Samsung’s foldable device legacy continues as the company is planning to release the third Galaxy Z Fold in the series before the end of 2021. The so-called Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been the subject of various leaks and rumors throughout the year, most of which hint at a fair number of expected upgrades and additions.
As usual, a new model means more processing power and an updated software experience. The design was streamlined even further, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 should mark the addition of an S Pen to the foldable series.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has the same form factor as its predecessors. The formula worked well for Samsung, and even the company’s rivals have switched to a similar book-like design for their foldable devices.
Nevertheless, Samsung will attempt to elevate the formula in several ways with the release of the third model. The company is seemingly working on improving the phone’s resilience, and as a result, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 might be the first in the series to boast splash proofing.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will get support for the S Pen and the S Pen Pro, as confirmed by the FCC. However, the foldable device won’t have a dedicated S Pen slot, and instead, the S Pen will likely be sold as an optional accessory similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra S Pen.
According to leaks, this is Samsung’s first smartphone to feature under-panel camera technology.
There have been some conflicting reports regarding the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s displays, with some sources suggesting that the upcoming model will have smaller screens than the predecessor, while other rumors indicating that the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s displays won’t get any smaller or larger.
In reality, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 should be equipped with a 6.23-inch Super AMOLED cover display and a 7.55-inch foldable panel.
Both displays are said to feature a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification.
There have also been a few overly ambitious reports regarding the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in regards to its hinge, with early sketches revealing a device with a third display embedded within — as seen above. But this won’t become a reality anytime soon — if ever.
While many were hoping for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to feature the Snapdragon 888+ chipset, recent reports suggest that the next-gen foldable device will make do with the standard (non-Plus) Snapdragon 888 solution.
The chipset should work alongside 12GB or 16GB of RAM, and storage options should include 256GB and 512GB.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 battery is rumored to have the same 4,380mAh capacity as before, and it will rely on a dual-battery system, with each half of the device accommodating one battery. The setup supports fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Like the previous models, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be equipped with stereo speakers. It will have Wi-Fi 6E, LTE, and 5G connectivity, and it will support NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and UWB.
A WIPO application emerged last year to suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could feature a pop-up camera, but in more recent news, it looks like Samsung may have abandoned this concept entirely. After all, the Galaxy A82 lacks a motorized camera, and it’s supposed to be a Galaxy A80 sequel.
More recent leaks paint a somewhat underwhelming picture. According to reports, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have a 12MP+12MP+12MP main, ultra-wide, and telephoto camera setup, which means it won’t benefit from advanced zoom capabilities.
The main 12MP unit is reportedly based on the Sony IMX555 (1/1.76-inch) sensor with dual-PDAF (phase-detection autofocus). The 12MP ultra-wide camera uses the ISOCELL 3L6 (1/3.2-inch) with PDAF, and the 12MP telephoto sensor is said to use the ISOCELL 3M5 (1/3.6-inch).
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 could become Samsung’s first smartphone to make use of UPC (under-panel camera) technology. It’s expected to have a 16MP sensor and be hidden behind the foldable panel. The other selfie camera on the cover display (Sony IMX374 1/3.2-inch) has a 10MP resolution.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will run Android 11 and a new version of One UI at launch. The latest version available as of this writing is One UI 3.1, however, the upcoming foldable should be unveiled running One UI 3.1.1.
Details are unknown, but Samsung is likely to provide additional tools for mobile productivity and multitasking through One UI 3.1.1. Samsung has shown signs that it is working on a new adaptive UI for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but time will tell. In any case, One UI 3.1.1 won’t be as big of an update as One UI 3.5 and One UI 4.0 are expected to be.
Price and Availability
Samsung apparently wants to release the Galaxy Z Fold 3 at a lower price than its predecessors. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 was priced at 2,398,000 KRW in South Korea at launch, but the sequel is reportedly going to hit the shelves for 1,900,000 — 1,999,000 KRW.
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