Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review; When Samsung’s Z-Flip was first introduced, many of us finally came to the conclusion that after a long time thanks to new technology, we can now use a foldable phone as before, a product that folds easily and can be best placed inside the pocket. Opening the phone to answer calls and closing it to finish each call is a nostalgic and remarkable sense of the past that was made possible by this Samsung series. But what about the Galaxy Z Flip 3?
The Galaxy Z Flip 3, the newest version of the series, is also exactly looking to revive the same nostalgia. Still, the features that can be done thanks to opening and closing have remained, and on the other hand, the color of these new versions is similar to what we saw more than two decades ago in electronic goods.
If you’re looking for an attractive phone with distinctive features and appearance that can simply offer a different function than other stereotypical phones on the market, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is one of the first options you can think of.
Samsung has now lowered the price of the Z-Flip 3 to $999. Although this price still falls within the scope of flagged products, it makes more sense than the $1,400 price of the first Z-Flip model. You will get all the key features of modern flagships by paying this price. This means accessing an Android phone equipped with a powerful Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm processor and 8 GB of RAM.
Z-Flip 3, along with the features of a modern phone, has also made significant improvements compared to the previous generation. One of the most important of them is the equipping of a cover display (the external part of the phone), which is 4 times larger in size compared to the previous generation. Finally, we can point to a display with support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz, higher-quality speakers and water penetration resistance.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 has not experienced any improvement in the camera sector. This means you won’t see a lens to zoom in, like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Perhaps the biggest negative point of this phone is its 3300 mAh battery. Even the cheapest model of the Galaxy S21 series is equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery that can barely last a full day of charging.
Finally, now is the time to take a close look at the key specifications of this phone. Stay with us to see if Samsung can convince users that the future of the industry belongs to smartphones.
Z-Flip 3 still has a lot of focus on compression. When you fold the phone, it occupies as much space as half of modern smartphones, weighing 183 grams, lighter than products like the iPhone 12 Pro and even the Galaxy S21 Plus. Although the phone is not as lightweight as the elegant models of the Galaxy S21 and some other phones on the market, it can simply satisfy you. When the phone is in normal mode and you haven’t folded it, its length is taller than all S21 models.
But what’s important about this phone is its conditions during folding and pocket placement, and if that’s your real priority, Z-Flip 3 is much better than normal phones.
It’s likely that many times when you’re wearing your shoes, your smartphone will squeeze your pocket or let you do your job or there’s always a fear that you’ll hurt it. It should be noted that the phones are getting bigger day by day, and apparently these conditions will continue to be strong. Such a scenario never occurs for Z-Flip 3, and ultimately we seem to have a definitive solution to such problems, which seem fundamentally worthless but affect the user experience over and over again over the course of a day.
Another major question about the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the quality of its construction. In samsung’s new product you can open and close it thousands of times and not experience any problems. After a while, this will become one of your habits and it is there that you can open the phone with just one hand. However, the process of opening this phone requires some patience, patience and you can never see an incredibly smooth performance like the folding phones of the past.
However, you will not see any resistance, noise, or other disturbing cases that indicate weaknesses in the design and engineering of the phone’s mechanism. It is safe to ensure that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 has high quality both in its normal and folding components. Many of these remarkable and valuable functions have been made possible thanks to gorilla glass victus and upgraded aluminum frames used in the product.
The IPX8 standard means water penetration resistance is another new feature that Samsung has added to its breathtaking folding phone. This standard allows your device to withstand water penetration for 30 minutes.
You may have noticed the letter X in the word IPX8. This means that Z-Flip 3 has no significant resistance to dust penetration. If you’re working in normal environments, it doesn’t pose a threat to you, but if you’re doing construction work or any case where dust is an inseparable element, maybe you should go to normal phones instead of paying $1,000 for this phone.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 display technically has a dimensions of 6.7 inches, but unlike what the numbers show, this panel is not as big as it looks. If you remember, we mentioned the length of the device, which has turned it into a completely elongated phone.
Samsung has a 22:9 aspect ratio for this product, which is not common at all. Each half of the display has a aspect ratio of 11:9. One consequence of using such a design is unusable episodes (black episodes) while watching videos, both on players and on YouTube and similar applications, as well as Instagram and Facebook stories.
Another consequence of this design is the interplation of the screen. Not much has changed about this compared to the previous generation of the series. Although this folding, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 3, is visually difficult to detect, since it is precisely among the display, you are constantly interacting and touching it. Every time you scroll, your finger slips on it, so it simply feels like its presence. You can go through this a little bit with tricks in touch, but eventually you’ll encounter it on a daily basis.
However, there is no complaint about the quality of the display itself. The display is the same high-quality Samsung Emuld (AMOLED) panels that offer 1080p full HD resolution, beautiful colors, superb viewing angles and quite deep blacks. Finally, this time, Samsung has added support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is a quite tangible improvement over the original Z-Flip display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. If you are mindful of the smooth interface and one of your priorities, consider this feature.
Earlier, we mentioned the cover display Z-Flip 3, which is 4 times larger than the original Z-Flip display. In fact, the Z-Flip display was a completely useless feature. On that display, you had to stare at a small part of the notification that was slowly scrolling to see the rest of the message. Worse, the display would have dimmed even before it displayed the entire notification, and you couldn’t actually fully use the same flawed feature. The 1.9-inch diagonal Z-Flip 3 display, unlike what the numbers say, is much larger than the 1.1-inch Z-Flip cover display.
The display now offers a lot of functionality, and Samsung has finally realized its true potential. Once taped on this display, the time, date and battery level will be displayed. By double-tapping it or holding the Power button, this display is fully turned on. You can personalize the items displayed on this display according to your taste. For example, animal displays, clock displays of other time zones, analog clock displays or favorite animated characters are among the personalization items.
With swaps from top to bottom of the display, you can adjust your phone’s brightness and ringtone mode (loud, vibrate and silent). Swip to the left also offers several different widgets: music control, weather, calendar, alerts, a sound recorder, and several other features.
Swaps to the right open the notification panel from which you can access all notifications and tap them to see their full message on the same cover display. Obviously, this display is much more attractive than the Z-Flip cover display.
Despite all the improvements, some other features could also make their way to this new display. For example, when you tap a notification on the cover display and immediately open the device, you’ll encounter the home screen. If it is possible to open the relevant app while opening your phone by tapping on any notification, it will save you a long time. It should be hoped that Samsung will make this feature available in subsequent updates.
The Z Flip 3 motherboard is amazingly small designed to accommodate the body of this phone. But being small never means being weak. Samsung has used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 8 GB of RAM to ensure the device’s performance. These specs are now considered quite high in the world of Android phones. So you’re not going to miss anything.
Samsung uses different processors in different parts of the world each year with the launch of new Galaxy S series models, and usually models that come out of the U.S. are equipped with Exinus processors, but these conditions are not in place this time around. All models of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be released with a Snapdragon 888 processor, and this is extremely satisfying.
The phone works fast and efficiently in all tasks, as Samsung claims, but the smallest acts also lead to warming throughout its fuselage. In fact, Z-Flip 3 gets hot even while watching YouTube videos and posting messages on Skype and Facebook. According to reviews of other phones, this problem goes back to snapdragon 888 more than it has to do with Samsung and its engineers.
This processor performs very poorly in terms of heat management and overheating even during normal operations is considered one of its most prominent features. In fact, this problem is so common that even companies like OnePlus have a separate gateway to manage the heat of this processor to fix this problem. However, you should consider that this problem is very tangible in the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Samsung has decided this time to use 128 GB of internal UFS 3.1 memory for this phone, unlike the original Z-Flip. Z-Flip’s internal memory was twice that much, but if this had caused the price to rise and once again it was going to lead to such an incredible price, we should now be pleased with the decline. However, there is no microSD memory card port and this can be considered as one of the great weaknesses of the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Like its previous generation, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is equipped with two main cameras on the back. One is a 12-megapixel ultra wide F2.2 lens and the other is a 12-megapixel wide F1.8 lens. Finally, we get to the 10-megapixel selfie camera, which unlike the camera under the galaxy Z Fold 3 display, the company’s other folding phone, is located inside an apparent aperture in the display.
The lack of telephoto lenses may be a feeling for some users, or the lack of additional features for the camera is not very pleasant for them, but we should not forget that this series is marketed more than anything to provide a distinctive experience that is based on performance and performance. If you’re upset about the camera’s capabilities and lack of camera capabilities, supplying the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be a better option for you.
Below you will see examples of images recorded with the camera of this phone. Images recorded with Z-Flip 3 are brighter than Z-Flip, but sometimes they are too insistent on this aspect. It seems that the original Z-Flip has better performance in the dynamic range and the total brightness of the images recorded with it is more accurate.
Sometimes the most mentioned brightness looks better, but due to the new way of processing images, in most situations we will not face these conditions, and in fact it is the new method that provides such a situation.
The ultra wide lens of the device does not work very well in recording green colors, but the blue color especially depicts the skies deeper and more accurately. Z-Flip 3 performs greatly better in the discussion of portrait capture, and this is where the benefits of lighting are more striking. Both the Z-Flip 3 and Samsung’s original Z-Flip are only able to capture portrait images with the main camera, and you can’t use the 2x magnification that sometimes seems necessary.
On the other hand, you can simply use the main Z-Flip 3 camera to capture selfie images, which has a much better result than the selfie camera of the device. There is no significant difference at night and dimming conditions despite enabling Scene Optimizer mode. It should be noted that in this context, the original Z-Flip captures even brighter images.
While it is hard to devote significant improvements to the imaging and Z-Flip 3 cameras, the phone makes tangible differences in the field of filming, most of which benefit the previous generation! By watching the video recorded with Z-Flip 3, even in daylight brightness, you notice a lot of noise in it.
This seems strange given the acceptable quality of the original 4K Z-Flip videos. Highlights and dynamic ranges, like all other parts, do not look much improved, and we even suspect that the original Z-Flip had a little more control over these cases. Microphone is one of the things that there is no difference between the quality of recording on the two phones.
Sound and call quality
Samsung has significantly upgraded the technical specifications of the Z-Flip 3 section. The only original Z-Flip speaker has now been replaced by a stereo stop. One of these speakers is located in the upper part and the other is in the lower part.
In comparison, Z-Flip 3 offers a louder, richer, as well as deeper voice than its previous generation. However, even if we enter the base version of the Galaxy S21 into the equation, Z-Flip 3 will have a problem. As a result, Z-Flip 3 is placed one level below the company’s normal flagship, despite samsung’s improved voice and attention to the sector.
On the other hand, as in the past, this time there is no 3.5 mm sound jack. Since there is no airbud in the box, you have to pay for a pair of USB-C airbuds or, apart from that, usb-C to 3.5mm port to use common handsfree as before.
Call sound quality is acceptable in all modes. In checking and contacting VoLTE, the quality of the call and sound on the other side of the line will reach you in the clearest possible way. This case is simply commendable and commendable.
Despite all the changes in the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (some of which have not worked very well in the camera section) the battery capacity of this device remains intact. As before, Samsung has used two separate batteries, one in the upper half and the other in the lower half of the device. The total capacity of this two-brainer, as mentioned earlier, is 3,300 mAh. This capacity is lower than the standards of current Android phones, but this battery can be charged on an average of one day.
The normal use of the battery of this phone, including watching videos, sending and receiving messages and surfing social networks, usually consumes about 70 percent of the battery of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 for half a day. You may be able to use Z-Flip 3 for a while with less use. However, the obvious case is that the phone is not charged for two full days. If you have a reasonable and perfectly suitable use, this phone is not going to offer two full days of charging.
Like the process that Apple started with the iPhone series and then we saw in Samsung flagships, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also released without a charging adapter and you’ll only get one cable. So many users after preparing this device decide to buy a charger with high charging rates, but Z-Flip 3 has a faster charging rate than Samsung flagships.
Z-Flip 3 supports fast charging of 15 watts in direct mode (compared to 25 watts in S21 and Z-Flip 3) and 10 watts wirelessly (compared to 15 watts in S21). Finally, reverse charging is another thing to mention. This Samsung folding product supports a reverse charge rate of 4.5 watts.
With this account, a full charge of 100% of the battery capacity directly takes nearly 1 hour and 40 minutes, and if you want to use wireless charging, this period will increase to 2 hours and 30 minutes, which is a significant time for a 3,300 mAh battery.
To avoid losing any potential, Samsung 25W official chargers are recommended. These chargers are slightly stronger than the maximum rate supported in the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but if you get any other Samsung product in the future, you’ll be confident it will be supported. On the other hand, products from other companies with much lower price ranges such as Xiaomi often support higher rates, and you may not be able to take advantage of their fast charging potential even by purchasing this charger.
All Qi chargers can cover the phone’s 15W wireless charging rate. Another suggestion in this regard is to purchase Samsung’s own official charging stands.
Finally, the question arises whether you should make this phone? This question is very strange for a smartphone such as Z-Flip 3. There are currently no competitors like this for this product. If you are interested in the idea behind this product (regardless of the Galaxy Z fold 3), this product is not only the best option available, but also the only option available!
Although many users are still unconvinced to migrate to folding phones, who can deny the attractiveness of their work and passion for their user experience? In our opinion, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a very satisfying but simultaneous improvement, only one level better than the original version of the series. The refresh rate of 60 Hz and the cover display of the previous model of this series were quite annoying and have now been resolved. Z-Flip 3, despite the complete elimination of those problems, has not really introduced anything new and effective.
Also, although the mechanism of this device and its quality along with supporting the standard of water penetration resistance have been observed, but opening and closing the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with one hand and the emotion it conveys, still has work to do. Low battery capacity and lack of a separate lens to zoom in are other negative points of this device that can disappoint many users.
However, the experience of working with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is fascinating and different and you will simply feel it. Also, comparing this phone with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is almost a folding tablet, leads us to a more satisfying experience of Z-Flip 3. However, you will eventually have to decide whether you intend to sacrifice these problems for a new and distinctive experience or wait for this technology to evolve in the best possible way.
Galaxy Z Flip 3
the experience of working with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is fascinating and different and you will simply feel it
- Lower price compared to previous series model
- Larger and more efficient cover display
- 120 Hz Display
- Ultra-fast performance
- The mechanism of opening and closing the psyche and quality
- Opening and closing the phone with one hand is still difficult.
- The device gets hot even in normal use
- Low average battery life
- Lack of telephoto lens
- Folding is still annoying
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