Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G review, Performance & Price 2021

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G review, Performance & Price 2021

Flip phones to the masses – this is the slogan that Samsung pursues in the development of the Flip3 and Fold3 smartphones. Although the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G has fallen in price, it still cannot be called cheap considering the cost of 230000 thousand rupees. However, today it is the most affordable of all foldable smartphones.

Important upgrades include IPX8 water protection, high refresh rates and a useful external screen. Of course, the processor has also become more powerful – the Flip3 is powered by Snapdragon 888.

However, while not everything is as good as you want – the main camera could be better, the ultra-wide-angle one does not have autofocus, and the telephoto lens did not appear at all. The battery capacity is only 3300mAh and the speed is limited to 15W. Internal memory from 128 GB, while the previous model had from 256 GB. However, you have to pay for a lower price.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Screens6.70-inch, Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2640 x 1080 pixels (426 ppi), 120 Hz, HDR10 +, 1200 nits (peak), 22: 9 aspect ratio Front: 1.9-inch, Super AMOLED, 512 × 260 pixels
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SM8350 (5nm): Octa-core (1 × 2.84 GHz Kryo 680 + 3 × 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 + 4 × 1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GraphicsAdreno 660
RAM8 GB
Inner memory128/256 GB UFS 3.1
System and softwareAndroid 11, One UI 3.1
Front camera10-MP, f / 2.4, wide, 26mm, 1.22um
Main camera12-MP, f / 1.8, wide-angle, 27mm, 1 / 2.55-inch, 1.4um, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 12-MP, ultra-wide angle, f / 2.2, 123˚, 1, 12 microns
VideoPrimary: 4K @ 30/60 fps, 1080p @ 60/240 fps, 720p @ 960 fps, HDR10 +; Front: 4K @ 30 fps
Communication and connectionsWi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / 6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
NetworksGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 CDMA 800/1900 3G HSDPA 850/900/1700 (AWS) / 1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO 4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71 5G bands 2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 SA / NSA / Sub6 / mmWave
Audio and soundStereo speakers, 32-bit / 384 kHz, tuned by AKG, no 3.5 mm
Water resistanceIPX8 (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes)
SensorsFingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer
BatteryLi-Po 3300 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 15 W, wireless charging 10 W, reverse wireless charging 4.5 W
Materials (edit)Plastic on the front, Gorilla Glass Victus on the back, aluminum frame
ColorsBlack, green, lavender, cream, white, pink, gray
Dimensions and weight166.0 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm, 183 grams
PriceFrom 230,000 thousand rupees

Design and appearance

Of course, the main feature of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is its design. There are as many as seven colors to choose from: cream, black, green, lavender, gray, white and pink.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G design

The side frames and hinge are made from Armor Aluminum, which Samsung says is the toughest aluminum ever used in a smartphone. The Galaxy Z Flip3, along with the Fold3, was the first folding smartphone with IPX8 water resistance. But, the letter X means there will be no dust protection, because the company has not yet found an engineering solution. Contamination of the hinge by dust and material particles is still one of the main problems of flip phones.

The outer panels are covered with Corning’s toughest glass to date, Gorilla Glass Victus. The new 1.9-inch external display is located at the top, on the back cover, next to the two cameras. The main screen is covered with a special protective film, Samsung claims that it is 80% stronger than the previous model. The hinge has to withstand 200,000 bends.

When open, you will still feel the bend in the middle with your finger, which is more noticeable than the Fold – simply because we scroll vertically more often than horizontally. True, over time you can get used to it. In addition, the unfolded smartphone is taller than the Galaxy S21 +, so it is very difficult to reach the top half of the screen.

Smartphone screens

One of the main drawbacks of past Flips has been the lack of high refresh rates. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G solves this problem – the display supports 120Hz.

The main AMOLED screen has a diagonal of 6.7 inches and a resolution of 2640 × 1080 pixels (425 ppi), and an aspect ratio of 22: 9. Brightness has gotten huge – up to 1200 nits in Adaptive Mode. With manual tuning, you can get 500 nits, which is also much better than the previous Flip.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G display

There are two color profiles: Vivid and Natural. By default, the first one is active, it covers a fairly wide range of colors, although the shades are a little blue. You can move them to warmer ones through the temperature slider. Selecting the Natural Profile will make the colors much more accurate – the average dE2000 is 1.4. The main display also supports HDR10 +.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G display quality

As for the 120Hz refresh rate, there are two modes: Standard and Adaptive. By default, the second works and it is not easy to switch between 60 or 120 Hz. It can take on other values, depending on what is displayed on the screen. Most applications will be at 120Hz while you touch the display, after which the frequency will drop to 60Hz. For games, there is a Game Booster function that allows you to choose between 48, 60 and 120 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G panel

The outer display of the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G has almost doubled from 1.1 to 1.9 inches. It is a 512 × 260 Super AMOLED panel with a pixel density of 302 ppi. The problem with the second screen is that the brightness is not adjusted according to the ambient light, which can be too high at night.

Galaxy Z Flip3 cameras

The quality of the shooting is not the advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G – the strengths lie elsewhere.

Here are the same cameras as the Flip and Flip 5G, and as for a smartphone at this price point, they are not impressive. The main lens is a Sony IMX563 with a 12-megapixel resolution, not much different from the sensor of the Galaxy S7 from 2016. Helps the ultra-wide-angle lens at 12-MP, when the inner and front, with a resolution of 10-MP.

Shooting with Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

The key feature of the app is that the viewfinder can be positioned on either half of the screen. This is useful if you want to shoot from an unusual angle and see the frame. The external display can serve as a viewfinder, so selfies can be taken with the main lens. True, it is in landscape orientation, so you will only see the middle of the scene.

The shooting quality of the main camera at 12MP is about the same as that of competitors with this sensor. Complex textures like grass look unnatural due to excessive interference of processing algorithms, although the detail is high. The Z Flip3 5G does not have a telephoto lens, so even the 2x digital zoom loses quality.

An ultra-wide-angle lens, as for a smartphone for 230000 rupees, is too weak here. At the edges of the frame, objects are fuzzy, and the dynamic range is not very wide. The only plus – in terms of color temperature, the ultra-wide-angle lens is close to the main one.

Selfies can be taken from both the main camera and the front camera. When shooting with basic, the quality will improve, as will the separation of the subject from the background. The front camera performs slightly worse, but it is capable of providing good images. Colors are a little washed out, however, focusing occurs at a comfortable distance, and blur looks natural.

The maximum video quality from the Galaxy Z Flip3 is 4K / 60 fps, and there is support for HDR10. Electronic stabilization is available on all three lenses and Super Steady mode.

Hardware performance

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G uses the Snapdragon 888 as the processor, and there are no models with the weaker Exynos chipset this time around.

RAM is 8 GB, and internal storage UFS 3.1 – 128 or 256 GB. In the GeekBench 5 performance test, the smartphone scores 979/3441 points. For SD888, the result in single-core mode is not very high – the same S21 Ultra gives 1109 points here.

In graphics tests, the Z Flip3 5G scores are surprisingly low, too. GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p) gives models only 142 fps, which is less than many flagship models. It seems that the processor’s potential is not fully realized here.

Testing Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

The throttling of the Galaxy Z Flip3 is not the highest – in performance tests, the processor retains up to 80% of its maximum results during the first 20 minutes, and about 60% for an hour. There is a decrease in the operating speed, but not nearly as strong as in the Galaxy Z Fold3 .

Outcome

While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 can still be used as a tablet or mini-laptop, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is nothing more than a stylish smartphone with a unique folding display.

The coefficient of practicality is low here – the device has not become more compact, because when folded it barely fits into a pocket. The external screen is equipped with an always-on mode, and is also a viewfinder when shooting, but even in these situations, functionality is limited.

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