Live The Flip Life
HWM Singapore|September 2021
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Liu Hongzuo

AT A GLANCE

PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

MEMORY 8GB RAM, 128/256GB ROM

DISPLAY Main - 6.7-inch, 2,640 x 1,080 pixels (425 ppi), Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate / Cover - 1.9-inch, 512 x 260 pixels (302 ppi), Super AMOLED

CAMERAS RE A R - 12MP W IDE , F/ 1 .8, OIS / 12MP ULTR AW IDE , F/2 , 2 / F RONT - 10MP, F/2 . 4

BATTERY 3, 300M AH

‘With two Z Flips before it, Samsung’s 2021 flip-style foldable phone is aptly called the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. A big part of the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G’s appeal is its launch price. At $1,398 and $1,498 (128GB and 256GB, respectively), they are a steep reduction from the initial Z Flip’s $1,998.

Another important upgrade is its 1.9-inch 512 x 260 pixels resolution Super AMOLED Cover Screen. Samsung rotated the dual cameras and flash by 90°, using the freed up space to park a secondary panel that is four times larger than the old Flips. The size increase also made it more practical (and easier) to use features like widgets, Quick Shot, Dual Preview, and improved notifications handling.

Accessing Samsung Pay from the Cover Screen is a little different but no less convenient now. To use Samsung Pay without unfolding the phone, simply wake the Cover Screen, swipe up, and verify your identity via the side-mounted sensor. Do note that only the default card shows up in Cover Screen, so if you want to pay through a different card, you’ll still need to unfold your Z Flip3.

The Main Screen (6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display) sits at FHD+ (2,640 x 1,080 pixels resolution), with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate now offered on the device. While the display’s name is a mouthful, it does mean that the Z Flip3 5G’s foldable Main Screen supports HDR10+ content, has 100% DCI-P3 coverage for colours, and a bunch of features for a more comfortable eye exposure. These perks are expected in any flagship handset, but we do wish it was at least 1440p.

Is the crease visible? Yes, mostly. The Z Flip3 5G’s crease disappears if you’re staring at it squarely, but the viewing angle tolerance is roughly 5 to 10 degrees before you can see the line across the main screen. In my experience, the crease doesn’t severely affect video watching habits. But, it’s still not an ideal display experience.

The new protective film layer on the foldable panel is 80% more durable to scratches than its predecessor, the rear plates also now use Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and the phone itself is built using a new Armor Aluminium that Samsung claims is 10% tougher than Galaxy Z phones before.

If you’ve used an older Flip or Fold, you’ll notice that the film layer on the primary screen leaves tiny scuffs when you’re too rough with it. It would seem the new protective layer works. We have used the Flip 3 5G on a daily basis for about a week before finishing this review, and the phone’s display has stayed relatively new - something we couldn’t say for the Fold2.

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