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Galaxy Z Flip 3 might be getting downgraded to ‘budget flagship’ status

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Last updated: December 28th, 2020 at 11:16 UTC+01:00

Despite the premium form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 might not be a full-fledged flagship. Namely, GalaxyClub just dug up a model number likely belonging to the international variant of Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone – SM-F720F. What’s more, that designation is said to belong to an LTE-only device, which carries some less-than-exciting implications.

Primarily because the last high-end SoC to even release in an LTE-only configuration was the Snapdragon 855 Plus. This is the same chip found inside the original Galaxy Z Flip, whereas its promptly launched follow-up utilized the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Should we be getting worried about the next Galaxy Z Flip?

While Samsung is no stranger to downgrading its non-mainstream smartphone lines, the worst we can probably expect here is a combo of the Snapdragon 865 (the non-plus model) and some LTE modem. Or the Exynos 990, of course, as that would pretty much make the SM-F720F on par with the regular Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 variant with 5G support is likely to be labeled as the SM-F721B. But that’s just an informed guess based on today’s leak and Samsung’s recently established product practices. It’s worth pointing out that the very existence of an LTE-only Galaxy Z Flip 3 contradicts a recent report from the tech giant’s home country. Exactly two weeks ago, industry sources claimed that Samsung’s entire 2021 foldable smartphone portfolio will embrace 5G connectivity.

But if Samsung truly intends to release another foldable smartphone without 5G connectivity, such a device would almost certainly debut with a sub-$1,000 price tag. That’s a pretty major silver lining to this development, seeing how the company’s flexible-display devices still haven’t descended into the triple-digit territory. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is currently expected to launch in May or thereabouts.

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