Samsung may have planned a nice big unveiling for its new foldables next month, but the company probably won’t have anything new or interesting to tell anyone who has been following all the leaks and rumors surrounding the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. And it’s not over just yet. The complete spec sheets for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 have been listed by a Korean channel on YouTube, and it’s pretty exciting stuff… but there’s a catch.
A 4-megapixel under-display camera? Are we sure we’re in 2021?
Let’s talk about that catch first. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is set to be the first phone from Samsung with an under-display camera, but the image shared by the YouTuber mentions that it’s got a measly 4-megapixel resolution. Everything up until this point, meanwhile, has pointed at a 16MP sensor hiding underneath the folding display, or at least a 10MP sensor like the one found inside the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
It is likely a misprint or error, as there is no way Samsung would take such a huge step backward in terms of megapixel count just to be able to boast about an ‘invisible’ camera. Or maybe that’s the cost of having such fancy new tech? It’s a worrying revelation for sure, and it’s made us more impatient for the August 11th Unpacked event, where everything will be officially revealed. Thankfully, the cover display camera is reportedly still a 10MP unit, so it might not be a total loss.
The spec sheets also seem to confirm some exciting features that are set to make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 unique, like IPX8 water resistance (as good as Samsung’s non-folding flagships) and S Pen support. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has an IPX8 rating as well, and it will also get important upgrades such as a 120Hz screen and stereo speakers. Speaking of screens, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has 6.2-inch and 7.6-inch cover and folding displays while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will feature 1.9-inch and 6.7-inch displays.
Both handsets will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 instead and will start at 256GB of storage. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will also have a 512GB variant and apparently have 12GB of RAM as standard, while the Z Flip 3 will make do with 8GB of RAM. Battery capacities are nothing to write home about, with 4,400 mAh and 3,300 mAh cells powering the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 respectively. The Z Fold 3 has a slightly smaller battery than the Z Fold 2, but according to a recent rumor, it will offer impressive performance partly because of a better cooling system found inside the device.