Fold Star Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
T3 Magazine|October 2021
The smartphone giant brings you the most convincing folding phone we have seen to date

From £1,599 samsung.com

Without a doubt, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is the best foldable phone to date,and it finally looks like a device you would buy. Samsung is going all out to take foldable phones from a passing gimmick to a serious contender for some of the best phones you can buy.

To make the Fold 3 a viable option when considering a new purchase or upgrade it needs to compete on price. Well the good news here is that the Fold 3 is around £200 cheaper than its predecessor, the Fold 2. The not-so-good news is that it still has a hefty four-figure price tag that will likely be too rich for the average consumer. But if you are looking to get ahead of the pack, you do get 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage for your money.

Price aside, what’s the build and the design like? When Samsung released the original Galaxy Z Fold, a lot of people had problems with the phone being flimsy and fragile. A flaw that the public hasn’t forgotten about. So Samsung has been on a mission ever since to change people’s perceptions and the Fold 3 – its toughest folding phone yet – could be the model that makes that happen.

The latest foldable model is made from Armor Aluminium, which Samsung claims is 10% more durable than the materials used in the Fold 2. The switch-up in materials also means it’s now about 10g lighter than before. Don’t let that fool you though, it still feels significantly heavier than a standard smartphone. Plus, it measures 67.1 x 158.2 x 16mm so expect it to add a significant amount of bulk to the pocket you pack it in.

Along with the aluminium chassis, Samsung has covered both the front and back with Corning Gorilla Glass Victu,s while the screen is more scratch-resistant and supposedly 80% more durable than before. There is no doubt that the phone feels feel sturdier. And, to add more credibility to its new tougher persona the Fold 3 5G is now completely waterproof. You can drop it in the bath and you won’t have killed it – hurrah!

On the design front it includes some neat if not uncommon touches. You can unlock the handset, via a fingerprint sensor on the power button. There’s no 3.5mm audio input here – time to invest in a pair Bluetooth headphones if you haven’t already. It also looks extremely smart; it’s got a sleek matte coating and comes in three sophisticated colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Green and Phantom Silver. For the most part, it stays clean, although it does pick up some faint fingerprint marks.

However, if you want something slim and compact then the Fold 3 is not for you. But if you can get past the size, you will get a sturdy phone that can take the odd knock or two.

Doubled up

One screen not enough? The Fold 3 brings you two – a 6.2-inch cover display and a 7.6-inch phablet screen on the inside. The Dynamic AMOLED 2X displays are not only brighter than before but they also conserve more battery life. And, like you’d expect from a high-end Samsung device, both screens are crisp and clear with vibrant, accurate colours. The large main screen is great for watching videos and playing mobile games. One problem we did find was that the main screen was reflective, which could be distracting and difficult to use in bright sunlight.

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