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Samsung unveils foldable Galaxy Z Fold 3 with S Pen support

The S Pens is sold separately

Samsung has finally shown off the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the South Korean tech giant’s latest flagship foldable handset.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

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

7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex, 2,208 x 1,768 pixels + 6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2,260 x 816 pixels

Processor

Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 865+

RAM

12GB of RAM

12GB of RAM

Storage

256GB/512GB of storage

256GB

Dimensions (in.)

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

Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9-6.0 mm | Folded: 159.2. x 68.0 x 13.8 mm

Weight

271g

282g

Rear Facing Camera

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

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

Front Facing Camera

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

10-megapixel (f/2.2)

OS

Android 11

Android 10

Battery

4,400mAh

4,500mAh

Network Connectivity

LTE/ 5G

GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G

Sensors

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

Fingerprint (side-facing), accelerometor, gyro, proximity, compass`

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

Launch Date

August 11, 2021

September 1, 2020

Misc

Colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver

Colours: Mystic Bronze

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 Fold 2

7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex, 2,208 x 1,768 pixels + 6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2,260 x 816 pixels

Processor

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Snapdragon 888

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Snapdragon 865+

RAM

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

12GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

12GB of RAM

Storage

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

256GB/512GB of storage

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

256GB

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 Fold 2

Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9-6.0 mm | Folded: 159.2. x 68.0 x 13.8 mm

Weight

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

271g

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

282g

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 Fold 2

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

Front Facing Camera

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

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

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

10-megapixel (f/2.2)

OS

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Android 11

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Android 10

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

4,400mAh

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

4,500mAh

Network Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

LTE/ 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G

Sensors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

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

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Fingerprint (side-facing), accelerometor, gyro, proximity, compass`

SIM Type

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Nano SIM

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Nano SIM

Launch Date

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

August 11, 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

September 1, 2020

Misc

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Green, Phantom Silver

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Colours: Mystic Bronze

The smartphone offers several new features, spec upgrades and most notably, now supports the company’s S Pen stylus (RIP Note series).

First off, you won’t sacrifice any screen real estate with the Z Fold 3, as the device still features a 6.2-inch cover screen and a 7.6-inch inner display. However, the foldable smartphone does include a slimmer and lighter body, dropping 10g from its predecessor’s weight.

What’s most impressive about the new foldable is that it’s IPX8 waterproof, which means that it can be submerged past 1m of water. Additionally, it offers what Samsung calls ‘Armor Aluminum,’ which it claims is the hardest material ever used in a smartphone. You’ll also find a Gorilla Glass Victus display and a new protective film that Samsung says is 10 percent more durable than its predecessor’s.

Another impressive feature to make its way to the Z Fold 3 is the ‘Under Display Camera.’ Samsung created this by locating pixels over the main camera lens, hiding the phone’s shooter.

The Z Fold 3 also works with two different S Pen styluses, the S Pen Pro and the S Pen Fold Edition. The Fold Edition is only compatible with the Z Fold 3 and lacks Bluetooth, whereas the S Pen Pro works with other compatible Samsung products like the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Book devices.

111User interface-wise, Samsung has better adapted One UI for the larger screen, included more intuitive interactions and added app optimization through a new ‘Labs’ feature that forces apps to adapt to a larger display.

You’re now able to customize the size of the menu with different apps, like Samsung’s Calendar app, for example, and can pin the taskbar. Other new UI features include the ability to open new tabs by dragging the link to the right side of the display and dropping it and creating a split-screen with the dragged link.

Further, thanks to Labs, users can now enable multi-screen support on all apps. Samsung has partnered with a number of app developers like Netflix, Slack, YouTube, Spotify, TikTok and more to create a more optimized experience.

The Z Fold 3 also offers Dolby Atmos and upgraded stereo speakers. Lastly, the foldable smartphone offers a matte finish and comes in ‘Phantom Black,’ ‘Phantom Green’ and ‘Phantom Silver.’

The 256GB Z Fold 3 costs $2,269.99 CAD and the 512GB variant costs $2,409 (Phantom Black only) and both are available through several carriers, retailers and the Samsung Experience Store, you can pre-order the device today and it releases on August 27th.

Alongside the Z Fold 3, Samsung also showed off the clamshell Z Flip 3.

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