The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is quite an amazing foldable device, with so many impressive features that it’s hard to believe Samsung started selling foldable phones just two years ago. But it’s not perfect, and some features that we would have liked to see on it are missing. For me, the substandard camera setup is the biggest disadvantage, but a close second has to be the still-narrow cover display.
Samsung’s promos will tell you they designed the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to be usable as a regular phone when needed, but you can’t really call that narrow 6.2-inch cover screen “regular” by any stretch of the imagination. And I get it: Making that outer screen wider like a regular phone display would mean the inner display would get bigger as well, and that would translate to a larger, heavier device.
So, here’s an idea: How about an XL version of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold lineup?
I mean, we already have Samsung’s candy bar flagships in different sizes, and there’s no reason why we can’t have the same with the company’s foldables. The Z Fold 2 and Z Fold 3 have larger screens than the original Fold, but there’s no denying the fact that the bump in dimensions hasn’t been all that massive and the overall form factor hasn’t changed all that much.
And the cover display continues to be a little too thin for the Z Fold 3 to be passed off as a regular phone, no matter what Samsung might say. But the thing is, I’m not sure a larger version of its book-like foldables will find too many takers, especially considering the inadvertent weight gain that larger footprint will entail, and Samsung probably isn’t in a hurry to do something about it.
That leaves an XL — or Ultra — version the best solution for those who find the cover screen on the Z Fold 2 and Z Fold 3 too small, even if it may drive up the cost of the device. Samsung might be thinking along the same lines already, but if it isn’t, I really hope it gets on it for next year. In addition to having great cameras, I’d like the Galaxy Z Fold devices to feel more like standard phones when they’re folded shut, instead of something that’s neither here nor there.
What about you?