Introduction

After revitalizing the clamshell form factor with the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip in February 2020, Samsung set out to develop a new model to keep the flame burning. Not the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, which was released in August 2020, but a true sequel worthy of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 badge. One that boasts upgraded hardware internals and a refreshed exterior design.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Render

Initial reports suggested that the successor to the original Galaxy Z Flip will be called the Galaxy Z Flip 2, as one would expect. But after re-releasing the original Z Flip with 5G capabilities in Q3 2020, Samsung decided to bring the series in line with the Galaxy Z Fold by skipping a digit and naming the latest model the Galaxy Z Flip 3 instead.

Design

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 retains the clamshell form factor that was established by the previous models. However, Samsung has refreshed the formula by trimming down the bezels around the foldable display and reworking the camera housing.

The new model has a two-tone color scheme with a black stripe running across the vertical dual-camera setup and the cover display, the latter of which is larger than the original Z Flip’s.

In-display camera technology is not ready for mass production yet, so the foldable display has an Infinity-O cutout. It’s surrounded by slimmer bezels. An early leak claims that the Galaxy Z Flip will be wrapped in Corning’s latest protective glass, i.e., Gorilla Glass Victus.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Colors

Samsung had released the original Galaxy Z Flip in standard colors and a Thom Browne Edition. The company has yet to announce fashion collaborations for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but fan renders depicting what a Galaxy Z Flip 3 Thom Browne Edition might look like exist. Otherwise, it should be available in black, green, yellow, and purple.

Specifications

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is equipped with the Snapdragon 888 chipset manufactured by Qualcomm. It has a single Kryo 680 Prime (ARM Cortex-X1) high-performance core clocked at 2.84GHz, three Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-A78) cores clocked at 2.42GHz, and four Kryo 680 Silver (Cortex-A55) efficiency cores operating at 1.8GHz.

An Adreno 660 GPU is included in the package. There are 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage with no possibility for expansion via microSD. The phone features a 3,300mAh battery with 15W charging. It has a USB-C port, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Display

Compared to the previous generation, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s display hasn’t changed in size, aspect ratio, resolution, or pixel density, but it has gained one valuable upgrade in the form of 120Hz refresh rate capabilities.

The foldable 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED Display has a layer of UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass), a resolution of 2636 x 1080, and a pixel density of 425ppi. The cover display is nearly twice as large at a 1.9-inch diagonal.

Camera

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 was upgraded in terms of design, internal hardware, and display, but the camera setup has remained largely unchanged.

The selfie camera embedded in the Infinity-O display has a 10MP resolution, while the dual-camera combo on the back panel comprises two 12MP cameras.

Software and Features

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 will ship with Android 11, and although initial rumors hinted that the OS will be paired with One UI 3.5, the foldable is shipping with One UI 3.1.1 instead.

There’s not much known about One UI 3.1.1 at this point but it will likely bring minor additions and changes to existing features such as Flex Mode.

Availability and Price

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is scheduled for an official unveiling on August 11, 2021, alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3. They are both expected to hit the shelves a couple of weeks later.

The third model in the series is rumored to go on sale at a lower price than before. In South Korea, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 could be priced at 1,200,00 — 1,280,000 KRW ($1,045 — $1,110).

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