The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are the company’s two latest foldable phones, which will be released in India in September. Both were revealed at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event last week, with all of the customary fanfare. Now that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 have been released in India at costs that are comparable to top-of-the-line smartphones, we ask if these next-generation foldables are good enough for everyone or are they still exclusively for aficionados. This week on the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 with Reviews Editor Jamshed Avari and Deputy Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo.
The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 costs Rs. 1,49,999 in India. The price is the same as it was for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 released last year. Except this time, Samsung has chosen to offer the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s top-end 12GB + 512GB version to India, which costs Rs. 1,57,999.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 84,999 price in India, on the other hand, starts at Rs. 84,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model and Rs. 88,999 for the 8GB + 256GB model. When compared to the Rs. 1,09,999 price tag that came with the Galaxy Z Flip 63,218 last year, the cost is substantially cheaper this time.
Additionally, for purchases made with an HDFC Bank card, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 come with an immediate rebate of up to Rs. 7,000. Customers can also get an upgrade coupon worth up to Rs. 7,000 when they trade in their old smartphone. On pre-ordering the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung is also giving a full year of subscription-based Samsung Care+ Accidental and Liquid Damage Protection worth Rs. 7,999 and Rs. 4,799, respectively.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a higher resolution for both its folding and cover [outside] screens on the hardware front. The cover display has also been updated, with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz for a better viewing experience. Additionally, the S Pen is supported, allowing users to take traditional notes and draw doodles on the foldable screen.
Samsung has also placed an under-display camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s inner folding screen to give it a futuristic vibe. However, based on what we’ve seen so far, the new camera technology hasn’t fully developed, and its image quality may fall short of that of a standard sensor. After all, the camera is staring via a screen, though our review will take a closer look at it shortly.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a higher pixel count on the foldable display and a 1.9-inch cover display, which is 0.8-inch larger than the previous Galaxy Z Flip, which had a 1.1-inch display. It may appear to be a minor gain, but it represents a roughly 73 percent increase.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also somewhat thinner than the original Galaxy Z Flip, measuring 17.1mm folded and 6.9mm unfurled. The original Z Flip was 17.3mm thick and 7.2mm thick, respectively. Again, the margins are tiny, but they are significant.
With such strong hardware, Samsung is expected to compete with similarly priced flagships like as the iPhone 12 Pro Max (117,900), OnePlus 9 Pro, and Mi 11 Ultra. Of course, because foldables are a new category, most customers won’t be able to do an apples-to-apples comparison.
Samsung has tweaked the software on the new foldables in the Galaxy Z series to improve the user experience. Additionally, Microsoft has updated its proprietary programmes to better accommodate the foldable form factor than previously.