Are the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 still something for enthusiasts – or good enough for everyone?

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are the two new foldable phones from the South Korean smartphone giant that will hit India in September. Both were revealed at the Galaxy Unpacked event last week with Samsung’s usual pomp and show. Now that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 have hit the market in India, and prices are pretty competitive with top of the line smartphones, we wonder if these next-generation foldable models are good enough for everyone – or are they? are you still? for enthusiasts only.

This week, on the Orbital Gadgets 360 podcast, host Akhil Arora is speaking to Review Editor Jamshed Avari and Assistant Review Editor Roydon Cerejo to talk about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.

The price for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in India starts at Rs. 1.49.999 for the 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage variant. The prices are identical to what the company chose for its Galaxy Z Fold 2 last year. Except this time around, Samsung has also decided to bring the top-end 12GB + 512GB option of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to India for the price of Rs. 1.57.999.

In contrast, the price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in India starts at Rs. 84,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant and Rs. 88,999 for the 8GB + 256GB model. The price is significantly lower this time compared to the Rs. 1.09.999 price tag that came with the Galaxy Z Flip last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 comes with a starting price of Rs. 84,999
Photo credit: Samsung

Additionally, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are available with up to Rs. 7,000 instant cashback on purchases made with an HDFC debit card. Alternatively, customers can purchase an upgrade voucher of up to Rs. 7,000 which can be used when replacing an old smartphone. Samsung is also offering a full year subscription-based Samsung Care + Accident and Liquid Damage Protection worth Rs. 7,999 when pre-ordering the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Rs. 4,799 when pre-ordering the Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes with a better resolution for both the folding and the cover [outer] shows. The cover display has also been upgraded with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz for an enhanced viewing experience. In addition, S Pen support has traditional note-taking functionality and allows users to draw doodles on the foldable screen.

Samsung has also used an under-display camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s inner folding screen to give users a futuristic feel. However, from what we’ve seen so far, the new camera technology is not mature enough and its image quality may not be as high as that of a traditional sensor. After all, the camera looks through a screen, but you can expect a deeper look in our review shortly.

On the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, you get a better pixel count on the collapsible display and a larger cover display measuring 1.9 inches – 0.8 inches larger than the Galaxy Z Flip with a 1.1 inch display . It might seem like a small win, but that’s an improvement of almost 73 percent.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also a bit slimmer in design than the original Galaxy Z Flip – 17.1 mm thick when folded and 6.9 mm when unfolded. By comparison, the original Z Flip measured 17.3 mm and 7.2 mm, respectively. Here, too, narrow margins, but meaningful.

With the convincing hardware, Samsung could deliver a tough battle to similarly expensive flagships such as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, OnePlus 9 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra. Of course, foldables are a new category in their own right, so it’s not an apple-to-apple comparison for most buyers.

The new Galaxy Z-Series foldables also have some software optimizations from Samsung to provide an improved user experience. In addition, there are upgrades from Microsoft to its proprietary apps to better support the foldable form factor than before.

We talk about all of this and much more. So, listen to our full discussion by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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