It has been virtually a yr and a half for the reason that authentic. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was introduced and virtually a yr since its successor 5G hit the market. With Samsung’s Unpacked occasion scheduled for August 11, it appears more and more doubtless that we’ll see the Galaxy Z Flip 3 quickly. Here is all the things you’ll want to know in regards to the incoming folding.
Samsung caught our eye in 2020 when it channeled our nostalgia for the foldable telephone of the early 2000s right into a smartphone with a foldable display screen and an costly price ticket. The corporate launched a 5G model six months later, resulting in its third iteration: the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Whereas the primary two telephones within the Z Flip sequence have been largely unchanged and the second earned the 5G label, it seems that Samsung has chosen to skip the Z Flip 2 and go straight to the Z Flip 3.
In response to a report by LetsGoDigital (through Tom’s Information), Samsung will transfer to quantity 3 to match the tempo of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and maybe forestall individuals from assuming that the Z Flip 2 is an older model subsequent to the Z Fold 3. It is usually doable that Samsung considers the Z Flip 5G as a second model.
Complicated naming conventions apart, this is all the things you’ll want to know in regards to the Galaxy Z Flip 3, together with what it would appear like, what cameras it would have, how a lot it would value, and after we anticipate to see it.
Launch date and worth
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is anticipated to be introduced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked occasion on August 11.
The date was first hinted at by digital assistant Bixby, who provided the date in morse code when requested when the following Unpack could be. Nevertheless, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Samsung formally confirmed on August 11 in an animated invite on its web site.
Whereas Samsung hasn’t explicitly said whether or not or not the Z Flip 3 will seem on the occasion, the purple and white form on the proper facet of the invite suspiciously resembles the rumored foldable. The title “Put together to Unfold” additionally makes it appear fairly doubtless that Samsung will debut not less than one (if not each) of its folding strains on the occasion.
Galaxy Unpacked will begin at 3pm BST and now you can pre-register for the occasion.
On the associated fee facet, SamMobile has reported that each the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold strains will see a “large worth reduce” for 2021 with as much as a 20% discount in retailer for Samsung folding merchandise.
Whereas it is unclear precisely how a lot Samsung will get out of the Z Flip 3, we’re excited to see the Z Flip lineup get a bit extra inexpensive. The unique Z Flip was priced at £ 1300 / $ 1380, whereas the 5G model noticed an increase from £ 99 to £ 1399 / $ 1449. A 20% worth reduce may see the Z Flip 3 land nearer to the £ 1040 to £ 1120 mark, encouraging extra individuals to go for the foldable.
This wasn’t the primary time we have heard of a less expensive Z Flip. SamMobile had beforehand shared an business report from Show Provide Chain Consultants (DSCC), suggesting that the Z Flip 3 may value lower than $ 1000 (or £ 750).
We have already heard a good quantity of details about the design of the Z Flip 3. Giznext shared renders of the rumored Z Flip in June, exhibiting off a bigger exterior show and new coloration choices accessible for the foldable.
The format of the Giznext photos is much like its predecessors, however with some delicate updates. For one factor, the 1.1-inch exterior display screen designed to show notifications and performance as a selfie viewer has apparently been elevated to 1.9 inches.
The digital camera format is now vertical somewhat than horizontal, presumably to make room for the broader entrance show, and the digital camera and show are actually positioned in a black rectangle, giving the format a two-tone look.
Talking of colours, the Z Flip 3 may are available many extra shades than its predecessors, with choices together with darkish inexperienced, gentle purple, beige, grey, black, pink, darkish blue, and white. Contemplating that the unique Flip solely got here in purple, black, and gold (or bronze and grey, if you happen to opted for the 5G version), this provides customers extra choices with regards to design.
These design rumors have been corroborated a day later by a 360-degree video thread shared by Evan Blass on Twitter.
A significant replace anticipated to come back to the Z Flip 3 is a extra sturdy show. In response to tipster Ice universe, the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 will launch with a stronger model of the UTG (ultra-thin glass) display screen discovered of their earlier folding.
Specs and Options
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 first appeared on Geekbench (through SamMobile) in mid-July, which supplies us an honest thought of the specs we are able to anticipate from the foldable.
In response to the benchmark, the SM-F711U mannequin launched in North America will run on the Lahaina chip, a codename for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. The system can even include not less than 8GB of RAM, in line with the report.
The Giznext report factors to an even bigger battery, however would not go into element about how a lot greater will probably be. The unique Z Flip included a small 3300mAh battery, however reviewer Henry Burrell famous that the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset helped the battery keep robust. Nevertheless, an even bigger battery would not be unhealthy on the following Z flip.
As we noticed within the design leaks, the rear digital camera could possibly be moved from a horizontal design to a vertical design to make room for a bigger exterior show. A report from LetsGoDigital means that the Z Flip 3 may additionally see an improve from a twin rear digital camera to a triple one.
Nevertheless, a tweet from Ice universe claims that the Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 may have the “worst-spec digital camera” (or the identical one discovered on the Z Fold 2), so we’re protecting our hopes from getting too excessive.
So far as the entrance digital camera is anxious, the Giznext article hints at an under-display selfie digital camera on the folding panel that will exchange the hole-punch digital camera on the present Z Flip.
Different stories have steered that the Z Flip 3 will see a dual-hole punched digital camera. LetsGoDigital (through Digital Digicam World) found a patent for a foldable Samsung in April that would rotate in two instructions. The design additionally featured a dual-hole punched digital camera that would exchange the rear digital camera when folded in any approach, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Nevertheless, it is unclear at this level whether or not this would be the Z Flip 3 or one other foldable in Samsung’s lineup.