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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Galaxy Z Fold 3: What foldable is for you?

The tech giant's latest foldable smartphones have arrived

Following weeks of rumours, Samsung has finally unveiled its foldable Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold, its two flagship-level foldable smartphones that offer a Snapdragon 888 processor, 120Hz refresh rate screens and more.

If you’re unsure what foldable is for you, it’s worth considering that the Z Fold 3 folds like a book, which means it starts out as a relatively normal smartphone and when you unfold it, it becomes a sizable tablet. The Z Flip 3, on the other hand, is a rather tall smartphone that changes into a small clamshell compact.

Ahead of the reveal of both the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, MobileSyrup’s Patrick O’Rourke took a look at the various advantages and disadvantages of both folding methods.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Display

7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex, 2,208 x 1,768 pixels + 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2,268 x 832 pixels - 120Hz

6.7-inch Foldable FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2,640 x 1,080 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate | Cover display 1.9-inch Super AMOLED 260 x 512 pixels

Processor

Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888

RAM

12GB of RAM

8GB of RAM

Storage

256GB/512GB of storage

128GB/256GB of storage

Dimensions (in.)

Unfolded: 158.2 x 128.2 x 6.4 mm | Folded: 158.2. x 67.1 x 16 mm

Unfolded: 166 x 72.2 x 6.9mm | Folded: 86.4 x 72.2 x 17.1 mm

Weight

271g

183g

Rear Facing Camera

12-megapixel (Ultra wide, f/2.2) + 12-megapixel (wide, f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (telephoto, f/2.4)

12-megapixel (f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2)

Front Facing Camera

10-megapixel (f/2.2) + 4-megapixel (f/1.8)

10-megapixel (f/2.4)

OS

Android 11

Android 11

Battery

4,400mAh

3,300mAh

Network Connectivity

LTE/ 5G

LTE/ 5G

Sensors

Fingerprint sensor (side mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

Fingerprint sensor (side mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

Launch Date

August 11, 2021

August 11, 2021

Misc

Colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver

Colours: Cream, Green, Lavendar, Phantom Black, Gray (Samsung.com Exclusive), White (Samsung.com Exclusive), Pink (Samsung.com Exclusive)

Display

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex, 2,208 x 1,768 pixels + 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2,268 x 832 pixels - 120Hz

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

6.7-inch Foldable FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2,640 x 1,080 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate | Cover display 1.9-inch Super AMOLED 260 x 512 pixels

Processor

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Snapdragon 888

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Snapdragon 888

RAM

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

12GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

8GB of RAM

Storage

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

256GB/512GB of storage

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

128GB/256GB of storage

Dimensions (in.)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Unfolded: 158.2 x 128.2 x 6.4 mm | Folded: 158.2. x 67.1 x 16 mm

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Unfolded: 166 x 72.2 x 6.9mm | Folded: 86.4 x 72.2 x 17.1 mm

Weight

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

271g

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

183g

Rear Facing Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

12-megapixel (Ultra wide, f/2.2) + 12-megapixel (wide, f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (telephoto, f/2.4)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

12-megapixel (f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2)

Front Facing Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

10-megapixel (f/2.2) + 4-megapixel (f/1.8)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

10-megapixel (f/2.4)

OS

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Android 11

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Android 11

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

4,400mAh

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

3,300mAh

Network Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

LTE/ 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

LTE/ 5G

Sensors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Fingerprint sensor (side mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Fingerprint sensor (side mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Nano SIM

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Nano SIM

Launch Date

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

August 11, 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

August 11, 2021

Misc

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Colours: Cream, Green, Lavendar, Phantom Black, Gray (Samsung.com Exclusive), White (Samsung.com Exclusive), Pink (Samsung.com Exclusive)

Something else worth considering is that the Z Flip 3 maxes out at 256GB of storage, while the Z Fold 3 goes up to 512GB. Moreover, the Z Fold 3 offers 12GB of RAM and the Z Flip 3 only goes up to 8GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Z Fold 3 also works with the S Pen, so if you’re missing Samsung’s Note series, the Z Fold 3 might be the option you want (we’re still not sure how much it will cost, however).

However, what’s probably the most important thing to consider is pricing.

The 128GB Z Flip 3 costs $1,259.99 and the 256GB variant (‘Phantom Black’ only) costs $1,329.99. Meanwhile, the 256GB Z Fold 3 costs $2,269.99 and the 512GB variant costs $2,409 (Phantom Black only).

This means that this year’s Z Flip 3 is cheaper than Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max and even Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra.

If you want more on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 4, check out my hands-on with both foldable smartphones.

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