A smartphone that can fit in the pocket of pants is becoming extremely rare today. To keep a large display area, without the constraint of dimensions, Samsung has just launched its Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3. Mobiles that could well be the first to democratize access to folding smartphones.
We have been talking about the revolution that folding smartphones could bring about for years. While they were until now positioned in the very high end with an elitist price, the situation could well change with the two models unveiled by Samsung. Thus, with an entry ticket of 1,059 euros, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is now the very first folding smartphone offered at the price of a traditional premium mobile.
It is therefore a concentrate of high-end technologies in a smartphone that folds in half to fit in any trouser pocket. Folded up, the mobile measures only 8.64 cm in height. Closed, it has a small 1.9 inch screen that gives access to many widgets to interact with the applications the most practical of the smartphone. It also displays notifications, without needing to open the mobile. Unfolded, it is a 6.7-inch screen that we find, a screen refreshed to 120 Hz to ensure perfect display fluidity.
To silence the critics on the fragility of such a mobile, the screen is 80% more solid than on previous models. For the hull, the materials used are also robust and the mobile is even waterproof. As a result, the smartphone will certainly be beefier than any current high-end mobile in the event of a fall. Another advantage is that the mobile can be folded up at 90 ° to watch a film, take a photo remotely with a wave of the hand, or make a video call.
The right price
Beneath this foldable display sits the mighty Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm, a modem 5G and 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB (1,109 euros) of storage. Two batteries accumulating 3,300 mAh are available. On the photo side, the smartphone is equipped with two sensors 12-megapixel camera dedicated to taking wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle photos. A captor frontal 10-megapixel camera is also available, although it is possible to take selfies thanks to the video feedback from the mini screen dorsal. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 comes in black, cream, lavender and green. The smartphone is available for pre-order with a leather shell, a wireless charger and Samsung Care + insurance (valid for 1 year). A trade-in offer for your old mobile allows you to acquire it from 559 euros.
In addition to this Z Flip 3, the brand also offers the very high end Z Fold 3 from 1,799 euros. The predecessor already foreshadowed what would be the “Cadillac” of the foldable smartphone and this version 3 confirms this outcome. The Z Fold 3 opens like a book and can be paired with an S Pen Fold Edition or S Pen Pro stylus. The 7.6-inch screen, displaying 2.208 x 1.768 pixels and refreshed to 120 Hz, turns it into a real pocket tablet. You will not see a selfie sensor and yet it is indeed available, but hidden under the screen with its 4 megapixels. It will prove to be very useful for “video”, but it is better to prefer the external module on the side of the 6.2-inch screen with its 10 megapixels.
Very high end
On the From smartphone, there are also three 12-megapixel sensors (wide-angle, ultra-wide angle, telephoto x2). Under the foldable screen, Samsung unsheathed the heavy artillery: the Snapdragon 888 is associated with 12 GB of RAM. For storage, the bar has been set high with an entry capacity of 256 GB or 512 GB (1,899 euros). Another photo module is available on the other external screen. The Z Fold 3 incorporates a 4,400 mAh battery (fast charge at 25 W). The mobile is also waterproof. The Z Fold 3 is available in black, green and “iridescent” white for pre-order with an S Pen, a fast charger, as well as Samsung Care + insurance (valid for 1 year). A trade-in offer for your old mobile can reduce the price by 500 euros.
Article produced in partnership with Samsung teams.
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