Samsung's new foldables and how they stack up to the competition

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are here, but are they truly an upgrade erstwhile compared to past year's models and folding devices from different manufacturers?

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Samsung's newest folding smartphones, arsenic of August 2021.

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Samsung's 2021 Galaxy Unpacked lawsuit was the premier of respective caller pieces of hardware. The Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 were each announced, but 2 of those devices were decidedly the stars of the show: The Fold 3 and Flip 3.

Samsung has been a person successful folding smartphones ever since the motorboat of the original Galaxy Fold successful 2019. While its folding devices whitethorn person suffered setbacks and method issues, Samsung has present had a mates of versions to tally done earlier this latest series, and that gives it an borderline implicit competing devices from Motorola, Xiaomi and Huawei, and the second 2 haven't adjacent released folding devices successful the U.S.

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All successful all, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 person a fig of improvements that marque them basal retired successful the folding smartphone field.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 3: Specs compared

The folding smartphone marketplace is inactive rather small, but it's worthy comparing immoderate of the cardinal hardware features that the latest procreation of devices from Samsung and its competitors.

Galaxy Z Fold 3

Galaxy Z Flip 3

Motorola Razr

Huawei Mate X2

Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold

Dimensions folded

158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4 mm

86.4 x 72.2 x 15.9 mm

91.7 x 72.6 x 16 mm

161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm

173.3 x 69.8 x 17.2 mm

Dimension unfolded

158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm

166 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm

169.2 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm

173.3 x 133.4 x 7.6 mm

Weight

271 g

183 g

192 g

295 g

317 g (glass), 332 g (ceramic)

Outer screen

Gorilla Glass Victus, AMOLED 2x, 120 Hz, 6.2" 832 x 2268

Super AMOLED, 1.9" 260 x 512

G-OLED, 2.7" 600 x 800

OLED, 90 Hz, 6.45" 1160 x 2700

AMOLED, 90Hz, 6.52" 840 x 2520

Inner screen

AMOLED 2x, 120 Hz, 7.6" 1768 x 2208

AMOLED 2x, 120 Hz, 6.7" 1080 x 2640

P-OLED, 6.2" 876 x 2142

Foldable OLED, 90 Hz, 8.0" 2200 x 2480

Foldable AMOLED, 8.01" 1860 x 2480

Rear cameras

12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide

12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide

48MP wide

50MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 8MP periscope telephoto, 16MP Ultrawide

108MP wide, 8MP telephoto/macro, 13MP ultrawide

Front camera

Outside: 10MP

Inside: nether show 16MP

10MP

20MP

16MP

20MP

Chipset

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G

Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 888 5G

Kirin 9000 5G

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G

Storage

256GB/512GB

128GB/256GB

256GB

256GB/512GB

256GB/512GB

Memory

12GB RAM

8GB RAM

8GB RAM

8GB RAM

12GB (256BG), 12GB/16GB (512 GB)

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 5G

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, 5G

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G

Battery

4400 mAh

3300 mAh

2800 mAh

4500 mAh

5020 mAh

IP rating

IPX8

IPX8

none, water-repellent coating

none

none

Price

$1,799 (256GB), $1,899 (512GB)

$999 (128GB), $1,049(256GB)

$1,079.99

~$2,800 USD (not disposable successful USA)

~$1,500 USD (not disposable successful USA)

How bash the latest Samsung devices basal out?

Looking implicit that array of instrumentality specs, you whitethorn person noticed that each 5 compared devices person akin features with a spot of saltation present and there: The Motorola Razr lacks Wi-Fi 6 support, for example, portion the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold is the lone instrumentality that offers representation configuration options. 

There are a mates of areas wherever the Samsung Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 basal out, with the archetypal being their IP ratings, which nary of the different folding devices offer. IPX8 means that the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 tin some grip much than a metre of water, but that X whitethorn beryllium a spot confusing if you're not definite what IP ratings mean. The archetypal fig successful an IP rating, X successful this case, refers to the device's particle extortion and ranges from 0 (unprotected) to 6 (the instrumentality is afloat particulate tight). The X provided by Samsung means that they didn't trial the latest Z-series devices against carnal particles, which whitethorn beryllium a disappointment for owners of erstwhile Z Fold and Z Flip devices, some of which person had problems with dust and debris getting into the hinges.

The outer screens connected the caller Samsung devices besides person Gorilla Glass Victus, which tin reportedly grip a driblet of up to 2 meters and is doubly arsenic scratch resistant arsenic Gorilla Glass 6, its predecessor.

It's besides worthy noting thing other Samsung has that 2 of the devices listed supra don't have: U.S. availability. Folding smartphone aficionados volition request to hunt down a Xiaomi oregon Huawei foldable to import if they privation 1 of those. 

With that successful mind, the folding smartphones that concern professionals should see are some manufactured by Samsung. Whether oregon not improvements to the Flip and Fold 3-series volition beryllium capable to marque them applicable devices for day-to-day enactment remains to beryllium seen. 

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