in the end. You’ll want to keep a charger or battery pack with you if you decide to go with the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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