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Galaxy Z Fold 3 will not use an Exynos processor after all

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Last updated: April 20th, 2021 at 09:32 UTC+02:00

Samsung made huge improvements with the Exynos 2100 processor. Unlike the Exynos 990, the new flagship Exynos chipset doesn’t overheat or throttle. Power efficiency has improved a lot, too. However, the Exynos 2100 will still not be used in Samsung’s highest-end smartphone for 2021, the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

According to popular leakster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce), the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will come equipped with the Snapdragon 888 processor. Despite the improvements made by Samsung with its in-house chipset, the Exynos 2100 remains a step behind the Snapdragon 888, especially in terms of GPU performance and power efficiency. This might be the reason why the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will use the Snapdragon 888 instead of the Exynos 2100. It also means that the smartphone will not debut with an Exynos chipset featuring AMD Mobile Radeon graphics.

Samsung had revealed a few months ago that it intends to make its Galaxy Z Fold lineup thinner and lighter so that it is more comfortable to use. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is said to be 13 grams lighter than the Galaxy Z Fold 2. If this information is correct, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could weigh 269 grams compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s 282 grams.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have an official IP rating for dust and water resistance. The device is said to be compatible with the S Pen (but no silo), thanks to its thicker Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) protection and a digitizer. The device could feature a slightly smaller cover display, but it might have a higher refresh rate. A 4,400mAh battery will power the upcoming foldable phone. It will have 256GB internal storage, Android 11 with One UI 3.5, and better cameras.

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