Samsung Galaxy review from Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy review from Fold 3

NS smart phone isn't any cooler than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, except for the diamond and gold punch on the bezel. The Galaxy Z Fold series has been a showcase for Samsung's upcoming new display technologies for several years now, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may finally put the right amount of polish in the package. But at a staggering $1,800, it costs twice as much as many typical premium smartphones. So let's see if it can double the capacity and quality to justify it.

Design and features

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is unique among the phones you'll usually find on store shelves.

The design of the phone could almost make it fly under the radar. At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 looks like a fairly typical 6.2-inch smartphone, though it has an unusual amount of bezel for a 2021 Samsung smartphone. Close examination reveals the nature of the foldable phone. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 can unfold like a book, revealing a 7.6-inch screen inside.

Despite its unique design, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 still has some of the fit and finish of Samsung Galaxy's flagship models. It's wrapped in a sleek aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass Victus on the outside, although the previously applied screen protector scratches easily. Design quirks limit that elegance, though. , forcing the outer screen to be crammed next to the hinge space and requiring the screen protector and crease to always be present on the inner screen. The hinge itself can have an impressive internal design that protects against dust and water - the phone is even rated IPX8 for protection against total submersion in the water - but the way the side frame is attached to the hinge has no style.

As always a Samsung product, at least two screens are great. Both are pixel-dense Dynamic AMOLED 2X panels with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz for exceptional smoothness and dazzling peak brightness. This last detail is important because only when the internal display is brightly lit, it can hide the bright crease in the middle. Unfortunately, this flexible display sees changing and dimming colors when viewed from high angles, so it is unlikely to be used in a semi-open position. The external monitor operates in a semi-open mode, allowing hands-free use, just like in the tent mode of a 2-in-1 laptop.

The dimensions of the phone get awkward with all that's going on here. When closed, the phone is tall and thin, and the front screen is narrow (24.5:9 aspect ratio!) to the point of being hard to use. The internal screen, meanwhile, is quite large and almost square, providing the equivalent of two smartphone screens side by side, but it's no less difficult to interact with than the impractically sized external screen. Either way, the phone will require the use of your hands on a regular basis. to get to the point as if I'm clogged with space, no medium is entirely happy. At 271 grams, it's a heavy phone, though not as heavy as you'd expect for a device of this size.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Review

As a Samsung flagship, there aren't many features that are left out of this phone. It still offers wireless charging, albeit at speeds of only 10W instead of the 15W that some other Samsung phones can handle. It has stereo speakers that pack a punch. Samsung omitted the fingerprint sensor under the display and opted for a side-mounted option which works great (and more consistent than the one on the Galaxy S20). There is also a selfie camera hidden underneath the display that is integrated into the internal screen. It has a low resolution pixel set above it which it gives it quite a bit of concealment when you're not looking at it directly, although the design really makes it stand out so much when you're looking at it right that it doesn't. I don't know why Samsung bothered with this at all.

Fans of the Samsung Note line will love the inclusion of S Pen support in this phone, even though it is not as integrated as the Note series. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 supports a special version of the S Pen Fold or S Pen Pro on its internal display. writing on this internal screen, it doesn't have the same features (like remote camera shutter) that made the S Pen such a powerful tool for the Note series. It's impressive that Samsung made the S Pen work so well because there is a gap between the two digitizers Wacom at the bend of the screen. I tried the best I could, I couldn't detect any strange writing behavior over the bend, even if I started straight lines on it.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 with Android comes with Samsung's One UI 3, built specifically for the Z series, with additional controls to make better use of your phone's multitasking capabilities and keep your boat ride smooth when you have to switch back and forth between two different screens.

The phone is not riddled with abuse and doesn't seem too far removed from the experience I've had on other Samsung flagships. A new addition is the taskbar where split-screen apps are located. Apps dragged to the screen from this taskbar can be launched, when another app is open in the multitasking window, and groups of apps can be set up to run automatically side-by-side. The taskbar will also display the most recent apps. And if two apps at the same time aren't enough, tablet mode lets you run three apps side-by-side. Of course, even with a bigger screen, some things get pretty tight when you set it up for multitasking.

Rearranging windows for multitasking isn't always intuitive and has some downsides, such as the little GUI bars that sit at the top of the multitasking window no matter what, even if they cover part of the video. Samsung also missed an opportunity to provide gamers with an on-screen gamepad, a feature LG has included in its dual-screen chassis for some of its recent (?) phones such as the LG G8X Thin Q.

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Samsung has really only made one sacrifice when it comes to the performance of this phone: battery. Like the rest of the Galaxy S series Launched earlier this year, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset and all the weight it has. The phone performs to the liking of Galaxy S21 AND Galaxy S21 Ultra Z With the Fold 3 it goes a bit further in showing off just how much power the Snapdragon 888 chipset offers as the phone is capable of running three apps simultaneously on the big screen and shows no sign of suffering under that load - 12GB of RAM (RAM) comes in handy here .

Games push the phone but it still works very well. I was hiking with the highest graphics settings in Asphalt 9 and the only times the phone showed obstacles was at the start of each race when the map was still loading. After the race started the phone worked perfectly smooth, no matter the clutter on the screen

Galaxy Z Fold 3 gets hot when gaming or multitasking. That heat felt inevitable for this phone. The slim design also doesn't contribute to heat dissipation or extra coolers inside, and two separate batteries can cause heat build up as well. it also draws more power, which causes the batteries to get much hotter. It wasn't painfully hot, but it wasn't comfortable either.

The battery life may not be as impressive as some of the other flagships on the market, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 really surprised me. It has a 4400 mAh battery (split in two), which is only 10% more than the battery 4000mAh in the Galaxy S21, but the phone has a fairly large screen to power. However, the phone still did a surprisingly good job throughout the day. In my testing, I never pulled back before the end of the day, and that included days of long gaming sessions, two hours of full viewing videos and even a three-hour drive with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as an amazing GPS device.

Two busy days of heavy use of your phone's large screen should extend it, but a smaller front screen can help reduce battery drain.


Let's get that out of the way, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 doesn't offer a camera experience on par with the Galaxy S21 Ultra despite costing hundreds of dollars more. Most of the Z Fold 3's cameras are fine, and the main sensor really turns up the heat, but the lack of a zoom lens makes performance a bit limited. However, taking photos using the internal monitor as a huge viewfinder makes it really easy to preview images.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 has the following cameras:

Shooting the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is an intriguing task. There are cameras everywhere. The small outer screen has its own punch-hole selfie camera, while the large inner screen has a camera below the screen, and then there are three cameras on the back of the phone.

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The external selfie camera is decent, capturing sharp details and realistic colors even in low light conditions. But anyone looking for a great selfie can use the main cameras by unlocking the phone and still use the external screen as a scene selector. boy, but takes better photos. The indoor selfie camera is much worse, captures less detail and delivers colors close to a budget webcam.

The rear camera system offers a wide, ultra-wide-angle camera with 2x zoom. Samsung has done a good job of making the colors look consistent between the three different cameras, and there is not much compromise in image quality when switching from one sensor to the other. quality, especially in good lighting conditions, although only the main sensor also holds up in dark environments.

I've noticed poor phone behavior when deciding which sensor to use for my shot, I often choose to use the main sensor for a zoom shot even when set to 4x zoom. This was a behavior I encountered on the Galaxy S21 Ultra but in this case it wasn't due to finger mistaking for any laser AF sensor as there isn't one. The main sensor works well enough at 2x zoom but I feel like the actual zoom lens will perform better even if it doesn't get a lot of light The 2x zoom factor is pretty disappointing in this case, as Samsung has shown how far it can go with the S21 Ultra by limiting the digital zoom to 10x while delivering results that don't even hold up to the Galaxy S20's zoom capability in side-by-side shooting.

Samsung's clever photos also lack a bit when it comes to deciding when to use night mode. I often try to take pictures of cats with darker settings and the phone repeatedly switches to a long exposure, which gives a bad effect if the cats move, and it will do this even if the photo is acceptably lit without night mode turned on.

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