In this article, we’ll be doing the review for this Samsung galaxy z flip 3 5G and this is different from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
This is Samsung galaxy z flip 3 one of Samsung’s new foldable smartphones and it aims to bring you an experience reminiscent of the flip phones of days past. We saw the first galaxy flip last year and this time around it’s a much more refined product. This is the second generation of the galaxy z flip and its price is still costly for normal people but it’s now more durable and IPX8 water-resistant.
Design and build quality
Samsung has found a way to fit a large display into a small form factor thanks to its foldable screen technology. The clamshell design is sleek and shiny and brings that two-tone flavor thanks to the secondary screen.
There are a variety of color options to choose from too to match your style or your other devices. One thing that Samsung has emphasized is that they’ve taken steps to make the z flip 3 much more durable this time.
The back is protected by sturdy gorilla glass and the inner screen is covered by plastic. There’s a new protective film that should be more scratch-resistant and they’ve reinforced the hinge mechanism and the frame itself using a material called armor aluminum which is supposed to be tougher and more lightweight.
6.7” Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate
Just like last year’s model, it’s a tall 6.7-inch foldable AMOLED with a 1080p resolution but this time you get a fast 120 Hz refresh rate. This makes for much smoother swiping and scrolling and there’s support for high frame rate gaming too. You can set a global refresh rate for games through settings.
Unlike the galaxy z fold 3 which has a fancy under-display selfie cam, this one has a standard punch hole cutout. Still the quality of the screen is really nice, blacks are super deep and colors are quite accurate. You get hdr 10 plus support too and Samsung has managed to make this display much brighter than last year.
Stereo speakers and audio sample
For audio, the z flip 3 brings an upgrade this year in the form of stereo speakers. There’s one at the bottom and the other doubles as the earpiece. They are loud earning a score of very good on your charts and the quality is nice, although the bass is a bit lacking.
Side-mounted fingerprint reader/ power button
Waking up and unlocking the z-flip can be done with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that’s built into the power button. It’s fast and responsive.
Android and UI
The phone’s interfaces Samsung’s one UI on top of Android 11 along with a couple of extra exclusives to take advantage of the flip mechanism with the phone unfolded the home screen and functions are pretty much exactly the same as Samsung’s other phones.
For example, you’re able to pin apps to the top of the share screen so you don’t have to hunt for them every time and of course, there’s Samsung’s edge panel for holding your important shortcuts.
The exclusive features appear when the screen is partially folded, in this position you can set the phone on a desk or table to watch media content on the top half while the media controls appear on the bottom half.
Snapdragon 888 5G performance
The Samsung galaxy z flip 3 runs on a flagship snapdragon 888 chipsets and unlike with other Samsung phones that are for every market, there’s no split with Exynos chips here.
This is one of the most powerful chips you can get on a phone and performance is great but when you compare benchmark scores to another snapdragon 888 flagships, the z flip 3 falls behind the others for some reason as if there’s something holding it back as far as thermals go the z flip 3’s performance is far from stellar.
It tends to heat up and throttles after just a few minutes under heavy strain but this is comparable to other devices we’ve seen recently.
Battery (3300mAh) and charging test
The phone has a 3300 milliamp-hour battery nothing huge but the same capacity as last year. Unfortunately, it seems that the battery performance isn’t as good on this new model.
The Samsung galaxy z flip 3 doesn’t ship with a charger in the box just like Samsung’s other flagships though some retailers are bundling it with a 25-watt charger. The phone only supports up to 15-watt charging so you’d get 0 to 40 percent charge in half an hour even with the more powerful one. There’s also support for wireless charging.
- 12MP(main, f/1.8,Dual Pixel AF,OIS)
- 12MP(ultrawide, f/2.2)
Daylight photo quality
Daylight photos from the main cam are very good in quality. Dynamic range is also good here through other high-end phones. Portraits Come with the benefit. The picture colors are likable and the dynamic range is wide. The photos from the ultrawide cam are decent.
Using the rear camera/selfie camera and comparison
The selfie situation is pretty versatile on the z flip 3. You can either take a standard selfie using the 10-megapixel camera within the main display or if the phone is folded you can use the rear cameras to take selfies. These rear camera selfies come out in a square 2992 by 2992 and they look quite nice. In contrast selfies from the front-facing cam come out in a standard 4*3 aspect ratio.
Low-light photo quality
In low light, the phone will apply an automatic night mode if you have seen the optimizer turned on. This results in well-exposed shots with excellent colors and great dynamic range. The level of detail is good but not great and there is a fair amount of noise. If you turn off the scene optimizer there’s not a huge difference but some scenes will come out with a darker exposure.
There’s also a dedicated night mode you can toggle on in darker scenes it brightens up shadows and gives them a boost in detail without affecting the rest of the scene very much.
The Samsung galaxy z flip 3 can record videos with this main cam and up to 4k resolution at 60fps. The ultrawide can shoot 4k at up to 30fps and this is decent in quality with good colors and dynamic range.
So that’s the Samsung galaxy z flip 3 you get of course that unique flip design that provides you with a large screen as well as a compact form factor. The AMOLED screen is brighter now and it has a 120hz refresh rate and the secondary screen is larger and more useful.