Samsung at its largest launch event for this year– Galaxy Unpacked 2021– introduced two new foldable phones in the form of Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 along with new range of accessories like Galaxy Bud 2 TWS earbuds and Watch 4 range of smartwatches.
While the Z Fold 3 unfolds horizontally, essentially converting your phone into a nearly 8-inch tablet, the Z Flip 3 folds vertically and you will get the same screen estate like any other smartphone with a display of around 6.5-inch.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the key attraction of the all new products. For the first time, Samsung is introducing a stylus support on a flexible display smartphone. Foldable phones are fragile and in earlier Samsung foldable phones we have witnessed the formation of creases at the centre of the display where the phone gets folded. Now, with Samsung offering support for stylus, we can expect the display to be tougher.
Samsung is not launching any new Galaxy Note device this year and it is expected that the Z Fold series will eventually take over the Note series as the ultimate device for productivity.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 prices
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is priced at $1,799.99 while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 at $999.99. The Galaxy Bud 2 will retail for $149.99. The Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 will be available for pre-order beginning August 11, and it will launch on August 27 starting with select markets, including the U.S., Europe, and Korea. Users that pre-order Z Fold3 or Z Flip3 will get a year of Samsung Care+ protection with which their phones will be covered from accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage and back cover replacement.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED cover display with 120Hz refresh rate. Note that the cover display is what you will see when the device is folded. You can perform all tasks on this display and it is made of glass. When you unfold the device, you will get a 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED main display with 120Hz refresh rate. The biggest highlight of this main display is that it hides a selfie camera underneath.
The design and form factor is similar to the previous Fold device but comes with an ‘Armor Aluminum’ frame that Samsung calls it the toughest aluminum frame yet in a smartphone. Also, there’s Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection and IPX8 water resistant.
The device will come with a total of five cameras– three at the back, one underneath the main display and one on the cover display. The triple rear camera module includes a 12MP ultrawide sensor with F2.2 aperture, 12MP dual pixel autofocus primary sensor with F1.8 aperture, OIS and another 12MP telephoto sensor with F2.4 aperture and OIS. There’s 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom along with HDR10+ video recording.
When you fold the device, you will get a selfie camera on the cover display with 10MP sensor and F2.2 aperture. The under display camera has a 4MP sensor and an aperture of F1.8.
The phone is powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core chipset along with 12GB of RAM and internal storage options of 128GB or 256GB. It runs Android 11 operating system and is powered by a 4,400mAh battery.
For security, the device supports biometric locks like Face or fingerprint and it’s a 5G-enabled smartphone. The phone will come in Phantom Black, Green and Silver colour options.
S Pen Fold edition and S Pen Pro
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will support two kinds of S Pen stylus– S Pen Fold edition and S Pen Pro. The S Pen Fold edition is only compatible with Galaxy Z Fold 3 while the S Pen Pro supports all Samsung devices that offer S Pen compatibility. Samsung will be extending all functionalities of the Galaxy Note series on the Z Fold 3 including Air Command.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specifications
The next big launch for Samsung is the Galaxy Z Flip 3. While the form factor is kept similar, there are some design changes. For starters, the cover display is now bigger and the cameras are placed vertically instead of horizontally. The cover screen now measures 1.9-inch and it’s a Super AMOLED panel. The device unfolds to showcase a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED main display with 120Hz refresh rate.
The phone is IPX8 water resistant and is protected by Corning Gorilla GLass Victus. Samsung is using the same Armor Aluminum frame in the Z Flip 3 too. As for the camera, there’s a dual camera setup with 12MP wide, F1.8 aperture, OIS and autofocus along with a 12MP ultrawide sensor with F2.2 aperture. Inside, the main display has a 10MP selfie camera with F2.4 aperture.
The device is powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core chipset with 8GB of RAM and internal storage options of 128GB or 256GB. It runs Android 11 operating system and is powered by a 3,300mAh battery. This is also a 5G-enabled smartphone. For security, there’s face unlock and fingerprint support.
Samsung is launching the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in seven colours- Black, Cream, Pink, Gray, Green, Lavender and White.
Samsung Galaxy Bud 2 TWS earbuds
The Galaxy Bud 2 TWS features active noise cancellation and comes with three microphones along with a voice recording unit to boost call quality. There’s new equaliser settings and Samsung is using machine learning to filter noise. The device is claimed to offer up to five hours battery life and the case can offer up to another 15 hours battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
The latest Galaxy smartwatches come with BioActive Sensor, which according to the company is a 3-in-1 sensor that uses a single chip to precisely run three health sensors — Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. This means that this sensor will be able to make the Galaxy 4 series monitor blood pressure, detect irregular heartbeat and measure blood oxygen level.
The smartwatches also come with support to measure Body Composition measurement tool gives users a deeper understanding of their general health and fitness, with key measurements like skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water and body fat percentage. Other than this, the smartwatches are also able to track calorie counts and sleep patterns as well.