While the Samsung Z Fold 4 has been available for almost 6 months, stores are still carrying the Z Fold 3. Even better, you may get a deal on it since it is now an outdated gadget.
The Z Fold 4 scarcely made any significant changes to the formula, which is excellent news. Thus, by all means, we still think of the Z Fold 3 as a highly capable, modern product. Moreover, Samsung will continue to update it for at least another two years, so it is still in use.
Short pros and drawbacks for the Samsung Z Fold 3 review
- The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s under-display camera dazzles with its ability to vanish while you’re viewing content. The 4MP resolution, however, is not ideal for selfies.
- Since the panel brightens by up to 30%, the primary 7.6-inch display is easier to see outside. The cover
- Display’s refresh rate has increased to 120Hz.
- I adore the Taskbar function, which enables you to follow you to any program and pin your favorite apps to the side of the display. It is identical to Windows. To activate this, you must delve into the Laboratories settings.
- There is no getting around the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s thickness when it is closed. When this phone-tablet combination is in your pocket, you will undoubtedly notice it.
- It’s encouraging to see that additional applications, like as Spotify, Gmail, Chrome, and TikTok, have been tailored for the Galaxy Fold 3.
- Support for the S Pen is a welcome feature, although we wish Samsung hadn’t added a premium for this item.
- The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s camera captures photos that are generally clear and vibrant, making for a very good overall camera quality. But, the iPhone 12 Pro is superior.
- Battery life on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may be improved. On our web browsing test, the foldable lasted less than 8 hours, whereas other flagships lasted 10 hours or more.
Review of the Galaxy Z Fold 3: Design and Robustness
Even while it’s still somewhat large, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 adds a lot more durability.
You’ll be relieved to learn right away that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold is IPX8 water resistant, meaning it can endure immersion in water up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. Although I don’t think many people will submerge this foldable in water, it’s reassuring to know that can withstand anything from splashes to rain.
Sadly, our review sample is not waterproof, however we have obtained a Samsung Z Fold 3 and will test that device before updating our review. I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking the Z Fold 3 to the beach because it is not dust proof.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is further strengthened by its tougher Armor Aluminum shell and Gorilla Glass Victus display, which are made to withstand drops and scratches. Last but not least, Samsung asserts that the Z Fold 3’s screen is 80% more durable since it uses a new protective PET coating in conjunction with “optimized” primary screen layers.
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When folded, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.56 to 0.62 inches large, and when open, it is 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 inches. It also has a 9.5 ounce weight. When compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which has dimensions of 9.9 ounces, 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.66 inches (closed), and 6.2 x 5 x 0.27 inches (open). But, this is far thicker and heavier than other phones when closed, so you’ll notice it in your pocket.
There are three primary colors available for the Galaxy Z Fold 3: Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver. The silver stands out the most, thus I prefer it.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3’s displays and audio
After you unfold the gadget, the 7.6-inch primary screen is visible. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 also has a 6.2-inch OLED cover display.
During my hands-on time with the phone, I saw smooth scrolling and general performance on both of the displays’ 120Hz adaptive refresh rates.
The internal screen has the same 2208 x 1768 pixel resolution as previously, but the good news is that new Eco display technology has made the display 29% brighter than before.
The primary display of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a dazzling appearance, and a new under-display camera plays a significant role in that. The UDC on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is almost imperceptible, eliminating the need to look at a notch or punch hole. This is especially true while viewing content like images and movies in full screen mode. You can see the little hole when the screen is dark, as on the home screen, but it’s not that obvious.
Sadly, in our lab tests, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s display averaged 422 nits of brightness. While the iPhone 12 Pro Max also achieved a respectably high 654 nits, that is still less than half of what the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra achieved (821 nits).
The speakers on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are pretty potent and produced loud, clear music when using Spotify and making calls. One of the bottom-mounted speakers on the Z Fold 3 can cause some music to be muffled when the device is placed on a desk, but generally, the audio quality is good.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3’s software and unique features
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is an expert multitasker. With the help of the Multi-Active Window functionality, you may simultaneously run up to three programs or run two apps side by side while dragging and dropping material between them. Also, the upgraded App Pair functionality now allows you to create shortcuts for two apps that will work just like they did when they were open.
Want to see these and more applications without continuously opening the Edge Panel by sliding in from the right side? Similar to the Windows taskbar, Samsung’s new Taskbar functionality allows you move between programs instantly. It simply resides on the right side of the display. The majority of users won’t know how to enable Samsung Labs in the Settings menu, which is what I had to do in order to get the Taskbar to function.
The Taskbar is a fantastic feature once it is turned on. I like how quickly I can go to another program after quickly seeing how many alerts I might have in Slack, for instance. Alternatively I can open my preferred App Pair, Gallery and Messaging, instantly.
Samsung Labs can also make non-foldable display-optimized software run in Multi-Active Windows mode. I could, for instance, put Netflix on the left side of the screen so I can keep watching Outer Banks while I monitor the messages on the right.
The drag and divide function is another interesting one. For instance, you may easily launch a new window by dragging an item to the right while browsing Amazon products on the Samsung browser. In this manner, you may examine a product’s specifications while evaluating other goods on the left. Other applications that enable this capability include Microsoft Word, One Note, Samsung Messaging, and more.
Several applications support Flex mode, which arranges the content on top of the display and the controls on the bottom when the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is folded like a laptop. I used it for a hands-free Google Meet video chat, as well as on YouTube and the Camera app. Flex mode can even be made to display by force in apps, but I’d rather to see more programmers just use the functionality.
Also, Samsung is collaborating closely with other developers to provide more native Galaxy Z Fold 3 applications. They include YouTube, Netflix, TikTok, Spotify, and Snapchat. For instance, Spotify makes multitasking simpler by placing the Currently Playing window in the bottom left corner and the rest of the explore menu in the right corner.
Chrome, however, is my preferred Samsung Z Fold 3 optimized app. I appreciate that I can move my tabs around and view them all at once, exactly as I would on a desktop.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: S Pen
It’s encouraging to see Samsung introduce S Pen functionality to a 7.6-inch foldable phone because I’ve always found using a pen on even the largest phablets to be uncomfortable. Simply said, there is more space to make notes, sketches, or annotations on papers without having to continually zoom in.
Nevertheless, there is a problem with the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s S Pen support straight away. The stylus is not included with the foldable phone, nor is there a built-in slot for it like there is with Galaxy Note devices, even if it is compatible with the device. You’ll need a custom made case, which is an additional purchase, to keep the pen in.
The $49 S Pen Fold Edition and the $99 S Pen Pro are the two S Pen alternatives available to you. For enabling features like Air Gestures and other remote control abilities, the latter provides Bluetooth connectivity. The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s screen is compatible with the S Pen Fold Edition’s collapsible tip, although it is still just a writing instrument.
The S Pen Fold Edition is an excellent, robust pen with a consistent black color that we tried. However, we occasionally had trouble locating the S Pen’s button, which is problematic because you must touch it to use functions like fast note and off-screen memo. But, you can access the S Pen menu and a number of functions by just holding the pen over the active screen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Just hold the S Pen’s button and tap the screen to begin writing to start using the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s generous 7.6-inch canvas as a fast notepad. Just tap the screen while holding down the S Pen button to make an off-screen memo if the screen is off.
Additional S Pen capabilities include productivity enhancers like the markup tool Screen Write, Smart Select (which pulls text and images from other apps), and translate (where you can tap words to find out what they mean in different languages). Some capabilities, such as Live Messaging, which lets you take a picture and add text and doodles, or AR Doodle, which lets you draw on real items, are more about enjoyment than productivity.
Remember that the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s primary screen is the only one where the S Pen may be used. The stylus cannot be used to input data on the cover display. This seems like a mistake since, if you only need to make a brief note, you might not want to bother unfolding the gadget.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Cameras
With the exception of the under-display camera, there isn’t much new to say on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s camera technology. (for using the front and back cameras at once). Rear camera selfies and a Capture View Mode that displays your live preview on the right and your images on the left are further highlights.
Once again, the rear cameras consist of three 12MP lenses: a wide-angle f/1.8 camera, an ultra-wide f/2.2 camera with a 123-degree field of view, and a telephoto 12MP camera. Our photo comparisons show that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 captures vibrant and generally crisp pictures. Yet in terms of finer details and more lifelike colors, the iPhone 12 Pro is a step ahead. Also, you lose out on the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s zooming capabilities.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Samsung: Performance
Because of the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s powerful internal technology, it performed admirably throughout our hands-on testing. Running the show is a Snapdragon 888 processor with 12GB of Memory. Moreover, 512GB of internal storage is an option in addition to the 256GB that is normal.
Whether I was using three applications at once or racing around the track in Asphalt 9, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 performed quickly in daily use. I did, however, occasionally have difficulties, such as when switching from the cover display to the primary display.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 scored 3,418 on the multi-core test in Geekbench 5, which gauges overall performance, and 1,107 on the single core test. While it is comparable to the Galaxy S21 Ultra (3,400/1,123), the iPhone 12 Pro Max (4,100/1,600) is significantly superior.
On the 3DMark Wild Life graphics test, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 lagged the iPhone 12 Pro Max by less. Compared to the iPhone’s 39 frames per second, the Samsung managed 33 fps.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 required 50 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p during our video editing test using the Adobe Premiere Rush software. Although it is quicker than the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s time of 1 minute and 2 seconds, it is still slower than the 28-second time for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Charging and Battery Life
The dual battery capacity of the Samsung Z Fold 3 is 4,400 mAh, which is a little less than the 4,500 mAh capacity of the Z Fold 2. Also, the outcomes of our battery test for web browsing over 5G with a screen brightness of 150 nits left us unsatisfied.
In 60Hz display mode, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 only lasted 7 hours and 52 seconds, while it lasted even less time in adaptive mode (up to 120Hz) at 6:35. In the same screen modes, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 lasted 10:10 and 9:05 minutes longer, respectively. As we utilized T-network Mobile’s the previous year, part of the discrepancy may be explained by that. We will update you with more test findings.
We utilized a 25W Samsung charger to evaluate the charge time as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 doesn’t come with a charger, as was to be expected. The phone’s 47% charge after 30 minutes isn’t awful.
Moreover, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 supports wireless charging at up to 10W. Moreover, you may reverse wirelessly charge additional devices up to 4.5W using the back of the Z Fold 3.
Conclusion of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review
Samsung continues to hold the title of finest foldable phone with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and this isn’t simply because there isn’t much of a rivalry at the moment. For a bit less money than before, you get an enhanced multitasking system, better screens, and a more robust construction.
A design improvement, the under-display camera allows you to view more of the screen while not in use. However this 4MP camera will need you to make some image quality sacrifices.
Samsung should also be commended for collaborating with developers to optimize additional applications for foldables. While I really value the S Pen support, Samsung should have included the stylus with the $1,799 price tag. Also, both the battery life and general design may be improved.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a winner overall, but only for those who are prepared to shell out more money for a phone that can also function as a tablet.