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Small, square – but big if you want: with the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung wants to take foldable phones out of the niche. Has it succeeded? We tried it out.

Test conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 fulfills the wish of many smartphone users: A device with a nice big display that still fits in every pocket. When folded up, it is only a few centimeters bigger than a Hanuta; when opened up, it has a 6.7-inch display. The OLED display (120 hertz) showed enormously strong contrasts and colors in the test, and is also very bright. The processor is fast, but the battery could last longer. There is a small auxiliary display for basic information and simple widgets on the outside. The camera is good as long as you do not zoom. Top: The Flip 3 is waterproof, unlike its predecessors. Read product reviews on Amazon

  • The concept: From folding to flip phone
  • Design, colors and feel
  • Main display: 6.7 inches, OLED and FullHD+
  • The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is waterproof
  • Camera equipment
  • Processor, eSIM and finger sensor
  • Battery life in test
  • Price, release
  • Conclusion of the test

Samsung’s huge foldable phone Galaxy Z Fold 3 may be the dream of every tech fan – but the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is the foldable phone of the heart. It is aimed at normal users who do not want to carry a tablet in their pocket, but a cell phone with a normal display size, but smaller dimensions. The test reveals why the future of the foldable cell phone could lie in the rebirth of the clamshell cell phone. Remarkably, the price of the Flip 3 has dropped so much in the past few months that it is no longer just exciting for techies, but also for normal customers with a penchant for new designs. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 opened up: This is how it gets big. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 folded: handy! The folding display turns out to be a strong and large OLED display with a diagonal of 6.7 inches.

Galaxy Z Flip 3: size and concept

The basic shape of the Z Flip 3 has hardly anything to do with what you know from the smartphone display in the electronics store. It measures 8.6 centimeters on the longest side, which is less than half of a normal smartphone (the Galaxy S21 comes in at 15.1 centimeters). Thus, it easily disappears in the front pocket of the jeans. Unlike the predecessor Galaxy Z Flip 5G, the outer display (1.9 inches) is more than just a tiny info strip; it can show a weather widget, several lines of incoming messages, and even a usable section of the camera viewfinder. Flip the Z Flip 3 open, however, and it becomes a full-fledged smartphone with a large display. There are several intermediate stages between open and closed. Half opened, the Z Flip 3 stands firmly on the table without a tripod – you can then shoot a selfie video or watch YouTube in the upper half of the display. The stereo speaker is supposed to provide a decent sound. The folding mechanism keeps the case stably open at any angle (flex mode).

Flip 3: Design, colors and feel

Despite the thickness of 17 centimeters (closed), the Flip 3 feels good. Samsung’s new colors of beige white (“Cream”), green, lavender purple and matte black look sophisticated, especially in contrast to the black of the OLED outer display. The fancy covers, which Samsung equips with a thick ring or a strap, also make a big impression visually. However, they are unlikely to be used to strap the smartphone to a belt or backpack in practice – it is more of a design gimmick.

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Is the foldable smartphone ready for the mass market? With the third generation of its foldable smartphone Galaxy Flip, Samsung wants to get out of the niche and conquer the mainstream. But does the new form factor actually bring any added value? The test from connect provides the answer. ca. 5:40 Min. test report 5:40 Min”> The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is available in seven color variants, for 1,049 euros (128 GB) or 1,099 euros (256 GB). © connect

Pro

  • Compact and unique design with many color options
  • Haptics and workmanship on the level of a classic top smartphone
  • Waterproof according to IPX8
  • with 1 year insurance coverage
  • large 6.7-inch OLED with 120 hertz
  • Power processor and comprehensive connectivity
  • System with extras adapted for the form factor and update guarantee for three years

Contra

  • No power adapter included
  • sensitive display surface with visible creases
  • Relatively short battery life

Conclusion

A classic high-end smartphone for 1,000 Euros offers more, at least a triple camera system with telephoto focal length and a stronger battery. In return, the extravagant form factor with the second display is missing – so the question will be whether the customer is willing to honor this with a surcharge. We are curious. 77.0% The hype about the foldable smartphone has died down in the meantime. Gone are the days when a Huawei Mate X was photographed like a superstar in a flurry of flashes at the Mobile World Congress 2019. Today, it has not only become quiet around Huawei; no one talks about the foldables anymore, which were considered the next big thing back then. The only manufacturer that still seriously pursues the concept is Samsung. The world market leader has built up two product lines with the Galaxy Flip and the Galaxy Fold, which are now already in the third generation. This is connected with a technology and knowledge advantage that is now finally to be converted into market shares. Samsung wants to conquer the mass market with the Flip 3 and Fold 3. The chances are rather slim for the bulky Fold, but the Flip 3 is clearly the more promising candidate. The smart folder is only half the size of a normal smartphone when folded – but at 17 millimeters, it is also twice as thick. Nevertheless, there is something about pulling the smartphone out of the pocket and opening it. However, this is not possible with one hand. The hinge is too stiff for that, which has the advantage that high stability and durability are conveyed here. Samsung only uses the finest ingredients for the casing with hardened aluminum and Gorilla Glass Victus – haptics and workmanship are outstandingly good for a foldable. The Fold 3 and Flip 3 are the first in their class to have IPX8 certification, meaning they can withstand a rain shower and submersion (clear fresh water!). The Flip 3 is the more mass-market model. Samsung wants to appeal to a fashion-conscious target group here, so the folder is available in 7 colors and there are colorful accessories like the “Silicone Cover with Strap” for 40 Euros. © Manufacturer If something does break, Samsung goes a long way to accommodate its customers: buyers of a Flip 3 get one year of Samsung Care+ insurance coverage, which covers accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage, and back cover replacement. A good deal, despite a 108 euro deductible,

There is still no full-fledged replacement for glass

However, these fine details cannot hide the fact that there are still drawbacks associated with the new form factor. There is the hinge construction with moving parts that make the foldable more susceptible to wear. Attentive readers will not have missed that a certified protection against dust is missing (IP68 is usual instead of IPX8 like Samsung). The semi-permeable design of the hinge is responsible for this: Water can penetrate through the hinge, but it does not reach the sensitive electronics. The standardized procedure for determining the dust protection class is not compatible with this semi-permeable design of the new Foldable generation. This also means that dust and fine sand can get behind the hinge – so extra care is needed at the beach. The Flip 3 makes a very robust impression, but the hinge construction with moving parts makes the foldable more susceptible to wear than a classic high-end smartphone. © Manufacturer Another weak point is the bendable OLED. As before, a fold marks the bend. It is not visible when you look directly at it when the display is activated, but it is clearly visible when it is turned off or when you look at it from an angle (even though it is not as pronounced as in the previous generations). This wave in the display is also noticeable when using the touchscreen. It is protected by a wafer-thin glass layer (the “Ultra Thin Glass” developed by Schott), but it is not nearly as pressure-resistant and scratch-resistant as the display glass in a classic smartphone. The folding point reduces the haptics, because the wave in the display is not only visible, but can also be felt when using the touchscreen. © connect

Not quite the ultimate

You also have to make concessions in terms of technical features, especially the camera. Samsung only includes two focal lengths with ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle, which have a relatively low resolution of 12 megapixels. It has to be said quite clearly: 12 megapixels are no longer enough for an absolute top ranking. Nevertheless, the Flip is one of the better models in the 12-megapixel league. In our test, it scores with good results in the wide-angle, but the digital dual zoom does not deserve a recommendation. To our surprise, the ultra-wide-angle module was also weak – it is probably not adjusted properly. This is a problem that we unfortunately encountered more often with Samsung. We had two Flip devices in the lab that performed comparably. It becomes clear: If you value excellent photos, you will not be happy here. Because at the price level of the Flip 3, you get at least 3 focal lengths and 50 megapixels when you reach for a classic smartphone. In this price range, the competition also likes to include a 60-watt plug in the box, while Samsung sells its models without power supplies. The Flip 3 is water resistant according to IPX8. Because it is too expensive to seal the hinge itself, the protection has been shifted inside – water can penetrate through the hinge, but it does not reach the sensitive electronics. © connect

Excellent displays

You are compensated for this with a successful display and relatively full stereo sound: The compact Flip 3 unfolds a surprisingly large XXL display with 6.7 inches, which is only surpassed by a few smartphones. The high refresh rate of 120 hertz ensures a buttery-smooth display. Compared with the Fold 3, the smaller panel of the Flip 3 is more stable in viewing angles and brighter, and content can be recognized better in daylight accordingly. The Flip also goes one better in Boost mode with a strong 1041 candelas. Samsung delivers a good quality here, but does not reach a top level. Contrast at © connect Samsung has also increased the outer display’s size by a factor of 4 on the Flip, and you can now read entire messages and display appointments and weather information on the OLED touchscreen. Of course, there is an always-on feature that can be extensively customized (screenshot on the right). However, there is room for improvement: Photos via the outdoor display are only snapped in a square 1:1 format, and the calendar widget only works in conjunction with Samsung’s calendar. However, these are typical startup problems that can be solved quickly via updates. Samsung guarantees 3 new Android versions (as well as regular security patches) for the Flip 3 just like for all other high-end models and is thus one of the Android manufacturers with the best software support. The always-on function of the second display can be extensively customized. © connect

The surcharge for the kink

In terms of the processor, Samsung relies on the strongest horse in the Qualcomm stable, the Snapdragon 888, which provides strong performance and comprehensive connectivity from 5G to NFC. However, the larger Fold 3 is more connectivity-friendly than the Flip 3 and supports WiFi 6E in addition to the new Ultra Wide Band (UWB) short-range standard. Our new WLAN test method shows that this is directly reflected in higher data rates. The directional diagram shows the download rates with and without attenuation. With attenuation simulates a distance of about 20 meters to the router. The data throughputs drop noticeably and also depending on the direction. © connect As is typical for Samsung, the Flip 3 supports the Qi standard in both directions: It can be charged wirelessly (maximum 15 watts) and it transmits its energy wirelessly to peripherals like headphones (maximum 4.5 watts). We have already mentioned that a power supply is missing. The Flip’s tightly calculated capacity (of only 3,300 mAh) is a problem in the runtime measurement: You can still get through the day well with 8:07 hours in the standardized connect test, but it could get tight in the evening during intensive use. The comparison shows: The Flip 3 brings up the rear in the high-end segment; 10 hours are good average here, just think of the OnePlus 9 Pro (9:58 hours) or the Oppo Find X3 Pro (10:09 hours). The maximum volume could be a bit higher during calls, but the acoustics with noise suppression and voice quality are otherwise good. This also applies to the wireless properties in the LTE and GSM networks that we measured. Overall, Samsung does not offer enough when you apply classic smartphone standards, especially in terms of camera and battery. In return, there is an extravagant form factor with the secondary display. The question will therefore be whether the customer is willing to pay a premium for it. We are curious. Test seal connect good © WEKA Media Publishing GmbH

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 technical data

  • Price and memory: 1,049 euro with 8/256 GB / 1,099 euro with 8/512 GB
  • Colors: Cream, Green, Lavender, Phantom Black, Gray (online only), White (online only), Pink (online only) – all glossy except black
  • Size and weight: 166 x 72 x 7 millimeters and 183 grams (closed: 86 x 72 x 17 millimeters)
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with 2.84 GHz
  • Main display: OLED with 6.67 inches and 2,640 x 1,080 pixels, refresh rate 120 hertz
  • Outdoor display: OLED with 1.9 inch and 260 x 512 pixels
  • Main camera: ultra-wide-angle (F2.2) with 12 megapixels and wide-angle (F1.8) with 12 megapixels
  • Front camera with 10 megapixels (F2.4)
  • Connectivity: 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C
  • Dual SIM (1x Nano SIM + 1 x eSIM )
  • Battery with 3,300 mAh, wireless reverse charging supported
  • System Android 11 with One UI 3.1.1
  • Features: No power adapter included, IPX8 water-resistant, fingerprint sensor integrated in the frame, stereo speakers

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